3D Print Your Own Camera, Lens Not Included

3D Print Your Own Camera, Lens Not Included

With all the talk about 3D printing, you may have wondered what direct, practical use you could have for the technology. Once you are able to acquire a 3D printer of your own, Saint–Éttiene School of Art and Design graduate Leo Marius has shared an open source set of instructions on how to build and assemble your own low-cost single-lens reflex film camera at home. Marius presents the opportunity to move away from big-name manufacturers and take photographs with something that is made by you.

The OpenReflex camera can be 3D printed and assembled within 16 hours, which is shorter than any next-day shipping option available when purchasing a fancy camera online. While the cost of building the entire camera is estimated to be under $30, the unit features three main parts, the film receiver, shutter, and viewfinder, and additionally requires only a lens and film to begin shooting. Marius provides detailed step-by-step instructions and makes it clear that his work is 100% open source, and is made to be shared with everyone.

Describing the vision behind his project Marius says, "With the digital revolution, everyone now owns a camera, but we completely lost the control of its guts! The idea here was to take over a popular technology and give back the keys to the users in order for them to understand it again."

[via PSFK]

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