3D Printed Quick Release Platform for your Tripod


If you use a tripod and have more than one camera, you may have run into the problem of not having a quick release mount.  Sure, you can just buy one just buy one (Amazon), but what’s the fun in that?  If you have a 3D printer, there’s an easy solution!

Todd wrote in with his 3D printed quick release platform, which looks like it will work quite nicely with many basic tripods.  Per his design, you’ll have to provide your own 1/4 – 20 bolt, although I suppose you could print this too (not sure I would trust that though).

If you happen to have a higher-end MeFoto Road Trip tripod, Todd also has a 3D printed answer for this somewhat different platform.  He might not trust it with a bulky telephoto lens, but for light-duty applications, it should fit the bill.

The MeFoto tripod might cost more than my $20 rig, but like most things, it looks like you get what you pay for.  It looks really beautiful, but at at just under $190 on Amazon, it’s not cheap either!

3D Printed GoPro Spherical Panorama Mount

spherical panorama mount 3D printed

Here’s an awesome 360 degree 3D printable GoPro mount via Reddit.  Take this concept 1 step (2 cameras) further, and one can get an amazing spherical panorama video seen after the break.  The site is in German, but definitely worth checking out.

As for how to process 6, or even 4, GoPro videos together into something coherent, I have no idea.  Apparently it has something to do with computers.

Edit: Per Mark’s comment below, “Kolor Autopano” is apparently the software used to combine these videos.

On the other hand, if you have a 3D printer, the information on printing one of these can be found here.  Personally, I might just kludge one together with duct tape or whatever was around, but to each his own…

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Easy to Build Open Source Camera

a 3D printed open source cameraThis open source camera combines practicality, simplicity, and ingenuity to make a camera out of readily available parts. In addition, it gives individuals the chance to build their own camera. This encourages experimentation and forces the builder to learn more about the nitty-gritty of photography.

Even though there is not a detailed instruction list, the parts list is complete. It shouldn’t be too hard  to assemble the camera based on the pictures and some common sense. Being open source, maybe someone will contribute a full instruction manual in the future.

open source camera before assemblyThe body is constructed from 3D printed plastic and an adafruit trinket (knockoff arduino) controls the shutter. Actual film (as opposed to a CCD) is used to capture the image. This allows the design to stay simple and effective. The camera is simple and it’s easy to understand how it works. Because of this, it would be easy to experiment with long-exposure or other “exotic” filming techniques.  See our explanation of light graffiti if you need some ideas!

On the other hand, as a result of the simplicity there are two major downsides to this camera:

  • The battery is difficult to access
  • It is difficult to aim the camera

However, these things could easily be improved upon in a future design.

Undoubtedly, the best part of this camera is the fact that it is open source. This opens the door for all kinds of experimentation and new features. Maybe we’ll see a 3D printed tripod or other crazy accessory show up for it soon!