Now you can easily make impromptu camera monopods with this small camera mount that snaps into the mouth of an aluminum soda or beer can.
This idea stems from a previous plastic soda bottle variation, but meant for a can. I like this soda can version for a variety of reasons:
â€¢ Small single item print
â€¢ Rigid design, no delicate parts
â€¢ Cans are able to be bent into different positions, supports larger cameras or DSLR
â€¢ I have more cans lying around than plastic bottles
The plug has a flared lip so it wonâ€™t fall into the can.
The can works well as a grip for hand-held filming. For me, I get a steadier shot when holding the can as compared to holding the camera directly.
Iâ€™ve used it to hold my DSLR camera by bending the can to counteract the weight of the lens.
Remove the pull tab from the can before inserting the plug. The mount fits very tightly into the mouthpiece and requires some force to get it into place. Eventually the aluminum flexes enough to allow the plug to snap into place. Removing the plug also requires some effort, especially on a can that hasnâ€™t been used before. Once the can is â€˜broken inâ€™ itâ€™s much easier to get the mount in and out.
A video of the mount being used for three different cameras can be watched at the link below. The video shows a DSLR camera, a point and shoot, and a phone.
Camera mount for drink bottles - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2631
Phone tripod mount - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:11435
A single half-inch 1/4-20 bolt
Aluminum soda or beer can(s)
Print and insert the bolt into the mount. You might want to glue into place.
Screw mount to camera
Break off the canâ€™s opener tab
Align the small notch in the mount with the backside of the can mouth piece, where the pull tab used to be, and push the mount into the can.
Position camera as needed by squeezing the can into desired position.
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