The Easy 35 camera is fast to print, cheap, and easy to make.
Based on 35mm film, the Easy 35 can be printed in around 3.5 hours on just about any filament-based 3D printer, and needs just a pinhole to assemble and use. No batteries needed.
Easy 35 Specifications
Clint O’Connor, creator of the 2013 “Pinhole Printed” Kickstarter project, is back again with a new 3D printed pinhole camera that anyone with access to a 3D printer can make. Clint has designed a number of 3D printed pinhole cameras, including the very popular Flyer 6x6 and Clipper 6x18 cameras.
The Easy 35 camera satisfies Clint’s goals of fast, cheap, and easy to make. Such a camera appeals both to photographers and to educators wanting to teach principles of photography to youths. Based on 35mm film, the Easy 35 can be printed in half the time of a Flyer 6x6 and needs just a pinhole to assemble (at a bare minimum). A rubber band secures the top and black tape is used as the shutter.
The Easy 35 camera is released as open source, using the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 4.0 license, meaning anyone is free to make them or even sell them, as long as attribution is given to the designer and any remixes or derivations are shared alike.
Details on the Easy 35 camera can be found on www.pinholeprinted.com.
There are six printed parts to the Easy 35. There are multiple sets of STL files to allow you to print the parts individually or in combination. The winder shafts (2) should be printed separately with 60% infill (see Printer / Slicer Settings, and Troubleshooting) while other parts should be printed with 30% infill.
Recommended - print these two separately to get a full camera kit:
You can find the files here (pick one) or google "Easy 35" or go to pinholeprinted.com for the latest:
You can print the camera in any color as long as it is solid black, if you want to use it as a camera. Any color other than black will allow light to come through the body and ruin the film.
I recommend using ABS if you have a printer with a heated bed. PLA will soften and deform in sunlight or on a car dash so you will need to take extra care with a PLA printed camera. There are hybrid filaments as well that have the characteristics of ABS with less warp - if your printer can handle them, they’re worth a try.
In either case, I recommend you keep the Easy 35 in a small camera case when not using it - this will help keep the tape from coming off between shots and keep the camera (and film) cool.