GorillaPod Link

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GorillaPod Link by calischs May 5, 2010
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Joby ( http://joby.com/gorillapod ) makes fantastic, versatile tripods that can stand on rough surfaces and wrap around sturdy objects. The design is modular, consisting of many short links with ball joint attachments. Because of this, it seems like a perfectly amenable for 3D printing.

With the ability to print the GorillaPod links, makers can use this technology for anything requiring a flexible mount.


There is a Camera Mount with hole and head-lock for a 1/4 inch bolt which secures the camera. The Camera Mount has three ball heads which the GorillaPod links snap onto.

I don't have a 3D printer, so I haven't been able to physically experiment with this design. I'm not sure how well the joints will come together and how much friction there will be when they are together. One idea to maintain friction in the joints is to use the rubberized tool handle coating when assembling the links.

If anyone prints out these designs, I would love to hear how it went.

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After a pass through netfabb to close up the holes, and flip all the normals, I made two of these. It's a good idea, but the base is too tight, it needs to be opened up a little to allow for tolerance. I snapped both pieces trying to fit them together.

I'd provide my repaired STL, but the license is all rights reserved so I can't use the "I Made One" function or remix it.

Nice one! Thanks. Although I would inverse the base (with the 3 balls) to hollow cups where the ball clicks into. That creates more space and is less fragile.


It's a wonderful idea!

Infortunately, I think your object has zero thickness. It won't print correctly... Maybe I'm mistaken :s

If this is a copy of the Joby mechanism, is it patented? If it is patented, what is the legal usage? Replacing a missing link on a Joby tripod? Making a tripod?

-- Don

Could you export this as STL?
´d like to try and print this.

I'm working on it -- I'm unfamiliar with the file formats. I downloaded some Ruby scripts to convert skp to stl, but so far no luck. Any suggestions?

I'll post them as soon as I figure it out.

Hmm... This is frustrating. I managed to follow the steps on the page linked below to get an STL file, but I don't think the whole thing came through.