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5 Must-Have 3D Printed GoPro Mounts

3D Printed GoPro

There are many 3D printed GoPro Mounts out there. Here are five great new mounts for your action cam – plus one bonus tool you’ll love.

1. Generic 3D Printed GoPro Mount

A GoPro and a packing strap is all you need. Well, of course there's a 3D printed part involved also. (source: Thingiverse)
A GoPro and a packing strap is all you need. Well, of course there’s a 3D printed part involved also. (source: Thingiverse)

What is it? A reusable 3D printed GoPro mount.

How, where and when do I use this? There are many GoPro mounting plates that use zip ties to attach them. Zip ties are almost dead proof, but they aren’t reusable – you have to cut them off after each use. This mount uses a standard packing strap like the ones you find to fasten a backpack’s shoulder straps. You can buy them at an outdoor supplier, and they’re available in much greater lengths than zip ties. Use them anywhere where forces and tension aren’t too extreme.

How easy to create and how easy to break? One 3D printed part, one strap, that’s it. It likely won’t break if you don’t cut the strap, but be careful – the strap could loosen itself.

Download: Free from Thingiverse.


2. 3D Printed GoPro Hero Macro Lens Mount

See the small things in the big picture. (source: Thingiverse)
See the small things in the big picture. (source: Thingiverse)

What is it? A mount to add a 52mm close-up lens to your GoPro.

How, where and when do I use this? Thread on one of those cheapo close-up lenses on one end, push the other end onto the action cam. Then your GoPro is ready to shoot small objects up close, like flowers or insects. You can put your GoPro on a anthill or even into a beehive (actually, don’t do the latter. Bees need their privacy and it’s dark in there anyways.)

How easy to create and how easy to break? This is a simple 3D print as long as the printer is accurate enough for the threading involved. The close up lenses only cost a few bucks. You can get them from Amazon or eBay.

Download: Free from Thingiverse.

3. 3D Printed GoPro Harrope Cable Cam

The cable cam mounted next to a bike track (source: Thingiverse)
The cable cam mounted next to a bike track (source: Thingiverse)

What is it? A cable cam system to use with a GoPro or other small cameras.

How, where and when do I use this? Shots between two trees, lamp posts, two buildings or from above a crowd in a stadium – that’s what you do with cable cams. Stable tracking shots that have to be fast or cover even big distances, or recording above a crowd without having to start and land a copter are possible with this setup.

How easy to create and how easy to break? Some assembly is required. Also you need additional screws and bolts, a rubber and a lot of rope. But the resulting recordings from an often unusual perspective will sure be worth it.

Download: Free from Thingiverse.

4. 3D Printed GoPro Fig Rig

The handles are even knurled for better grip. (source: Thingiverse)
The handles are even knurled for better grip. (source: Thingiverse)

What is it? A cage-like hand rig for a GoPro, modeled after the circle-shaped Manfrotto original.

How, where and when do I use this? With this, you’ll be able to record hand-held shots without shaking them up too much. It also is a neat cage for the GoPro so children or people with locomotory problems can use it. Mounting other equipment on it is also an option.

How easy to create and how easy to break? The fig rig consists of five 3D printed parts. It needs bolts and nuts to assemble it. After that, it’s pretty sturdy.

Download: Free from Thingiverse.

5. 3D Printed GoPro – Gorillapod – Mic Mount

With the Rhode video mic, this looks like a nice addition to any concert recording. (source: Thingiverse)
With the Rhode video mic, this looks like a nice addition to any concert recording. (source: Thingiverse)

What is it? A mount to put your GoPro on a Gorilla Pod and use cold shoe accessories on top.

How, where and when do I use this? Gorilla Pods, those mini-tripods with the flexible legs that wrap around every branch or post you need it mounted onto, are a very practical tool in the outdoors and anywhere where you lack the professional mounting gear. The GoPro lacks the capability of high-quality audio recording or external lights, and you can add them on the cold shoe mount on top with this 3D printed accessory.

How easy to create and how easy to break? Just one 3D printed part you can clip on your Gorilla Pod. I don’t recommend putting any stress on the vertical part though.

Download: Free from Thingiverse.

6. 3D Printed GoPro Knob Tightener

One of those tools which you need all the time (image: Thingiverse)
One of those tools which you need all the time (image: Thingiverse)

What is it? A handle for GoPro knobs.

How, where and when do I use this? When you’re working with GoPros, you’ll have experienced the problem before. The knobs are a pain for any human hand and make your fingers hurt. They’re just not ergonomically designed. This handle for the GoPro knobs makes them usable at least.

How easy to create and how easy to break? Just print it. You’ll love it.

Download: Free from Thingiverse.