Lasercut-Template for Hasselblad 500 EL/M Body Leatherette
by fluetke, published
Template for (laser-)cutting your own replacement leatherette for the body of an old Hasselblad 500 EL/M camera.
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After I got lucky to win the auction for an old Hasselblad 500EL/M in good working condition, I went to replace the fake-leather of the camera with real leather I had bought from a local tanner.
I measured the whole thing using a simple ruler and a lot of guesswork and recreated the dimensions and shapes in Inkscape.
After lots of test-prints on paper, this is as close as I could get to the real measures of the camera. The parts were then lasercut from leather and glued onto the camera using All-Purpose-glue(UHU).
Some parts like the front still need improvement, I invite you to adjust the parts as needed for your camera - drop me a line if you found improvements or major faults, so I can improve it further.
BTW: When lasercutting thin leather, I'd recommend taping it to a piece of MDF using double-sided tape, so it wont curl, shrink, or move to much during cutting(because of ventilation/heat).
Oh, and open the windows, burning leather stinks.