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    Re: Is a 3D Printed LF camera Possible?

    I don't know how the helical on the Wanderlust is designed, but the other day I was playing with a helical and it is pretty complex. It had 3 sets of concentric threads unlike a normal screw which is one set.

    I had not noticed the complexity before.

    Then there is the inside and outside parts that must mesh at very close tolerance. This thing was brass and very carefully machined, bet it was not cheap new.

    Not so simple.
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    Re: Is a 3D Printed LF camera Possible?

    I attended a meetup with 3D printer manufacturer Type A Machines recently and for the first time held 3D printed plastic parts. I gave them a good squeeze and was disheartened at the fragility. Certainly, much more expensive machines, printing at higher tolerances and more expensive materials like metals will produce stronger parts but then we're talking price ranges out of the average user's budget. Regarding plastics, it's a shame that ABS is not easily tamed when it comes to flatness as the weaker PLA is. Then there's exposure to heat and the attendant issues.

    Have no doubt, there'll be a new polymer/alloy/? that can be made to resolve many of the present shortcomings coming shortly.

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    Re: Is a 3D Printed LF camera Possible?

    Three-D printing techniques are available on a commercial basis, to make metal parts that are used in high-end (expensive) bicycles and rocket engines. Metals can be brass, aluminum, steel or titanium. I would think that internal and external bits and pieces could be made for cameras if one chose to pay for it.

    My initial question was directed at getting maybe a back and body made for some odd format.
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    Re: Is a 3D Printed LF camera Possible?

    You could certainly 3d print the standards for a odd format.
    the biggest problem is the printable area, consumer printers are probably too small.
    you would probably want to add the rail after printing.

    edit: did you have a specific format in mind?

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    Re: Is a 3D Printed LF camera Possible?

    Saw this thread so I thought I'd post a response. It is most certainly possible - I have done it. http://nikonowicz.tumblr.com/post/10...hs-i-have-been Lens boards are on my radar as well. Most of the different ideas you have mentioned are most certainly possible in my opinion. It would just take the right person with enough patience and know how to do it!

    If I've done something wrong here let me know - this is my first post.

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    Re: Is a 3D Printed LF camera Possible?

    Very nice job, Nikonowicz; quite impressive.

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    What about bellows?

    Sinar/Horseman bellows are the same and most available used and new. It might be good to use those bellows as the frames are nearly universal. Ditto for lens board. Design the parts to fit Sinar frames, which are the same for bellows and lensboard.

    Looks great!

    Knobs are very cheap. http://www.mcmaster.com/#machine-com...-knobs/=vij61x
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    Re: Is a 3D Printed LF camera Possible?

    Nikonowicz, that is awesome!

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    Re: Is a 3D Printed LF camera Possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    What about bellows?

    Sinar/Horseman bellows are the same and most available used and new. It might be good to use those bellows as the frames are nearly universal. Ditto for lens board. Design the parts to fit Sinar frames, which are the same for bellows and lensboard.

    Looks great!

    Knobs are very cheap. http://www.mcmaster.com/#machine-com...-knobs/=vij61x
    The parts can accommodate any version of bellows/lensboard - all it would take is 15 minutes of changing up parts. Also, I have been on Mcmaster hundreds of times and I have never seen the knobs page. I'm off to spend a couple hours drooling over them and convincing myself I need some for my camera!
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    Re: Is a 3D Printed LF camera Possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikonowicz View Post
    The parts can accommodate any version of bellows/lensboard - all it would take is 15 minutes of changing up parts. Also, I have been on Mcmaster hundreds of times and I have never seen the knobs page. I'm off to spend a couple hours drooling over them and convincing myself I need some for my camera!
    The best thing about McMaster Carr is every order is important and no order is too small. I use them often, I even used to pick up will call as they are local to me.
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