Wire Guide for HBP

by Starno, published

Wire Guide for HBP by Starno May 21, 2010


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I was afraid of my heating wires detaching because they were getting tangled on the x-stage and from all the movement of my heated build platform, so I made this attachment to relieve some of the stress.

The part is a little thick so that I could file it down to be a snug fit. The mounting features were added in OpenSCAD so you can adjust them if you need to.

See also jabella's clever paperclip solution: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jabella/4609979407/


File/sand part until it fits tightly into slot on x-stage.

Make sure y-stage can travel all the way back and forward and you're good to go.

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great idea but at least for me the wires do not slide smothley inside the clip so it makes things worse.

Wires breaking is all about bend radius. I don't think the idea here is to make the wires slide inside of the clip (but I could be wrong!). I imagine that you'd want to have the wires not slide, and leave ample slack between the build platform and the clip so the wire's bend radius is much larger.

I don't think MakerBot selected a good wire for this purpose. Solid core is a really bad choice. It will fail at some point. I am thinking about replacing mine with 3 stranded core wires instead, plus this clip (or yours, which will also work well).

I just printed one and I can verify the wires are not intended to slide. it simply makes it bent at a different point and relieves the strain from the solder connections. I printed it, fed my wire in and moved the platform all the way to the front of the bot. This is how much slack I left in the cable. Then when it moves backwards the cable bends up off the clip and I noticed it doesn't bend at all coming off the platform.