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Fully mechanical camera slider

by ProperPrinting Mar 9, 2019
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Perhaps the front pulley, and where you connect the line on the slider, should be in the middle instead of off to one side. Think you can make it a bit more stable that way. Good job on it!

Thanks a lot for your suggestion! The pulley used in the video differs from the one I have uploaded which is already a lot more stable. I think that if I place the pulley in the middle that the driving mechanism should be modified too to line this out properly. A couple of days ago I uploaded one which does basically the same but with an Arduino to make time lapses https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3511794 This is also lined out on the side so I will keep it like this to make them interchangeable.

Super long camera slider with Arduino

That's awesome. I've been thinking of doing something similar as well. I have a 2 meter home made slider made using 2pieces of 5cm PVC-tubes and a board with 8 inline wheels and then wire, some screws for pulleys and a disco ball motor for the movement. Using all pulleys I can get the speed to about 1 meter an hour. But I would really like to make something a bit more controlled.

That sounds cool 1 meter/hour is already very slow. If you replace the disco ball motor for an Arduino with a stepper motor you have indeed full control over the speed. The Arduino code I used and uploaded works with two parameters: speed and number of rotations. I have to write another code which can do 1 step with a delay so it can move as slow as you want. I want to use this for making a timelapse for 3D printing.

I might recommend incorporating a fan (like in a music box) to provide a steady motion, the wind resistance will provide a top speed and allow the camera to progress slowly and over a longer time...

Otherwise, this is really nice and a good concept!

Thanks for your recommendation which is actually a great one! At this point I am busy with a couple of other 3D printing and YouTube projects but I will definately keep it in mind.

As a side effect it will keep you a bit cooler during the summer :P