H960 blank panel clips
quapla at xs4all.nl
Tue Jul 28 04:22:17 CDT 2015
On 2015-07-27 18:51, Vincent Slyngstad wrote:
> From: Noel Chiappa: Monday, July 27, 2015 8:58 AM
>> Time to find someone who can do injection molding... (I don't think
>> could be 3D printed, the necks of the bulb-heads are under a lot of
>> when removing panels, they often snap off; will 3D printed parts be
> They are actually pretty straight-forward to cast, especially if you
> don't need the metal nut in the middle. I've made molds with RTV,
> then cast parts out of 2 part resin. The molds do wear out, where you
> pull the bulb-heads through.
> I've also had them 3D printed successfully, and if you're careful
> about the print direction, the bulb-heads are sufficiently strong in
> ABS. (I haven't tried it in PLA. Sintered nylon would also probably
> work, but would be expensive.)
> From: quapla: Monday, July 27, 2015 9:14 AM
>> Maybe a future possibility to have a (maybe Chinese) manufacturer make
>> a batch of 1000, 2000 or maybe 10000 clips with a type of plastic
>> is slightly more flexible so that they do not break off to quickly?
> I like that they almost always break before the panel itself does, so
> don't make them too strong. I actually damaged a panel once by
> replacing the bulb-head with a screw (head). (Maybe should have used
> a nylon screw.)
> Also, there are several flavors. You can see a few toward the bottom
> though I don't have that exact flavor with the nut in the center.
> That makes ordering 10000 a challenge, since what's actually needed is
> probably a mix of the various flavors.
Hmm, I have 3 versions, the ones with the nut, the ones without the nut
and the one with the clamps which goes into the cabinet holes.
I guess the ones without the nut and without the rack clamps may be the
preferred ones, as there are always ways to bolt the panel clips to the
Yes, straight pins would be better so less break off chances.
Yes, local production is always better, but to keep it affordable
for a group of private individuals, costs is usually more important.
Regarding the base material, would ABS plastic the best solution?
(Like the Lego bricks)?
I did find a place in Belgium, who has their production facility in
China. They offer up to 70% price reduction so it sounds interesting.
(http://www.kunststof-spuitgieten.be, alas only in Dutch).
Can you make a '.stp' or '.igs' file of the bracket as shown
in the image 'bracket-screws.jpg' but with straight poles rather
than the 'ball on a stick' version?
I need one of these formats to ask them for a price offer based on the
1000 / 2000 / 10000 batch size.
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