3D Printed Smartphone/GoPro Tripod




Introduction: 3D Printed Smartphone/GoPro Tripod

About: I'm a mechanical engineer seeking to further my understanding of automotive design. My first love is cars, but I enjoy designing and building a plethora of random stuff.

What is there to say about this tripod design? It's simple, easy to print, and is compatible with both your smartphone and your GoPro camera. So without further ado, let's take a look at how to build it.

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Step 1: Tools and Materials

For this project all we'll need is a 3D printer, 180 grit sandpaper or some files for cleaning up the prints, and some patience. Just as I said, simple.

Step 2: Printing

Each part was printed using the following settings:

  • .2mm resolution
  • 15% infill
  • 2 perimeters/shells
  • No raft

Support settings for the parts that need support (Repetier w/Slic3r)

  • Pillars
  • 5mm pattern spacing
  • 0* pattern angle
  • 5 interface layers
  • 5mm interface pattern spacing (this makes the support much easier to remove and uses far less material)

You'll need to print:

  • 1 Tripod Base
  • 3 Tripod Foot
  • 3 Tripod Inner Leg
  • 3 Tripod Outer Leg
  • 3 Locking Pin_80_125

If you're using a smartphone:

  • 1 Camera Mount for your size phone
  • 1 Smartphone Base Adapter
  • 1 Locking Pin_44_18
  • 1 Locking Pin_44_125

The smartphone holders should be printed in the orientation shown in the pictures above, as in my experience this produced the best results. The large mount is 6.32in wide and the small mount is 5.48in wide. I would also print a few more locking pins than are required as the prints don't always come out right and are fairly easy to lose or break.

Step 3: Assembly

I left the tolerances rather tight on this project to try and eliminate any slop in the final product, so some parts will likely need to be filed or sanded a bit to achieve the proper fit and may take a bit of elbow grease to put together. The goal is to have the upper joints be stiff enough to not move freely under the tripods' own weight, but free enough to be able to adjust the legs without too much effort. The bottom joints shouldn't require as much effort and can have larger tolerances than the upper joints. Once the upper legs have been attached to the base and the feet attached to lower legs, insert each inner leg into each outer leg and secure with the locking pins.

Once assembled you can now mount either your GoPro camera or use the adapter to mount your smartphone to the base of the tripod. Adjustments can be made by either moving the legs or raising or lowering each leg to achieve the correct height and angle.

Thanks for checking out this instructable! If you liked this one be sure to check out my others!

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    3 years ago

    Cool! Nice colours