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I'm lately so Creative that I Am suprising myself... Last time I was in bed I thought about something that would replace my old tripod. But I don't want to buy another one. So I came up with ultimate idea to make something that would replace me three things at once! I came up with an idea of making POD-1

The POD-1 name came from the last three letters of word Tripod and the number one is giving you the possibility of the next version of it coming in the future ;)

So, mainly it is a small tripod that allows you to set your camera or phone steady on the ground, however, there are two other functions of it. By using an o-ring to hold the legs together you get really nice camera grip to have with you when you need it! And if you need monopod, you can attach it to the cheap selfie stick and get yourself nice small monopod to keep your photos steady and sharp!

In my opinion it makes it ultimate photography 3in1 device!

If you printed POD-1 please upload photos here! I'd love to see them!

There is ability to vote on me in 3D printing contest so if you like don't be shy and hit that button ;)

Step 1: The Idea.

I am kind of bored seeing instructables that just show ready stuff without explanation. So in my instructables I always try to explain what I have done, whether when I make DIY stuff or just 3D model. I highly encourage you to try design your own POD-1!

At the university I was told to always draw my ideas so I can have better view on what I want to design or 3D model. It is totally good way of thinking. But this time when I came up with an idea I exactly knew what I want to make. Sometimes I am thinking in 3D so I knew how to design legs of the tripod to make them fold nicely, where to place hole for the screw and how it should work.

Basic criteria of my design was:

  • Maximum usefulness
  • Portability
  • Easiness of use
  • Sturdy design
  • Modern look

I can't judge myself if I fulfill this criteria or not, I will leave it to you ;) Tell me in the comments what would you change if you were me!

Step 2: The Legs.

I decided that the legs should be about 9 cm in lenght, it would make about 18 cm radius around the center of the tripod. I am sure that it will keep steady every smartphone, and some light cameras like GoPro.

The design of the legs gives them ability to fold creating a camera grip, there is 120 degree angle that allow them to fold and leave almost no space between them, there is also small groove so you can put there silicone o-ring to keep the legs together in that mode.

One of the legs have place to attach a lanyard for the maximum safety.

I recommend printing POD-1 legs in 100% infill for the best performance and strength.

Step 3: Base With Tripod Screw

Base was a little bit of challenge for me, I was considering an option with ball joint to allow it freely move in the monopod mode, but I found it will be inconvenient in camera grip and tripod mode. So I stayed with the "bare screw" option. Of course you can attach your own ball joint to it as well as other accessories.

The base needed to be possibly small to make the tripod as small as possible when folded into camera grip mode. But it should allow user to still have safe and secure connection with the camera that is attached.

I highly recommend printing this part in ABS or Nylon (or other strong plastic). If you print it with ABS try to reinforce it using acetone to allow the layers to bond really good.

Step 4: Assembly

Despite of the 3D printed parts, you will need to buy the following:

  • 1/4" tripod screw
  • metal rod 3mm in diameter
  • Thin rubber Or EVA foam sheet
  • to get flexible joint for monopod mode you can use this: Octopus 1/4 Monopod / Tripod Ball Head
  • rubber o-ring to hold legs together in grip mode

Be sure to clean all support material from your prints if the was any, I recommend you to use some fine grit sandpaper to make the parts smooth. If you use ABS plastic it will be good to use some acetone to reinforce the base and the legs and then use sandpaper.

After all parts are cleaned and sanded take the 3mm rod and fix the legs to the base, but be sure to not over tighten them! Last but not least part is to place tripod screw in the place.

When you finish assembly, cut a square out of the Eva foam or rubber. It have to be a little bigger than the base of the POD-1. If you find self adhesive version it would be easy to glue it. It is just cosmetics action, but it will also protect your device from scratching. When you glue the square to the tripod base cut off the excess from the edges.

You have to print two legs without lanyard hole be sure to check what file you download to print!


If you like my work and want to help me, please visit my pinshape account: HERE
You can buy files there for symbolic 1,30$. It is not lots of money but it can help me in future projects. THANK YOU


Step 5: Enjoy Your POD-1 !

I hope you last long enough to read this step! Thank you for following my instructions!

If you printed and assembled your POD-1 please share your photos in the comments! I always like seeing my projects done by others!

You have your own idea of how POD-1 should look? Send me it in the private message, or upload photos in the comments! Your idea can be included in this instructable if I like it!

Stay tuned for the other instructables and maybe POD-2 version !

Thanks for reading! See you in another instructable!

<p>to print go to https://www.shapeways.com/create</p>
<p>nice idea </p><p>Try upgrade legs by printing them empy &amp; ribbed, if fegs are big enough it schoud floats with cam ;) </p><p>pozdrowienia z Warszawy</p>
<p>With infill of about 10% it will be pretty much hollow ;) <br><br>dzieki za komentarz ;)</p>
I see from your profile looks like Poland ... I'm far away in the US but will try to figure out a low cost way to ship a print to you. Does the university not have a printer?
<p>University have 3D printers... actually I discovered by one of the professors that on my faculty there are two of them. However when I asked if I can use it he said &quot;I do not think so&quot;. Apparently students like me can't use them for personal purposes... I heard that even students that should use them have hard time printing anything because university don't want spend money on them... sad but true. I tried contacting people in poland who have 3D printers, but they did not wanted print my design because it will not give them profit... I don't know what things do they print usually if my was to small for them...</p>
wait, you haven't printed this yet? where are you? I will print and send you one.
<p>This looks great! Have you ever seen the Enable 3d printed hands? They use a set of snap pins to create the finger joints. You might be able to use snap pins also, as an option to replace the metal rods. I'm not sure how easy it is to design something like that. If I have some time I will attempt a print of this. </p>
<p>Hey! thank you for comment! Do you mean somethong like this? </p><p><a href="http://www.ictradenet.com/SLP100-638-01/" rel="nofollow">www.ictradenet.com/SLP100-638-01/</a><br>it is quite easy to design, I will try to make a model in a minute or two and upload it </p>
<p>Here is a link to the exact ones I have used with success.</p><p><a href="http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:516577" rel="nofollow">http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:516577</a></p><p>If you want to see what they snap into, the hand can be found here.</p><p><a href="http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:476403/#files" rel="nofollow">http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:476403/#files</a></p><p>If you download the file for a fingertip you can see that the snap pins work beautifully there. If you use this same method and maybe scale your holes larger it might work!</p>
<p>I made a model of the snap pin, but i do not think that it will print correctly on most of the printers unfortunately, its only 3mm in diameter and I am not sure that FDM printers can handle that :/</p>
<p>Nice idea. What software did you use to create the images?</p>
<p>Thanks for commenting! I have used built in renderer in solidworks to create images</p>
<p>Cool tripod! Have you had the chance to print it out yet? I'd love to see how it holds up to heavy camera use.</p>
I did not print the design, but maybe in the near future i will print It I am still trying to get access to 3d printer
<p>Very cool. I think I might print one of these as I currently have something I bought but it is too small and flimsy.</p><p>Question: What are the 3 things it does?</p>
Thank you for commenting! One thing is small tripod, Second when you fold the legs and put o-ring in notch you have camera grip/handle and if you have one of this cheap selfie sticks you can attach It to the end of in (tripod hole in handle) and use It as a small tripod ;)

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