EDIT 2018-07-07: changed the base so the corners are rounded. I don't know about anyone else but I've skinned my knuckles a few times on the hard, sharp corners of the original design...
EDIT 2017-12-15: added a slightly larger holder for the 1080p Microsoft Lifecam Studio. Tested to fit the camera well.
A simple camera holder for the Microsoft Lifecam Cinema. I found that the tiny screw holding on the standard mount was way too weak to keep the camera secure, so I remixed this from the camera mount I used on my old Wanhao i3.
The camera is held in nice and securely with a captive M4 nut and bolt. If you use a nyloc nut this thing shouldn't come loose ever!
The height of the camera is designed such that you can see what is happening at the nozzle. The exact positioning of the camera can be fine tuned;
- it can be rotated quite a bit and it's still spaced out enough such that it won't hit the Y axis clamp.
- the height should be OK 'as is', but you can add washers and spacers between the mount and its holder to raise it.
Bill of Materials
2 x M5x10 bolts
1 x 3030 extrusion T-nut
1 x Camera Holder Base (printed)
1 x Lifecam Camera Holder (printed)
1 x M4 nut (nyloc is best if you plan on repositioning the camera a lot)
1 x M4 bolt, between 25 and 35mm length (dependent on number of spacers)
washers or spacers to get desired height
- Fit the M4 nut into the camera holder. Depending on your printer tolerances, this may be a very tight fit: if this is the case, screw a long bolt into the nut, place it where it needs to be pressed in, and lightly tap it in with a small hammer or mallet.
- Place the M4 bolt into the holder, thread washers/spacers (if any) for desired height, then thread into the camera holder in the hole at the bottom.
- Remove the factory standard mount from the Lifecam and slide it into the holder. If the camera is too loose, put one or two pieces of tape on the inside the mount to sturdy it up.
- Affix the assembled unit onto the underside of the middle Y axis extrusion beam.
- Fine tune positioning as desired.