February 10, 2018 at 5:41 am #52739
Hello. My MPCNC has been put away for a couple of weeks now as I have had other things to do but I want to start working with it again soon. I Want to use Cable chains to make it look more “slick” and I have fixed a rest for the Z Cable chain. I had an idea of how I wanted the Cable chain fastened, but then I remembered the thing that is said in the Z axis build guide: “Please do not attach anything to this assembly above the tool mount“. I have seen Pictures of this (for example this one from Martin S)
If this is strictly forbidden, how do people do to fasten the Cable chains? If i put them in the gantry the chain won’t be able to move with the z axis and the wire will be pulled with it.
I have a couple ideas of how I would go around this problem but I would like to see how other people are doing.
Thanks!February 12, 2018 at 8:26 am #52952
I used the z_mount_fixed.stl part from the following thingiverse project. It attaches to the top XYZ part with a single bolt to clamp it in place, no drilling or anything. It is great for twist-tying power cables, etc. to and has worked very well for me so far.
1 user thanked author for this post.February 20, 2018 at 9:40 am #53435
I’m with you on needing to clean up the wiring on the Z-axis. The X and Y axes can also use cable chains to good advantage. This was my design and can also be found at https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2743770 . I think it would be worthwhile making provisions for an attachment in any future revs of the XY blocks for sure.
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