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Offline SylvestreTopic starter

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The Best Method of Joining a Piece of Metal To Steel Cable
« on: August 16, 2013, 05:09:19 PM »
Hi everyone,

I am designing a tracks system right now and I am trying to figure out what would be the best method of joining a cleat to a 1/8" stranded steel cable.  There is a picture below to help you better understand my system and what Im trying to accomplish.

From what I've heard welding isn't a good option.  Others I can think of off the top of my head are brazing, some sort of crimp connectors (sleeves?), adhesives, or silver soldering.   

I did a bit of research and unfortunately got varied results with not a conclusive answer. 

Any input is welcome.  Thanks
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Re: The Best Method of Joining a Piece of Metal To Steel Cable
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2013, 08:43:00 PM »
How big is this? Screw plates with a strain capture ridge might be enough if it's model-scale.

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Re: The Best Method of Joining a Piece of Metal To Steel Cable
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2013, 10:26:55 AM »
How are you making the track pieces?  Milled? Cast? Flat stock?


From flat stock I would bend a tab around the cable

Cast or milled I would make a projection with a slot that you can squeeze over the cable.
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Re: The Best Method of Joining a Piece of Metal To Steel Cable
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2013, 01:19:28 PM »
I was going to use steel channel.   I have a new idea for a tracks system that will eliminate this along with many other possible problems.

This is my solution http://www.rexnord.com/sites/Process/Pages/ProductPage.aspx?platformkey=1&businessunitkey=1&nodekey=152588

So what I envision in the new system; there will be two chains per track.  Holes will be drilled in every other or every three (not quite sure yet, have to check spacing).  The aluminum channel will be fastened to the top plastic material.  Simple, elegant, and functional.


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Re: The Best Method of Joining a Piece of Metal To Steel Cable
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2013, 11:15:46 PM »
You could try having a longer cable and tie stopper knots after every hole.
something like:
http://www.animatedknots.com/ashleystopper/
or
http://www.animatedknots.com/doubleoverhand/




 


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