Aerobee Rig

by cfastie, published

Aerobee Rig by cfastie Jul 5, 2016


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The Aerobee Rig allows a camera to be attached to a kite or balloon line for low elevation aerial photography. The frame is 1 1/2" wide 1/16" aluminum. A 3D-printed hinged camera platform and two leg brackets are bolted to the frame. An escapement mechanism (The JerkPan) allows the rig to rotate when the flying line is jerked so photos from different angles can be stitched into panoramas. There is more about the Aerobee Rig here.

Kits to build the Aerobee Rig can be purchased here and here.

The 1 1/2" wide aluminum frame is about 38mm wide, so the smaller part of the hinged camera tray is scaled to be 36mm wide. The larger part of the camera tray should be 60mm wide. The leg bracket should be 34.5mm wide.

A new version of the leg bracket (for tubing loops) was added 02/01/17.

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I print some portions of these little parts at 100% infill to make them as strong as possible.

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I'm trying to print this but the tube holder and the hinge parts look really small on the plate and I have no idea on how much they should be scaled. (I tried it on Slic3r & Cura)

Can you please check them?


Hi Obarlas,

Thanks for the comment. I know what you are referring to. When I open some STLs in Simplify3D I get a message something like "These parts appear really tiny, do you want to enlarge them to normal size?" When I agree, the parts open at exactly the size they are supposed to be. I don't know why that happens because the parts were designed (Sketchup or Fusion360) to the correct dimensions. I don't use Slic3r or Cura, so I don't know the equivalent fix in those programs. This is a strange issue, but it must be common so somebody must know the answer. Let me know if you learn anything about this. I can supply the dimensions of the parts if you want to scale them manually.

Also, I have a new design of the leg bracket that works better on this rig. I will try to upload it today.


Hey Chris;

Thanks for the reply.

It would be great if you could give the real size dimensions. Waiting for the new design, too.

Omer B.

I updated the leg bracket model and added some dimensions to the description. I'm still trying to figure out how to make the stl lay flat in Fusion360. I will update if I figure that out.