3D-printable gimbal for RaspberryPi camera

I ordered these motors and this gimbal controller some time ago to make a gimbal for the Raspberry Pi camera. This weekend I managed to model, print and test it.

It weights ~65 grams, is very compact and fits perfectly on my new quad (more on this some other time).

Here’s a timelapse video of the modelling process:

And here’s a video with me mounting it:

It works on 6-8.4V (2S), and is very quick to print.

The total cost is ~50e for the controller and motors. In the future I’ll model some extra motor mounts for some more micro gimbal motors.


The STL + Design Spark files will be very soon on github.

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  • Just saw this. Great idea. I think a lighter ribbon cable for the IMU is a good idea, but you likely have already thought of this. I am playing with light gimbals for fixed wings and I wonder if I could adapt your design to work with a Mobius lens. I think I could. I would likely need to add a little counterbalance for pitch.
  • @Ted - somehow I missed your question... The gimbal pitch is not balanced as it relies on the camera being light. It can take a slightly heavier camera or the RPI+Lens but I didn't test it. The motors are definitely strong enough to move more weight, but without proper balancing there might be more vibration.

  • How do you think it would hold up if the RPi camera had an attached lens on it that was bigger/heavier?

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    Nice job!

  • I intend to buy these and solder flexible 26AWG silicon cables to it.

    Fitting the pi zero on the gimbal would make it bigger and it would need more space to rotate freely. This is an issue on the mini quad I'm building.

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    When you try to connect the camera to RPI the problem could be the flat cable ... my suggestion is to put on gimbal all the RPI board . You can use RPI 0 rev 1.3 it's very small ... and can fit on your gimbal.

    If not could be a lot of problem with the Cable ...

  • Files are uploaded here:


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