Tripod quick release plate
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This is a quick release plate designed to replace the Sirui TY-C10.
I like how these plates are slim, light and still fit the arca-swiss standard - they're perfect for my old 35mm film cameras. But they are expensive too, so having one for each camera can be a considerable expense... so I designed and printed my own.
There's also a tripod screw if you're some kind of scrooge, but be aware: there's a reason these screws are made out of metal. If you print it, make sure your settings and material priorize layer adhesion over print speed; otherwise your camera will break because you were too miserly to spend 2€ on a real screw.
However it works as a proof of concept and I guess if you print it really hot in polycarbonate it could even stand some real action with lightweight cameras. I will update on that cause as soon as I've done some tests.
PS: The photo is from a previous version of the plate. I still have to update the picture with the most recent version which has more chamfered/blended edges and deeper grooves. It's also time to replace my old print bed as the surface finish really looks horrible.
3D printing settings
Wanhao Duplicator i3 V2
Both parts are designed to be printed without support.
Plate: Print it upside down in a material which is: stiff, not too brittle, can stand some heat (think of storing it in your car or of attaching a modern mirrorless camera which can get pretty hot), has good layer adhesion. Lignine-based greentec from extrudr seems perfect for that case. But PC (maybe a bit too flexible?) or ABS (hard to print steep angles with good layer adhesion) most likely will do the job as well.
Screw: It's a rather tight fit so consider reducing the X/Y size to 95-98%. As already mentioned, make sure your printer is set to max out its layer-adhesion capabilities. Material-wise I'd choose something like PC, perhaps even PETG if you feel adventurous. However I want to emphasize that I don't recommend using a plastic screw on expensive and/or heavy cameras!
Think of adding some thin self-sticking rubber pad to prevent the camera from movement.
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- Publication date: 2017/07/27 at 16:54
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