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Welded structure for 2 camera Answered

Hello,

I am building a sensor base one modified stock camera for agriculture survey,this sensor will be under a drone.
I an looking to build the structure that hold this two camera. I know how to weld using Stick and Mig so i was looking to use mild steel plate, and bend it to get more resistance.
but i don't know how to calculate the minimum thickness ( weight is really important).
On the photo attached the red circle and opposite screw hold and the blue one is a bigger screw hole.
Each of the two camera weight 250 grams and they are 10 cm heigh.

All the best

Vincent

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Downunder35m

2 years ago

If by drone you mean a flying one you might want to check the possible payload first.
Most models are not capable of flying with an added 500g, not to mention extra weight for the mounts.
And instead of steel I would go with fibreglass or carbon fibre.

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VincentD48Downunder35m

Reply 2 years ago

Hi,Thanks i did check,it will work with fixed-wing drone.I don't know to much how to use fibreglass or carbon fibrer

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caitlinsdadVincentD48

Reply 2 years ago

Are you overengineering this a bit? A camera mount is a camera mount. Use what materials you have on hand to prototype one. Once you have it mocked up, kick it and stomp on it to see if it is airworthy. There are too many factors like depth of tapped hole and mounting stud placement to calculate what the minimum thickness should be. Go by feel to see if your structure is stiff enough to be sound. Select angle or extruded pieces to form your mount. I dunno, start out with 1/8th inch thick stock?

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VincentD48caitlinsdad

Reply 2 years ago

Thanks !, your surely right,i am was looking for an exact science more like a rough idea, i gonna give a shot.

Vincent