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    Default Drag Chain Cable Management

    I built my 60120 using the supplied 75x25mm & 50x25mm drag chains. I have a total of 12 cables running in my main drag chain (4 x 6mm encoder cables, 4 x 10mm servo power cables, 3 x 6mm proximity sensor cables z, x+, x-, 1 x 15mm VFD flex cable).
    It's pretty crowded in there !

    Looking at the more expensive and industrial drag chain solutions ( I got quoted US$600 for a 150x30mm chain!) you can have 2 layers of cabling, segment the wiring so it doesn't tangle up and cross over.

    Wondering if 3D printing the following inserts, or cutting them out of a foam material is an effective way to avoid problems of cable wear, binding cables etc ?


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    Default Re: Drag Chain Cable Management

    One more reason to get a 3D printer.

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    Love it. Had no clue where that thing was going and thought, how does he connect them to make a drag chain but now it is clear. Nice!

    Can you take a picture with the drag chain support popped up and away? And could you post a picture with some general dimensions such as length, width, thickness, and dimensions of the wire channels?

    Thanks for sharing. Really good idea.

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    Default Re: Drag Chain Cable Management

    I will put the STL files on thingiverse later. Wasn’t sure if people were interested but kept going with the idea.

    I’ve now got inserts for the 50mm wide chain and the 75mm wide chain so you can do the lot.

    I’ve put about 15 of them on the 75mm chain and the spacing seems to work ok.




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    Thanks so much Andrew. Looks great! I've already downloaded and will comment when I've had a chance to print.

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    Default Re: Drag Chain Cable Management

    Here’s the little ones




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    Default Re: Drag Chain Cable Management

    Is there room to add any additional cables? I have an led ring on my dust shoe so I can light up my spindle & see what is going on



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    Default Re: Drag Chain Cable Management

    If you’re using steppers you don’t have encoder and power cables per motor.. should have plenty of space on the 75mm insert

    There’s a spare wire slot on the 50mm insert even for me.

    There’s a detailed info on my thingiverse page


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    Default Re: Drag Chain Cable Management

    I don't have a 3d printer yet so I'll need to get a quote on someone printing them for me, unless they can be routed



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