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Video Camera Tracking Dolly System

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Video Camera Tracking Dolly System by robots-dreams Mar 15, 2013

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I always wanted a professional camera dolly to capture tracking shots, but couldn't rationalize spending the $$$ that most of the camera stores charge. So, I decided to print my own.

The rails utilize some steel rods from a storage unit I'm no longer using. The only purchased parts were the mini-bearings and a cheap camera quick release attachment.


You'll need to modify the basic design to fit your particular rails and/or camera mount.

Other than that, it's print, assemble, and use. The rollers include small plugs on the bottom for ease of printing. THe plugs pop out easily.

Here's a short video covering the dolly design and usage process. There is also a short demonstration at the end of the video showing how well it works for tracking dolly shots:


The next step will be to add small cavities and o-rings to the rollers to reduce any noise created by the plastic rolling directly on the rails.

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would you mind posting the rollers? The dolly wheels printed 4x small wheels, not like what is shown.
thank you, I like the design, and happen to have the same left over steel rods.

Do you have the end caps for the tubes uploaded somewhere?
The wheels are awesome :-)

I didn't upload the end cap STLs because they are press fit and depend on the steel rods. I live in Japan and the rods are from a metal storage rack only sold here.

OK - the end cap STLs have been uploaded.