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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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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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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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3D Printed Phone Charger Wall Mount

My bedroom is, how did the estate agent put it..?  Cozy!  Yes, not small, but cozy.  My storage space is limited and one thing I use on a daily basis, as I’m sure most of you do too, is my phone charger.  However, when it’s not in use it just took up space on my desk, sort of scrunched up, tucked in next to the right hand speaker.  It’s okay, but not great.

Anyway, as an aspiring designer I decided to design and make something that would solve my untidy charger issue, so I set about designing a simple device that would neatly and discretely contain the charger when not in use.

I came up with this, a simple design that contains the mains part of the charger and uses the housing wall as a surface to wrap the cable around.  The USB end makes use of the 3 pins found on UK plugs and through the natural tension found in the cable, simply locks into place.  The charger container is mounted to my wall about a metre above the mains wall socket.

I designed the charger wall mount using SolidWorks and printed the design out in PLA using an Ultimaker.

Please feel free to leave comments, ask questions, share and like my posts, your interest and feedback is much appreciated, thanks!

Credit to Modla who kindly allow me to look after the Ultimaker and use it as freely as I like.  Much respect!




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Demonstrating New-School Manufacture

Here are a selection of 3D prints I have worked on recently to demonstrate the processes involved in 3D printing to friends and family, both young and old.  I found an effective way to do this is to design and produce a relatively simple 3D print, such as key fobs and wall plaques, and allow people to have a play around with the software and printer.


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Modla featured on 3D Printing Industry Website!

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Modla featured on 3D Printing Industry!

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