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Pi Cam Ball joint mount for Kossel or 2020 frame printer

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Despite hundreds of Pi-Cam mounting models on Thingiverse, I struggled to find one that worked with my Kossel Linear Plus and the fisheye lens Pi-Cam. So here's my offering to the table, yet another Pi-Cam mount.
I'd been experimenting with "Print in Place" designs and fancied a go at a ball and socket joint so designing a joint with a purpose made it a bit worthwhile. There has been a lot of headscratching, swearing and frustration before I eventually got this to work reliably but I've printed three of these out now on different printers and all worked OK so the tolerances should be good for most folk out there with half decent calibration.
I have incorporated a ribbon cable management system which keeps the thing out of the path of the effector, should it decides to venture close to the edge of the bed. (I made a schoolboy error once designing a layer calibration model out to the max printable area. Unfortunately I forgot about the skirt which took it a further 5mm out and it collided with my old mount and tore out the ribbon cable. It all got emotional at that point)
The design is in 3 or 4 pieces, dependent on whether you use the optional spacer and apart from a standard Pi-Cam, you will need the following fasteners to complete:

4 x M2 x 4 or 6mm Cap Head screws (Pi Cam Mounting)
1 x M3 x 12-20mm Cap head screw (Cam mount to Ball joint)
1 x M4 x 16-20mm Cap Head Screw (Ball joint pillar to Frame mount)
1 x M4 x 8mm (Ball set screw)
2 x M4 x 10mm Cap head screw (Frame mount to 2020 Frame)
2 x M4 T-Nut (Frame mount to 2020 Frame)
(Optional) 2 x M4 x 30mm Cap Head Screw if using the spacer block

Please note further info in Print settings as these are important

  • 3D file format: STL
  • Publication date: 2020/09/03 at 11:08

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