Pinhole, Printed – A 3D Printed Pinhole Camera

It seems like every time we turn around, there is a new Kickstarter project to invest in; and sometimes we see some real gems. Today we find a 3D printed pinhole camera from Austin, Texas that looks fantastic and easy to use. Simply flip up the shutter to start the exposure and then flip it closed to stop it, read more after the break.

Flyer is my first 3D printed pinhole camera. It is printed in ABS and designed to be robust and light. It takes a 6cm x 6cm square image, 12 exposures to a roll of 120 film, just like a Hasselblad. It can be mounted to a tripod and it has a flip shutter that is really easy to use. The field of view is 70 degrees with an f/stop of 133.

The camera is incredibly simple to use. It can be loaded and used in less than 30 seconds out of the box.

Flip up
Flip down
* Picture taken *

Pinhole, Printed – a 3D Printed Pinhole Camera by Clint O’Conner is as the title states, a camera designed in cad and printed at home. 3D printing technology will soon be taking over the DIY photography scene as we talked about back when the first Lomography Konstruktor accessories popped up by a fan, and not Lomography itself. This project however takes it to another level in creating the entire camera (pinhole and a few assembly pieces aside) all with 3D parts.


It’s no surprise then that the project is currently fully funded, in only 13.5 hours. With such an accepting response stretch goals have already been added and two of the three already met! The stretch goals currently stand to include a laminate exposure guide for how to use your camera and UV filters for those bright days when the sun beats down. Our current Pdexposures Texan Simon assures us that is a much needed accessory.


From what we can see the big downfall right now is there is no longer an option to purchase a pre-assembled camera. Sure some of the fun comes from the DIY nature of the project, however for those of us without a 3D printer at home, the STL file won’t do much good unless you just want to fiddle around with it in Google Sketchup. Though perhaps this is starting a trend, one that will help out places that allow you to use 3D printers for a small fee. Just load up the files and you’re good to go. But until then, you may want to look around you area for one if you plan on backing.

For more information on the Pinhole, Printed project check out their Kickstarter Page. Also be sure to like them on Facebook, Google+ and check out their Flickr group to share your images!

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