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Does anyone know hows to repair a thin cable? Answered

Hi,

I have worked on an old version of robot Nao, and recently discovered that a thin cable (see picture) from its shoulder is broken, the thin cable is very tiny, slim and can be quite fragile. I understand that I have to send it back to Aldebaran to repair, but it really costs a lot and it takes time too.

Can I ask if there is anyone out there who is specialized in repairing this kind of cable? I appreciate much of your help. Thanks a zillion!!

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steveastrouk (author)2012-04-02
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Awesome-aniac (author)2012-04-01

Perhaps you could just buy a roll of ribbon cable and replace your cable.

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but this cable is made by aldebaran, this kind of cable cannot be found in market. Do you have any way that i can contact with a professional who is profession in repairing cables?

Thanks!

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You might not find the EXACT cable - but a suitable replacement can probably be found -- the only important thing is number of conductors and spacing of the pins.

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From the picture above, it looks like it could be soldered. It all kind of depends on how small of a space the cable has to go into. Where soldered, it will no longer be flexible and will be slightly thicker.

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theoldguy (author)2012-04-02

Scraping insulation off really thin cable is frustrating and a real pain in the bum. Heat the insulation and remove the insulation when it is hot. it won't take much heat. I use a heat gun but a candle will do as long as you clean the strands before soldering. I use finger tips as I don't care about tiny burns, but a cloth will do the same job.

I assume that once you have cleaned the insulation off the cables you have a way to join them.

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rickharris (author)2012-04-02

Scrape off the insulation and solder a wire across the broken section.

OR replace the entire thing with separate wires - they only use ribbon cable for convenient assembly.

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