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Yet Another Cable Chain

by tosjduenfs, published

Yet Another Cable Chain by tosjduenfs Nov 16, 2012

Description

This is a faster printing cable chain with a simpler geometry than the others.

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prints easy and quick on my Mendel90 with a 0.4mm nozzle with no supports at all, and can be assembled without any cleanup. Best of all, makes a very convincing demonstration piece. My colleagues had already become bored with me bringing all kinds of printed things again and again. But today your cable chain: it moves. it rattles. it's alive. Now that is something completely different..
i can print this with no supports at .5 scale on my printrbot simple. thank you so much, i am goung to use this on my prusa!
did you have to print with supports? if so what did you use thanks

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Instructions

I was having some difficulties printing other cable chains so I decided to make my own. The cable channel is 1/2" wide and 3/8" tall. Each link adds 1/2" to the chain. The folding diameter is about 47mm (sorry for mixing units). The links stay together quite well.

If you find the links don't move well just exercise the joints for a few minutes and it should loosen right up.

In order to prevent the chain from curving print four at a time.

I'll add some end links soon for mounting to machines.

Just print 'em out and snap 'em together.

Derivative of:
kabelschlepp.com/history.htm
thingiverse.com/thing:10915
prints easy and quick on my Mendel90 with a 0.4mm nozzle with no supports at all, and can be assembled without any cleanup. Best of all, makes a very convincing demonstration piece. My colleagues had already become bored with me bringing all kinds of printed things again and again. But today your cable chain: it moves. it rattles. it's alive. Now that is something completely different..
i can print this with no supports at .5 scale on my printrbot simple. thank you so much, i am goung to use this on my prusa!
did you have to print with supports? if so what did you use thanks
Thanks so much for adding the mounts! :D
It will smooth out after some use. I have a different printer now and have no use for it.
Doesn't this rattle when going back and forth with your axis? I printed the 4 pieces for fun and while banding you can hear the plastic rattling.
after a while the rattling is actually fairly quiet. I dont notice it over my printer noise.
I've uploaded the SolidWorks file.  I'll make some end mounts soon.  Any preference on how the end mount would attach to a machine?
two m3 fixing mounts would be great, also a tab for cable ties just to keep everything nice
After printing some others here on thingy, I got frustrated with the results. These printed very cleanly for me. I just wish you had uploaded the endmounts, or at least the 3d files so I could edit my own.
Very nice, we can always use more cable carriers (cable chains). However, it looks remarkably similar to other cable chains on thingiverse, why not acknowledge some ancestry?
Depends.  Cable chains have been around.  I don't think anyone on Thingiverse is claiming they invented the cable chain. 

If tosjduenfs didn't start with someone else's work... if his cable chain was created from memory and/or examples that have been around for years and years, there's no requirement for attribution, IMHO.
Agreed,  I didn't use someone's files and just modify them.  I 've used commercial cable chains on CNC routers that I've built.  I designed this link without assistance. I've attributed the 'derivative' designation to the rightful owner.
I also have known about and owned cable carriers for many years before I got into 3d printing. And like you, I also created a cable carrier from scratch. 
 
I designed my cable carrier after trying out Landru's. Even though I made mine completely from scratch it is still a derivative of Landru's because I used elements of his design in mine. Creating links that can be 3d printed is the challenge here and I drew from Landru's work to create mine.

I don't understand how you can state that you tried someone else's design, made your own with "simpler geometry" then sidestepped giving attribution.

For the sake of ending this I've added Landru's thing.  My chain snaps together and carries cables so I suppose it is a derivative.
I've also recently added an adjustable endstop, I guess I should start researching who was the first to make one.
There printing very nicely for me. Do i need it... no but they sure look cool. Nice and simple and fairly quick to print. Thanks
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