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Offline alanskiii

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Re: DIY perfectly coiled cable guide
« Reply #50 on: Wed, 08 July 2020, 11:04:28 »
Would I be able to make a coil with just a paracord sleeving and no techflex? If yes, how tight/sturdy/good will the coil be?
Yes you can coil just paracord!
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Tightness is on you. One nice thing, paracord wonít melt like techflex. So you can get it pretty toasty with no worries.


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Hey, I just finished my first cable to make my first coil and I want the ends to be perpendicular to the coil, basically looking for the same results as you.

I am going mad trying to figure a way of securing the ends to the coiling rod to get this result. I just find tutorials to get the ends parallel to the coil.

Can someone enlighten me on how to achieve this result?

Thank you very much for your time, appreciate a lot the help.
I made a rig. Not 100% best solution, still has itís cons. But it works.




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Offline fons

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Re: DIY perfectly coiled cable guide
« Reply #51 on: Wed, 08 July 2020, 11:57:48 »
Would I be able to make a coil with just a paracord sleeving and no techflex? If yes, how tight/sturdy/good will the coil be?
Yes you can coil just paracord!
Show Image

Tightness is on you. One nice thing, paracord wonít melt like techflex. So you can get it pretty toasty with no worries.

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Hey, I just finished my first cable to make my first coil and I want the ends to be perpendicular to the coil, basically looking for the same results as you.

I am going mad trying to figure a way of securing the ends to the coiling rod to get this result. I just find tutorials to get the ends parallel to the coil.

Can someone enlighten me on how to achieve this result?

Thank you very much for your time, appreciate a lot the help.
I made a rig. Not 100% best solution, still has itís cons. But it works.

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That is actually a great idea. As a WIP mech engineer I was over-complicating my head too much xD.

I take for granted that under those zipties there is one nail right? Otherwise the perpendicular bars would rotate with the force of the coil no?

It's my first coil, so I will definitely start from your base. Thank you man!


EDIT: NVM, just tried your zip-tie method and it surprisingly holds the force of the coil without any extra nails or anything. Coil is cooling now. Will probably reheat tomorrow. We'll see how it turns out, thanks man!





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Offline JCraftCables

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Re: DIY perfectly coiled cable guide
« Reply #52 on: Thu, 09 July 2020, 10:09:16 »
Oh man that is such a simple but effective idea! I was just taping it down from many angles just to get the cable perpendicular :S

Offline hiddensong

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Re: DIY perfectly coiled cable guide
« Reply #53 on: Thu, 16 July 2020, 23:39:55 »
That zip tie method looks simple. I got a bit more complicated and used some hose clamps, L-brackets and wood screws. Mine came out......not perfect (which is the only acceptable choice). Although I used MDPC-X which might be harder to coil? Maybe I didn't do my first coil perfect? I sure as hell did subsequent coils absolutely perfect. I used a heat gun, oven, tried 90 degrees, 120 degrees, 170 degrees and 200 degrees. 200 worked best @ 20 minutes. The beginning has two "loose" parts (coils gets a bit larger or loose) that start about one inch from device end, only last one coil, then start again about 3 inches after and again, last one coil. The rest is absolutely perfect. I mean I can pull it and it snaps back immediately. Was trying a MODO2 color scheme. I've ordered Tech=Flex and will see what I can do now with around 12hours experience in coiling cable (I redid the first cable around a dozen times just to see different methods). The coil never changed as far as the loose parts. The only difference was the springiness after reverse coiling AND heating.

Offline alanskiii

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Re: DIY perfectly coiled cable guide
« Reply #54 on: Fri, 17 July 2020, 00:54:55 »
That zip tie method looks simple. I got a bit more complicated and used some hose clamps, L-brackets and wood screws. Mine came out......not perfect (which is the only acceptable choice). Although I used MDPC-X which might be harder to coil? Maybe I didn't do my first coil perfect? I sure as hell did subsequent coils absolutely perfect. I used a heat gun, oven, tried 90 degrees, 120 degrees, 170 degrees and 200 degrees. 200 worked best @ 20 minutes. The beginning has two "loose" parts (coils gets a bit larger or loose) that start about one inch from device end, only last one coil, then start again about 3 inches after and again, last one coil. The rest is absolutely perfect. I mean I can pull it and it snaps back immediately. Was trying a MODO2 color scheme. I've ordered Tech=Flex and will see what I can do now with around 12hours experience in coiling cable (I redid the first cable around a dozen times just to see different methods). The coil never changed as far as the loose parts. The only difference was the springiness after reverse coiling AND heating.

loose coil stragglers means that part wasn't tightened enough. I like the zip ties because you can get it tight enough to hold first. then you can twist your coils tighter and cinch the zip ties more once you've reached max tightness. lol I hope those words made sense. but be careful because the zip ties can kind of mangle techflex weave, I guess mdpcx might resist that more.

gl!