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Cable Chain

by RotoScan, published

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Cable Chain by RotoScan Sep 28, 2011

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Description

This is a derivation of the "Enclosed Cable Carrier" by Landru

It is larger.

Hinge geometry changed for better movement, it takes more force to separate the links.

Completely redrawn (I've forgotten all that I changed).

Two styles of end pieces created.

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This chain works with PLA without breaking during assembly! I'll be printing a lot more

The ends have poor geometry. Slicing them with KISSlicer makes it look like they exploded..http://i.imgur.com/3yLmlp1.png

Ok, kapton tape received, heated bed fixed, print height fixed, Z-height stepper driver blowout fixed. Finally, tomorrow I can print these babies! Hahahahahahaaaaaa.

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Instructions

Print.

Snap together.

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* Uploaded a version with four links arranged in different directions. For an unknown reason, when the links are assembled in a long chain they tend to curve in an arc. Printing with them arranged in different directions so that the error cancels itself out seems to fix the problem.

** Use thingiverse.com/thing:12820 to verify that your prints are "Square".

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prittstift on Jan 28, 2014 said:

This chain works with PLA without breaking during assembly! I'll be printing a lot more

destroyer2012 on Jun 3, 2013 said:

The ends have poor geometry. Slicing them with KISSlicer makes it look like they exploded..http://i.imgur.com/3yLmlp1.png

Ohmarinus on May 2, 2013 said:

Ok, kapton tape received, heated bed fixed, print height fixed, Z-height stepper driver blowout fixed. Finally, tomorrow I can print these babies! Hahahahahahaaaaaa.

Ohmarinus on Apr 14, 2013 said:

After an hour of printing on a heated bed, with ABS glue, the prints came off during printing because the tips of the chain warp upward... Sad enough.. Can't print these. But I was able to print the smaller variant though without any problems.

During the writing my prints came off and got hooked on the nozzle and smashed all the other prints off of the printing bed with great force. Failure at layer 14 of 44.

Ohmarinus on Apr 14, 2013 said:

Argh, I got tired of this ABS glue thing. I just ordered a roll of Kapton tape.

Ohmarinus on Apr 14, 2013 said:

Argh, I got tired of this ABS glue thing. I just ordered a roll of Kapton tape.

jbernardis on Nov 1, 2012 said:

I'm amazed at how well these things work.  They're a little stiff at first, but they loosen up with use.  Also, I find that TPFE lubricant like Labelle #134 works wonders.  I have a chain ready with end mounts to install on my y carriage, and I'm trying to figure out a way to handle the x axis. 

I am also thinking of using them for my Z axis - not because there is any particular need - I just think it looks cool.

Thedudevt on Jun 26, 2012 said:

Printed at 75%, 13 links and made a cable chain for the heated bed on my Ultimaker. Thank you!

I also printed two dozen links at 100% for my 2.x laser project. Unfortunately the links bend back too far (-5 to +36) to run a long length inverted and unsupported. Commercial chains bend approx. +1 to +36 for this reason. I may derive a mod when I get back to that project.

Great work!

Kyle

3daybreaker on Jun 24, 2012 said:

I printed the 4 plus the end pieces on my Orcabot v0.41. Print come out nicely, however it needs lots of force to nap together and after that, the inner pieces are bend inwards. I would like to have more gap between the joints to overcome this.

RotoScan on Jun 25, 2012 said:

I think you need to adjust your settings so that it extrudes a little bit less.

It took a few iterations to get the geometry just right for printing on my TOM. They should snap together with some force but move freely once in place.

Alternatively you can DL the SketchUp file and tweak it a little to work better with your machine.

MakerCubed on Dec 13, 2011 said:

Here's a little tip that I used (might be obvious, but I'll mention it anyways) is that you can flip a link or so to accommodate different angles. Here's an example of a chain I made that I needed the end to be at a higher angle:

subsoniq on Oct 25, 2011 said:

This worked out brilliant with the 4 pieces in one stl version on my Makerbot Thing-o-matic with aluminium heated platform. Had to print with raft to make it stick though. Very good design and so funny to snap together! :)

RotoScan on Oct 25, 2011 said:

That's good to hear, thank you!

If your HBP is level and your Z height dialed in, are using Kapton tape and wipe it clean with acetone - you should not need a raft.

RotoScan on Oct 13, 2011 said:

With the part rotated 90 degrees, facing to the right, the chain will curve to the right when assembled.

When rotated 180 degrees so that it faces front, the chain curved to the left.

When printed without rotating, it curves slightly to the left.

The solution seems to be to print in various rotations and mix the parts together to cancel out the errors.

CowboyBob on Oct 13, 2011 said:

This part does not print off square for me. I have opened the file in sketchup and verified that it is indeed square. However, each one of my pieces are about .005" off. This may not sound like a lot, but after you print 3ft, it is way off at the other end and has a considerable arc through out the whole piece. This out of ballance is consistant for one side on all pieces. Anyone else having this problem?

RotoScan on Oct 13, 2011 said:

You are not alone. I discovered this too after printing out a bunch but it sounds like to a lesser degree than you are experiencing.

Since it is not a problem with the file it must be in the mechanics of the printer (or the way it is sliced). I wonder if the problem would go away if the parts were rotated 90 degrees. If that didn't work I would try printing half of them normal and the other half rotated 180 degrees and alternat
e the links.

I wil try this and see how it works out.

Tarin on Oct 5, 2011 said:

Printed a few on a VFlash printer, works very well :).

ccotter247 on Oct 2, 2011 said:

Made one for my cupcake cnc! My cupcake works just fine without one... But this just makes it look so much cooler! Great design! My crappy MK5 printed 9 at once!

ParaScubaSailor on Sep 30, 2011 said:

Any chance that you'd share the CAD files so we can derive smaller (for me, but bigger for some other users?) versions to better suit our needs?

I would very much like to test one of those chains on my eMaker Huxley, or maybe even two (one for Y and one for X/Z)

RotoScan on Oct 1, 2011 said:

SketchUp file uploaded. You should however be able to easily scale the stl using RepG.

sconine on Sep 29, 2011 said:

Very nice! The 12th segment just rolled off my automated build platform. Prints well with no raft.

Jolijar on Sep 29, 2011 said:

I printed 4 at one time and it works good. Will print many many more when I get more filament. Thanks :)

Jolijar on Sep 29, 2011 said:

How wide is the carrier?

RotoScan on Sep 29, 2011 said:

22.5mm

Landru on Sep 28, 2011 said:

Do the full round pins print nicely?

RotoScan on Sep 28, 2011 said:

They do.

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