Flexible wire

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  1. jamus

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    I am making a moving platform that has motors on it. I need some really flexible wire to power the motors with. It has to have a lot of give to it, so that the wire doesn't behave like a spring and effect the movement of the platform.

    The motors are rated at 1A, but I doubt I will be loading them anywhere near that much. Separate conductors are ok. The wires will be about a foot long and there will be two of them for each motor. I also need grounding straps that are about three inches long.

    Any suggestions for the type of wire I should use?
    Stranded obviously, but is there any special types of wire with really flexible properties that can handle the current?
     
  2. MaxHeadRoom

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    What voltage are your operating them at?
    You have to watch the termination points each end as it will be fraying the conductor that may be one issue, 1 amp is very low but it is the mechanical properties that are probably going to be the biggest issue .
    If considered low voltage you could strip a multiconductor cable or run something such as MTW/TEW 16g stranded.
    Max.
     
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  3. alfacliff

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    test lead wire, has real fine conductors and is very flexable.
     
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  5. crutschow

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    I vote for test lead wire, also.
     
  6. bertus

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    Hello,

    Also for test lead wire.
    The one with silicon isolation will be very flexible.

    Bertus
     
  7. Lestraveled

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    I third the test lead wire suggestion.

    Another source would be a car stereo shop. They carry very flexible wire but in heavier gauges.
     
  8. MaxHeadRoom

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  11. WBahn

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    Whatever cable you choose, you can probably significantly improve things by using a longer length and going out of the plane of normal movement to make a V or W type arrangement.
     
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