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3D printed drag chain

Not the prettiest of print jobs, but functional. Drag chains are used to hold flexible wires in situations that call for frequent linear motions. They protect the wires from fraying, and keep them from tangling with machine internals.

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Oct. 4th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
Dang, were you able to print that out as one unit or did you have to assemble it?
Oct. 5th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
I printed each piece individually and assembled them after some cleanup. I did print four segments at a time, though, unattached, in a 2x2 grid.
Oct. 5th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
Nice! ^_^ I was going to be flabbergasted if you were actually able to print it as a unit, but I guess that would take antigravity.
Oct. 5th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
Nah. It'd just take a dissolvable support material and higher resolution. There are commercial 3d printers out there that can print ball bearing assemblies in one pass, fully assembled.
Oct. 7th, 2011 08:38 am (UTC)
Was each link made from two pieces, or was there fill material inside that you removed? I'm having trouble seeing how to print these in a makerbot-compatible way (though I could just be overlooking something). Very nifty, however you did it =^.^=.
Oct. 4th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Nicely done.
Oct. 5th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
Well, this is several layers of awesome. :)