Gravity, magnetism, weak and strong nuclear forces; sure they hold a lot together. But the other compelling force of nature that demands your utmost respect? Zip links.
Or at least it is [Alan Reiner]’s take the combination of cable ties and 3D printing. (Video, embedded below.) So he designed a demonstration model, Zip Tie City, which demonstrates a number of possibilities offered by zip-tie channel design.
He then designs a multi-outlet battery box with a ton of cable ties that keep the wiring under control and hold the modules and batteries in place. (And releases magic smoke, but even zip ties can’t keep that stuff inside.)
We like zip ties for situations where screws are excessive or a simple fix is enough. Designing channels for zip ties is a pure win and uses the unique advantage of 3D printing; it would be horrible to try to machine subtractively in a part.
Ties aren’t the only game in town, though. If you need a glue, ours [Tom Nardi] stopped by his local hardware store and tested the options for this must-have classic item.
Thanks for the tip [Keith Olson]who wants you to watch Zip Tie Guy (video) while you’re in the mood.