FLIR Tau2 640 + GoPro and 3D printed case

I've been doing a bunch of filming with my Tau2 (more to come on that) and recently I have needed to film with both the Tau2 and a GoPro with the aim of blending the video.

I set about designing a camera case which will house both the GoPro as well as the Tau2 at the same time. My goals were that it needed to be light, rigid and securely hold them.

The 3rd draft of it has worked quite well i think.

Some enhancements (printing at the moment!) will be:

  • Thicker side walls
  • A clip over the top to hole them in place (although the fit is so snug only a crash would dislodge them)

Honestly, there is not much more I can want with it. It does what it needs to.

I'll post an update here and on my other blog in a few days once I have printed it and given it a few test flights.

Some sample images from the first flight:

-- Crispin

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Comment by Mike Knott on March 6, 2015 at 8:00am

Looks really good! How are you recording the FLIR imagery?

Comment by Oscar on March 6, 2015 at 11:49am

looks good. are you using that with a stabilizing gimbal?

Comment by Robert Atwood on March 6, 2015 at 2:56pm
Hi! I'm looking for a set up like this. How are you recording the Flir footage? What UAV is this attached to?
Comment by Crispin on March 7, 2015 at 2:26pm

Thanks peeps. I've printed off another version, made some changes to it which should be better.  Will post an update shortly.

We are developing an in-house recorder for it which will be part of the case in a future version.

I have two goals -

  1. Record the video as video (easily achievable)
  2. Control the camera from the ground station.

We have the first option working now (Video below) and the second option is almost working too.

The case is mounted to the gimbal as per normal camera. More on that to follow.


Comment by Mark Norriss on April 28, 2015 at 5:27am

Hi Crispin, The case looks great, and exactly what I am looking for. Would you be willing to share the actual 3d drawing file (.skp format) so I can print a version?

Comment by Doug Andriuk on April 28, 2015 at 7:03am

Very Cool.  I there any way to use the Tau as a "picture" camera rather than a video camera?  I want to do orthomaps with thermal images.

Comment by Crispin on May 1, 2015 at 5:43am

@Mark - Sorry, not just yet. Still a WIP (now on V3 :D )

@Doug - V3 has a remote connection from the camera to PC. You can trigger a photo snap remotely, change settings (pre-sets) remotely, download images from camera remotely if you wanted to.

I'll post more on it very soon.

Comment by Patrick Wells on May 11, 2015 at 9:26am

How is V3 of the mount coming along coming along?

Comment by Crispin on May 11, 2015 at 2:10pm

:( Not really had much time to progress on it. Busy with another project at the moment which is keeping the printer pretty busy.

Comment by Doug Andriuk on May 12, 2015 at 9:39pm

Have you guys seen the new FLIR camera?  It is half the price of the Tau and has shutter controls, etc.  I saw it at the AUVSI show.  640 is @2999, and 320 @ $1499.


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