Fix and S40 manufacturing flaw and other improvements
- Fix x-axis (roll) alignment flaw
- set the handle to 45 deg for more comfortable handling
- counterweight spacer to keep the screw from falling
**you will need a extra m6 nut.
I printed this with PLA since it's the stiffest material i have right now, but PETG might be suitable as well. Don't use abs since it's too flexible.
Why and how I made this thing
Years ago I bought a made in china S40 camera stabilizer after seeing various positive reviews on youtube. Since I am not poor af i bought the cheaper S40 I could find (they all look the same).
Soon I found out the stabilizer will always went out of balance no matter how precise I tune it, and then I found this helpful youtube video that explain the manufacturing flaw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK_PjxAfXKY
Upon checking, the part is indeed out of alignment. I tried to fix it by clamping the part in a vice and hitting it with a hammer but it didn't even fudge. At the end the part is full of mark and scratches but still unusable.
so i proceed to make 3d printed replacement parts and even improvements for it.
My design for the flawed part has longer distance between (x-axis) flanges bearing which improve stability and less stress on the bearing. And extra m6 nut set the screw in place to keep the screw from loosening overtime.
From the factory, the handle is supposed to be held perpendicular to the ground, but it make the hand fatigue very fast, and also cannot swing 90deg up while make low shot difficult. So i put a 45deg rotation on the handle and it works very nicely.
the counterweight of the stabilizer is held by a screw but every time you want to add or take out the counterweight the screw will tilt off if not fall out. I print a simple spacer that go between the screw and counterweight that keep the screw upright if i have to adjust the weight.