Author: Gyrobot, published on 2013-11-21
A hand held or base mounted steady cam for the GoPro Hero 3.
This is unusual because it is servo/motor free and there is no counter balance underslung weight either. The vibrations and pitch/roll are dampened out by the use of an overhead pot, filled with a suitable easily sourced medium (see instructions).
Originally designed for mounting onto my DJI 450 Quadcopter, however with the addition of the clip in handle (removable), it becomes a hand held steady cam too.
I designed and printed this as a proof of concept. I wanted to push further the idea of a print in place assembly for the main body component, and to inspire.
EDIT 15/05/2014 : Uploaded STEP file of the assembly, in case anyone wants to make any edits.
Add an M5 x 40 screw and nut.
Everything except the “Waggle Stick Clamp” can be printed without support. However the handle may benefit from support due to the fillets for grip comfort.
GoPro_Gimbal_Mount_Base.stl has two bits of support modelled for the holes at the base of the pot which can easily be removed with a craft knife.
Seems a bit “notchy” at first but it does bed in and become smoother over time. I’m sure a bearing version would be super smooth. A little olive oil helps too.
Fill the pot to suitable height with suitable medium, bit of trial and error for this one, eg :
- Polystyrene beads
- Necklace beads
- Plastic ball bearings
- Pasta balls
- Memory foam
PRINT BOM :
- 1 x GoPro_Gimbal_Mount_Base.stl
- 1 x GoPro_Waggle_Stick_Clamp.stl (100% infill)
- 1 x Seal.stl
- 2 x GoPro_Hero_3_Bump_Guard.stl (100% infill)
- 2 x Bush.stl
PRINT BOM FOR HANDLE :
- 1 x Handle.stl
- 2 x Pin.stl
Tags: Camera, dji, gimbal, GoPro, quadcopter, RC, stabilisation, Steadicam, steady_cam