USB cable holder

by ajitam Apr 3, 2015
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Great Stuff. Could I request a new version with USB-C and USB 3.0 micro-b (like the micro, but with an extra wide port)?
Also, I would personally prefer if the ports were a bit deeper, to make an even closer fit. However, the cables do seem to fit with the current version.
Thanks again!

Ha didn't think of it myself the first time I saw your request, but of course now it's hitting me, just scale your Z. Measure what the depth is, figure out what you want, and set the Z scaling only to 130% or 140% etc when you slice. Likewise I have close tolerances on my printer, so they're a little loose, may drop X and Y down just a hair to 99% or 98% as well. Should be able to see how tight X and Y are from just a few layers once it gets doing the back of the holes, and depth is easily calculable so should be able to get it about like you want it easily enough. Write the scaling used into the gcode file name so you remember it for doing the others.

Thank you for the tip and getting back to me.
I just wanted to mention it, since the size of a USB plug is pretty universal, and you might want to update the files or create a v2 with higher z scaling to match the length of the plug. I understand the tolerances can be unique for each printer and thus X and Y scaling can be hard to nail for all printers in the SLT. But If the z-scaling was higher, I think even a somewhat loose fit would still hold on to the cables. :)

Fair point. I'm trying to do a update for some time now, but I just don't find the time. Some day... (sori)

No Problem. Keep up the good work! And as I mentioned, I think USB-C and USB 3.0 micro-b variants would make really good additions to the list :)

How did you mount it to wall in picture?

with a double sided tape

Hey, i will print this cable holder!
Are there ports for mini-usb inserts available?
I got long usb to mini-usb cable (2m) and they will touch the ground.

you can just make a loop in the end and that will solve your problem with length

i love this cable holder A LOT!

Are these keyed like dovetail joints? How did you set the tolerance? Or was there a bit of post-print sanding to get them to mate up properly?

I'm not exactly shore what do you mean with "dovetail joints". But if you're asking if USB connectors fit into holders - then YES I didn't need to sand anything. Some of them go in easier so little harder but no extra force is necessary.

The tabs on the edges are shapes to fit another holder to them. Dovetails are trapezoidal shapes to lock in on each other. Either way, you answered my question. Thanks!

  1. what is + and - ?
    and: the files are corrupted

From my previous comment: "+/- symbol is for cables I cut and then use on other electro projects"

Are you sure about the files? I don't see how files were downloaded so many times without problem and not are corrupter "out of the blue". I will try to download them later on and see.

The files seem to be broken in Slic3r and 123D Make. The look fine to me in another STL Viewer but can't slice them.

Hmm I don't own Slic3r so I can't test this, but I can open object in 123D normally.

Can anybody confirm this?

Confirmed - these STLs do not work in slic3r, although they appear fine if I open them in OpenSCAD. Weird!

In my opinion, this holder will put an unnecessary strain on the connector, which may damage the connector in long term. The cable shall be hanging with the connector up, not sideways.

I really don't think this is the case here.
Cables are connected sideway in computer all the time. Not to mentioned that the metal enclosure of USB is pretty tough.

But I might be wrong.

When the cable is connected to the computer, only a fraction of its length is actually hanging at the connector. The rest of the cable weight is supported by the ground, by the table etc. In your case the whole weight of the cable puts a strain on the strain relief of the USB connector. The metal part will withstand the strain, but the cable may eventually break at the joint of the cable and the connector.

if you put the holder in a place where the table/ground holds the rest of the cable than the strain problem is solved

This is a great design. Thanks for sharing. I wasn't digging the adhesive on the wall thing, so I redesigned this to use a push pin instead. You can press the remix button on the dashboard to the right or check it out here at the link below!


Push Pin USB Holder

This is an extraordinary design! I may modify the mounts for compatibility with 3M Command Strips.

Yes please. I'm after the same thing!

Oh man this is sweet. I have so many cables that this is a life saver. Thanks

I printed the one for the micro usb, and the only thing that secured my micro usb cable?.... was the symbol at the top. And they all seem to be the same thing, other than the symbol at the top....what gives? No clue as to how these things are supposed to be useful, sorry. If I am missing something, maybe someone could clue me in, Thanks.

Turn the cable around. The symbol at the top is just a symbol for what kind of cables are in the rack.

Wow, thanks! Now I really feel stupid.... :P

Very nice. I wish you also made them for 1/4" guitar jack, XDL audio, and other assorted audio cabling. I think you'd just need to change the hole to be the proper diameter and maybe make it a little deeper for the guitar jack. Still, useful in my war on clutter, thanks.

Great idea, do you maybe have some specs on connector sizes and which ones are used the most?

For the XDL audio cables all you would need a 9.5mm diameter hole, about 15 mm deep.

Here are the dimensions some of the females (not as sexy as it sounds).

For 1/4" guitar jack, I think a 1/4" hole at least 1" deep would work. For the 1/8" audio, 1/8" of about 3/4" deep would be work. I don't think there is any need to make them snap in.

1/4" and 1/8" Males

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Yes something like this. But be careful - there are few types of this type, specifically regarding thickness. Some are very thin so both surfaces must be very smooth (for example mounting magnet to piece of metal), this kind is not very good for print, because they are not that smooth. (example: http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-665-2PK-Double-Sided-Office-Inches/dp/B001A3Q1XQ/ref=sr_1_8?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1428188259&sr=1-8&keywords=double+sided+tape)

So look for tape that has a bit of foam in-between. The one you found looks pretty good.

Thank you! It's very usefull. Can you add holes to screw it to the wall? ;)

I really don't want to make extra holes which will be visible (+holes are tricky, how big?, how many :) )
This mount is really not that heavy so tape is enough. If you still think of using screws I would suggest using really small ones and put one of them thought first and last one USB hole, so that they are not visible. In the bottom of the USB hole print is only 1-2mm so you will be able to screw them in without holes.

If you still thinking about holes :) tell me where to put them and I will add additional print.

I would bet you can drill some small holes in the actual USB slots and the use flush mount screws with no problem.

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Thanks for all the likes!

  • holders are mounted with "both-sided tape" (I don't know how it's called in EN - it's sticky on both sides). Additional tip: I noted that tape always fails on 3D printed object and not on the mounted surface, so I always add a bit of super glue between 3D printed object and tape.
  • symbols on top indicate type of USB cable, I didn't know what to do for Apple so I just made two lines, for old and new connector
  • +/- symbol is for cables I cut and then use on other electro projects

English teacher here. =) For future reference: it's called "double sided tape." You were very close! Also let me compliment you on your English. I never would have thought you were anything other than a native English speaker.

By the way, awesome design OP. VERY handy.

The symbols on the top indicate the type of usb cable plugged into that strip. In the example photo the author posted you have miniUSB in the right hand strip, A -type usb in second from right, I think Apple plug in second from left, and simple 'power' USB plugs on far left. (Yes, there is a difference. Some cables don't have the +/- data wires).

How are these mounted? What are the symbols on top for if they are all for USB? Thanks, this is an awesome design.