28BYJ-48 Gimbal for GoPro Style Camera

 

So we finally got it done, the 28BYJ-48 stepper motor gimbal we downloaded and remixed from Thingiverse (www.thingiverse.com/thing:794786 and www.thingiverse.com/thing:325876).  This project was so cool, it involved 3D printing, electronics and code writing.  What more could you ask for, oh and a camera too! Well check out the video and the Thingiverse links for the gimbal & tripod are above and the links for the GoPro arm and gimbal base are on TinkerCad here (www.tinkercad.com/things/1xm4ZRDMeuy-gopro-to-28byj-48-mount and www.tinkercad.com/things/kkIE3qFwVO1-28byj-48-gimbal-base).  Also a link to the 28BYJ-48 stepper motors can be found below along with the XYZprinting Da Vinci 2.0 Duo 3D Printer which was use to print this out with an Arduino controller.

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Tripod 3D Printed from Thingiverse

So when you need something what is the first thing you do?  Well if you have a 3D printer it is to visit Thingiverse and look for what you need, download it and print away.  Well that is what we did when we needed a small tripod for the gimbal project we where working on.  It turned out so well we created a video as if you need a small tripod, this is worth the plastic.  One extra note is you will have to also design and print you inter-bushing for the 1/4″ 20 TPI rod, we liked this as it also allows us to customize things a bit.

Tripod link: www.thingiverse.com/thing:325876

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Arduino & Perfboard Holder from Thingiverse

Since we have been doing a lot in the lab lately with the Arduino, we decided to print a holder from Thingiverse to hold both the Arduino and Perfboard as one unit.  Well the STL is great, but the print didn’t come out so good as since the last firmware release on the XYZprinting Da Vinci 2.0 Duo 3D Printer they seem to have dropped the bed temp from 90 deg-C to 70 deg-C which is on the low side we have been using rafts to hold prints down, however with the large surface area this one got away from us and we had edge curling.  Watch the video and you can see it happen.  Well the world didn’t end and it still worked however it did not look as nice as it could of.

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New 28BYJ-48 Stepper Motor & Board Mount

In the lab this week we designed the new 28BYJ-48 stepper motor & board mount which can be used with either the Arduino or the Raspberry Pi for automation or robotic projects.  The STL can be found over at TinkerCad (www.tinkercad.com/things/4TAvPHsP07x-28byj-48-motor-and-board-slide-mount) and while we do have a few more changes we would like to do, we do plan on sending a version up to Shapeways when we are done as again is a great little board for building all kinds of projects!

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28BYJ-48 Camera Slider Build Review

Well we finally got the28BYJ-48 Camera Slider Build completed and tested and it was interesting project to say the least as it was the first time working with steppers and Arduino together.  The video above walks though what we learned as well as some of the short comings as again, this was not meant to be a full working project yet just one of those experiments to see what was possible for the money.  So what would you need to build something like this?  Well the list is below:

3D Printed Parts:


2 – Mounts for the 28BYJ-48 steppers and the STL’s can be found here (www.thingiverse.com/thing:423357)
1 – Slider, busing and washer with STL found here (www.tinkercad.com/things/bLlyngNpkNL-28byj-48-camera-slide)
1 – 28BYJ-48 adapter to M4 rod can be found here (www.thingiverse.com/thing:251910)

Hardware:


2 – #6-36TPI Rods
1 – #8-36TPI Rod (center screw)
2 – Length of heat shrink
Small Box of #6-36TPI Hex Nuts
Small Box of #8-36TPI Hex Nuts
1 – Small length of 1/4inch 20TPI rod
1 – Tube of epoxy (using https://www.tinkercad.com/things/6Y3Q9gOVh0q-camera-slider-base-ver2)

Electronics:


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New Slider Build for 28BYJ-48 Camera Slider

 

New center stage for the 28BYJ-48 camera slider build, as after doing some testing a failing to tap threads (#8-32TPI).  We decided to print a new slider with a slot for a #8 hex nut to slip in the center a also a 1/4inch 20 TPI hex nut to thread in a piece of plastic 1/4 inch 20-TPI rod stock to attach a camera too.  When you watch the video, note how the hole for the hex nut is printed in mid-air with no supports!  It still amazes me to this day how it can to this.