A simple camera board takes your beloved micro-computer to a whole new level. Here are the best 3D printable Raspberry Pi camera cases.
If you’re looking to add a camera model for your micro, you can choose from different makes and models. The original camera has been updated to version 2.0, which gives you a much better resolution. Here are the three original models, which you can order from Amazon or any other store like Adafruit.
So you’ve got the camera now… but you need a case or mount to put it! If you have access to a 3D printer, things suddenly get more interesting. There are a lot of 3D printable Raspberry Pi camera cases around. You can use them with the ever popular Octoprint software and monitor your prints from afar. Attach the cam to a telescope, a microscope. Use it for your fancy DIY hoover monitor. Use it as a selfie cam, for an intercom … there are too many use cases to mention.
In this article, we’ve listed the best 3D printed Raspberry Pi camera cases. All of them are free under the Creative Commons licence.
What is it? The camera is fitted inside a 3D printed case and mounted to a 3D printed tripod. You can use a Swivel-Head Adapter to adjust the position of the camera. It can be locked in place with a side screw.
Who made it? The friendly guys at Adafruit.
Difficulty: The simple Raspberry Pi camera case design is relatively easy to 3D print. But it takes a few minutes to assemble.
What is it? It’s a “no hassle” solution for the cam. Print this Raspberry Pi camera mount, slide it onto your Pi 2 or 3, attach the camera cable to the computer – and you‘re done.
Who made it? Maker Anykey.
What is it? It’s a 3D printed “mini rig” for a Raspberry Pi case of your liking. You print the parts, attach the rig to the Raspberry Pi case, slide the cam in – you’re done. If you want to, you can also add a LED ring for better lighting.
Who made it? Tomas Vit from the Czech Republic.
What is it? Technically, it’s not a case, it a monster mount for the Raspberry Pi Camera. You can glue or screw the cam to the print. Also, there is an opening for the focus light.
Who made it? Jerome Maurey.
Difficulty: A simple two piece design, fun, practical, fast and easy to print.
What is it? InMoov is an open-source 3D printed life-size robot – more info here. This Raspberry Pi camera case is mounted on the robot itself and gives you the impression of a real “eye.” HAL would want one.
Who made it? Lord Duncan.
Difficulty: High, as the whole InMoov robot project is quite a thing to print, assemble and program.
What is it? This 3D print is designed to hold a case from rather than having the camera and case flop around loose. What’s special: You can adjust the angle parameter to make the holder point up or down.
Who made it? cdmacy.
Difficulty: Easy. Can be printed without supports.
What is it? This case is ideal if you want to mount it to your 3D printer. The Raspberry Pi camera case comes with a ball joint for extra flexibility. Twist it in any position you are comfortable with.
Who made it? Ian Williams.
Difficulty: It’s an easy print, consisting only of two parts.
What is it? The Prusa i3 is one of the most popular 3D printers in the world. It’s open source, very nicely built, versatile – and there are many clones, which are significantly cheaper. So if you 3D print this Raspberry Pi camera case and mount for your printer, you can install Octoprint and watch your things built from afar. Unfortunately, it only fits the Raspberry Pi camera V1.
Who made it? Jiri Parkan.
What is it? These two 3D printed pieces fit together in a Raspberry Pi camera case and a Celestron microscope. The first piece fits the Raspberry Pi camera, the second (cylindric tube) goes on top of the microscope. The two snap together.
Who made it? Luis Ibanez.
License: The text of "The Best Free Raspberry Pi Camera Cases to 3D Print" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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