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For the "Up" Challenge I decided to make something that I have wanted to make for a while now; a 3D printed GoPro mount. They are expensive to buy at stores, and I now have access to not only Solidworks designing program, but 3D printers. It does cost money of course, but at least I have access to them. Thank you Mr. Ericson from Eaglecrest High School for the materials, design programs, and 3D printer. 
 
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Step 1: The Original Sketches

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These are the original sketches that I did. I worked off of these for the next couple steps, but had to change them eventually. You will see. I measured my mount using a dial caliper, and a standard ruler. I wrote the measurements down on the paper that you can see in the pictures and on a few other papers. Eventually I drew the entire thing onto AutoCAD, so I could reference it while making the 3D model in Solidworks. If you have any questions as to what size or distance something is, feel free to contact me. 

Step 2: Original GoPro In Solidworks

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Making the mount in Solidworks was somewhat easy. Nothing but simple "Boss/Base Extrusions" and "Extruded Cuts." It was especially easy due to the fact that it has a definite line of symmetry. I finished this in under 15 minutes. 

Step 3: Modify It

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I had to modify the model because of the minimum thickness requirements of the 3D printer. The most important part about this step is to only widen the model outwards. The internal area is what matters, and if you change that, the 2nd piece of the mount wont properly snap into place. Once again, if you have any questions on just what these dimensions are, feel free to contact me. I extended the thinnest areas 0.1 inches outwards so that they have more integrity, and I also made the mount longer, just so it would be easier to work with. Remember, I did not change any of the internal distances. Those are crucial. I also made sure to add in an angle that I completely forgot about while making the original. 

Step 4: Whoops!

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After checking and double checking my part, I found something that caused a bit of concern. If you look at the first picture, you can see the handle of the bolt that attaches the camera. I was scared that by increasing my wall thickness by 0.1 I would interfere with the handle. Because of this, I simply cut off .05 (a small amount, I know) just to be sure. You can see that in the 2nd picture. 

Step 5: Making the Part

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My Technical Drawing teacher printed out the file for me through a large 3D printer. The white on the top of the part is just a different colored plastic. He ran out of the black most of the way through. Hopefully it will fit the other part...

Step 6: Does it Fit???

Once I tried this with the other part...(drum roll)... It worked! Kind-of. The removable piece fits inside the manufactured piece, but it is pretty tight. Maybe the plastic used by the printing machine is less flexible, maybe there were some small angles that I missed. Either way, it does work. It just takes a bit of pressure to separate the two pieces. (I am also very glad I made the extra cut in step 4. It fits perfectly. Look at the last picture to see what I mean)

Step 7: Add the Camera

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Here are some pics of it with the GoPro attached. I would call it a successful first attempt at designing and printing something. I am happy with my work. Like I said, if you need any dimensions or any other info I would be happy to help if I can.

Thanks for looking at this ible!
-freezaburn36
his is what 3d printers are for. gopro rips you off by a million kilometers and miles
great project, you should mount onto street luge
:) keep making!
-SamjmyB
seamus_mf2 years ago
You should use the "print screen" option on your keyboard so your pictures will look much more professional. Cool project anyways!
freeza36 (author)  seamus_mf2 years ago
I would have, if I wasn't at school. Thanks though!
Gomex192 years ago
How much did the project cost? besides the machine?
freeza36 (author)  Gomex192 years ago
I used my school's materials, and I paid a $25 fee for the class. The printing was free and so was using the software.
juanjomf2 years ago
Hi friend, could you send me the code that g.? regards
freeza36 (author)  juanjomf2 years ago
I'm not sure what code you are referring to, I am new to CAD.
albill2 years ago
Have you uploaded your stl files to thingiverse.com?
freeza36 (author)  albill2 years ago
No I haven't, and Im not sure if I can. Sorry.
albill freeza362 years ago
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That is the common place to share 3D printing files. It is nice to see your process here but for folks with Gopro cameras, it would be nice to have the resulting files too.
freeza36 (author)  albill2 years ago
I made it at school. I don't think that the students actually have the rights to what they make, because it is through the schools program. And if we do, I have no idea how to transfer the files.
remcokatz2 years ago
Could you supply us with the .stl file so that we can print it? :)
freeza36 (author)  remcokatz2 years ago
I would if I could, but I made it on my schools computer. I am not sure exactly how to transfer it. Maybe I will try in the next week or so.
There's a huge pile of GoPro accessories on Thingiverse. ;)

http://www.thingiverse.com/tag:GoPro

c3ralki1l3r2 years ago
The white gives it a nice touch :)
freeza36 (author)  c3ralki1l3r2 years ago
Yeah, for something completely unintentional, it sure makes it pop.
c3ralki1l3r2 years ago
The white gives it a nice touch :)
jslarve2 years ago
That is pretty dang nifty.
freeza36 (author)  jslarve2 years ago
Thanks! It took quite a bit of work, Im glad it turned out like it did.