by NewtonRob, published

Zip-Plate by NewtonRob Jul 28, 2012

Thing Info

2833Views 3107Downloads Found in Mechanical Toys
Report Thing


Simple construction blocks that connect using zip-ties.

Updated the files. Now with Parameters.

The .scad files will let you define your own custome zip plates.


This is a construction set that allows you to make a platform for a robot, circuit board holder, etc. You use 4" zip-ties to connect them. (although you can change parameters to use other sizes) My plan is to create many different size plates, spacers, stand-offs, wire management, and hopefully more. At is basic you use two zip-ties, on the first zip-tie is used to connect all the pieces in a straight line, the second zip-tie only he head is needed and is used to snug all the pieces together.

I guess the question that everyone will have is; why? Well, I don’t have a bunch of screws and nuts lying around. Other constructions sets don’t have all the parts that I will want. Hopefully I will have a good set of items and maybe other people will also have ideas. I will be working on the .scad files to make them with parameters.

I have create a .scad file that will let you have full control of the Zip-Plate. It allows features at each of the spacing locations. Features include: Solid, Big hole (useful to create contiguous holes in a board), zip tie hole, zip tie hold rotated 90 degrees, a round hole the size of the zip tie width, or a custom size hole. You will have to play with it a bit, but all you have to do is change the values in the big matrix. It can support a board at 205mm by 205mm if your spacing is set to 5mm.

More from Mechanical Toys

view more

Thing Info

2833Views 3107Downloads Found in Mechanical Toys
Report Thing

Liked By

View All


Give a Shout Out

If you print this Thing and display it in public proudly give attribution by printing and displaying this tag. Print Thing Tag

File Name



All Apps

This extension connects Thingiverse with Makeprintable, a cloud-based mesh repair service that analyzes, validates and repairs most common mesh errors that can occur when preparing a 3D design file...

App Info Launch App

I agree - promising. I was searching Thingiverse for an OpenSCAD zip tie to replace some screws in existing stuff. This is a good start at replacing lots more screws.

Definitely promising!

For that matter, in the past I've wanted some laser-cut boxes to be zip-tie-able, and I actually can't see why such shouldn't be done for large printed objects. I'll have to keep in mind having large-object scripts have an optional output for the zip-tie holes.

Neat idea! Do you have any pictures of anything made with this?

Not yet. I still need a few more pieces. I think my next piece will be a 30 or 40mm stand-off. My thought will be to create a stand-off with wire management. I guess a .stl is worth a 1000 words!