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HTC Vive - Cable Support - Waist/Belt Clip

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HTC Vive - Cable Support - Waist/Belt Clip by RichWP May 19, 2016

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Summary

Updated 1/27/17: Now includes support for the round cable shipping with newer headsets.

A simple clip that allows you attach your HTC Vive's headset cable to your waist band or belt. This makes the headset much more comfortable, since the bulk of the cable weight and movement drag is transferred from your head to your waist.

Print Settings

Printer:

Mankati Fullscale XT Plus

Rafts:

No

Supports:

No

Resolution:

.2 or .1

Infill:

30%


Notes:

Make sure that you print in the default orientation so your that your print layers/direction give both parts maximum strength where they need it. PLA works well.

Post-Printing

Simply slide the 'CableHolder' into the 'BeltClip' slot and your good to go.

To figure out where to attach the CableHolder part to the Vive's Headset Cable:

  1. Put on the Vive headset as you normally wear it.
  2. Bend over so you're touching the floor (this will let you know how much cable slack you need).
  3. While your bent over, note where the cable is touching your waist while hanging down the middle of your back.
  4. Slide the Vive's headset cable into your printed CableHolder part - about an inch below the area you marked in step 3. Note that a friction fit should be sufficient to hold the part in place!

With a little coaxing, the CableHolder part should slide in and out of the BeltClip part... It was designed this way so that you can attach multiple CableHolder parts to the Vive's cable (for different sized users) while sharing the same printed BeltClip.

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Hello have you designed or thought to design this exact setup for the new round cable?
I have the flat cable and it died and had to order a new cable coming Monday but its the new 3-1 round

New version added!

hmmm - I didn't even know that there was a new cable! If you can share a picture and dimensions, I will create a new/updated version of this. I'll see if I can find this myself, but I won't have any way to test it.

Jan 25, 2017 - Modified Jan 25, 2017
Zephyroz - in reply to RichWP

Measured mine at various points and it is 6mm and perfectly round.
Maybe make it ~5.7/8 for a snug fit.
If you make it I can print it and test it.

Hi - thanks for the offer... I just posted a new version oft he cable holder for the round cable. My printer is tied up, so I didn't even get a chance to print a test - please let me know if you run into any issues.

Hi,
Printed and its perfect!
Its snug enough that it won't go anywhere anytime soon.
Posted a made it pic for anyone curious.

Awesome. Thanks so much for testing.

supposed to get new cable today. 4 days without vive. ugh

I order this item on Nov 2, 2016 but I never received. How long it takes to be printed and sended?

Regards.

Sorry - Just seeing this. I really don't have anything to do with the fulfillment of any orders that you might have made. I'm not even sure who you might contact (I have a 3D printer, so I've never been through the ordering process).

As im printing it now I noticed that the fillet on the belt clip causes issues getting good adhesion. I would recommend giving the model more surface area on that portion.

otherwise I look forward to trying this out in 20 minutes.

did you print with a brim? no adhesions problems at all with a brim

Hi - the fillet is only sacrifices about 1 mm of bed adhesion, so I thought it was a good trade-off for comfort when attaching the clip directly to your pants waist. If your having issues, let me know and I can set up a version without the fillet included. You might want to printing with a brim as well.

Aug 2, 2016 - Modified Aug 2, 2016
MSharkey - in reply to RichWP

The first layer went down as a single thread, it had some adhesion problems there, the second layer was a bit rough with the immediate overhang and the poor first layer to boot. If I had put down some fresh glue on my build plate it probably would have come out better in that moment.

I'd say take this with a grain of salt, overall I am very pleased with the result. Good work!

I think I will post up a remix later, I have an idea on simplifying the model.

I've never 3d printed anything ever. (I don't own a 3d printer). But I'm planning on sending it to Shapeways so they can print it for me. Should I would for your remixed version @MSharkey? And is there anythings (settings or so) that I need to make sure are correct when ordering on Shapeways?

Nah, shapeways will be able to handle it. They make sure that the model will come out as desired. my complaints are just simple issues that make the independent maker work harder :p

since this is such a small/simple part, you may want to look at 3dhubs as well. maybe cheaper and quicker turnaround.

Hi - If your looking to use the print as a waist/belt clip, you should probably use the original design - not one of the remixes. It will be more expensive, but I would print at .1 layer height - the finished part is smoother and more comfortable if it comes in contact with your skin. Otherwise, I would just follow the instructions listed with the part.

@MSharkey thanks for the tip!

How is this compared to a simple bungie hook https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xMOwGwkKtY
or a binder clip?

This is better than the Bungie cord "HACK" in my mind because:

1 it matches the aesthetic of the vive.

2 it cost .25 cents to make....can you go to the store and buy a bungie for .25?

3 it unclips from the cable easily

4 its more comfortable

5 it weighs less

6 its less likely to poke a hole in your clothes

7 you can have it in less than 20 minutes

8 isn't 3dprinting something always better than something off the shelf (the last one is a stretch unless you are a maker at heart)

Thank you to the creator of this item!

Thanks for this I used what you provided to make a few additional clips that I am using with my Vive.

Glad you find it useful!

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