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Mini Tripods

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Mini Tripods by walter Dec 7, 2015

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Small printable tripod, the folding legs are designed to print in one piece without supports. This is a challenging print and may be difficult with some printers. There are several mounting options, a standard 1/4-20 tripod mount, a hotshoe mount, and a phone mount (the phone mount works best with phones that have a centered audio jack since there's nothing that prevents it from rotating). The ball part of the ballhead is threaded, so try to get the threads aligned before screwing it on to avoid stripping the threads.

Warning: Using the audio jack as a tripod mount may damage your phone.

Parts List:

The link to the bolt are for quantities of 100/50 (which is what I ordered), If you only need a few, Bolt Depot may be a good option.

Printers:
-- RigidBot
-- Eustathios

Filaments: (full list can be found on thrinter.com)
-- Hatchbox Transparent Yellow ABS
-- eSun Transparent Yellow PETG
-- Sainsmart Transparent Orange TPU
-- NinjaFlex Lava TPE
-- 3D Solutech Transparent Orange ABS
-- 3D Solutech Transparent Blue ABS
-- 3D Supply Source Transparent Blue PETG
-- Sainsmart Transparent Blue TPU
-- NinjaFlex Blue TPE

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Print Settings

Printer: Eustathios and Rigidbot

Rafts: Doesn't Matter

Supports: No

Infill: 100%

Post-Printing

There is an optional NinjaFlex channel in the top of the tripod legs.

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Very nice. I was too eager to assemble it, so I made my own fasteners: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1584060

Fasteners for Mini Tripods (thing 1165406)
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That's a very well-designed mini tripod. Printed fine on UM2E. I'm glad that you also included the .STEP files, that's awesome, so I can edit it to suit my needs and screws :D

Feb 7, 2016 - Modified Feb 7, 2016

If anyone out there can't get this to print, I have successfully printed 5 tripods in a row with all different types of PLA filament.

My trick to breaking the legs loose works great every time. Start by heating one leg evenly with a heat gun (hair dryer) until the plastic is very hot, (but not so much to make the filament squishy) then wiggle the leg gently to break it lose. repeat for the other 2 legs run , run under cold water and enjoy :)

Thanks Walter for this awesome print!

I made a simple add-on piece for these cute little tripods. The new piece will fix those broken legs you can sometimes get that open too widely. It's very easy to print and attach to an existing tripod. I did make the "o-ring" channel a little too shallow on the top though.

Mini Tripod Floppy Leg Bracer

Floppy Leg Bracer for Mini Tripods

I'm doing a live print of this tripod if any one want's to check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exd2Tr6ChXE

can someone post a remix of this with increased gaps.

i just printed this and the legs are fused at the base. :(

I separated the leg parts in meshmixer and printed. heated the "block" with hot water, bent it slighty, added the legs and bent it back to its original shape. Works great!
Printed with PLA.

Can you post the separated parts?

brilliant!

Thanks Walter. This is so cool. I have not had success in separating/moving the legs without breaking them. I think my printer (MOD-t) isn't printing with enough space between the hinge and the support. Any recommendations?

Thanks! I put some suggestions in a comment below, hopefully they help. Also check out konkel's comment.

The guy who made this is my second cousin.

It's cool to see you on Thingiverse! It's been years since I last saw you.

It's awsome to see this featured, my dad saw it the other day and showed it to me. At our school we're doing 3D printing so he thought it appropriate. They look amazing and the ability to fold is really cool.

Awesome design! Question: can the legs support a DSLR? even if it can't, I would love to modify this to be slightly more adjustable in height for the flashes I'm getting for Christmas. Any chance you could upload the cad file?

Thanks! I haven't tried with a DSLR, personally I wouldn't risk it. I'll try to upload some step files.

That would be AWESOME.

Correction. That IS awesome.

Printing this out now to hold my baby monitor! so excited to no longer have to use books/duct tape/rubber bands and telekinesis to keep it pointing at the baby!

Cool! It's awesome to see people using these designs in ways I've never thought of.

The ballhead only moves sideways, correct?
Can you make a 360 rotating version of the tripod?

Awesome prints and design, BTW.

