If you’re faced with a broken cable, maker Marius Taciuc has a 3D printed enclosure solution. Although can’t beat a replacement cable, it’s a great short-term universal cable fix.
Cables are fragile. They can be cut, ripped apart, or — most commonly — have a loose connection. Most makers just use just some Gaffer tape to repair their broken cables – but there’s a more elegant, 3D printed solution that even offers strain relief.
Marius Taciuc entered the Hackaday Repairs You Can Print contest with a 3D printed mic cord repair. Rather than attempting to use electrical tape to try and fix the problem, he 3D printed an enclosure which is way more stable.
Taciuc’s 3D printed enclosure can be used as a join box for both cables or chords. It’s a close-fit but it’s possible to glue everything in place, providing a short-term solution for broken cables.
Taciuc uses cable ties to provide strain relief and hot glue to hold everything in place. The enclosure mechanically supports the two broken sides making it an interesting project to try out if you have a broken cord or cable.
What You’ll Need To Repair a Broken Cable
- A 3D Printer
- Files available for download from Hackaday.
- A glue gun & glue
- Cable ties
- Heat shrink tube
- Soldering iron
How to Fix Your Broken Cord
To begin, download and use the files to 3D print your enclosure. Make as many as you need. Next, after your enclosure has finished printing, insert both ends of the cable into the box.
With cable ties, secure the cord or cable in place inside the box. It’ll be important to buy 2mm or thinner cables so they fit inside the enclosure.
Next, take your heat shrink tube and put this on the wires. Solder the wires until they’re joined and heat the tubes to shrink them too.
Finally, add glue using your hot glue gun. Fill the box between the wires but do not add more that lid level. Attach the lid while the glue is wet and wait until it’s dry.
Voila. Your cable is ready to be used again. Watch the process in the video below if you’d like to know more about the universal cable fix.