Marin Davide designed, built, and assembled an analog camera with laser cut and 3D printed parts. The gadget is a real camera -- with lens, shutter, sonar autofocus, and touch control. It is all controlled by a microcontroller.
The design is modular. Magnets hold the main parts together, providing easy opening and easy camera assembly. Photos can be taken on photosensible paper and then developed at home.
To follow up on this camera, Marin is planning to build a paper tray that will allow users to load multiple sheets. Then, he plans work on a camera that can develop its photos inside the camera box. The result should be a real instant camera.
Be sure to check out the video to see the camera assembled and some of the earliest photos developed.
The camera has a lens, shutter, sonar autofocus, and touch control. It is all controlled by a microcontroller.
Sure, it's retro, but lots of Gadget Freaks make stuff to learn as much as to make something practical. A hint when you develop your multi-sheet feeder: Multi-sheet feeders involve a feed and retard belt (sometimes a wheel instead of a belt). These are soft rubbery rollers. One feeds the sheet from the top while the other rolls backward to retard the lower sheet. You could probably get these from an existing inkjet printer.
I imagine it took some trial and error to get the autofocus adjusted. What motor type did you use and how did you sense and control lens position?
madaeon, it takes 15 hours to print out all the parts for the 3D printed analog camera I wrote about in the link I gave. How many hours combined was it for your camera, either 3D printing and laser cutting or just 3D printing alone?
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.
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! :)
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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