Introduction: Tripod Camera Mount for Raspberry Pi

About: Scott Kildall is an new media artist and researcher. He works at Autodesk, Pier 9 and is an artist-in-residence with the SETI Institute

This may seem like it already exists, but I couldn't find it anywhere.

So, I made it myself: a camera mount for the Raspberry Pi that you can easily mount onto any standard tripod.

Step 1: Create the 3D Model

I  looked around for an existing tripod camera mount. I couldn't find exactly what I wanted, but this one on Thingiverse,  is pretty close.

I imported the enclosure face into 123D Design, then added a simple tripod bottom for it. Yay Creative Commons!

The tripod hole is 5mm, which I will later tap with a tap-and-die kit.

Step 2: 3D Print It

I'm using an Object printer with a VeroClear resin, but any 3D printer will be fine.

What I like about the VeroClear is that you can see the camera power to make sure the camera is indeed working.

If want to be a spy-cam look, you may want to go for black ABS to obstruct the light and also be sleek.

Step 3: Tap the Hole

The 5mm hole is just enough material for tapping threads for a standard tripod mount (you'll need a tap-and-die kit).

The threads you want to tap for are 1/4-20.

If you've tapped holes before, this is a cinch. If not, check out this Instructable — you won't need any cutting fluid since you're 3D printing in some sort of plastic or resin. The tapping process is super-quick and can be done in your hand.

Step 4: Epoxy the Back Face Onto the Camera

This is the solution I chose. It's a more permanent one, which is why I like it.

There are other ways, such as:
* a snap-fit design: more work on the 3D modeling side and eventually the material (especially since I'm using resin in my case) will wear out.
* put screws in it: a lot of work and time, but probably the most optimal solution
* use a silicon adhesive or something less strong: my feeling is if you're going to use an adhesive, use one that really works. 

Step 5: Done!

It's that easy!

Here's the downloadable STL on Thingiverse:

I hope this was helpful!
Scott Kildall

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