There is a thread HERE for the Igus energy chains (cable carrier)
What are the plastic guides called that keep the X and Y axis cable from tangeling? They curl up and uncurl when the axis moves.
What do the individual segments look like?
Any homemade ones out there?
Sometimes they are called "powertrack". Several co's make them; they are usually plastic and they snap together. Some have removable caps to ease the process of placing the cable in them.
If you want to keep costs down, consider a heavy spring which is tied to a fixed part of your machine and is also attached to your moving member. The spring can be a flat steel spring material like the device which electricians use to run wire thru conduit. I bought a "drain de-clogger" for a low price, cut off the length needed, and tied my wires to it.
I will attempt to add 2 pix to show what I did.
I seen someone on here even use the tape part (the part with the numbers on it) of an old tape measure to make one. I can't remember which thread it was now though.
(Note: The opinions expressed in this post are my own and are not necessarily those of CNCzone and its management)
WOW, never thought of fish tape. It will work perfectly for me. My fish tape is on a reel and I don't want to wreck it. If I remember right it is only $6 or so for a wind of it. Might try harborfreight.
DO SOMETHING, EVEN IF IT'S WRONG!
Neat idea Jack. Others looking for material to use might consider 1/4" pvc tubing or similar. Maybe tubing you use to hook up icemaker for a refrigerator. It's flexible but somewhat stiff, can bend in a 'U', and gives you something to zip tie your cables to.