Introduction: Smartphone Tripod With Extension Wheels
So this project is transforming my mini-tripod to be suitable for my iPhone and be able to roll along smooth surfaces for improved stability and motion.
Thank you to these Instructables articles that guided me through the process
Step 1: Step 1: Materials Required
1. Download the attached files which will be to 3D print the smartphone tripod adapter
2. Ordered parts through www.McMaster.com:
- #6-32 brass threaded insert, .150" length (93365A130)
- 1/4-20 brass threaded insert, .300" length (93365A160)
3. Parts found a True Value store:
- #6-32 x 1 1/2" Hex head machine screw
- Three 2 1/4" 1/4" bolts
- Three 1/4" lock nuts
- 12 spacers (4 for each side of wheels)
4. 3 Rollerblades
5. Ultimaxx 12" Flexible Camera Tripod
6. Super glue
Step 2: Step 2: Assembly
Once the 3D printed items are completed and materials are in-hand, you can now assemble them together.
Part 1 - Adapater
1. Orient the 3D printed items like shown.
2. Heat the [#6-32 brass threaded insert, .150" length (93365A130)] and push into the middle body where the hole is.
3. Place the [#6-32 x 1 1/2" Hex head machine screw] through the insert in the middle body of the 3D printed items.
4. Heat the [1/4-20 brass threaded insert, .300" length (93365A160)] and push into the base -- where the tripod would be screwed into.
5. Combine the top two pieces by super glue but make sure not to get glue on the wheel part or it won't spin and change lengths for different size phones. DONE
Part 2 - Wheels
1. With my particular tripod, I ended up chipping off the very bottom part of the legs which allowed me to bend the metal to the extent in which I made circular holes to fit the bolts through.
2. Apply two spaces on each bolt first. Then slide [Three 2 1/4" 1/4" bolts] between the holes in the leg. And add the next two spacers. (4 for each wheel).
3. Keep them in-place with the [Three 1/4" lock nuts]. If they are too tight the wheels won't roll so be cautious. DONE