Running the cables

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Running the cables

Postby ramboman » Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:51 am

This hexabot is a fantastic design, but...
there is no way to run the servo cables nicely :(
I would appreciate any suggestion to do so
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Re: Running the cables

Postby wattsie » Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:10 pm

There is plenty of space to 'hide' the cabels in the body, a few zip ties and all the cabels will be out of the way of the legs. A few more zip ties on the legs and the whole lot tidies up quite nicely. It is a matter of patients and care to get it all sorted, but it does give the hex a more professional look. I like doing stuff like that (the back of my home cinema system is a work of art). Some people spiral wrap the wires together, some even go to the extremes of cutting the wires to length and putting new connections on them.

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Re: Running the cables

Postby ramboman » Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:59 pm

Spiral is too rigid...
I have got some sleeve to run cables trough...
Problem is to fix the sleeves; ties around the femur is "professional", right!
I am looking for hooks to fix them near the pivot points.
Idea: look at a crane and all its pneumatic tubes ;-)
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Re: Running the cables

Postby plingboot » Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:20 pm

I cut all my servo cables to length and sleeved groups in braided tubes - looks tidy and there's more than enough flexibility.

I does however take a bit of time and patience.
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Re: Running the cables

Postby wattsie » Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:23 pm

ok, so professional isnt the word i was looking for, maybe adequate would sum it up better. If you are thinking of fixing the servo leads to the femur, or closer to the servo axis, take care as there is a surprisingly large range of movement required in the cables, and sometimes a movement of another servo can interfere with what looked like a good position to fix the wire. The zip ties are good as they can move quite freely, and merely guide the cable as opposed to fixing it in position.

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