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MoonCactus

dell power plug cable strap holder pin

by MoonCactus May 24, 2012
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Is anyone producing these to the point the can sell them. I know there is a market for them. I could use about 20 or them right now.

Sadly I doubt this would be a market, unless you were willing to pay $15+ for each of the pins...
Such a dumb, little plastic thing makes sense only when it is produced by the hundreds or by the thousands in a capitalist market ;)
It is not the easiest to print though because of its little size. But a mold would cost $2-5K. Manual plastic injection machines are $2-10K (automated ones are outrageously expensive). Only then would the pins cost a few cents to produce, with a few cents of margin on each of them. It would take ages to pay the mold & machine back... :(
It does not mean it is worthless though!

My sincere thanks to you, sir.

Been trying to print this on my CTC dual and the bottom starts great but then epically fails as it goes up lol

I'm using the makerbot software so shall have to try a different slicer i think.

Try to lower temperature to the maximum extent. The head is very tricky because it is so small. You really do not want to over-extrude either. I suspect the default slicer settings may not be that good, esp. for the temperature.
This object is hard to print, but it is a good way to know one's printer better :)

Thanks a lot for posting this design, this was very helpful to me!

Where can I purchase one of these? Thanks

Well... I found none on the real-life market, so that's why I designed & 3D printed it!
You could have it printed on an online 3D printing service, but it would probably cost a lot (may be more than what Dell would charge if it sells it nowadays)... may be check with a nearby fablab?

I almost designed one of these myself, glad you did it first! Thanks!

You are welcome! (that would have been the third time someone designs this pin) :-D

Whenever I have to pack my cord up to take the powersupply somewhere I think I should print something to replace that piece. Thank you.