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3D printing and the demand for custom

camera mount.jpgWhenever I talk to people about 3D printing there is always interest in being able to create new, custom objects but eventually it gets to a point where they say “Wait a minute, how often will I need to actually do this?”


Granted not everyone will have the skills to create their own designs but it is actually not all that hard when you use tools like SketchUp. I’ve printed out designs for neighbors, relatives, friends… Many people have these custom ideas sitting around but no way to do anything about them. 


For example, I have two monitors that I stack vertically one over the other, at home. I’d like to put my webcam in a very specific position between the two monitors. This would allow it to appear that I am looking somewhere near the middle of the screen when I am doing a video call – so they don’t get the bald headed view or nostril cam. I also don’t want any of the cables to get in the way of the screen.

My monitor has a strange shape at the top of the housing that is ideal to clip onto, so I made a custom part that positions my camera so that it is out of the way (within the bevels of the two screens). There was zero possibility that this design existed so it took me about 4-6 hours to design and make this rather convoluted shape, with 2 prototypes along the way.


There are no fasteners to mar the surface of the monitors and when it clips into place, it is not going anywhere. I’ve taken it on and off a number of times and that was just what I wanted.


Here is another article that might give you some ideas about The world's five most fascinating 3D printing projects

Tags: 3D| 3D printing
Labels: 3D| 3D printing
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