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Universal Tripod Mount with Sugru

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With the ubiquity of the cell phones and tablets, it seems that everybody carries a camera nowadays. These devices come in all shapes and sizes, so finding a proper mount for them can be difficult.

This Instructable presents a low-cost, universal solution!

Parts list:
  • Sugru
  • 1x 1/4"-20 Nut*
  • 2x Gear Ties (They're like twist-ties on steroids. Available in camping, outdoor, and hardware stores)
  • 1x Tripod (for mounting when we're done)

* This is the standard size - your tripod bolt may vary. If you're not certain, take it to the hardware store and ask them for a matching nut.


[This Instructable was created by members of MakeICT, a makerspace in Wichita, Kansas.]
 
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Step 1: Embed the nut into the sugru

Press and form some Sugru around the nut. The nut is what attaches to the tripod, and the Sugru forms the base of the tripod.

Perform this step on a flat surface so that the Sugru flat and even with the nut. This will ensure that it is flushed with your tripod mount and compatible with different tripod mounting surfaces.

Step 2: Add the Gear Ties

Press two Gear Ties into the the top of the Sugru, with the nut on the bottom. Add more Sugru on top of the Gear Ties to hold them in place. Press firmly into existing Sugru.

You can experiment with different configurations, but we found that two Gear Ties arranged in parallel worked out well. In our configuration, we chose NOT to center the Gear Ties - one end of each Gear Tie is 50% longer than the other. This proved to be a useful feature for the wide variety of device sizes.

Step 3: Wait

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Sugru cure times vary on temperature and thickness. Allow your Sugru to cure completely before use.

Once your Sugru has cured, screw your new universal mount to your tripod. The Gear Ties are very versitile and strong, so you can tweak them around your device until it's just right!
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