Hey! This thing is still a Work in Progress. Files, instructions, and other stuff might change!

A useful 3D-printed tripod (1/4-20 screw reqd) - UPDATED (July 31, 2014)

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A useful 3D-printed tripod (1/4-20 screw reqd) - UPDATED (July 31, 2014) by cmceezee Oct 29, 2012

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Okay, so you own a camera and you want to take a steady video, a timelapse or a group photo, here's a quick 3D printable tripod!
Also Daid has made a slick, really minimalistic 3D-printed Tripod. Check it out here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:24253

UPDATED July 31, 2014
Technically, this update has been sitting in my computer for some time now and a comment recently encouraged me to upload these files. You'll find that this version is a bit cleaner from the last and has key features like "leg stops" which prevent the tripod legs from spreading out too far, causing the tripod to fail under the weight of your camera. I also added the SolidWorks 2013 source files.

Let me know if you would like any other modifications, happy to try and make changes accordingly! Happy printing and photographing (is that even a word?!? XD )


Here's what you'll need in addition to 3D printed parts:
1) 1x 1/4-20x1.0" socket head cap screw.
2) 1x 1/4-20 tap drill (or you can muscle a screw in there maybe).
3) Optional: Download and print the BuddyGripper3D http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:35617
Don't want to look for these things? Order a BuddyGripper Tripod Production Kit here: http://buddygripper.com/product/tripod-3d-kit/
Next, download and print the referenced STL files in the quantities mentioned in the file name.
Then snap everything into place, thread the hole for the 1/4-20 screw in the ballPivot and you're ready to go. This design was inspired by another tripod I saw selling for 13 Euros in Spain. So ridiculous that price.
Let me know what you think!

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After a few years, now this products is still popular. very nice design and good products.
But i have a new idea that change the suction cups to use a screw on suction cups, you can find it on kingfar suction cups https://www.isuctioncups.com

Don't see why it wouldn't. Is there something I'm missing or don't know about the M3D that I should? This is a very small print. Should print on the smallest of 3D printers.

Will this print work the M3D

Hi there,

Would you be able to supply the CAD files for this thing? Particularly the ball joint part to adjust the hole diameter for different sized bolts.

Kindest regards,


Hi Nathan,
I've updated the files with a newer version and also the source files (SolidWorks 2013). Hope these help you!! Let me know if you make any remixes, would love to see how you improve the design!

cool thing but i need screw (that black thing o pic)

you can use the suction cup with screw, kingfar suction cups company have it.

I designed something like this (not quite to completion) which used the same pivot idea but instead of fixed legs had holes to accept pencils (rubber feet down) as the legs.

Definitely upload it when you have it finished!!  I considered using pencils / pens.  And you're right about the pencils eraser down because slippage is a problem.  

What is the suction cup piece you used for your ipod?

It's one from http://www.suctioncups.com If you want all the essentials you need, you can also just get the BuddyGripper3D kit: http://buddygripper.com/product/buddygripper3d-production-kit/ Sorry for the delay...didn't see this comment until now (only 2.5 years later ;()

Really, really nice! i like it. Thanks for sharing Chris!

You got it man!!

Nice design. Note that you could also print the screw if your printer is up to it. I did it for my own mini-tripod: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:24253http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

Tiny camera tripod.
by Daid

Cool man!!  I'm gonna try and print the threads.  Did you design the thread manually using a "coil" feature or something?  Or was it a screw thread library in your 3D CAD software?  Can you recommend a screw thread design tutorial? 

I designed the thread from a reference of thread sizes I found online, and the OpenSCAD tools. Just clever coding =)

Hey Daid, I tried printing the threads on my Replicator and didn't have success!!  What printer do you use to print working threads?

I can't use the 04-tripod3D-ballPivot-1x.gcode file. Would you upload the stl file?

Hey Arvin, sorry about that, I uploaded the *.gcode file.  Now you should be all set with the STL!  Let me know how it goes!!