Camera Quick Release

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Camera Quick Release by Derekmellott Nov 1, 2011
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A simple and strong quick release for you to quickly mount and dismount your camera, or whatever, on anything you want. I am using this to mount my DSLR on a time lapse panning rig.

Another good use is to place this on a tripod that doesn't have a quick release.


Press in the two nuts, screw down the handle with the flat head bolt.

Stick the pan head bolt in the bottom of the the quick release plate and screw it to your device.

The more you turn the handle the tighter it gets.

Moving the handle back and forth causes the bolt to loosen up so it is a good idea to use some thread lock or something to hold the bolt in place. I might modify the part to accept a nylock nut, perhaps a nylock jam nut may already fit.

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Thanks for posting this. Im pretty sure designs like this could be adapted to create a quick release Hot Swop Extruder Head assembly

what do you need for this in terms of nuts?

Any thoughts on making this "customizable"? I'm about to print a bunch of camera equip and will modify this to make it fit my normal tripod head size, but just thought it may make it convienent for others if there was somebody who knew how to "customize-able-ize" this awesome quick release you have made. I am still learning python or else I'd volunteer.

if we had an OpenSCAD source, it would be possible, but it doesn't look like the creator modeled it in OpenSCAD.

I have no idea how to design in openscad, I made this in a beta release of 123D. I will upload the file if I can find it.

Ok, it looks like in adobes great wisdom their final release of 123D doesn't support files created in the beta.

would it also be possible to share the 123D fileshttp://cdn.js-kit.com/ext...


Yes, I will post the re designed files when i'm done.

An excellent and extremely useful thing! Thank you for sharing.

A suggestion:
If you flip the handle in your model around (change it from a "b" shape to a "d" shape) so that it is tightening the bolt while it is rotating in the direction that tightens the camera shoe, it might be less prone to back out the bolt. Right now, as it is applying more pressure to cl
amp the camera, the handle is moving in the direction of loosening the bolt which over time will ratchet it loose rather than ratchetting it tight.

I will upload a new handle when I get a chance, thanks for the suggestion. :)

You could add a spring or make a springy latch as a part of the base that holds the lever in place.

you might be able to get away with just putting a bump on the base plate and a corresponding divot on the arm of the "d" (or "b")

I like that, I'll see if I can figure out how to do that. I know I can add the lump, the diviot is an unknown move for me and lining it up will be tough. I need to figure this CAD stuff out.

maybe a grove instead of a divot? you'd still only need a lump, but alignment would be much easier. it'd probably be easier to draw as well

I've done this and it doesn't seem to add anything to the quick release. The nubs will wear down quickly and the the handle is just as tight as it is without this. If anyone wants I will upload the files but I like the system without this modification better.

I suppose there is a lot of friction going on there, plus the pressure when it's engaged. it's always nice when the simpler design works just as well.

Bhwaa?! Oh, cool! Somebody made something I desperately needed! Totally awesome!

How did you make this? Openscad, Blender, Solidworks? If so, could we please have the project sources? I want to see if I can get this to fit a shoe that I have on a camera (long story here why I have to use that particular shoe, in short: Not my camera).


Let me start by saying I have no idea what I'm doing, this is the first thing I have ever done in CAD

Openscad scares the crap out of me so I made this in Autocad 123D beta 6, I have learned a few things. In order to export anything even close to a useable .stl you need to "join" all the elements, after you do that you can't really edit it anymore, at least I haven't figured it out.

Being a person who was held up from taking video for a few months because I couldn't find the quick-release plate for my tripod (but who didn't want to buy another whole tripod), I have to say I LOVE this. The idea of just printing out another plate whenever I want is most excellent. I plan to remove my existing quick-release mount to replace it with this one!

That's kind of why I made this. To buy a second plate for for the quick releases I use is $23. Now I can have as many as I want for almost nothing.