Carbide 3D belt tension accessory

Here are the STLs if someone wants to try these out.
ClipBTM.stl (462.5 KB)
ClipTOP.stl (149.6 KB)
I’d print the big part with the M5 nut space facing up (no supports).
The bottom, I’d probably print with the M3 nut space down, but with light support there.


I personally found that using a screw just 4mm longer solved my problems. I used gates app and measured frequency. Before I just found it hard to get adequate tension on one side, so a slightly longer screw made that much easier.


I found it interesting that the holes for the screws themselves were tear shaped, not round. I had assumed they were meant to be positioned with that pointed up?

Yup… For the top part. I just carried the shape through to the bottom section. Really helps with printing through holes like that.
Let me know if you print them.

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The thing about the current belt loop design is that they work the best when they’re fully tightened against the plate. That doesn’t leave any room for adjustment. Whether you feel you need to adjust belts or not is probably dependent on the individual.

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I’m re printing the bottoms the way you recommen. I printed them as I had assumed, and split one puttng a nut in. They would have printed cleaner if the nut pocket were turned thirty degrees to have the points up. Another change I would do, would be to recess the m3 nuts further up into the bottom clip, an 18mm screw just cleared the nuts, but being cheap, I stripped one out. ended up using 20mm screw. And I’m not to wild about the screws extending past the bottom of the clips.

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I could probably thicken the bottom without causing too much lift on the belt. I always have it in my mind that M3 threaded inserts would be better than the tiny nuts, but I have a problem with tracking down the tiny inserts when it comes to modeling these things. I generally try to keep things as simple to print as possible.
You definitely want to print the bottoms with the belt teeth up for maximum strength. You wouldn’t want to have it pull apart when tensioning. I’d also recommend PET (or stronger) for this.

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I pretty much do all of my printing with PetG.
I just tried installing these, and an M3 x 18mm button head screw would be the maximum length of screw to use. I had to revert back to the clips, as the longest M5 screw I have was 20mm, and I would want a minimum of 25 for adjustment.
All in all, It looks like it will work. I think to much time was spent looking for a solution at the front of the machine, and you solved it at the back.

I received my M5 screws today, and installed your tensioning blocks. Did you intend to have the hole for the M5 to be offset? about .15mm?

No. Which way?
I haven’t had a chance to print yet, so everything is based on measurements and guesses.
Got a pic?

Check out the layer lines.

I had to flip it over for the hole to line up with the machine, but other then that, it works, and easy to adjust the tension equally.

Oh, the hole was not centered vertically on the part. Off the top of my head, I measured from the rail to the hole to be 11.5mm. The height of the block was probably based on standard M3 screw lengths…18mm, I think.

After the post I checked it out. I don’t care. It works.

Thank You for the clamp

The pics look right. The top should be the shorter side… Is that how it fits?
I did notice the slightly rotated hex nut after I uploaded the STL, but that wouldn’t affect anything other than OCD.

Short side down against the bottom clamp, otherwise the hole doesn’t line up with the screw.

Probably just an issue with tolerances…I didn’t leave room for any. I’ll print a set tomorrow and check.

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That is how I have it. The unit shown is an extra. Per the measurement I took, distance from top of hole edge is .408 to top edge, Bottom hole edge .460 to bottom edge.

Side of small hole to side of clamp, .110 and .97. Sorry used a carpenters pencil to scribe.

Like I said no problem.

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Would you mind showing a picture of it installed? Very interested in this concept.

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I haven’t had a chance yet, but maybe @Steve.Mc or @Zman have. I printed mine (slightly changed version), and if they fit I’ll update STLs.

Do Not, DO NOT grind your bolts while under pressure. My PLA melted. Being a lazy ass I did not change it yet.

Like I said It works The base pulled a little, may be the end of the belt jammed up on the rail cap, It Works!

Able to get my belts to tone evenly,

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