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

Marin Davide designed, built, and assembled a working analog camera with laser cut and 3D printed parts. It has a lens, shutter, sonar autofocus, and touch control, which is controlled by a microcontroller.

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.

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