Its amazing what you can print these days. We tested out the Mendel Prusa last evening by printing this cool little light bulb sculpture.
If you could make any design in your head come to life, what would it be?
Much of what we can do these days with 3D printing is due to the hard work of Brandon. Be sure and check out the new RepRap piece he’s making to ensure 3D printing just gets better and better: Vertical X-Axis
Be sure to check out our new “Makery Mendel” channel on Ustream, located in the links to the right. Whenever the Makery is printing, you can see it happening.
Tonight, I finally got around to finishing up the Handlebar Camera Mount project. The mount consists of a hunk of printed PLA, sawed in half, and bolted back together around the handlebars. At the moment, I have a piece of rubber tape wrapped around the bar, under the mount, to keep it from slipping, but my Canon S5 is pretty heavy and it needs a bit more wrapping underneath.
The printed portion of the mount weighs around 60 grams, and took about 90 minutes to print on the Makery Mendel. On the side facing the camera, you can see where we lost a bit of blue tape. The part has an inner diameter of an inch, and is about 2″ wide, to provide good stability for the camera.
The hardware is 4 1.5″,1/4-20 stainless steel hex head cap screws. I opted for stainless because “It’s a bike, and it’s going to be outside”… The bolts were around a buck a piece, which wasn’t really any more money than the regular steel ones. Hex-keyed is sorta like metric: It just costs more, and no one knows why.
All this puts total materials cost (including the PLA for printing) at just under $10. The model for the printed version is available here.