Ball joint phone mount with tripod mount

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Ball joint phone mount with tripod mount by anoved Sep 26, 2015
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This is a set of easily printed parts that can be used to make an adjustable mount for a phone that clamps onto a small PVC pipe, which in turn can be attached to a tripod. My purpose is to make a highly adjustable stand that can be used to record pictures, videos, and timelapses of art and DIY projects.

Phone clip is sized to fit my iPhone 5c. The device cross section is 9mm x 60mm.

Published as a public OnShape document titled Tripod Pipe Clamp.

Fun fact: the ball joint parts are compatible with RAM brand mounting hardware (see the photo with black clamp arms).

Update: Make clips for different size phones by clicking "Open in Customizer" and entering the dimensions. Thingiverse will generate the STL for you in a few minutes. Not quite as fancy as the Onshape version, but a little quicker/easier to customize.

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Update, 2 Jan 2016: Added a Tripod_Ball.stl part for attaching the phone mount directly to a tripod without a pipe or the pipe clamp parts:

tripod ball

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0.3 mm layers


10% Archimedean chords


All parts print without support. I used 3 perimeters, 3 top/bottom layers, and 10% Archimedian chord infill in Slic3r.


Assembly Hardware

Tripod clamp requires a 5mm ID nut to grip tripod bolt. Doesn't get much bite with most tripods, so this is the weakest point in the whole kit. (I may redesign it.)

Tripod clamp requires two M3 bolts and nuts.

Ball clamp requires one M3 bolt and nut.

Ball clamp arms held together with a 5mm threaded rod and pair of wing nuts.

I use a length of scrap 1/2" ID PVC pipe. The exterior diameter is actually about 21.5mm.

Of course you can use whatever hardware you have lying around. If you need different dimensions, copy the OnShape document and alter the dimensions.

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Is there someone that created a ball joint for iPhone 4 / 4S and iPhone 8 ?


great job! could you put the pipe clamp on customizer too?

The neck for the sphere in the Ball_Joint.stl file is a bit too thin. Mine easily snapped off, especially since I followed the instructions and printed with 10% infill. I would recommend making a thicker neck for this file, at least as thick as the one in your phone clip

Another solution, of course, is to print with more infill.

e960fa309903535137afa0b58dd059ec.stl is an empty file, I suspect it is the tripod mount piece. Fortunately, I don't need that piece (I think?).

I am hacking this to use for a "attendant call" button for someone who is quadriplegic and can only move their head. The freedom of movement for the mount is a great help!

Thanks for sharing!

Size: 0 Jan 2 2016 e960fa309903535137afa0b58dd059ec.stl

Hmm, I'm not sure which file that is - have you tried downloading it directly from the "Thing Files" tab? All the files I've uploaded have [somewhat] more descriptive names.

Anyway I am very happy to hear you are using the model for such a meaningful purpose. Thanks for letting me know!

Great design! Nice flat, fat, and solid bases for optimum FDM adhesion. Printing a set right now for my iPhone 6+, excited to see how it turns out!

See some example videos recorded with this setup here and here.

you helped me out sooooo much thank you man now i can make videos with my fhone

Awesome! I hope it works out good.

Do you make a .stl file phone adapter for the iPhone 6?

I could. I think I wll make an OpenSCAD version compatible with Thingiverse Customizer so people can generate their own for whatever size phone they may have. Check back in a day or two!

Done - check out the "Open in Customizer" button now. Measure your phone and put in the new dimensions. I made an iPhone 4 version as an example. It shows up under Remixes.

Just created a phone adapter for my iphone. Thanks again!

Please could you use the thingiverse ZIP function for your files, I prefer the ZIP as it keeps files together until it is time to print them, otherwise they are just stl files mixed with all the others.

Thingiverse normally generates the ZIP files automatically. I did not choose to exclude it as you imply. How about putting your files in folders?

The All Files zip link has appeared!