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 Max Levine on April 5, 2011 at 1:49pm
I'd like to see the video from the camera.., I see one potential problem here:
It will shake too much :(

Comment by Jason Short on April 5, 2011 at 3:35pm

Most types of rapid prototyped plastic parts are only a fraction of the strength of injection molded parts so you can't use the same way of thinking when you design them. I always consider how they will delaminate in a crash. You can use Cyano or acrylic solvent to harden them up a bit, but I never had a part survive a decent wreck. 

That and the GoPro is also heavy/dense. Plan on it rocketing out of that assembly at full speed during the crash. But don't worry, GoPros are built like tanks. I've had 4-5 crashes onto concrete from > 20ft and all I'll had issues with are small chips on the lens.


Comment by Shannon Morrisey on April 5, 2011 at 7:38pm

I've been using my Makerbot TOM to print out more stable landing gear for the arducopter.  I get a lot of wobble on those legs during takeoff.  You can only print objects up to roughly 100mmx3 so unfortunately you cannot use it to print out custom props unless you do some heavy modifications to the bot - my next project.


Comment by Dany Thivierge on April 7, 2011 at 6:31pm
would like to see the end result of those printed legs...
Comment by SNO762 on July 14, 2013 at 6:58pm
For sale?


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