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GoPro customizable mounts, and a library to expand

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GoPro customizable mounts, and a library to expand by MoonCactus Mar 17, 2013

Description

This is a flexible library for GoPro mounts. I made it also customizer-friendly so you can design your very own mount and print it directly.
Of course you'll get the basic 2- and 3-arm mounts (to build upon), but it also features useful extensions such as handlebar / seat post / threaded rod mounts and options. Check the pictures and the customizer!

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Woah, I had no idea about the customizer feature. Mind Blown.

thanks MoonCactus
Hi! Yep I should update this library with more mounts to cover all needs (well, almost). Only drawback for a head strap end is how the straps would be attached. May be I could leave long rectangular holes, and leave it to the user to sew or glue the strap around it? :s
Hi, it should be straightforward with the customizer: just select "Triple" as the primary end, and "Rod" as secondary end. Then set your diameters and the "Create thing" button should give you an STL file to slice and print

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Instructions

Use the customizer to bulid your own set of mount if you find what you need... else you may ask, or look at the OpenScad module that was designed to be included in your own designs.
thingiverse.com/apps/customizer/run?thing_id=62800
One of the attached images explains most of the settings. The current options are:
- the regular "double arm" connector
- the regular "triple arm" connector, with the optional locking nut
- an optional "extruded" extension arm in between the two ends
- a generic clamp for bars and handlebars
- a generic orentable mount for any threaded rod, with optional captive nut
The latter can be given an angle. If it is 80-90° then the rod can be made through the mount, and you can add a "third" leg to your mount (eg in the middle of the threaded rod to make it both sturdy and stable for long rods for example, see the pics). You could even build a motorized pan/slider out of this.

I will probably add extensions with time so following this object is the way to go if you need to know when. Feel free to ask for some more, so I can include them here. Planned are regular camera screw mount and flash mount.
The naked 2- and 3-arm mounts are useful to protect your existing bits while they are not used. Just mount them so you can leave a screwed bolt without either losing the nut nor breaking an arm as I did more than once.
I tried to fine-tune the gopro 2- and 3-arm mounts as some other designs were a bit fuzzy on this. Still, you can fine tune the values if you really want or need it in the last tab of the customizer.
Programmers will find more comments & usage in the source code
Cheers
Jeremie
Thanks for making this, great collection!

I see a picture of a triple with a socket for a hex nut but I can't find the file -- only naked triples. Would you mind adding that so I can incorporate it into a custom design?
Hi, it should be straightforward with the customizer: just select "Triple" as the primary end, and "Rod" as secondary end. Then set your diameters and the "Create thing" button should give you an STL file to slice and print
Woah, I had no idea about the customizer feature. Mind Blown.

thanks MoonCactus
Great work, thanks.
Is there any way that can you model head strap (itself)
Hi! Yep I should update this library with more mounts to cover all needs (well, almost). Only drawback for a head strap end is how the straps would be attached. May be I could leave long rectangular holes, and leave it to the user to sew or glue the strap around it? :s
Wow great work! I love that you made it customizable. Thanks a ton.
Thanks also, feedback like this and the will to be useful keep me here, but I still need to flee away!
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Hey this is awesome! Thank you so much! Cheers, Stanley
Excellent! Keep up the good work. I don't have the skills to do this and I appreciate you uploading these files. Printed files to put my Sony Action Cam on my Harley crash bar. Awesome video. Thanks again.
This is my most popular thing by far and I appreciate your feedback :) It gets lots of views & download but it is mostly one way. Need to add some new features :)
Great job MoonCactus... thank you for also providing the OpenScad source file as well.
thanks for telling :)
Just downloaded and opened the GPM 45 and 90 degree rods in Sketchup (import .stl) and they are far from solid :(
Sorry I really don't know Sketchup. Do you mean that the parts are hollow or that they are broken in places? Actually I did not even know it could import STL, may be you have some options. You can also try tu run it through cloud.netfabb.com service in case the STL are not well defined (though I never got issues with the slicers).
All good my man...I am getting pretty proficient with Sketchup. After I imported the 45 and 90 degree rods using the .STL free STL extension available for Sketchup (which allows importing and exporting of .STL formats into and out of Sketchup).
The rods I opened in Sketchup will need tweaking to get them back to manifold as some of the face surface area triangles are "missing" and the holes need cleaned up again. I will run it through my NetFabb program that I use to clean up my designs as well as others prior to printing IF my Slic3r claims they are not manifold.
I was intending on placing one of these rods on the front foot model I designed for my Ordbot so that I may record prints now and again with my GoPro mounted securely.
I will run it through NetFabb and see what happens. I will post my findings after :)
Print with support or not?
None, unless you rotate one end 90°

I did not try to print the thing vertically, but it could be an option when you need 90° rotated end (better add a brim or raft in this case so it keeps sticking on the bed!)
This gives me a really good idea. I wish I had the dimensions so I could make this in sketchup.. You know the head mount? well if you have the battery bacpac on and you attach it to the head mount it doesn't sit flush, you have to extend it out with 2 extensions (to keep the camera facing the same direction) and then it looks even more ridiculous as well as adds a lot of forward weight..

to have a tiny extension that keeps the camera in the same direction and allows it to sit straight out would be awesome!
Wouldn't it work with the customizer above, and "triple" on one side, "double" on the other and the appropriate length?
This is awesome. Just got my gopro last week. I figured I'd find some good connector mounts but this covers all the rest that I could think of. Thanks for the effort of putting this together. Printing now.
You're welcome, thanks for the positive mood :)
I have an upgrade with optional angle for the extension bars, but I did not publish it yet because it does not fit 100% with the existing dimensions (it's getting tricky on the code side) -- will do when I get time!
Well, you seem to complain a lot in your comments...
There are so far 42 explicit derivatives and 90 likes on this object so could you be constructive and explain what's wrong according to you? - cheers
sorry customizer doesn't open not your thing.
All the derivatives were made with the customizer so you may better check with your browser imho. Also the customizer is down sometimes.

(works well for me on chrome #28.0.1500.71 and firefox #22 on linux). A tad slow but ther tool probably consumes a lot of ressources on their servers...
I don't own a 3d printer.
But I do own a Gopro. I would like to try this out. Real bad :)
can anyone make me one ?
You may have a fablab near you, it is worth checking.
According to your country, you could also try an online 3D printing service such as shapeways or ponoko. To me, their S&H are as expensive as the item itself, but they made me instantly realize how badly I wanted my own 3D printer at home :-D
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