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Gimbal for a SteadiCam

by rhmorrison Oct 10, 2010
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Really cool.

I just designed a gimbal myself (parametric, not STL triangle-mesh)

using 608-bearings and allowing for a handle.

That was of cause before I noticed this thing.

I am working on a new version of my desing.


Mark I printed fine and is working well.
Mark II shall improve the handle at the expense of more complicated printing.

(moved) SteadyCam Mark II

Having a closer look I think you can get rid of the nuts for ABS.

Screws easily cut their own thread through ABS and are then super-tight.

Without nuts this gets smaller.

Sinkhole-screws may also be used to make it even smaller.

What thickness of the ABS-rings and what solidness did you use to hold what kind of weight?
How did it work out?

  1. Mine is parametric - it is done using OpenSCAD!

  2. Again, look at the OpenSCAD file, it's all there.

  3. I used PLA.

  4. My colleague hasn't finished building it yet but it is supposed to hold a fairly heavy digital SLR camera. Initial tests look good but until he finishes it and puts it to 'real' use we won't know.

Ah, I see.

Sad that they don't use a format that can be imported into other CAD-programs.

cool, i wonder if i can remake with the laser. :-D

Should be pretty easy to do...

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YES, I know!

But then, I didn't post the link either. :-P

ES, I know!

But then, I didn't reply to you either. :-P

Ok, now that is sweet. Here I am going literally going though books of antiquities to find cool stuff to post and you post something VERY useful. Good job dude!

Will be printed tomorrow :)

Lol on the french butter dish... ironically, this is a question I asked SpaceX once before... how water-tight are prints? How many shell layers are needed to ensure water tightness?

It seems I would have two issues with water tightness; when the head moves from drawing the perimeter to the interior on my first layer (and others), it sometimes takes a second to start extruding, leaving a line of plastic that's too thin to mate with its neighbors. Secondly, skeinforge doesn't
always completely fill a layer; sometimes when I print there are gaps slightly less than the print width in the first layer diagonals, and it never gets filled...