Introduction: 1 Axis Camera Gimbal for Gopro Cheap.

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this is a step by step guide of how to build a one axis camera gimbal although it would be easy enough to add a second asis.for paning.

Step 1: What You Need.

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2 bearings-
pvc pipe-600mm
glue-hot glue or anything
weights-stuff thats heavy
metal pipe-0.7mm

dremel tool
hot glue gun

Step 2: Lets Start

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get you pvc pipe and cut it to 100mm
get your pipe and cut a hole in the side the same size as you camera. for a gopro hero it will be 60/40mm

Step 3: Step 2

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now cut  a piece of balsa wood to the width of the pipe and lengh of the pipe and glue in place
you can now start to create the two end caps you can use pipe end caps or make some with balsa like i did to save weight.
just cut some wood to the diameter of the pipe and sand down with the dremel to flush with end and glue in place

Step 4: Step 3

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now you can insert the bearings find the center of each end cap and draw around the bearing now cut out the circle and fit bearing in place and glue in place the center should revolve freely

Step 5: Step 4

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you can now insert the metal tube into the bearing and glue in place my tube was cut to 80mm but you can always cut off the excess,
once done you can glue in place.

Step 6: Step 5 Balancing the Gimabl

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balancing the gimabl- insert your camera into the gap and slowly attach weight to the back with bluetack untill it sits balanced once balanced cut a hole into the inside wooden back plate just big enough to fit your weights inside  and glue them in place onece glued check the balance again and and adjust till balanced.

Step 7: Step 6

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now its time to build the frame my frame is just a piece of wood cut around the pipe but you can bacicly do anything

Step 8: Step 7

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now you can install the servo for the pan i jsut attatched it so that it has a push rod for controll
look at pics for better understanding.

Step 9: Finished

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video coming soon


marble.tulip.1 (author)2014-09-01

What servo is that? I am wanting to make your project, but I am in the dark when it comes to some of this motorized stuff. Does the servo attach to the balance charge plug in the lipo battery? If so, how much effect does it have on the battery? I am going to 3D print the pitch lever add-on for my controller. That's what will ultimately control my servo, correct? Thanks in advance. Happy flying!

acuchetto (author)2013-08-06

Where did you find your bearings (i.e., the ones you used in this project)? :)

dlane7 (author)acuchetto2013-08-08

ahhh i got them from a shop called petes imporium i geuss its kinda like walmart they were $1.50nz

dlane7 (author)acuchetto2013-08-06

ahhh i got them from a shop called petes imporium i geuss its kinda like walmart they were $1.50nz

CaseyCase (author)2013-08-06

I like your instructable--it's informative. Would you consider fixing the spelling, capitalization and punctuation errors and repost it?

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