Thanks!, It tilts +-100 degrees on one axis, and only about 20-30 degrees on the other two (hopefully enough to get things level). It does not rotate 360 on the z-axis the way normal ballheads do. I have another design that does allow 360 degree rotation, but it needs more work so it's been in the design queue waiting for some more inspiration.

i wouldnt hang a phone from the phonojack for any reason. one way of breaking the jack. just be fore warned. thx for the design i will be printing a couple of these though

walter - in reply to pen25

Yeah, that's a good point, I'll stick a warning in the description. I like to unplug my headphones as a way to stop audio on my phone, which killed the audio jack eventually. Fortunately, it was only a few dollars and a few minutes to replace, but it proabably isn't as easy to replace on other phones.

I haven't gotten the hardware yet. but I Printed the large tripod piece and it doesn't seem like it would stay up like in the picture. The legs pop out at almost 90 degrees. Did I do something wrong ?

Dec 9, 2015 - Modified Dec 9, 2015
walter - in reply to jbdahan

It's probably because the design isn't very tolerant of differences between printers. The part that determines the maximum angle is a fairly steep overhang, so it may print very differently depending on the printer, plastic, settings, etc. And a small change in dimensions will have a large effect on the angle. I probably shouldn't have made it printable in one piece, but I wanted to see if it would work.

Congrats on getting featured :)

Thanks!

how long did this take to print with 100% infill?

Probably around 4 hours for the small tripod legs, I'm not really sure.

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Dec 8, 2015 - Modified Dec 8, 2015

Beautiful! Just what I was looking for. A gopro mount would be a welcome adition

needs go pro mount STAT

I'll try this one for now: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:98700

GoPro Hotshoe Mount

was literally just looking at this as an option. interested to see how you get on.

Could you do something like this for a phone?

He did it, it's the one with audio jack, he has some photos with Motorola phone in the gallery.

I would certainly not hold a phone by its earphone jack. This is an expensive invitation to the repair shop.
Vojtech

Your shit is so elegant

Great job! It would be even better if you could add a GoPro quick release mount.

VERY awesome design! However, would be even cooler if everything were 3D printed. I think it's entirely possible!

Awesome but not a single finger pivoted in its socket on the small one. Got any tips?

Dec 8, 2015 - Modified Dec 8, 2015
walter - in reply to ShaggysGTI

A few ideas:

  • If your slicer supports horizontal size compensation, a negative value there will increase the gap between the hinges, making it less likely to stick.

  • Lowering the extrusion / flow rate so you're underextruding a bit can help as well.

  • Manually configuring the location of the layer changes can help, you don't want it to happen inside the hinge as that tends to make them more likely to stick.

  • Part cooling can help, I had my cooling fans running at 20%, which is higher than I normally use for ABS.

  • When detaching the legs, using a pen or something on the inside side to support it, they're fragile until the hinge is working.

  • If you get it just right, the hinges will be a bit harder to separate at first, but they'll hold their position on their own. If the tolerances are a bit looser, it'll be easier to get it working but the legs will flop around.

Maybe after more people have tried printing it, they'll have other ideas.

The print came out gorgeous regardless and I look forward to finding success!

I guess it could be useful if you want a tripod mount for your phone in portrait. Most have headphone jacks on the top :/ Be much better if it had a L bracket for landscape mounting of phones

I added a picture of how I imagine it working my phone, but I don't know how many other phones will work this way (I don't actually use my phone as a camera). I couldn't think of a design I liked that would work well with all the phones out there. If I think of one, it'll probably show up on Thingiverse someday.

My question is. How was this featured. (I actually love this but there are no comment except this one)

7 hours after it was posted. It has to be a record. Walter does some GREAT work!

Yeah. This is really useful when making time lapses of printing.

Absolutely. 110% deserved.

Amazing work, Walter!

Thanks!

Sometimes they feature something that's just posted, sometime they feature something that's several years old. I think they just like to keep us guessing :)

There was a post a few years back with some info on what they're looking for in featured things: http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2013/11/08/stylecolor000thingiverse-featured-things

Dec 8, 2015 - Modified Dec 8, 2015
glitchpudding - in reply to walter

We spend a lot of time digging through the site and there's a conscious effort to not just feature the new and popular. But sometimes the new and/or popular cannot be denied!

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