MakerBot Webcam Attachment

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MakerBot Webcam Attachment by HipsterLogic May 6, 2011

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Have you ever wanted to watch your MakerBot print while you are away? Perhaps setup a live feed of your MakerBot? Or just want to add a webcam to your MakerBot? Then this will hopefully help you out.

The MakerBot Webcam Attachment (It needs a better name) is a printable mount that attaches your webcam to a printable arm which connects to the frame of your MakerBot. By setting up a VNC server on the computer controlling your MakerBot and attaching the webcam, you will then be able to control and watch your MakerBot from any computer in the world with internet access! Also, you could setup a web sever on that computer and host a live stream of what is print on your MakerBot.

Now the question is, Is this a MakerCam or do you have a WebBot?
If anyone has questions about setting up a web server or a VNC server, I'll do my best to answer them.

This is sized for a Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 [ http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/lifecam-hd-5000/7ND-00001 ], but can easily be modified for a different camera with the included SCAD file.

The last image is a sample taken from the webcam.

WARNING: As barrychuck brought out, running a MakerBot while unattended is very dangerous. I am not responsible for any damage or harm that occurs from use of this part. Use this at your own risk!


Print out the following parts:
1x "Webcam_Clamp.stl"
1x "MakerBot_Clamp.stl"
5x "Webcam_Clamp Arms.stl"

Assemble the parts as shown in the 4th picture. You can use M3 bolts instead of #4-40.

Insert your webcam and attach it to your MakerBot's frame.

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Im hoping i can make this fit on a Prusa Mendel some how, I may just end up doing a new printer mount for it in solidworks

so it will fit the 8mm threaded rod, I will post it if I do, thanks for the awesome design, keep 'em comin! :)

Good design, Im printing one right now.

I also get a little obsessive about monitoring my prints, but i hate getting up and checking it all the time, so a webcam mount and an rdp session is just what i need.

Though... i do have a dream of automated batched print jobs, and doing it remotely... I hadn't thought about the fire concern. Ho
wever, since i was going to set up an arduino to control between print bed clearing stuff, i can imagine also hooking it up to a relay to kill the power remotely, and a fire sensor to kill it even if the network fails...

My friend remote operates all the time using a webcam and Logmein.

This is exactly what I need for doing demonstrations to students in class. Thanks.

barrychuck is right, but this is still helpful thingie. I have used similar setup to monitor the print from my main comp, so i don't have to physically go to the bot (about 3 meters away) and check if the print is going fine.

Bot is still in the same room as i, so i will notice, if something catches fire, or something other unexpected happens (highly unlikely, but possible).

Running your bot remotely would require remote killswitch which cuts main power and remotely operated fire extinguisher. But if your net connecti
on goes down you have no idea what's happening and you have no control over anything.

Only option would be to hack fire alarm device to trigger fire extinguisher.

I dunno, i wouldn't recommend remote operating in any case, but feel free to try DONT_KNOW

Just as a reminder- never run the bot unattended. We have 420F-430F parts in a bot made of wood. It doesn't take much to see an accident such as a loose thermcouple /thermistor could let it reach 451F at which paper and wood may catch fire on contact!

You wouldn't run a CNC mill that way-don't do it with this kit!

Sorry to be negative.

Thanks for the reminder. All power tools are dangerous. I don't think you are being negative, just stating fact.

A VNC connection with a webcam to your bot is bending the "never run the bot unattended" part. Any ideas for a MakerBot fire suppression system with kill switch? (I'm serious about this)


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™ MK6 contains certain parts that can be dangerous if used in an improper manner. The extruder tip can become hot (
gt;250 celsius). There is also a powerful motor that can pinch fingers. Make sure you always run the extruder fully assembled and that you never touch the hot metal end. Always keep the extruder away from flammable objects and never leave it unattended while heated up.