With a little reverse engineering, some beefing up of the side walls, and a short run on my friend's 3D printer....Voila! I got a new and improved tripod with a little personal touch added to it.
You can find my 3D stl files on Thingiverse.com under the heading "Tripod Cam-Lock Repair" or under my username of "frubino".
Special Note: If you like this Instructable, please cast a vote for me on the UP 3D Printer contest. I personally would love to have a printer of my own and spare the pressure I put on my friend who has one and has been patient with my needs.
THanks for your support Joe.
Step 1: Tools & Material
2. Drift/punch/old nail (1/8" or 3mm diameter)
3. 3D Printed Replacement collars
4. A small blade