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
Step 2: Disassembly
B. When the cam lever is removed, a small piece of rectangular plastic will most likely fall off. If it doesn't fall out gently pry it out with a knife blade. This little piece of plastic sandwiched between the cam lever and the inner aluminum leg is what puts pressure on the leg when you lock the lever. Save this piece of plastic, even if its broken in half.
C. Knock out the old collar gently with a hammer.
D. Slide the inner leg out.
E. Slide off the inner sleeve from the upper tube.
When you remove the pin you will be left with 7 parts for every joint:
- original (broken) collar
- cam lever
- brass pin
- pressure pad
- Inner sleeve
- flared lower tube
- notched upper tube
Step 3: Re-assembly (Sleeve Install)
Step 4: Re-assembly (Lower Leg Meets Upper Leg)
Step 5: Re-assembly (New Collar Gets Installed)
Step 6: Re-assembly (Press on Cam Lever)
Line up the cam lever with the rectangular hole of the collar and push in the brass pin with the lever in the open position.
Repeat the following 5 steps for all the broken joints.