My 3d printed "Video Skate Dolly" is a handy piece of gear to add to your collection. It has an adjustable arm, rotating base, and tilting head. The wheels can also be adjusted to shoot a 360 degree video. Using recycled roller-blade wheels and PLA plastic it is easy on the environment and your budget.
Sample video shot with the Video Skate Dolly is at http://www.engineeringwithjazz.com/
Step 1: Required Parts
3d printed parts can be found at
Print all parts at 33%+ to prevent flexing and add stability.
You will need to print:
9 of the small handles
3 large handles
3 rubber washers
4 roller blade wheels with bearings
All nuts and bolts are 1/4"-20 thread.
4pc of 1-1/2" bolts for wheels
4pc of 1" bolts for rail and arm
2pc of 1-1/4" bolts for base
1pc of 2" bolt for camera head
1pc of 3/4" bolts to attach to camera
Step 2: Build the Cart
Take the 2 hubs and insert the 6 nuts into the slots. You may need to use a screwdriver to help push them in all the way
Then place 4 small handles on the 1-1/2" bolts.
Next connect the hubs to the wheels using the bolts.
Then take 2 more small handles and insert 1" bolts.
Align the hubs over the raised rings of the rails then screw down with the bolts.
Step 3: Build the Arm
Insert two nuts into the base slots and one nut into each of the arms.
Then take a rubber washer and one arm (side without nut) and inset them into the base slot.
Place a large handle onto a 1-1/4" bolt and tighten the arm to the base.
Then use another 1-1/4" bolt and large handle to attach the other arm.
Step 4: Bulid the Camera Mount
Insert a nut into the bottom camera mount slot.
Insert the two camera mount pieces together by aligning the slots and pushing.
Then place a small handle on the 2" bolt and tighten the camera mount together.
Next place a rubber washer between the arm and camera mount and tighten together using a large handle.
Step 5: Attach Arm to Cart
Using a 1" bolt and small handle attach the arm to the cart.
Then using a 3/4" bolt and small handle plus a couple of washers if necessary to tighten the camera onto the camera mount.
Now you are ready to shoot your next great video.
Check out http://www.engineeringwithjazz.com/ to see sample footage.
Any questions? I will be glad to answer them in the comments.