Ultimaker2 Cable Chain

A cable chain for those who are a bit paranoid about the bed cable bundle being caught under the bed. Or who just want it to look nicer.

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I guess this is more a solution waiting for a problem type of project but you have to admit it looks nice. I needed 12 segments plus the end pieces to complete my chain. I don't know about the variance of cable length so YMMV of course.

Assemble the complete chain before mounting it in the machine. The tolerances aren't super tight but I made the pieces quite rigid to keep them from flexing too much. Once the chain is mounted it starts getting tricky adding pieces due to lack of space.

The angled piece replaces the original little black clip that secures the cable to the bed, just unscrew it and replace with this thing.

To secure the bottom end piece I used double sided tape since I didn't want to drill any holes in the machine. Make sure you angle it correctly so that the chain doesn't curve under the bed. I suggest that you manually move the bed up and down a few times to make sure everything clears before letting the machine do its thing on its own (don't ask me how I know, let's just say this wasn't the first design...).

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0657d6529c54c3bdd0ee0abe1f75010c?default=blank&size=40Ryan Shuck commented ago

Any word on how this works with a UM2 Extended? I read that another cable chain didn't work with it because of the cable length not being long enough to allow mounting of the bed end.

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Hello, any chance to get the source .stp files?

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Carousel thumb cable guide
Printed on:
ultimaker 2
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Mini otoOthmane Sebti commented ago

Very great design, as usual....i print it in white PLA.

hop will be ok during heating up the bead to 110° to print PC.

any experience about this?

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The design is nice (would love to have it parametrised in openSCAD, f.ex.), but it does not work on the UM2 Extended. The Extended uses the same length cable as the normal UM2, and therefore has too little margin to make the bend at the top when build plate is fully raised.

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Mini zSuat Karagöz printed this ago
Carousel thumb screenshot 14
Printed on:
Ultimaker Original+
Result:
UMO+ cable length was not enough = (
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32c66de5d6ac36f754f17587bdfe644e?default=blank&size=40Salvador Moreno printed this ago
Carousel thumb img 0192
Printed on:
Ultimaker 2
Result:
Everything came out great.
Feedback:
Just coiled up on the bed waiting to be installed.
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Carousel thumb img 1211
Printed on:
Ultimaker 2
Result:
Brilliant results on fast print settings. Completed the entire thing including fitting in around 8 hours!
Feedback:
Assembled cable chain missing only the "Chain Lids".
3ce8201028c7b9d4acdcb449ecea3445?default=blank&size=40CCS86 commented ago

@Macua85

I'm doing so right now. Seems to work well.

One thing I found as a help to assembling, is adding just a bit of heat to help allow links to flex for assembly. You can also use heat to tighten up joints where the links are a little warped.

Mini avatar nilan 2Nilan printed this ago
Carousel thumb img 0282
Printed on:
Ultimaker - The Ultimaker 2
Result:
Printed with "Normal" setting in Cura. I needed 11 segments for my Ultimaker 2. Perfect result.
Mini domustyle logo in szeneD.M printed this ago
Carousel thumb sam 0652
Printed on:
Ultimaker - The Ultimaker 2
Result:
Perfect results with my ultimaker 2 minimal need of finishing, i love my machine^^
Feedback:
printed it with normal quality settings and no support and looks very nice!
Mini makerspatzChris printed this ago
Carousel thumb chain
Printed on:
Ultimaker - Ultimaker Original
5aeb7d253dc32afaf507e97a922e0bb1?default=blank&size=40Thierry printed this ago
Carousel thumb cable chain
Printed on:
Ultimaker - The Ultimaker 2
Result:
Perfect print
Feedback:
Cable Chain In Action
5aeb7d253dc32afaf507e97a922e0bb1?default=blank&size=40Thierry printed this ago
Carousel thumb cable chain
Printed on:
Ultimaker - The Ultimaker 2
Result:
Perfect print
Feedback:
Cable Chain In Action
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