Universal Camera/Phone Stand

by dsc68, published

Universal Camera/Phone Stand by dsc68 Nov 13, 2015

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I recently saw a design for a polyhedron stand that allowed you to position your GoPro camera in any of 20 different fixed orientations without needing a full tripod. There are a couple of similar designs here and here on Thingiverse. Whilst they are interesting designs, I couldn't help thinking it was a bit of a complex solution for such a simple problem.

My solution is a very basic design which provides maximum flexibility with these features:

  • customisable to suit any camera or phone
  • 20 roll positions in landscape and portrait through a full 360deg at 11.25deg steps
  • 20 pitch positions in portrait through a full 360deg at 11.25deg steps
  • up to 6 pitch positions in landscape though +/-45deg at 11.25deg steps (balancing can be difficult in this orientation)

The mounting positions are slightly offset to accommodate an off-centre centre of gravity in the camera. If you have trouble balancing your camera in any position, try turning it around 180deg.

Update: A few people have asked for a GoPro case version of the stand.

I have also added a larger version that is suitable for larger DSLR and video cameras, or any camera that isn't square but has a tripod mount

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Orientate the model so that a side is on the print bed. This will give maximum strength to the mounting lugs.

Supports are necessary for the top mounting lugs. Be aware that the top mounting lugs may still droop a bit and need trimming before your camera or phone will fit properly.

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$53k so far... Not sure if that's a rip off, or a simultaneous spark. It might also be you making the indigogo, but if not, then wow.

No, not me making the Indigogo version. However, if I had charged $29 each for the 3170 downloads so far, I'd have $91,930!

Is that YI camera?

Yes, the camera in the photo is a Xiaomi Yi

I have a green one, are you chinese?

They also come in white.

Nov 22, 2015 - Modified Nov 22, 2015

I printed the iPhone 6 stand in Colorfabb PLA, doesn't fit :0(

Forget that, I didn't realise it sort of clicks in with a little pressure. Nice print,

Yep, it needs to be a tight fit to hold the phone securely.

Hi, I really like idea. I was going to get this 3D printed but then I realized it wouldn't work with my LCD screen.

Can I request a stand that will fit the camera + screen? Thanks!

dsc68 - in reply to

Got a screen for Christmas. Customised version of stand is at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1225994

Stand for Xiaomi Yi with LCD/Battery Backpack
by dsc68
dsc68 - in reply to

No problem. When you get your screen, just measure the depth/thickness of the camera with the screen attached. It is best if you use a set of callipers as the measurements need to be to the nearest 0.1mm for a good fit. You can then use the 'Open in Customizer' button to enter in the appropriate dimensions and make a version of the stand to suit.

What a useful thing !!! Downloaded and ready to print

YI cam owners unite! :D

Nice design but unfortunately unusable. In normal landscape position - the most used for an action cam - the wide lens of the yi camera will show the sides of the stand.
Maybe a redesign... Good idea.

Nov 15, 2015 - Modified Nov 15, 2015
dsc68 - in reply to moonshinesg

I designed and tested the stand carefully so that it does not enter into the Yi camera's field of view in any position or orientation.

Seams like I tried the only one that actually shows the stand: the long side in normal landscape mode (as in fist example photo) photo 3:4 mode.

Thanks. I tested that position again and I can't get the stand in the frame with my Yi. The only position where it is possible to see the stand is landscape, like in the 5th photo, but with the lens at the bottom, and even then it only shows if the camera isn't centred on the stand.

Does your camera sit flat on the base of the stand? It wouldn't take much of an offset to tilt it enough to see the stand. If you turn the camera around 180deg (vertically and/or horizontally) does it still show the stand?

Sorry, your 5th photo is portrait...
In any case doesn't matter much as it would only show in photo mode which I don't really use... It just happened that the camera was on photo mode when I first tried the stand.

Yes, you're right, the 5th photo is portrait. I'm still interested why it happens on your camera but I can't replicate it on mine.

Just today my brother asked me to print him a phone holder for facetime. I was thinking about what angle would be best - this is perfect!

Print it for my Gopro 3, It is very narrow, Causing scratches on camera.
And cannot hold the camera in any angle.

But Thanks for your design.

Sorry about that. If you take accurate measurements for your camera, you can create your own customised version using the customiser.

Hey, you dont need to say you sorry, Thanks for you design.
May this a print issue, i will test it more, Thanks!

Will fir to Gopro?

There is a STL for GoPro 3 & 4.