3D printed gyro-stabilized pan-tilt gimbal for the GoPro

Fantastic project, which was 3D printed at Shapeways. Here's their blog post describing the whole thing. Check out the lovely snap fit with a twist-knob closure design.




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Comment by Jeff Taylor on April 5, 2011 at 12:47am
Very cool! I wonder how long this takes to print.
Comment by Simon Kerr on April 5, 2011 at 1:56am
Cool. Now can we daisy-chain a second one off the head of the first with higher sensitivity sensors to make the head movement even smoother (i.e. less susceptible to platform vibration and rapid movement). Would that work?
Comment by I.S. on April 5, 2011 at 4:57am

Cool but not so cheap:


3D printed pieces: back cage, the front lid, the servo cage and the mounting arm.


3x MKS 470 servos (no cheap servos)

Great project anyways,

PS:I would like to look closer to those lateral hinges, they look interesting.

Comment by Taylor Cox on April 5, 2011 at 6:20am
If I can get the .stl files, would be able to print these on my makerbot 3d printer. I would be willing to sell them for a little bit over the cost of plastic..which would be far less than what they are charging.

Comment by Max Levine on April 5, 2011 at 7:58am

Nice, but they need to make a new one :))

For that :)


















3D FPV ???

Comment by Jason Short on April 5, 2011 at 9:20am
Looks nice, but I'm always afraid stuff like this will break with one wreck.
Comment by bGatti on April 5, 2011 at 10:52am
if self-printed, one can reprint the weakest link. With good design, the weakest link is small and easily replaced :)

(someone else posted that a $5000 board will always protect a 5 cent fuse)
I am reminded of our city government which replaced the broken $15 basket ball hoops with heavy duty basketball hoops, only to watch the $300 clear backboards shattered.
Comment by bGatti on April 5, 2011 at 10:55am
I am reminded that chris acquired a maker bot, but we are waiting patiently for a post about the cool flyable thingys being printed on it. Not to pry, but can we gently request a progress report?

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on April 5, 2011 at 11:11am
@bGatti. I'm too busy with autopilot stuff to really focus on the MakerBot, I'm afraid (plus the small matter of the day job, books, five kids, etc). Too many cool toys, not enough time.
Comment by Taylor Cox on April 5, 2011 at 11:30am
Once I get mine up and printing nicely maybe we can set something up to produce for sale at the diydrones store or something. Possibilities are endless.


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