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The Icarus First Person View Drone Racing Headset

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The Icarus first person drone racing kit is my final major project I am working on for university.  It is a ready-to-race kit that enables users to experience first person view drone racing in a safe and affordable way.

The above image has all of the internal components for the Icaras first person view drone racing headset laid out prior to assembly.  I designed all of the parts in SolidWorks and 3D printed them out using an Ultimaker 2 in black PLA.

The externally visible parts have been sanded, filled and sprayed to fit the colour scheme of the finished product.
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The above image shows the internal structure in its assembled form.  The blue wheel rotates to tighten the internal smartphone locking mechanism.  To release the lock, simply press down on the top button and rotate in the opposite direction.

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This is a shot of my HTC phone in position streaming a stereoscopic video of a FPV drone race.  The phone is comfortably locked into position and the focal distance is correct.  Time for some fast paced, FPV drone racing action!

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Phone Locking Mechanism For FPV Racing Goggles

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This is the phone locking mechanism I’ve designed for my First Person View (FPV) racing goggle university project.  On the left is the initial test piece and on the right the final test piece.  A clockwise twist will lock the phone into position and when you want to release it, press the button and rotate it anti-clockwise.  Simples!  To use that is, designing it all to fit into a headset and accommodate several phone sizes… not so simples.

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Student Starpack Competition Winner

Pincraft Photography has been awarded a Silver Star Award and joint third place in the Student Starpack 2015 competition. My design solution for Brief D: New Use For Corrugated Board is a completely recyclable and reusable pinhole camera service and product.
The user can easily assemble the pinhole camera in ten minutes, snap 12 unique black and white images on 120 film and use the camera as the packaging to return the film for developing and printing. The design is kept minimal to encourage the user to customise their Pincraft camera by adding their own artwork and accessories.

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An Affordable 3D-Printed Arm

This is a truly inspirational use of modern technology.  The opportunities that can arise from a connected global team of intelligent individuals are limitless.

How else can the world benefit from the advances in technology and materials?

Get involved and check out The Collective Project.

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3D Printed Lens Cap

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Last week I ordered an Olympus 35 RC analogue film camera.  I paid a good price but unfortunately it didn’t come with a lens cap or case.  Fortunately for me I have the know-how and technology to design and make my own lens cap.

The image above shows the lens cap without the outer case on.  I designed the sprung locking mechanism so that it could use the resistance of the form and material to lock it into position.

This is the first revision of the lens cap and a few changes need to be made.  Stay tuned, I’ll add more pictures as I develop it further.

Let me know what you think and if there any design improvements I could make.

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Out And About With Proto 2

The second prototype functioned much better after the minute changes made from Proto 1.  The shots came out much better too as I gave a lot more exposure time and used 400 ISO film instead of 100.2015-01-21 12.40.50 The 3D printed tripod mount really improved stability and allowed me to angle the camera.  And I promise, once I get a half decent method of processing the negatives I will upload the photos for all to see.  Stay tuned!

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3D Print Your Knob

That got your attention!  No, I’m talking about the knob on my pinhole camera.

2015-01-15 13.47.57I designed and 3D printed the spool adapter and winder for my Pinhole Moments camera.  The spool is a standard spool that you get with any 120 film.  I designed the winder so there is a force fit that is strong enough to lock into position but easy enough to remove without Hulk-smashing the cardboard pinhole camera upon removal.

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