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Step 1: Prepare the cable carrier

Remove all of the snap-in tabs from the z-axis cable carrier. The z-axis cable carrier is the shortest cable carrier in the kit.

Step 2: Orient the cable carrier

There is only one orientation that the z-axis cable carrier mounts to the cross-slide and z-axis, and it is determined by the orientation of the end pieces. Inspect the images below to see how the cable carrier will be mounted, but do not attach it at this time.

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The z-axis end

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The cross-slide end

Step 3: Lay everything into the cable carrier

Keeping the mounting orientation of the cable carrier in mind, lay the UTM cable, the z-axis water tube (0.95m), the vacuum pump cable (z-axis section), the camera, the z-axis motor cable (z-axis section), and the z-axis encoder cable (z-axis section) into the open cable carrier. The ends of all cabling and tubing should be offset from the z-axis end of the cable carrier as follows:

  • The end of the z-axis water tube (the 0.95m tube) should extend 10cm beyond the z-axis end of the cable carrier.
  • The end of the UTM cable with the yellow and black connectors should extend 10cm beyond the z-axis end of the cable carrier.
  • The end of the camera should extend 15cm beyond the z-axis end of the cable carrier.
  • The end of the vacuum pump cable (z-axis section) with the quick-connect terminals should extend 30cm beyond the z-axis end of the cable carrier.
  • The end of the z-axis motor cable (z-axis section) with the white motor plug should extend 100cm beyond the z-axis end of the cable carrier.
  • The end of the z-axis encoder cable (z-axis section) with the white encoder plug should extend 100cm beyond the z-axis end of the cable carrier.

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This photo shows what the cables will look like as they are measured out to scale.

Organization is important!

When laying the cables and tube in the cable carrier, ensure that none of the items criss-cross over each other. If they do, you will have trouble snapping in the tabs and you risk compressing the tube and preventing water flow.

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This photo shows the tubes and cables in the Z-Axis Cable carrier. (This is from a Genesis v1.4 so your bot may look slightly different.)

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Z-axis and y-axis cable organization (This photo is from a Genesis v1.4 so your bot may look slightly different.)

Step 4: Snap in some tabs

Snap in three cable carrier tabs at both ends of the cable carrier, and five more spread throughout the middle of the cable carrier so that as you mount the assembly, the cables and tubing will stay in place. You do not want to snap in all of the tabs at this time because that will make it difficult to make adjustments if needed.

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Step 5: Mount the cable carrier to the cross-slide

Carefully lift the cable carrier assembly and drape it over the cross-slide.

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Attach the cross-slide end of the cable carrier to the cross-slide using two M5 x 30mm screws, M5 flange locknuts, and the 60mm cable carrier spacer block. The screws should thread firmly through the cable carrier end piece.

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Not pictured: The cables and tube coming from the z-axis cable carrier.

Step 6: Mount the cable carrier to the z-axis

Attach the z-axis end of the cable carrier to the lowest vertical cable carrier support on the z-axis using two M5 x 16mm screws and M5 flange locknuts. The screws should thread firmly through the cable carrier end piece.

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Not pictured: The cables and tube coming from the cable carrier.

Step 7: Feed the z-axis motor and encoder cables

Feed the z-axis motor and encoder cables up through the slots in the vertical cable carrier supports, and then through the slot in the z-axis motor mount. Then connect the cables to the motor and encoder.

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Step 8: Add the vertical motor housing

Attach the 80mm vertical motor housing to the z-axis extrusion using M5 x 10mm screws and tee nuts.

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Step 9: Snap in the remaining tabs

Once everything is situated well, snap-in the remaining cable carrier tabs, ensuring that you maintain organization of the cables and tube.

Not easy to adjust

Once you snap-in the remaining tabs, it will become impossible to adjust anything without removing the majority of the tabs first. Make sure everything is in place before you make a bunch of extra work for yourself.

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