Introduction: 3D Printed DSLR / Smartphone Vertical Mount for Any Tripod
If you're owning a 3rd Pinter then you have already unlocked lots of opportunities for your DIY projects. Recently I have designed a model that can hold my smartphone or my DSLR vertically on any tripod, Gorilla pod, or even on the monopod. This way, I can record vertical videos for Instagram reels or YouTube shorts. Awesome, isn’t it? So without further ado, let's print it and check the results.
Step 1: Watch the Video First:
Step 2: Let's Design
I have used Fusion 360 to design the mount. There are 4 parts I have designed. The Mount, 1 Waser, 1 Knob, 1 Nut Ring.
Step 3: Slicing Settings Are Important Before Print
To print this model with my 3D printer, I need to export this model to some kind of slicing software. I personally prefer to use Cura only because of its simple and easy-to-use interface. After exporting, I need to change some settings quite a bit.
Start off with the layer height. It has nothing to do with the strength of the model but increasing the layer height can hugely impact the printing time. So, if you need a faster printing process and don't care about the quality of the print then I recommend you to go for 0.3mm of layer height. If we try to balance the print quality and the printing time then 0.25mm is good to go.
Infill Density & Infill Pattern
Changing infill density to the higher value means a stronger model which is obviously pretty essential as this mount is designed to hold cameras. So, I am going with 85% infill density. You may go higher if you want to.
The infill pattern is also very important. The different pattern provides different strength. 'Gyroid' is preferable though but it took much more printing time so I go for the default 'Line' pattern.
This is not a much important setting though, until either, you are running out of time or don't care about the print quality. Definitely high-speed print causes imperfections of the print but for me, it doesn't matter so I have tweaked the printing speed to 100mm/s. By the way, I have used Ender 3 Pro to print this model.
Because of the orientation of the model, on the bed of the printer, I prefer to use support for the hanging part which is just this nut cavity. So, I have used the default one which is everywhere. And don't forget to tick here - 'Generate support'.
Step 4: Save the GCODE in the Memory Card
Now just slice it and save the GCode into the SD card. After around 1 hrs 14 min of print You can take your model out from the Printer.
Step 5: Post Printing Finishing With the 3D Printed Camera Vertical Mount!
First off, I have to remove all the support materials from the design. So, I have used this fine cutter and a bit of my skill to satisfy me.
Next, I have placed a quarter-inch nut inside this space and used a bit of super glue to fix it permanently.
Step 6: Assembling All the Parts
After chopping down the head of a 1 inch long and quarter-inch thick screw, I have put it inside the hole of the screw head. It is definitely recommended to use a bit of superglue inside the knob.
Next, slide the nut inside this ring, apply the super glue once again, and put back the nut and ring assembly into the threaded rode.
Then I have just inserted the bolt through this hole and put back the washer onto it and to finally fix the washer in its place, I have just used a bit of superglue and let it to be dried for a couple of minutes.
Step 7: Does a 3D Printed Camera Vertical Mount Really Work?
Well, it is completed, and depending upon the weight of the camera, I can estimate that this mount can easily hold those cameras whose weight stays in between 3kgs. But because of the compact design of this mount, cameras can't fit in it when this mount is attached with the tripod but mounting the DSLR on a Gorilla Pod is definitely possible. Even smartphones can easily be attached to this vertical mount.
Step 8: To Use DSLR Cameras on Tripods Use This Design
To hold the DSLR camera vertically on the tripods, I have designed this camera vertical mount which has the anti-slip feature and adjustable camera height. But it is better to print it with 95% infill density and with the Gyroid pattern to make it stronger. Parts like knob, ring, and washer are the same for this design too.