3D printing is a relatively new way to mass-produce parts, and that comes with a slight learning curve on the part of both industry (how to make the machines reliable) and you, the buyer. The issue comes down to this: I have heard that a single strand of dental floss will probably not work well pulling a car up a hill. Now, I know what you’re going to say: “crappy dental floss!”, or even “get a smaller car!” But in reality, the floss wasn’t designed to pull a car, any more than the 4CELNK-YR clips are intended to handle all …
Category: 4CELNK-YR EMT Series
4CELNK-YR EMT Series cable clips fit around standard-sized EMT tubes used in event canopies and other temporary structures.
Cables Heavy? Really? Are they?
Since I am definitely getting into the business of supplying people with devices to hold their wire-type thangs, I was wondering: just how much is much? Just how much SHOULD a clip like this expect to hold? Hmmmm…. Okay, I’ve got it. I think normally, if it was a bunch of Cat5 cables, say for a surveillance system, I’d put tie-wraps about every two feet. More than that and the wires start to droop and look not-reall-attached. More, and they often seem over-clamped. So, let’s go with clips spaced every two feet, and those should hold nominally 8 Cat-5e cables. …
Stock Becomes Inventory!
Well, the day finally arrived, and I started putting together parts stock into packaged units, ready for shipping. Cool! Cheers! Rando
First printed package inserts, ready to make “stuff”
Closer yet…Four stacks of 1pc each product-inserts for each of the SKUs. Four lines, 20 SKUs in total. Next up is packaging (at least) one of each of those and getting photos of those for the product pages. Then there’s a few more types of photos left in the process, but then it’s on to posting and creating PayPal buttons for my private site, and then on to eBay. Woohoo! Another short post ;-). Cheers, everyone! Rando
ANOTHER line? Sheesh…will this never stop?
And then there’s the “EMT series”, for use with the standard sized tubes used for picnic canopies, and similar tubes. That’s a 1″ EMT tube (1.167″ OD), holding easily 8 CAT5e cables, with no retaining bands at all. Yes, that’ll do! Cheers! Rando
Let the Data Entry begin
Woohoo…I now have a “product line”…branded even! Getting closer every step of the way. That’s all for now :D. Rando
Wait…They charge HOW much?
Check this out: https://www.dxengineering.com/…/nte-adjustable-ladder-style… I post this to show how even with mainstream, crappy wire-retention devices like sold by this reputable vendor, they STILL have markup far more than you’d expect, and well within my ability to print a better solution. Who knew this entire “specialty wire management device” industry was operating on such fat markups in low quantities?
Encouraging words from strangers
…are always a welcome thing! Well, THAT was weird. Yet very encouraging. As I was coming home from a trip to find tiny rubber bands for this product, I noticed that the local HAM Radio people were having an event in a local park. I swung in, but they were closing it down; it started yesterday. I had brought a couple of this new wire-retaining thing with me to size the rubber bands. We talked a bit and I pulled out the two pieces, and these guys, every one, went pretty much ape-sh!t excited over them. Why? Because when they …
Adding and Removing Cables
Adding Cables Now comes the easy part! Grasp the inside arm with one hand. Push the cable against the outside arm until you can press the cable into the capture area. Optional: Stand back and ask “whoa…where’s the cut tie-wrap?” Removing Cables Here’s where it gets impossible for tie-wraps… Separate the cable you want to remove from the others in the bundle. Grasp the outside arm with one hand. Push the cable against the inside arm until there’s enough room between the arms to pull it out. Do NOT throw wasted tie-wraps in the garbage…since there are none. CAUTION: …
Warnings & Cautions
Please keep the following in mind when using 4CELNK-YR cable clips: Watch for damaged, worn, frayed or otherwise dangerous cables, and replace all that are unsafe. Dangling, partially-secured cords beneath desks, tables, and in shelving can in some instances present electrocution and strangling hazards. Be wary! The 4CELNK-YR arms are closely spaced, and there is spring tension holding them together. Use with care to avoid getting pinched or struck by the arms. 4CELNK-YR Cable Clips are not UL-Listed, they are not specially plenum-rated, nor are they flame-retardant. 4CELNK-YR Cable Clips are not a “safety device”. 4CELNK-YR Cable Clips are not …