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Prusa i3 MK2: V1 Raspberry Pi Camera Mount - The Round Tower

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Prusa i3 MK2: V1 Raspberry Pi Camera Mount - The Round Tower by MartinMajewski Nov 15, 2016

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Summary

Attention: Please take a look at the project's update section down below.

With the Raspberry Pi camera holder "The Round Tower" you have a convenient mounting for a Raspberry Pi camera, to observe your printing job or make time lapse videos.

Because a 3D-printer needs a lot of attention!

Using an infrared filtered camera you can watch your prints even in absolute darkness, given that you have some infrared LEDs connected.
For this purpose I use the Kuman camera as shown in all the pictures (affiliate links ahead...).

It comes with two ambient light controlled infrared LEDs. As the LEDs get quite warm, I have heatsinks attached to the back copper plate to cool them down.

The Round Tower's arm uses the hexagonal hole on the side of the Prusa LCD controller's brackets and is secured Prusa-ish with a ziptie. :-) No screws or nuts necessary!
It also has a covered ribbon cable duct that hides the rather ugly ribbon cable which leads it behind the LCD controller. From here it can be guided just like the LCD's ribbon cables all the way to the back of the printer. If you don't have your Raspberry Pi sitting somewhere in the back of the Prusa i3 MK2, having the ribbon cable behind the LCD controller should give you a good starting point for a nice cable routing.
If you want to route the cable all the way to the back, you'll need a longer cable. I used an 1 meter flex cable:

Don't like having your camera placed at the left hand side of the printer? No problem!
The Round Tower has a symmetrical geometry and can also be mounted on the right side.
The camera's bracket does not need any other tools either. Just guid your cables through the rounded slot, connect it to the camera and snap the camera into the bracket. Done!

I have chosen this distance and angle for the camera, because it results in a simple build with a good viewing angle, especially for the critical first layer. But if you don't agree, don't worry. Having the camera bracket sitting on a 8 mm in diameter socket, there will be more extensions in the future to place in between, like adapters for increasing the height and adjusting the viewing angle. And it should be also fairly ease for you to design your own extensions (see dimension drawing). If you do, please share them on Thingiverse!


Please also take a look at my other designs, printer parts and tools.

If you like to support me and my work, please consider to follow me

Sending a tip over Thingiverse will buy me some coffee to stay productive. :-)
Thank you very much.

Print Settings

Printer Brand:

RepRap

Printer:

Original Prusa i3 MK2

Rafts:

No

Supports:

Yes

Resolution:

0.2 mm on a 0.4 mm nozzle

Infill:

25%


Notes:

First of all: I use the phenomenal Prusa3D edition of slic3r (https://github.com/prusa3d/Slic3r), of which you can find precompiled versions here> https://github.com/prusa3d/Slic3r/releases

With the newer versions comes a fantastic new infill pattern: Cubic
I used it for the camera holder and it worked great.

For the arm, you should enable support. The settings for the support I uses incl. a preview screenshot can be found in the projects pictures above.

The wall thickness of the outer shell where the ribbon cable is guided through matches exactly two perimeters, if your perimeter width for a 0.4 mm nozzle is at 0.45 mm. This gives enough strength for the construction and speeds up the print.

Post-Printing

Updates

Update 1: Ball Joint for Thing 1646474

I added an extension for the Thing http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1646474 as requested by madhu.n at

http://shop.prusa3d.com/forum/improvements-f14/raspberry-pi-camera-holder-the-roundtower-at-thing-t2321.html

Please report any issues or idea suggestions.
Thank you

Animated gif of my slic3r's preview

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could you make a bed mount? Id appreciate it.

Thanks,

Love this but can't see how it fits https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1646474

Prusa MK2 Camera Bed Mount

Hi Martin, thanks for posting all the variants of the design, I'm looking forward to using it.
I have purchased the same camera, but I can't get it to work and I'm wondering if you had any issues with it.
I've got a pi 3, the latest release of Octopi, the led on the camera lights up, but I can't see a stream anywhere.

Feel free to use PMs instead, I understand this is not the best place to ask for this, but I figured I'd ask you here since it's not easy to find direct resources for this camera, and everything else seems to be extremely advanced computer code!
Thanks!

Hi,

in order to get the camera working you have to enable it inside the config.txt file. This file is located inside the boot folder of the Raspberry's sd card.

There is no magical programming code inside. Simply uncomment the corresponding line. There is also plenty of instruction of how to do it in this file.

If you have any further questions, please ask me here.

Bye,
Martin

Thanks Martin, it was the camera that was fried. I got a new one and it's all working. Now printing your support!

Thanks Martin,
It's all active and should work directly. Since I get a black stream in my browser, with different ribbon cables, I guess the module might be fried for some reason. I'll return it and try another one.
Thanks!

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Great design, like it that the cable is invisible!

Question, why opt for static recording (moving bed/object)? Before I'd seen your nice design I was thinking of mounting it to the heatbed (keeps the object in place), Do think I can route the ribbon just fine to the back end. But maybe your choice is based on something else?

printed it (using the remixed holder due to dimensions being too tight at 3mm vs 4mm).

Is there any change you could make it customizable from an height perspective (or release a longer tower version) ?

with this length and angle, I can only see half my Z capacity and some print just become out of sight

thanks

Simon

a simple extension tower like you mentionned might come would be awesome.

I'm not 3d savvy yet, I can modify existing stuff usually but still struggle to start from scratch.

thanks

Martin,
Cant get the Arm to print , seems to get to the bottom on the Hex and then thats it, any ideas as love the idea !

Graham

Please provide more information like pictures and print settings. Thanks.

great and clever design, thanks for sharing. I'm wondering where you have placed your raspi? the camera connection cable @ amazon looks really short. What length are you using?

Hi,

Thank you for your kind words.
My RasPi is located at the back of the Z-frame, enclosed inside this casing: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1325370

I have used a 1 Meter flex cable, which I routed like the LCD ribbon cables and passed it between the RAMBO enclosing and the metal frame, like shown here:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4928832/3D-Printing/PiCamHolder/PiCamStand_RoundTower_03.JPG

Raspberry Pi case for Prusa i3 / i3 Mk2
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