Manfrotto 501PL-compatible quick release plate

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Manfrotto 501PL-compatible quick release plate by nrp Apr 8, 2011
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I wanted to conveniently be able to swap a Kinect and a DSLR on Manfrotto tripod with a 701HDV head on it, so I made a quick release plate compatible with the 501PL plate that I have. The OpenSCAD file has parameters to adjust the thickness and length. The default values, which the STL was generated with, result in a plate the same size as a real 501PL.

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Look sexy! I'm gonna try it very soon!

works well. I wish there was a small taper at the end like the original has for sliding into the mount

Has anyone printed this on a makebot: rep 2?

Has anyone had success printing this in PLA? I had mixed results in ABS.

I am working on a 'Remix' of this plate to be used in a manner more similar to the Letus MCS ShoulderPad/Plate design, but for the Manfrotto system.

Rather than attaching up the center, the attachment will be on either end of the plate, via countersunk screws coming up from the bottom into a railblock a la 'tripod mounting plates'. In place of the center column of screw holes will be a countersunk area for velcro attachment. The guide screw channels for the tripod attachment will still be in place.

For those unfamiliar with the Master Cinema Series setup, the mounting plate serves as a hub for a should pad which is secured via velcro. When the rig is not being used as a shoulder setup, one can remove the shoulder pad, and place the rig right onto the tripod.

This sort of setup solves a few issues:

1) Simplifies and shortens the length of the rig
2) Removes the necessity for a separate mounting plate
3) Places the camera on top of the shoulder for smoother stability

One could also use the basis of the design for a long plate that might better serve the stability of a shoulder setup.

I'm on a production and a rented tripod was missing the custom bolt for the sled. I brought my printer along to do up some other custom mounts. I grabbed your scad file, modified the gap width so it would accommodate a standard 1/4-20 bolt without the threads filed off, printed it, and we're up and running.

Thank you for designing this and for taking the time to publish it. You saved us a lot of headache.

For reference sake, we are using this with the 503HDV head and it works perfectly.

Where did you get the bolt?

The head comes with a 1/4" bolt and a 3/8" bolt. You can find 1/4-20 thumb screws that fit, and there's always the option of using a regular 1/4-20 bolt with a fender washer.

I ended up grabbing a 1/4" bolt and filed down the threads so it could slide in the slot.