It’s no secret that the rise of 3D printing technology has led to some amazing new products and inventions. But what you may not know is that this technology can also be used for cable management – and it works surprisingly well!
3D-printed cable management systems are perfect for keeping your cables organized and tidy. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you can find one that fits your needs perfectly.
Plus, they’re easy to customize, so you can make sure they match the look of your room.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to organize your cables, a 3D-printed cable management system is the perfect solution.
3D Printed Cable Management Solutions
Speaking of which, this is where the subject matter of 3D-Printed cable management comes to mind.
1. Cable Clip Parametric (designed by Dr. G – aka GiMo84)
This 3D-printed cable clip is perfect for the floor, skirt board, or underneath the desk.
Source – Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4149935
2. Cable Holder (designed by Jesualdo Plazola – aka Sirr_Waffles)
When fastened to the desk, this cable holder will keep each of your cables lined up like soldiers.
Source – Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4892822
3. Childproof Charger Cable Protector (designed by Ryoichi Kato – aka ryo1kato)
Protecting the cables is one thing but so is protecting a curious wanderer who loves to touch and grab everything they can get their hands on. Protect your charger cable from the little one who might mistake it for something that is mouth friendly.
Source – Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4558790
4. Cord/Cable Coiler (designed by Murray Clark – aka muzz64)
Sometimes, even the shortest cables to make the necessary connection may seem too long. Using a coiler to neatly wind it up may be just the ticket to better manage what to do with something that could stick out in a rather unattractive way.
Source – Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1764247
5. Earphones Cable Clip (designed by Murray Clark – aka muzz64)
Sometimes, when listening to music by earphones means the cable had a tendency to get in the way. Using a clip to hold it in place is can safely and discreetly solve this problem.
Source – Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2261211
6. Ethernet Cable Runners (designed by Murray Clark – aka muzz64)
Thanks to 3D-printing technology, keep those ethernet cables straight and orderly. The design allows up to sixteen cables to work with so you can keep track which cable goes as it is connected from one device to another.
Source – Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1320948
7. Flat/Round Cable Guide/Holder (designed by TRIGOKLEI)
When cables are lined up along the wall, connecting two different devices to each other, it would be ideal if it wasn’t so obvious. The baseboard-style design, courtesy of 3D printing technology, offers a great solution to do the job as a cable management system that can be every bit as eye-appealing as it is practical.
Source – Cults 3D: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/home/flat-round-cable-guide-holder
8. Open SCAD Fully Parametric Drawer Cable Storage Management Hive with Punch Cuts (designed by mofosyne)
What do you do with those extra cables you may not need right now but want to hang onto them, just in case? Instead of throwing them all into a big box that can become a nightmarish experience to try and find the right one, why not neatly store them as a collection that is neatly contained in one place?
Source – Printables: https://www.printables.com/en/model/136632-openscad-fully-parametric-drawer-cable-storage-man
9. PC Cable Holder (designed by CIPRIAN_XRO)
For HDMI cables, printer cables, and whatever cables you’re using, this is a great way to hold everything together.
Source – Cults 3D: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/various/pc-cable-holder
10. TOM Build Platform Cable Management System (designed by makers-3dmodels)
Instead of a bunch of cables and wires sticking out everywhere, neatly organizing them together in a 3D-printed management system that’s flexible enough to work with.
Source – CGTrader: https://www.cgtrader.com/free-3d-print-models/hobby-diy/mechanical-parts/tom-build-platform-cable-management-system
11. Under Desk Cable Management Hook (designed by N0RBS12)
Instead of cables just drooping down behind the desk like an eyesore, why not neatly have them lined up and attached to the underside of the desk, nice and orderly?
Source – Cults 3D: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/home/under-desk-cable-management-hook-norbs12
12. USB Cable Organizer Clip Holder (designed by Petclaud)
The 3D-printed USB cable organizer clip holder looks like duct tape but without the stickiness. When putting spare cables in storage, keeping them neatly bundled as separate entities can pose a challenge when left in the drawer. The clip holder comes in handy to keep each cable from tangling into the other.
Source – Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3208555
How to 3D print parts for effective cable management
A 3D printer can be a great way to create custom parts for cable management. Some things to consider when creating parts for cable management are the size and shape of the part, as well as the thickness of the material.
When choosing a material, it’s important to choose one that is strong and durable. Some materials that work well for cable management include plastic, metal, and wood.
Once you have chosen a material, you will need to determine the size and shape of the part. The part should be large enough to fit the cables, but small enough to fit comfortably in your hand. It’s also important to make sure that the part has a smooth surface so that the cables won’t get caught on any sharp edges.
Finally, you will need to determine the thickness of the material. The thickness of the material should be enough to hold the cables in place, but not so thick that it becomes difficult to handle or install.
When creating a part for cable management, it’s important to keep these things in mind. With a little bit of creativity and some planning, you can create a part that is perfect for your needs.
My own process
I had been struggling with cable management on my desktop Alienware computer for a while. The cables were always getting in the way, and it was difficult to keep everything organized. I decided to take a look online for some solutions, but I couldn’t find anything that would work for my setup.
Then I remembered that I had a 3D printer. I had never used it for cable management before, but I figured it was worth a try. I designed a part that would fit around the cables, and I printed it out using my 3D printer.
The part was a little bit tricky to install, but it worked perfectly. The cables were now neatly organized and out of the way. This simple solution saved me a lot of time and hassle, and it was all thanks to my 3D printer.
Cable management items you can 3D print
There are many different items that you can 3D print for cable management. Here are a few examples:
- Cable wraps: Cable wraps are a great way to keep cables organized and tangle-free. You can print out your own cable wraps using a 3D printer, or you can buy them online.
- Cable clips: Cable clips are another great way to keep cables organized and tidy. You can print out your own cable clips using a 3D printer, or you can buy them online.
- Cable holders: Cable holders are perfect for keeping cables in place. You can print out your own cable holders using a 3D printer, or you can buy them online.
- Cable ties: Cable ties are a essential for any cable management project. You can print out your own cable ties using a 3D printer, or you can buy them online.
3D printing can be a great way to create custom parts for cable management. Some things to consider when creating parts for cable management are the size and shape of the part, as well as the thickness of the material. With a little bit of creativity and some planning, you can create a part that is perfect for your needs.
As the world continues to become more digital and electric by the day, one would think there would be fewer cables and wires to contend with. However, this is not the case.
Instead, the members of society who embrace the wonders of technology have since undergone the transformation of cable management.