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    Question Keep Cables from tangling

    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?

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    There is a thread HERE for the Igus energy chains (cable carrier)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Weldtutor View Post
    There is a thread HERE for the Igus energy chains (cable carrier)
    That's it.

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    Sir,
    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.

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    This Sounds interesting. Could you post a pic o link of some sort for this.
    Much thanks Steve


    Quote Originally Posted by jcc3inc View Post
    Sir,
    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.

    Regards,
    Jack C.




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    Quote Originally Posted by jcc3inc View Post
    The spring can be a flat steel spring material like the device which electricians use to run wire thru conduit. .
    It's known as a 'Fish Tape' Home Depot have them in the Elec. section.
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    Default Wire handling

    Planekrazie,

    I will attempt to add 2 pix to show what I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcc3inc View Post
    Planekrazie,

    I will attempt to add 2 pix to show what I did.

    Regards,
    Jack C.
    This is a good and simple idea. And I like simple.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcc3inc View Post
    Planekrazie,

    I will attempt to add 2 pix to show what I did.

    Regards,
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    Very nice, I like the way that looks.

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    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.

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    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.



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    How about 1/2" metal banding, the kind used to strap lumber together.
    I'm sure Home Depot or other similar places would give it to you if you asked.



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    I used this as a temporary fix until I could machine something else, but it works so well I won't bother changing it...I just saddled it into a good position and that was that.

    We call it loom tube over here, I'm sure you guys will call it something else, used in a lot of switchboard manufacturing.

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    Nice looking machine you got there ^^.

    I use flexible metal conduit from my local hardware store, and then encased it in the same material, they call it "split loom" here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by epineh View Post
    I used this as a temporary fix until I could machine something else, but it works so well I won't bother changing it...I just saddled it into a good position and that was that.

    We call it loom tube over here, I'm sure you guys will call it something else, used in a lot of switchboard manufacturing.

    Russell.

    Thats kinda the same ideal I used. I just hung it from the rafters ,I used a spring in case it was ever under any tention. It seems to work pretty good for now. I would like to chance over to e-chain eventionally, I even emailed K2 asking them about it ,but can't seem to ever get them to email me back. I guess I will just have to buy some from ebay or somewhere. Below are some pics.





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    Quote Originally Posted by the_paco View Post
    This is what I came up with. Check it out![/URL]
    Bonjour Paco

    Your wire guide looks great on the blog! Thanks for the link.

    Is there a common use/application & source for the 1/8" UHMW that you used?



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    There is a link on his website abotu another Botter that made his own using 1/8" HDPE. I found it in the link below for $28 for a 48"x48" sheet (not sure what shipping would do.....) (http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/pro...uct%5Fid=10369



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    Quote Originally Posted by Weldtutor View Post
    Bonjour Paco

    Your wire guide looks great on the blog! Thanks for the link.

    Is there a common use/application & source for the 1/8" UHMW that you used?
    Thanks! Glad you liked it.

    I'm no engineer or such so I'll just say that this material (plastic) is of a soft kind and machine very nicely, it's flexible up to a certain thickness, it VERY though on many aspect, it's available all around in MANY formats, it ain't to expensive and it's white!

    UHMW stand for Ultra High Molecular Weight poly-something (ethylene I believe).

    Most metal shop and supplier provide this sort of material along with many other like Nylon, HDPE, polycarbonate, ABS, PVC, etc...

    Hope this help.

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