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Smartphone Photo Studio for #3DBenchy and tiny stuff

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Smartphone Photo Studio for #3DBenchy and tiny stuff by CreativeTools Oct 21, 2015

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DESCRIPTION

This 3D-printable camera rig for smartphones is designed to create a repeatable way to photograph #3DBenchy models at fixed angle positions. An included turntable attachment makes it is also possible to record 360° videos.

Please watch the video and visit the links below for assembly instructions and demonstration:

The base frame and phone shelf are easily adjustable to fit most common smartphone models. A sliding fixture holder allows for adjustment of the object-to-camera distance as well as the focus and framing of the image.

A rubber-band-activated lever makes it easy to insert and remove the smartphone from the shelf and keeps it in place during photography.

FIXTURES

The following fixtures are included in this kit:

  • Vertical fixture for eight positions at 45° intervals (for #3DBenchy)
  • Horizontal fixture for top-bottom positions at 45° intervals (for #3DBenchy)
  • Crank-actuated rotary platform for recording 360° videos (for #3DBenchy)
  • Crank-actuated rotary platform for recording 360° videos (blank)
  • Blank fixture insert with center-hole for generic objects

MOUNTING HOLES

The frame components have holes through which the camera rig can be secured permanently on a flat surface.

BACKGROUND PAPER

A slot in the fixture holder can be used for mounting a sheet of paper which removes background clutter during photography.

ILLUMINATION

A universal holder for flashlights can be used to add key lights and improve the clarity of the photos.

LIGHT BOUNCERS

A separate holder for sheets of paper is included which can be used as additional light bouncers.

STL FILES AND BUILDPLATES

All files in this camera rig can be downloaded as individual STL files and also as pre-packed ready-to-print build plates. These are available for two commonly used square and rectangular build-volume sizes - 200 x 200 x 115 mm and 230 x 150 x 115 mm. If your 3D printer can make objects of this size or larger, then you can 3D-print a full plate in one go. Otherwise all individual parts can be 3D-printed within 150 x 150 x 114 mm.

OTHER USES

Even though this rig is primarily designed to be used for photographing #3DBenchy specimens, it can nevertheless be used for taking photos of anything that fits in the camera's field of view.

For this purpose the fixture insert is made available as a blank in both STEP and STL file formats. These can be easily adapted in your 3D/CAD software for holding items such as follows:

  • Stamps
  • Insects
  • Flowers
  • Leafs
  • Miniatures
  • Toy figurines
  • And anything else you can think of!

During the development and testing phase of this rig, it became obvious that it also works as a stand for mobile phones. Just make yourself comfortable, place the rig on your belly and effortlessly watch your favourite videos.

OPEN DESIGN

This 3D-printable camera rig is released as an open design and we encourage you to 3D-print it and make improvements to best fit your personal use. If you re-publish the new files please give this project attribution. :)

LEARN MORE

Please visit http://3DBenchy.com to learn more about 3D printing

Concept and 3D model by http://Creative-Tools.com


Background music in video by soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas


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What a great Idea.............

Apr 17, 2016 - Modified Apr 17, 2016

Because I need a bit more distance I made a rail extension for this faboulus photo-studio:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1497555

Rail Extension for Smartphone Photo Studio
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Will this work with a Note5?

As we could see the Galaxy Note 5 measures 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm which is only a few mm larger than the Galaxy 6 used in this video: https://youtu.be/hlATeBRlB9E

In other words, the Note 5 should work well with this photo studio. :)

Very cool. Going to try to use this to update the images of my extruder.

Jan 22, 2016 - Modified Jan 22, 2016

totally awesome !!

simply perfect....!!! congrats
brazilian hugs...

Obrigado! :)

this will work with an 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm phone?

I think I might try and make this into a 3D scanner. What app should I use and do u think this would be possible??? Thnx!

Autodesk's '123D Catch' app, but you might need to modify the rig because it requires you to take pictures from different perspectives like looking up at the object from the bottom. However, this rig should work if you set it up correctly. I've never really had any luck with 123D Catch, but it might be worth a shot for you. :)

Really nice work :)

Lol probably such a long print

Would be great if there was an included .txt file or something, with a little more detail on parts required. What kind and how many screws, infil and layer resolution. Just the little stuff that would be an addition to the video. Thanks

With large and even larger prints, the phone needs to be raised and the bar extended a bunch. I made a bar extender out of the bar coming off the base and the object platform.

Im now working on a fake phone that slides where a phone goes but has bars going straight up. Sadly Im just putting my phone holder at the top. I should reuse your part...

The screens at the back flop over if i use 8x11 card stock. So i got some angled clips that attaches two papers together at 60 degree angles. The clips are at top and bottom. 4 clips altogether for 3 screens total.

