I had just finished my x build when I realized that if I were to ever need to service the power supply or to even just clean it or better yet move it i would have to disassemble all the wiring first. Now the wires themselves are shielded 18/4 which is too stiff to work with but I wont get into that now. My point is that I needed a way to be able to remove the sensitive electronics safely and quickly.
And so i present to you my idea… Its a method for quick disconnect, stress barrier for the sensitive g-shield, and is so worth the time it took me to set it up.
Here is a breakdown with links.
Steppers on mechanical side:
I used the included wire system x-c provided (although I am thinking of replacing stepper wiring with 18/4 non-shielded as shielded is a bit too stiff to work with). My reasoning for using the included kit is that I would not be doing much adjustments to the motors therefore why bother messing with a good thing. Plus the screw terminals are easy enough to deal with if need be and I don’t foresee much stress on the stepper wires or terminal blocks.
X, Y, and Z, all terminate with a 4pin male waterproof (overkill) connector.
5 for $13us http://amzn.com/B00MZWX6H0
Limits on mechanical side:
I only soldered the z and did a loop through for x,y and heat shrunk them all.
X, Y, and Z, all terminate with a spade connector.
175 Pcs Kit $16us http://amzn.com/B017BEYKU8
Steppers on electrical side:
X, Y, and Z, all terminate with a 4pin female waterproof (overkill) connector.
Waterproof connectors are wired to a 12 pole terminal block, which in turn is wired to the g-shield. I used Velcro to attach it to the g-shield housing for strain relief.
2 Pcs Terminal $4.70us http://amzn.com/B005DJJGSK
2"x15’ Velcro $21.58us http://amzn.com/B00006RSP1
First off I will admit it right off the bat… I WASTED SO MUCH G.D. TIME MESSING WITH THOSE INCLUDED G.D. CRIMPS AND G.D. CONNECTORS EVEN WITH THE G.D. OVERPRICED PIECE OF G.D. JUNK CRIMPING TOOL. Phew. I nearly exploded there… Anyways moving on to my solution…
Limits on electrical side:
I did indeed use the wire crimps that x-c included but I did not put it into the piece of junk they call a connector. Instead I Crimped them and covered them with heat shrink and terminated (think Arnold) them into the second terminal block.
Then from the block terminal I connected the female side of the spade terminal and also heat shrank them.
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uxcell® 5 Pcs Micro Limit Switch Roller Arm Subminiature SPDT Snap Action LOT