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Gadget Freak Case #244: Analog Camera Built From 3D Printed & Laser Cut Parts

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Ann R. Thryft
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Does this one also take 15 hours to print out?
Ann R. Thryft   8/6/2013 12:12:42 PM
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Aha! Another one besides this one we already wrote about: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=265687

I wonder how long it takes to print out parts for this one?

Elizabeth M
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Not exactly pocket-sized
Elizabeth M   8/6/2013 1:05:10 PM
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Wow, that's really an impressive invention, but I must admit it looks a bit buiky! Still, as I have trouble putting together Ikea furniture, it's quite an achievement from yet another one of our clever readers.

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Re: Not exactly pocket-sized
Charles Murray   8/6/2013 6:42:00 PM
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Yes, Liz, judging by the size of the display and the button on the front, this camera must be pretty big.

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Re: Not exactly pocket-sized
madaeon   8/7/2013 2:15:15 AM
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It is a cube 12x12x12 cm. Size and shape are both a tribute to old hasselblad cameras, and a way to keep designing and prototype cost low...

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Re: Does this one also take 15 hours to print out?
madaeon   8/7/2013 2:18:52 AM
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If you mean the 3d Printing of the parts, they are quite small, so it should take just a few hours, i suggest laser cutting for the bigger parts

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Re: Not exactly pocket-sized
Elizabeth M   8/7/2013 7:50:41 AM
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It reminds me a bit of those old fashioned camera obscuras, or like a Hasselblad. As there are still enthusiasts for these type of cameras, this analog camera still has a place in the world as a cool invention.

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Utility?
Zippy   8/7/2013 8:23:27 AM
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Please don't take this as criticism of the design and execution effort (this is way beyond me), but isn't this an odd mix of new and obsolete technology?  The posted comments seem to be struggling with how you would use this (size, etc.) for real-world tasks - did the designer in fact have one in mind?  Next up - the wireless fax machine!   :)

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armorris   8/7/2013 10:25:08 AM
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While I agree with other readers that this gadget is obsolete from a functional point of view, I have to give the author credit for the engineering talent that went into it.

Back in the early 70's, I developed my own B&W photos and developed my own color slides.

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Rob Spiegel   8/7/2013 10:51:07 AM
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That makes a lot of sense, Madaeon. Part of the size, in this case, has to do with the size of the photo paper.

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Re: Utility?
madaeon   8/7/2013 11:09:47 AM
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Yes, my goal is to make an instant camera that uses just photo paper and dev solution, moving the development stage into the camera. I wanted to build an alternative to my polaroid and its own expensive film. This camera is a proof of concept to test some of the stages, and i published it because it can be very useful in teaching/ learning the basics of photography.

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