The camera needs to be able to capture a centered image from the top of the printer, with full view of the printer bed, like this:
If you want to design your own camera mount, please feel free to do it. If you rather print or modify the one we have designed, here are the instructions:
Printing the camera mount for Makerbot Replicator 2
This is how the mount will look like when finished.
Each piece has a number embossed into it that corresponds to another part (1 -> 1, 5 -> 5, etc), to make it easier to assemble it.
The design is broken into three separate STLs that should be printed one at a time to comfortably fit on the build platform:
To assemble it, you will need a few minor nuts and bolts:
- 16 m3x13 OR #4x0.5in bolts
- 16 m3 OR #4 nuts
Also, if the webcam has a standard camera mount hole, you will need a 1/4-20x0.5in bolt too.
Printing the camera mount for other printers
Render of the mount:
- It's a rod based mount. It stands on the table and looms over the printer: This alternative mount should also be easy to assemble.
- The prints are broken up for best printing, and how many times the STLs have to be printed:
- Print this once: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/authentise-releases/printable_gantry2_part1.stl
- Print this one twice, as these parts are needed for each leg: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/authentise-releases/printable_gantry2_part2.stl
- This design is optimized for using 5/16" all-thread rod, but it should theoretically work with 8mm all-thread and nuts.
Mount mounted with webcam attached:
- In our design we used 3 1 yard lengths of 5/16" all-thread, but we presume that, depending on your printer, it may need to be taller, so you may need to get 2 1 yard rods per leg, which would come out to be 5-6 rods required, so:
- 3-6 1 yard x 5/16" all-thread OR m8 rod of equal length.
- 24 5/16" OR m8 nuts
- After the mount is printed, you can mount the camera, connect your printer and camera to the computer and move forward.
Mounting the camera: