Introduction: 3D Printed Wire Management
Have you ever had to deal with pesky wires dangling around your printer, waiting to be snagged or ripped from connectors? Don't like the standard cable wrap? That is where Cable Chains come in. Cable chains house your wires in a chain which bends/moves with a moving part to protect, and keeps you're wires nice and neat. Today we will be using chain links made by a creator named Buback, and using my cable chain connectors to attach them to the printer its self.
Step 1: Tools/Parts
Tools, lets get through the obvious.
1: 3D Printer.
3: Drill or Dremel(to make screw holes/tabs.)
A File.(To clean up your prints.)
If you wish to download the files I provided they will be available below.
Step 2: 3D Print the Parts
Now would be a good idea to open up the slicer of choice, and 3D print the parts. You are going to need to print the same amount of top carriers as bottom carriers to make a proper chain. If the size of the chain is to small you can also scale the print up or down if you wish.
Disclaimer: You may need to change the size of the brackets to fit your machine, or make your own brackets.
Step 3: Mark and Drill
Now is the time to mark where the holes need to go on the brackets. All you need to do is hold the bracket over the existing screw or bolt and indent over the 3d part where the screw is. Repeat this for both brackets.
Step 4: Pop On
Now all you need to do is loosen the used screws/bolts a small amount and pop the brackets underneath the head of the screw/bolt.
Step 5: Thread
The final step would be to thread the wires through the cable chain, or put the cable chain together around the wires and then connect to the brackets.
Step 6: Conclusion
After a few hours of printing and adjusting the 3D Model I have to say this chain looks good and clears up the previous cluster of wires. In applications that use moving parts such as 3D printers or CNC machines I will go to cable chains as my go to for now on.
Thank you for bearing through my first instructable. If there is anything that I can do better or if I left a mistake please tell me and I will correct it ASAP.