A 3D printed Camera Slider for $10 worth of Alluminum

Sep 7, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Sep 7, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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If you are willing to put the motor aside on your slider, this is probably as frugal as you can get. Dan Colvin (previously here and here) made this small and cool little slider which only needs some nuts and bolts and two aluminum pipes to build. I was kinda skeptic about how well the slider will perform being based on friction but the demo reel completely got me

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Here is Dan’s breakdown on the unit:

The aluminum cost about $10, the printed parts amount to roughly $5, and the hardware can be purchased for $5-$10. Once you have all of the parts, assembly is a breeze; no drilling or cutting, just bolt it all together. For roughly $20 and a little bit of work, you have a smooth slider with adjustable legs and adjustable friction

The bill of material (mostly bolts) can be found here and the 3D parts for printing can be found here.

There is a clever little mechanism that allows you to fine tune the position of the legs:

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And it locks with a small ratchet device:

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But where Dan see’s frugality, I see mobility, these are just the kind of units you can carry around in your bag and pop into the nearest Home Depot to turn them into a slider.

[3D Printed Camera Slider | Dan Colvin]

P.S. wanna add a motor option? we published a frugal slider motor add on yesterday.

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8 responses to “A 3D printed Camera Slider for $10 worth of Alluminum”

  1. Better Living Avatar
    Better Living

    Cool post :p

  2. Michael Krochta Avatar
    Michael Krochta

    all I need now is someone with a 3D printer

    1. Chris Cameron Avatar
      Chris Cameron

      If you download the parts you could then find a local printer using the 3D Hubs site…

      https://www.3dhubs.com/

    2. Martin Pot Avatar
      Martin Pot

      My local public library has a 3D printer that anyone can use – you just pay for the time and materials. That makes it very feasible for the average joe to 3D print stuff like this.

  3. Станислав Николов Avatar
    Станислав Николов

    10$ yeah shure.. Only if 3D printer owner is in your family…

    1. Sam Avatar
      Sam

      oh come’on 3D printers are like hemorrhoids, everybody knows someone how has one

  4. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
    Gvido Mūrnieks

    Personally, I would prefer version for CNC/laser. It is a lot more accessible for average DIYer.

  5. kkabir Avatar
    kkabir

    nice post