Introduction: Magnetic Quick Wire Helper

I notices at my work desk that I needed a better way to store but get easy access to my pin wires used with my Arduino and breadboard. I was storing them all in a drawer, which made for frustrating hunting and pecking for the right length and color. So, I decided I needed a quick reference wire helper.

Step 1: 3D Files

Not having the equipment to create a metal or wood holder properly, I went with a 3D printed model. I found this one on Thingiverse noting it is a cable management thingy.

Step 2: Magnetic Help

I originally thought that using some magnets at the end of the base or along the teeth would help keep the wires in place. So I spend some time gluing neodymium magnets to the back. In hindsight, it helps a little bit, but not much. The design of the cable management thingy is sufficient to hold the wires in place without the magnets. So, it's up to you if you want to use them. I think mine would have been fine without them.

Step 3: Color Coding

Once I printed the cable management thingy, I just organized my wires based on length and color. I screwed it to a wood base which is withing reaching distance on my work bench for easy access. For the most part it stays out of the way until I need it. Then I can easily access the proper wire. Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference. This little thing certainly made my projects easier, at least it appeared to be that way in my own mind.

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SparkySolar (author)2014-11-30

Its not the same. But Due to the fact I have no 3 D Printer, I think it will do.

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amulder1 (author)2014-11-04

Psst those magnets don't work because the copper in the wires isn't magnetic.

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jedii72 (author)amulder12014-11-04

The wire isn't magnetic, but something on the ends which hold the plastic seem to be magnetic. The magnets like the tips. However, they still do not have enough to help much.

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nodcah (author)2014-11-02

Great idea! I bet you'd make great use of a Formlabs 3D printer (I voted =D)!

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jedii72 (author)nodcah2014-11-02

Thanks! I appreciate that.

The 100 micron ability of the formlab would definitely be something I'd have fun playing around with. My De Vinci is good for the money but does not yield smooth results.

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N3crojoker (author)2014-11-02

To bad I don't own a 3d printer

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MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-11-02

That's a very useful gadget you've created! I love that people are modeling and 3d printing to fix their problems now. Feels like I'm living in the future!

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