CNC Camera SD Card Holder



Introduction: CNC Camera SD Card Holder

About: My name is Zach Sousa and I'm a Canadian highschool student that has a passion for making.

I recently bought a DSLR (Canon T5) and I wanted to make a simple SD card and battery holder for it. This is what I ended up with.

This would be a great gift for any photographer or cinematographer because I'm an amateur photographer and I'm constantly losing SD cards, like many others. With this, all of their memory cards can be kept in one place.

Sorry about the lighting in some of the pictures, my garage has poor lighting.

This is my first CNC project that I have posted to instructables. I bought an X-Carve with the sales of my 3d printers, and have been doing multiple projects, like a watch box, that I just haven't posted yet.

Step 1: Parts and Tools:

Here are the parts and tools that you will need to make this project:


1/4 inch end mill

1/8 inch end mill

1/2 inch oak project board


CNC Router (I'm using an X-Carve)

Calipers (for customizing size of battery holder)


Step 2: Open Easel (or Other Application)

Here is the link to the easel project:

From here, you are able to resize the SD card or battery size. For example, you can resize it to fit compact flash cards or other types of memory.

Step 3: Gather SD Cards and Batteries

Find some SD cards that you have laying around. Count how many you have and decide on the placement for the holder. I chose 4 slots because that was how many SD cards I had at the moment.

Step 4: Measure Components

Now, use the components that you found in the last step and measure them. when drawing the components in either inkscape or easel, make sure to add 3mm (1.5 mm radius for both sides) in length for both SD card and battery slots. This is because of the radius of the bit.

Step 5: Clamp Material Down

Now, use clamps to secure the oak to the base of the CNC router. Now set the bit so it is around .1 mm above the material.

Step 6: Start Cut

Go through the preparation process on easel an ensure that everything is clamped down, and that your material is the right thickness (you can set this on the "Z:" part).

I used the 1/4 inch end mill for the outer part of the casing, and 1/8 inch for the SD and battery holder part.

Step 7: Finishing

Once you have finished the cut, you can now remove the clamps and do some sanding. I used 150 grit sandpaper on my random orbit sander, then went to 320 grit sandpaper. Pictured above is a mark left from the CNC machine. This is what we want to get rid of

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