DIY Camera Slider Under 40 USD!

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About: Hi, I'm Nemeen, Electronics Enthusiast! I have seen a huge decline in electronics hobbyist in past few years. I started this channel in order to inspire you to create. Hopefully, you will find something tha...

Hey Everyone, I'm an electronics Enthusiast and a Youtuber. So I keep on upgrading my camera gear but when it comes to camera sliders they are way too expensive but that doesn't stop me from making one. So in this tutorial, I'll show you how you can make your very own camera slider only for 40 USD! so without any more further ado, Lets Built it!

Also Huge Thanks to www.JLCPCB.com for Sponsoring this project, You can order 2 layer PCB (10cm*10cm) only for $2 from their website. Built time for 2 layers PCB is only 24Hr with any color solder mask. Check them out and once again Thanks www.JLCPCB.com for Sponsoring this project.

Supplies:

  1. 2040 Aluminium Extrusion (1-meter Length)
  2. V-slot Wheels 24mm Diameter
  3. M5-10mm Bolts
  4. M5 T-Nuts
  5. Super Glue
  6. 3D Printed Parts (Files Available Below or Thingiverse)

Step 1: Watch the Video!

If you don't want to read all the stuff you can watch my video tutorial on Youtube!

Step 2: 3D Printing!

The very first step is to 3D print all the required parts. Since we are using 2040 Aluminum Extrusion of length 1000mm. Its smallest V slot channel is 20mm and other is 40mm in dimension. Also, V slot wheels are of diameter 24mm but 2mm goes in the channel so the effective diameter is 20mm.

So Keeping these things in mind I designed the gantry plate with a hot shoe mount both of them were 3D printed and attached later using Super Glue.

Note: If you don't have access to a 3D printer. You can always make all these parts using MDF so don't hesitate to make this project.

Step 3: Assembling of Gantry Plate

Once 3D printing was done and glued the hot shoe mount with plate, Use four 25mm long M5 Bolts along with two washers, one Nut, one V slot wheel and finally one more Nut. Repeat the process for all four Wheels

Step 4: Camera Mounting

For mounting the camera you can use Hot shoe mount. Just slide it in the gantry plate and you can mount your camera on top of it. And there you go you have a working camera slider now!

The only problem with this assembly is that gantry plate can easily slide off from the edges and slider does not have its legs so we need to make them.

Step 5: Legs for Slider

Once again I designed these Legs in Fusion 360 exported the STL files and 3D printed them once that was done I used 10mm Long M5 Bolts along with T Nuts and mounted the legs on all the four sides. After with Slider was ready to roll.

Step 6: Tripod Mounting

But we generally use such sliders on tripods so once again I designed mounting bracket for tripod 3D printed them and mounted the plates on each side of the slider.

Then I mounted the sider on tripods and this project was complete now you can take cinematic sliding shots!

Step 7: Thank You!

If you made this project do let me know! you can either post it below or Tag me on social media,

Feel free to check out my YouTube channel for more awesome stuff: https://www.youtube.com/c/Nematics_lab

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    alcurb

    Question 4 weeks ago

    I was measuring the 2040 plate on the viewer ('View in 3D' button above) and when I measured hole center to hole center, short side and long side; I got 50m and 60m (meters) respectively. I'm assuming the measurements are 50mm and 60mm (millimeters). I didn't see a scale to set on the viewer. Is the viewer app wrong in that it didn't capture the actual scale of your stl model?

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    alcurb

    4 weeks ago

    Very cool. I like your design although I would also add a motor to enable smooth sliding.
    I looked around for a cheaper 2040 v-slot extrusion, and it seems you found the most economical source. I haven't been able to best it.
    I'm thinking of building a 1200-1500 mm version, motorized, with a powerful-enough motor to slide vertically for dramatic shots.
    One question. How are the tripod screw mounts holding up? Seems that the plastic would fatigue in short order since you have plastic against a metal screw. If it is an issue, I might find a way to embed a metal nut in the 3D printed mount.

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    Nematic!alcurb

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    I'm working on motorizing this slider, and tripod mount are fragile I'll update new design when I'll be uploading new motorized camera slider project :)