Have you ever wanted one of those really expensive studio camera stands that are popular in large commercial studios? Well, now you can build your own with 3D printed parts and DIY patience. In a lot of industries and hobbies, 3D printing has really started to expand the possibilities for both businesses and consumers. Lots of people have started small home shops selling all kinds of products from mini figures and custom aftermarket car engine parts, to hand tools and computer parts. However, in the photography and video world, it doesn't seem to have become as popular. Of course, we do see the occasional widget someone makes to fix an issue they are having and a few companies like Edelkrone have put out some 3D printed products like their Flex Tilt Head, but not much else.
Maybe that is going to change soon. Alexandre Chappel is a YouTuber, Industrial Designer, and a maker. With his latest video, he set out to design and build a camera stand that could make filming his YouTube videos easier. What he built is a studio camera stand similar to the $5k to $10k studio stands found in large commercial studios for a fraction of the cost. That's not to say it was easy or cheap to produce, but if you have the patience for a good DIY project, the time to print the parts, and of course a decent 3D printer. Then anyone could build their own stand.
Now I don't think everyone is going to go build their own studio stand, but what Chappel accomplished does show a much higher level of what can be done if other makers or even manufacturers started producing products or kits that consumers could #d print and build at home. The question is do consumers in our industry want products they have to partially build themselves and is there a need for products that can be built this way?
I remember when the Canon 5d Mk iii fist released and the internet exploded with DIY projects for just about every film tool you could imagine. There was a new massive need for budget film gear that just didn't exist on the market and it caught manufacturers off guard. I myself built my first jib, track dolly, and slider. Of course, the market eventually caught up and we have tons of options today, in part because of Chinese manufacturers.
I have to say if I had a better 3D printer I think I would build one of these just for fun. Next, I want to see it motorized with a remote control. What do you think?