The rotary base item clips broke... i glued, but i want to figure why they broke.

There could be a rotary base that is 8 inches...

I also would like to see good ideas on the star attachment device. There should be solutions for all types if objects by now...

Good job

"the bar (needs to be) extended a bunch. I made a bar extender out of the bar coming off the base...."

Could you post it here on Thingiverse - The bar extender - I tried many times but cannot make the bar longer. Newbie at this.

After many failed attempts at a home-made studio, I look forward to trying this! Excellent design! Thanks

You are welcome orionseesall76! We are glad you liked the design :)

Maybe could be used with Mo3dls 3D scanning app (https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/mobile-3d-laser-scanner/id590404873?mt=8)
No experience with this yet but looks promising. Could be a great team!

wow this is great.

thanks for shareing :)

Wonderful project!

wow amazing. I love the turntable. Do you suppose you could use that turntable for a DIY 3D scanner?

We're glad you liked it. :) Sure... you can use it as a simple way to orient parts at even angles or rotate them continuously and collect data via camera (photogrammetry) or some kind of linear or structured light solution.

Very nice and functional design, great

GREAT design..!!!

What's the recommended size for the model to fit and can be photographed entirely?

Depending on the field of view of your camera, the object can be up to roughly 80 mm (3 inches) wide.

How hard would it be to make a background (paper) holder that would have sides that attach to the bottom that are curved out. What I'm thinking of is having the background concave vertically slightly.

Thanks mavkain for this input. It is a clever way to adapt and improve it. Stay tuned and please follow this thing. We will publish future adaptations and accessories here in the future.

Now if we could combine this with a 3d scanner app that would be great.

Ill try to print this out today. Seems like something nice to have.

i am going to be using this for an app called 123d catch,, it would work perfectly,, its a photo to 3d printable model software,,, have fun guys'

Any luck with this yet?

Which software or App it uses?

This photo studios purpose is to hold the smartphone in a controlled manner when taking photos of small objects. The actual app is normally the smartphones built-in camera-software for photos and videos.

Oct 23, 2015 - Modified Oct 23, 2015

Great design!!!! Thank you for not having an IPOS... lol

We are glad you like the design BbrnKyle. :) Regarding IPOS, do you mean Intellectual Property Ownership? In our case the thing we designed here is a gift to the 3D printing world and we hope that many can have free and joyful use of the smartphone photo studio, regardless if it is used for documenting #3DBenchy boats, jewellry, etc. The only thing we kindly ask for is that we get some attribution when derivatives are made. :)

I think he means iphone. Awesome design btw, very cool little kit.

Well deserved feature! Haven't seen something this awesome in ages!

Not a question how you got featured. This must have taken a lot of work!

Absolutely wesome!

What printer did you use to print those parts? They are fantastic

We 3D printed this on several different machines successfully. Our recommendations are for this thing to be printed with PLA plastic on a 3D printer with plenty airflow from the cooling fan. That will yield best results in shape and form.

PLA plastic has a bit more friction than for instance ABS, etc. This makes the different moving parts easier to stay in place when joint together, such as the two set-screws.

Thanks for all the comments! :) We are glad that this thing is appreciated by you all.

We have some more fixtures for this rig that we will release in the future. Stay tuned!

We need a smartphone studio studio, for taking pictures of THIS print! :)
Great design

omg i love it it so amazing :)

wow! that will be good for 3D scanning!perharps using 123D Catch or Photoscan?

That is a good idea :) We will need to give it a try with the 123D Catch app from Autodesk.

The rig would have to work in a way that is opposite to this one. The camera would need to rotate around the object. I think of it like the solar system models you see. The Sun is stationary and the planets can rotate freely around it on their arms. The rig would work best if there was also an arm directly opposite the camera holder that can hold a piece of paper. The holder should bend the paper slightly concave so the background remains the same as the camera and it rotates around the center.
I have a clear picture of what I mean, unfortunately I don't have the CAD skills to draw it up.

The issue with 123D is it uses the cameras accelerometer to get the angles. The camera needs to move around the print, not the other way around.

Oct 23, 2015 - Modified Oct 23, 2015
teppic - in reply to zerodameaon

Not sure if it uses the accelerometer, but an important factor is that the object is not allowed to move in relation to the environment. If the object moves, but the background doesn't, the software gets confused. The software uses visual cues in the background just as much as on the object itself to calculate the camera angles.

Thank you! Glad you liked it :)

Does it will work with iphone 6s?

For sure! :) It works with all Apple iPhone models.

Asewome, great desing!!

I agree, Absolutley " wow " Thank-you for sharing really a great idea.

You're most welcome wallybe :) We're glad you liked it.

Just wow! This is amazing!!!

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