The OpenReflex Is A 100% 3D Printable Open Source SLR Camera

Maker Léo Marius was not satisfied with the state of 3D printed cameras. Sure, we’ve see a few pinholes printed here and there, but never a full operational camera.

This is why he set out to build an entire home printable camera – The OpenReflex (kinda like Defense Distributed home-printable gun, only way more legal).

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Here is the project description (I am really liking this guy now)

The OpenReflex is an Open-Source analog camera with a mirror Viewfinder and an awesome finger activated mechanic shutter (running ~ 1/60°s). What’s more, it’s compatible with any photographic lens.

All the pieces easily printable on an recent RepRap-like ABS 3D-printer without using support material ! Everything should print in less than 15h and anyone should be able to assemble it within 1h.

All parts are separate ( Film receiver, Shutter and Viewfinder ) to simplify builds and modifications.

The source files are available under the CreativeCommon By-Sa license, fell free to modify them if you want a new feature, and don’t forget to share your improvements on the web 😉

The camera is every bit of an SLR as you’d imagine featuring everything you need, including a mirrored viewfinder. Operation is still a bit cumbersome, but this will probably improve now that the camera is in the wild. Currently it works with a hand activated sliding window.

It can be printed in any reprap-like ABS 3D printer a some flatboard and some sugru. Here is the sum of parts you end up with:

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And here are some of the steps in the way to completing the project:

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The camera actually performs quite well, here are a few sample pictures:

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3d printable camera

[3D Printed Camera : OpenReflex | via Léo Marius]

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  • Dave

    Couldn’t you just buy an old film camera on ebay, one that actually works, for like, 5 dollars?

    • Paul

      No, not a Nikon F 😉 More like 200$ 😉

      • Léo Marius

        I Have my own Nikon F too, but the approach isn’t the same, here the goal is to buid and understand you own camera, and even modify it if you want to do something else with. 😉

        • jean philippe

          that’s right good job mister Marius

  • fdefewfd

    i rather buy a used canon eos on ebay for 5$…..
    i mean… what is this usefull or good for.. other then showing that it is possible?
    it´s childsplay.
    every used analog camera is better and more practical then this.

  • Trina

    It looks like a pain to get the mirror in the camera.

  • Georges

    If someone can turn it into a digital SLR and merge it with Arduino, I’d be interested

  • KKKawKayzhun9

    nice piece.. now WHY? when you can get +high end SLRs for pennies.. why would anyone want to mess with this crapola.. kids science project.. ok i get it.. demo for a 3d printer.. ok, i get that too.. but other than for the wow i can do it factor, it’s pure crap..