A few weeks ago, it was brought to my attention that V5 cables could but cut. Meaning that I could not only use the precut cables provided my set. However, I could find any information on whether or not previous attempts to do so, have been successful. And whether or not soldering is required. Because my team and I, have very little experience in the field of soldering. And whether or not third party cable stock would be viable. I also wanted to know if anyone had information as to whether the connection would be as secure as the precut cables, Vex provides. Furthermore, if it’s easy to cut using basic plyers. Hopefully, someone has information about the subject matter.
Here’s the link of cables and cable cutting tools: Smart Cables and Tools - VEX Robotics
My team has been cutting cables all the time and the cables we made were as secure as precut cables. No soldering required.
This document details the procedure for crimping custom cables. To answer your questions:
- Yes, this is possible, people do it all the time.
- No soldering is required.
- Third-party cable stock may or may not work, but is not competition-legal
- I don’t know if anyone has done any formal strength tests but the connection should be plenty secure as long as you follow the procedure correctly.
- You could probably cut the cable stock with pliers but you shouldn’t, because the crimping tool has a cutter built in.
Is it really worth the cost in the case. Aren’t there other cheaper cutting tools out there? Are they usally called cable crimping tools?
Yes, there are lots of crimp tools out there from very cheap to many hundreds for a professional one. The VEX one is pretty cheap and decent quality but you can definitely find cheaper.
I believe antichamber made a video on how to use it as well.
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