With the booming market for brushless gimbals, I attempted to create my own.

I had an idea for a camera stabilizer back in 2013 as a Sophomore High-school project. I followed the RC community for a while and during this time the only camera stabilizers were still servo controlled. Suddenly, around mid-2013, Alexmos came out with one of the first hobby-level brushless controllers. This controller allowed brushless motors to substitute servos and brought a new level of smooth balancing that even geared servos could not bring (servos have a set # of positions that creates a limited pan/sweep). I made sure to pre-order this new controller and held on to it until more custom winded motors became easier to find.

List of Materials

(From Hobbyking)

  1. 30x 25mm Boom Clamps
  2. 3x 500mm Carbon Tubes
  3. 2x 2.5mm 300x100 Carbon Fiber Sheets (Not needed if 3D printing)
  4. 2x 5208 Brushless motors
  5. 1x Brushless Gimbal Controller
  6. 1x 2200mAh 3s Lipo battery


  1. 1x Tarot Full pitch arms
  2. 1x 5mm bearing shaft
  3. 5x 5x9x3mm flange bearings
  4. 3.2mm drill bit
  5. 40x M2.5 Press nuts
  6. Heatshrink Combo pack


  1. CNC or 3D printer or Dremel
    1. These tools can be substituted with a good file, saw, patience!

Step 1: Design (or Printing Phase)

After this new technology became more developed I decided to begin the design phase. I began cading the initial designs using Solidworks, which I had to learn as I designed, and came up with these base plates. I did not know how to use assembly back then, so unfortunately I don’t have a final render of the gimbal.

These parts are optimized for 2.5mm cuts of carbon fiber plates.

<p>Uploaded STEP format (friendly for all CAD software) as well as STL although it is not fully optimizied for 3D filament (aka same thickness as the other formats).</p>
<p>great job! how rigid is the frame? can you send the controller reference angles?</p>
<p>Did someone try to make 3d printed one instead of carbon fiber?</p>
<p>Could you help me source some of the non-hobbyking materials? Specifically the 5mm bearing shaft, the flange bearings, and the M2.5 Press nuts? I think I have them all, but I don't want to accidentally buy the wrong things.</p>
<p>I'm actually super confused by the whole bearing shaft part. Could you explain that part in a bit greater detail? Sorry, I have an art degree so this is all a bit over my head 8-D</p>
<p>Very cool! Any idea on the overall cost? </p>
<p>Also interested in cost of the project.</p>
<p>I built the frame a while ago, but I believe I spent around $250. One of the most expensive parts are the 30x 25mm boom clamps, but they can be found for much cheaper ($1 each).</p>
<p>Got a link to any other sources where it's cheaper?</p>
<p>Can you please make a video on how to build! I saw your page on your youtube video of the breakdown but a video would be awsome!</p>
<p>I'm actually planning to build a improved one with a 3rd axis. This one should roll fully and hide all the electronics in the boom. I'll see if I can make a how-to video for that one!</p>
<p>Did you ever get around to making the 3-axis gimbal? and would you happen to know how to make a DIY of a 3-axis handheld gimbal? i'm pairing them with either a A7 or a go pro. my email is @ ericthai1994@gmail.com </p>
<p>I 100% support this idea also. This is an amazing project!</p>
<p>Ooh. I'm just going to express my support for that idea.</p>
<p>anyone have an experience building this? would love to know a little about the balancing for it, if anyone has a 3d printer optimized one, ect. please message me or email me silvermanmt@gmail.com</p>
<p>did anybody received an inventor format of the parts? </p>
Ps- I don't own a PC (only Mac) so I can't even download Solidworks to reexport as .stl or I'd just do that.
Excuse the typo below. Side question as many have asked. Any way to get these files in .stl or .obj? Don't have a CNC but do have access to a 3D printer. Thanks in advance!
This project is simply amazing! GREAT job and GREst idea!
<p>Do you also have a file for Google Sketchup? I want to make my design there</p>
<p>I want to cut the carbon from a company .It is possible to obtain the list of the number of pieces to be cut.</p>
<p>Hey... I want to get the parts printed locally... can I get that in STL format? </p>
<p>awesome tutorial! have you made the 3-axis stabilizer yet? =D</p>
<p>I have access to a 3D printer. Can I get 3D printer optimized version of this pattern </p>
<p>are you aware that some of the parts to be CNC machined are not square?</p>
<p>is it possible to add one more motor to stabilize the horizontal turning movement and does it work with the same controller? Of course you'd need a different programming for the turn movement so it would only soften it</p>
<p>You'll need 3 axes controller. That one can only handle 2 motors...</p>
<p>Had hard time finding the boom clamps and stumbled into a Greek webshop with good prices :D<br><br><a href="http://www.multicopter.gr/en/homepage-en/search?keyword=25mm+boom+clamp&limitstart=0&option=com_virtuemart&view=category" rel="nofollow">http://www.multicopter.gr/en/homepage-en/search?ke...<br></a></p>
<p>I waited SO LONG for a diy handheld gimbal instructable, i will totally look into this project!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS!!!</p>
<p>why no audio in the video. Or is just my computer. I check, and have audio on youtube video's.</p>
<p>I want to make something like this, but I don't have the dough. I do have some 15mm rig parts to get started though.</p><p>Thanks for posting this.</p>
<p>is it possible to add one more motor to stabilize the horizontal turning movement and does it work with the same controller? Of course you'd need a different programming for the turn movement so it would only soften it</p>
<p>money ??&iquest;&iquest;?</p>
<p>Nice. I wish I had time to build one of these. All the other ones I have seen are way to much money.</p>
<p>Excellent design and instructable! What's the maximum weight for camera and lenses. Most of the lower cost gimbal camera mounts have a pretty low weight threshold, but a typical DSLR (like a 5D) is going to be more than three pounds with a good quality lens mounted. </p>
<p>It should be able to stabilize cameras like the 5D and a small prime lense. The motors are rated for ~2kg, but the current dslr only weighs 1.7 lb.</p>
<p>Damn that is hot. </p>
<p>how much are you selling it for?</p><p>im not smart enough to build one. :(</p>
<p>Nice attention to detail and perfect documentation, great job!</p>

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