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Tripod 3-axis tilt head

by Smidge204, published

Tripod 3-axis tilt head by Smidge204 Nov 25, 2012

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Summary

To replace my broken tripod mounting, which I've repaired several time by other means but I've simply given up on now that it's in shattered ruins once and for all.

Fully assembled it provides for three degrees of rotation so you can set the camera at the desired angle. Design is fully printable with no glue or fasteners required (though a dab of glue in one spot might be a good idea, see instructions) EXCEPT a metal nut to hold it onto the tripod legs and a metal bolt (cut to length) to screw into the camera.

Instructions

Solidworks 2010 files are included.

Instructions: Print all parts

1 copy each of:
Base
Cam Mount Base
Cam Mount Base Top
Cam Mount Lock
Mounting Plate
Thumbwheel
Pan Mount A
Pan Mount B

2 copies each of:
Elevation Mount A
Elevation Mount B

3 copies each of:
Toggle Lever A
Toggle Lever B
Toggle Pin

== OR ==

Print 1 copy each of
Pan Mount Plate
Cam Mount Plate

and 2 copies of
Elevation Mount Plate

At the end of the day you should have 21 bits. Refer to the exploded view to keep track of what you have and what you don't. Clean any rough edges but don't overdo it - the fit for the locking parts needs to be smooth but close so they will grip when locked!

Insert a nut into the hole of the base. It will be a very tight fit and actually filing two sides of the hex nut may help a little, but again don't overdo it. I used a nut with a 1/16" ("coarse") thread to match my tripod.

Insert a hex head bolt into the thumbwheel. The total length of the bold should be 20mm with the last 5-6mm being thread. I used a 1/4" bold with 1/16" pitch thread since it matched my tripod and camera.

Assemble all the bits. While not stricktly required if you have a good tight fit, adding a dab of glue to the top platform where it joins to the rest of the assembly is not a bad idea.

NOTE: "Mounting Plate" in its current form should really be printed with support. This is a screw-up on my part but I'm still considering the best way to redesign things so no support is necessary.

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