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Cable Carrier

by Saminvent Mar 31, 2011
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very well done, looks not too different than mine ( http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:8173http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... ) - even though complete independent designs of our own...

-- I got my inspiration here: http://www.igus.de/wpck/default.aspx?pagename=productoverview_EChttp://www.igus.de/wpck/defaul...

loving that one: http://www.igus.de/wpck/default.aspx?pagenr=7085http://www.igus.de/wpck/defaul...

(thinking of a printable version already...)

main difference is that yours are completely closed, so no way to put in the cables of your bot when you already connected the cables - that little detail is different in my design

  • additionally I almost finished a complete parametrical OpenScad version... ('ll upload those after work)
cable-chain (proof of concept only!)
by Joerg

Joerg I'm going to print yours tomorrow 5/7. I like both designs. I'll have to figure out how to put yours together though. With these a user can just splice the cable and install. But, I plan to build and there will be use for both of your designs. :-D

I just printed your files. They looked the most professional of the selections. I had to rotate your STL to be in a better print position. I had to orient them as your picture on this site. I've attached a rough photo of two of the prints. They are rough because there was a problem with the STL not being complete for the mesh. I don't know what/how to fix yet but. They look pretty good for a first go. I've now printed four and with a little exacto work they are pretty good. I can see how to refine them to actually work well but, have to learn how.... Thanks for your submission! :-D

Oh I forgot. I'm not sure the actual size you submitted. I opened in HeeksCAD and the item was 2mm. I was editing then happened to open in another app and it was 68mm. I then took that one and scaled by .5 and printed them at 34mm. They are now for my MakerBot T-O-M X-axis. I think? DONT_KNOW

Oh wow!! nice work!!!

In inventor they were meant to be around 25mm long...

so glad someone got around to printing them, unfortunately I had to wait for about 2 months for a 1.6m long piece of aluminium I ordered, so my whole cnc machine/3D printer is way behind schedule.... If it had come when it should have, I would
have printed them myself...

I just declared making and show a chain. It works quite well and will not come apart easily. But, it does need some minute tweaks as to relations of tabs. And I'd like to make the buttons on the inside of the other end so the connection method of the joint is hidden. I'll get to it ....

...that would be another nice feature for my OpenScad version: decide whether the connection 'buttons' are on the inside or on the outside...

Thanks - I'm gonna borrow this idea from you if you don't mind!?

Remove all overhangs
Check the wall depth to be structurally sound
Then let's see how it actually prints.

This model is really very closely designed from a real drag chain, and was to look realistic for my model, but I will make adaptations in the very near future to make it 100% easily printable

No problem printing other than needed a fan to help it stiffen/cool.

I would love to get my hands on a copy of inventor 2011. I just paid 1200 for Alibre professional and would have preferred Inventor. I used to be a auto-desk inventor 5-7 tutor back in the day. 2011 Inventor looks sick. How easy is to use. I still use my student version of 7 and its still far ahead of the Alibre 2011 in terms of ease of use.

Inventor is very easy to use and with the reflections and shadows enabled, it can look very realistic. Hopefully soon, I will release the designs of my complete cnc mill/3D printer.

I got my Alibre V12 including the import/export -modules they had to remove from the cheaper versions for 100eur a year or so ago.

Don't know if they still have such sales one or twice a year.

Yeah, although I haven't been on thingiverse for a while as I'm making a chair/sculpture for my resistant materials project and have been staying as late as 6 o clock and spending lunchtimes every day working on it :( hadn't realised anyone else had made them. when I have time I'll refine my design.

Don't worry about the problem children - They are just jealous. I printed out two links of the other popular and it is pretty cheap and unattractive. Yours has real potential. I like it even in the crude version. I'm trying to register Inventor now and clean up the design. lol.

Oh wow,you printed the whole chain!! how long did that take to print?

About 20 minutes each link. I was slow. I want to have them fixed but I couldn't resist. They are fun to test/play with. Got other ideas now.... Thanks. I really like these. Looks great in Inventor too. Just having a tough time fingering out how to use Inventor and make good adjustments to your design. Just some minor changes to make assembly a little more dialed in. But yours are very good just as you designed them. Most probably wouldn't know to change. :-D

Doesn't preclude a different design for the same thing.

Variety is the spice of life. This one also looks more like the real thing.