The ShapeOko 2 makes use of this: Black Expandable Sleeving. Similar, and installable after-the-fact is spiral cable wrap.
Forum discussion and images here: Re: Cable Control
Further discussion, including specifications in Re: Custom ShapeOko Design
One suggestion is to use the same size throughout a machine.
Mounting brackets: Google Plus image gallery including drag chain brackets
Mention of sizes:
- 25x38 Re: What else should I have on hand?
- 18x25 User:Improbable Construct, Plenty of room for wires. The only gripe I have is that the chain opens on the outside of the bend so you have to unmount it to run new cables through it if they have large ends., The inner size for drag chain is 18 x 25mm. It's a little small given the 7mm diameter wire cable I'm using for the motors (4 x 1mm² + sheath). I managed to put in the cable for each motor + the spindle cable (4 wire in total)
- 18x37 Re: Drag Chain Sources / Experiences / DIY Danimal Shapeoko # 1458
- 10x15 too small
- Unspecified sizes:
2M noted as enough for an SO3: http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6690&p=53677
- Re: drag chain --- MDF which is "a combination of ideas posted on the internet". Includes .dxf source.
- Wooden Cable Chain
- An assortment of patterns and designs, including one made from PVC pipe at CNC Mentor
- DIY cable carrier
- Shapeoko Drag Chain Mounts --- 3D printed mounts to match 10x15mm x 1M drag chain from Amico
- Completed My 3D Printed PLA SO3 Drag Chain Brackets
- Laserink saddle, endstops, dragchain adapters, rear cover
- DeWalt DWP611 Cord Angler -- A replacement for the stock rubber sleeve that angles the power cord upwards.
Another option, esp. for the Z-axis is to encase the wiring in a spring:
Similarly, tubing can be used:
- a simple Shapeoko cable management solution
- http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=7270&p=57388 --- corrugated tubing for a ShapeOko 3
An image in a forum post by user jzhvymetal shows using plastic strapping (bucket handles purchased from American Science Surplus for $0.25). Pairs of holes were drilled on each side and the wires zip tied for cable management: DEWALT DWP611.
3 x 0.79 + 7.97 == $10.34
Zip ties are available in their largest size in up to 36" lengths. Using 3 such , and a length of Wiremold/Legrand Nonmetallic Raceway, White, two brackets fashioned from wall shelf standard and a number of smaller zip ties, this very inexpensive DIY cable management system was fashioned:
One early cable management system was BobT's Teeter Scissors which used inexpensive lengths of aluminum bar stock arranged on hinges to provide a charming mechanical, almost steampunk aesthetic to the functionality.
- pulley and weight --- http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2724&p=32205
Lacing instructions: http://www.dairiki.org/hammond/cable-lacing-howto/
Cap for Nema 23 --- a 3D printed cap from Thingiverse which manages the cables and provides a place for a cable plug-in.
An interesting technique for attaching the Terminal Blocks is to use a 3M command strip: Y left and right and terminal strip mount.
The use of an iron cordholder was mentioned in the Google Groups: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/shapeoko/cJMQ_keO1eo
One technique for arranging and controlling the wires is cable lacing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cable_lacing