Save some money by 3D printing your own camera gear

Oct 26, 2021

Olivia Hooper

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Save some money by 3D printing your own camera gear

Oct 26, 2021

Olivia Hooper

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Individuals often find it annoying to pay for extra gear after already spending a huge amount on the camera itself. Thankfully, 3D printing can help those on a tight budget. Not only is it cost-saving, but can offer users huge flexibility in terms of design and uniqueness. To be candid, there is no limit to the possibilities, given the advances happening around additive manufacturing technology.

Whether you are an independent filmmaker or a professional, a 3D printer is there for your rescue. You can create accessories such as organizational tools, mounts, lens caps, shoulder rigs and whatnot. Most importantly, you do not have to look through tons of marketplaces to find the exact match for your needs. Just modify the existing design to create unique gears and accessories.

If you already own a 3D Printer and you are comfortable spending some of your free time printing, here are some of the ways you can use 3D printing to create camera gear on your own and save a lot of money in the process.

Camera Slider

Source: Thingiverse

The design is available on Thingiverse and is one of the most useful pieces of gear you often need when filming movements. Yes, it’s the Camera Slider. The design is simple and does not need rafts or supports for printing.

As per the designer, it is recommended to use the 0.2 mm resolution along with 30 per cent infill to achieve the needed strength and accuracy. Overall, it is an easy 3D print project which even a beginner can complete without much hassle.

And, you can instantly make your camera ready for the cool filming projects.

A Tabletop Tripod

Source: Thingiverse

It’s always handy to carry tabletop tripods along with your camera. And, with this design, it will be easier to pack your tripod with your camera, with no need for making excess room for the same. With Its small footprint and balanced design, this gear can solve many problems when shooting.

Either you are filming small shorts, or require a compact solution for keeping your camera firm on the go, this accessory will really take the pain away. Letting users set the desired angle using a few extra nuts along with bolts, the tripod enables users to stabilize the camera right away.

In addition, you can easily fold the tripod as it is collapsible. Just remember, the design is for a smaller camera and will even suit the time-lapse shoots.

But if this model doesn’t suit the size of your camera, you can simply edit it or create a new one entirely, because that’s what 3D Modeling software is all about. With 3D modeling, one can create a virtual three-dimensional model for any imaginary or existing real-world object they want and have it 3D Printed.

Shotgun Mic Shock Mount Grip

Source: Thingiverse

If you are up for printing a mic grip, how about this stylish and handheld shock mount design. The designer has used the dimensions of a Rode NTG1/2. Therefore, the grip will work effortlessly for any mic having a maximum diameter of around 22mm.

This could be a really great aid for those working alone. However, anyone can 3D Print the design, if seeking a little more convenience while shooting.

Glidecam style stabiliser

Source: Thingiverse

If you are up for a challenge, why not 3D print your own glidecam. The design is available on Thingiverse. Although a little complex to create for beginners, if you are ready to put in the effort, the time spent on the design will be completely worth the hard work.

Being very useful in creating stabilized shots which may become a problem for shaky hands, the gear could help you click like a professional. Just remember, from printing to assembly, you will require a little bit of knowledge. Thankfully, you can find a number of extensive tutorials and videos online.

Camera Gimbal

Source: Thingiverse

Those wanting to print something that is simpler can also go for a camera gimbal. These are sturdy and comparatively simpler to print. Not only is it very useful in ensuring stable clicks but definitely a fun gear to use.

Follow Focus Solutions

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Many professionals like to go manual when adjusting the focus. This allows individuals to attain the specific settings they desire for each shot. And, if you want to follow the same routine, this follow focus solution will be a great aid.

This amazing design is not only simplest to 3D Print but is convenient to use as well. You can focus your lens while being able to stabilize the clicks. All you need to do is zip-tie the printed accessory to your lens. And, it will help you settle for the best shots.

Above all, learning to focus accurately will take you from being an amateur to someone with great filming experience. So, create this gear and keep clicking and filming dynamic and interesting shots. What’s best is that the design is compatible to work with any type of lenses you own.

Lens Caps

Source: Thingiverse

It is not a surprise to keep losing lens caps too often. A lot of filmmakers and students go through the same problem. While it may seem like a cheaper investment to get a new one, calculating the cost of the entire replacement would leave you in shock.

When replacing lens caps over an extended period, you spend a lot of money. Therefore, it’s wise to find an alternate solution for the same.

With 3D Printers, you can make your lens caps for much less cost. And, these are very simple to 3D print. Plus, you can choose your favourite colour as well for printing the design. Just check the design available for your specific lens, and you can print it right away. If you are good at designing, you can prepare the 3D file yourself.

Steadicam style stabiliser

Source: Thingiverse

Well, you might not get the same professional results with this Steadicam that you do with a real one, it is still better than having none. Luckily, you can save thousands of dollars by making one for yourself. The design is best for beginners planning to experiment with camera gear for achieving higher quality videos.

This one isn’t strictly 3D printing, but you can attach a laser to many 3D printers to turn them into laser cutters. Overall, there is no way you can ignore having a Steadicam when you have the option to make it for such a cheap price.

Conclusion

3D printing has been able to leave many limitations from the past behind. Today, not only are the devices accessible to almost everyone, these have become more powerful and exemplary. So, why not use the technology to bring your cost down when trying to become better with your filming skills? Print this gear and enjoy the difference you achieve in your shots, for good.

About the Author

Olivia Hooper is a 3D printing expert and a hobbyist photographer. She is also the editor over at Pick 3D Printer, a site about 3D printing.

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