Introduction: PVC Document Station
People have been asking about what I am using to take photos of some of my latest builds. I finally got around to documenting and shooting a video explaining how I built my PVC Document Station.
I believe every makerspace and/or classroom should have one of these. If we are going to to place emphasis on the journey of learning and not the final product, then we need to have the spaces available for students to document their learning. Having some of these available for students will allow them to document their builds and explain their thinking behind the process. This is a pretty easy build that requires some simple measuring and cutting. I hope this helps those who are interested and I am looking forward to building these in future classes for teachers that I am about to launch for next school year!
Step 1: Video Guide
Welcome to the guide on how to create a DIY PVC Document Station
Step 2: Materials
At least 16 feet of 3/4 inch PVC. Buy an extra foot or more if you are prone to mistakes!
Foam Board to use as floor of document station. I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased the 20x30 inch boards
PVC Connectors for Frame
6 3/4 inch T elements
6 3/4 inch 90 degree elements
PVC Connectors for Camera Mounts in Video
4 1 inch T elements
1 1 inch T element with 1 threaded end
1 1 inch to 3/4 inch converter with 1 inch threaded and 3/4 inch side unthreaded
For the camera mounts, you need to decide what camera option will work best for you. Here are the elements showcased in the video build.
Camera Elements to Purcashe
RivenAn Universal Camera Quick Release Handle https://amzn.to/2HEfzJA
2 Pcs Tripod Mini Ball Head https://amzn.to/2LYeodg
Ulanzi Phone Tripod Mount Adapter https://amzn.to/2HGzOWZ
Not show in video but if you have a tablet then this would work
Accmor Tablet Tripod Adapter https://amzn.to/2HG7uEm
For cutting the PVC, I suggest a nice pair of PVC cutters
Finally, you will need a Sharpie and measuring tape
Step 3: Make Your Cuts
Cut all your pieces
4 9 inch pieces
2 14 inch pieces
2 7 inch pieces
1 21 inch piece
2 15 inch pieces
2 6 inch pieces
2 20 inch pieces
1 6 inch piece (3/4 inch)
2 1 inch pieces (1 inch)
Step 4: Put All Pieces Together to Check Cuts
Assemble all the elements to ensure everthing fits and moves properly. See diagram to see how I put them together
Step 5: Notch Foam Board
Mark where you will place the foam board on the base and cut out a half circle notch to allow it fit around PVC. I used the pice as a tracing guide(see image)
Step 6: Add Camera Mounts and Elements to Check Proper Viewing
Add your camera mounts and adapters. Connect your camera, phone, tablet, etc. and make sure it gives you the angle and look you desire.
UPDATE: I plan on adding a camera mount to front center of base to be able to shoot straight on. Will post pictures soon.
Step 7: Enjoy Documenting Your Builds and Work
Go forth and use. I use to shoot pictures of LEGO builds, documentary guides, tutorials, and eventually stop animation.