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FunctionalLimits
May 2nd, 2014, 09:28 PM
Would anybody here who actually has the original keyboard cable for the SX-64 be willing to give me the dimensions of the enclosures around the connectors at each end? And maybe share a few detailed photos with me? I'm making a cable for an SX-64, and I've decided to try reproducing the two enclosures for the connectors using a 3D printer. Everything else will just be stock items from Mouser. TIA.

NeXT
May 3rd, 2014, 12:28 AM
I used regular DB25 connectors with the hole tabs bent backwards.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a166/ballsandy/Computer%20related/IMG_5957.jpg

It fits but you need some sort of handle or place to pull on the plug on the computer side because of how the port is recessed.

FunctionalLimits
May 3rd, 2014, 01:00 AM
Thanks, I'll be using stock DB25 connectors (all plastic), though I'm not sure yet how I'm going to cut off their "ears." Apart from that detail, it's easy to make a functional cable, but I want to try to reproduce the enclosures for the sake of aesthetics (and fun). They'll be very easy to model...if I ever find anyone who actually has an original cable!

Pet Rescue
May 3rd, 2014, 03:51 AM
FunctionalLimits here are a few photo's (computer side plug)

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Pet Rescue
May 3rd, 2014, 03:54 AM
And a few more

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Pet Rescue
May 3rd, 2014, 03:56 AM
And some more (keyboard plug)

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Pet Rescue
May 3rd, 2014, 03:57 AM
Last one

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FunctionalLimits
May 3rd, 2014, 08:21 AM
@Pet Rescue: Thank you so much -- you even measured the Commodore logo for me! I'll post a couple of renderings as soon as I finish the model, most likely on Sunday.

Pet Rescue
May 3rd, 2014, 08:26 AM
@Pet Rescue: Thank you so much -- you even measured the Commodore logo for me! I'll post a couple of renderings as soon as I finish the model, most likely on Sunday.

You're welcome it's always good to help! Hope I took enough photo's :D

geoffm3
May 12th, 2014, 07:16 AM
Should note that the real cable uses molded connectors rather than housings, so that might complicate things some.