A list of 16 useful 3D printable camera accessories for photographers to print various pieces of photography-related equipment.
Just a few years ago, owning a 3D printer was a luxury only the super-rich could afford. However, after witnessing remarkable technological advancements, we have reached a point where 3D printers are now commercially viable and easy to use.
If you are a photographer, there are countless things you can create and benefits you can reap if you own a 3D printer. Even if you don’t have access to one, there are many companies that will print items for you if you simply send them the required blueprint.
1. Lens Caps
We all know how easy it is to lose a lens cap. Just take your eyes off the cap for a moment, and poof, it’s gone! Tired of buying a new cap every time? Simply print one for yourself. Lens caps made with a 3D printer can be printed in various colors if you’re tired of seeing only black caps. Want additional information, such as the lens focal length or number, printed on the cap? No problem! 3D-printed caps are quite affordable, and you can use them on the other side of your lens as well!
2. Tilt-Shift Adapter
The tilt-shift adapter is something every photographer dreams of. If you happen to own a Canon EF, say no more! Even if this accessory happens to limit the amount of tilt and shift, it is definitely something you should consider printing, given that the Canon tilt-shift lens comes with a mind-boggling price tag of $2000!
3. Camera Rig
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wanted to shoot long videos on the go with your DSLR? Say no more. DSLRs are known for their superior image quality, but using them to shoot videos can certainly be a pain. Fortunately, there are modifications available on the internet that allow you to print your very own customizable camera rig. Surprisingly, these rigs are lightweight and enable you to shoot continuously for hours.
4. Tripod Plate
A tripod plate is something people often forget on sets. If you happen to be among them, you can print your very own tripod plates. Just purchase the right screw, and you’re all set!
5. 360 VR Rig
VR (Virtual Reality) filmmaking is gaining immense popularity every day. If you plan to buy a VR Rig, be prepared to shell out some serious cash, as VR Rigs can be quite expensive. Instead, if you own a 3D printer or know someone who does, you can print your very own VR Rig at a fraction of the price.
6. Lens Hood
Tired of light spilling over your lens just as you’re about to capture that perfect moment? There’s a good chance that a free 3D printable hood design is available for your lens if you’re looking to make one for yourself.
7. Waist Mount
Do you hate it when you set your camera down only to pick it up a second later? Well, what if I told you that you don’t need to do that anymore? You can create your very own waist mount using minimal materials. A waist mount will provide easy access to your camera if you often find yourself wondering where you placed it.
8. Mic Stand
Have you ever wondered how you can use your DSLR for off-camera recordings? Well, you can print your own table stand, which will help you mount most of the DSLR microphones available on the market at an affordable cost.
9. Audio Pistol Grip
If your work demands a lot of field recording, you likely know how much pain could be avoided if you had an audio pistol grip. There are 3D printable audio grips available on the internet that allow you to tilt the grip as much as you want.
10. Gear Rings
Do you already have a follow-focus system and are searching for a gear ring? If you can spare a moment to search the internet, you can find a 3D printable gear ring for almost every lens in the world.
11. Screen Hood
Some camera screens are just horrible and don’t allow you to see anything under direct sunlight. That being said, almost every camera in the world can be equipped with a 3D printable hood if you search thoroughly!
12. Lens Cap Holder
Are you a professional photographer with a lot of lenses? If yes, then you already know how handy a lens cap holder can be. Fortunately, 3D printers allow you to print attractive holders in whatever color and material you desire.
13. Go Pro Bike Mount
Thinking of getting a bike mount for your GoPro but don’t have the necessary funds? Worry not, because there are printable bike mounts that replace the stem cap and allow you to install any GoPro camera.
Want to be able to shoot steady shots without investing heavily in those Glidecams? Worry not. All you need is a pole and a counterweight. Simply 3D print a gimbal, and you’ll have a Glidecam at your disposal.
15. SD Card Holders
An SD card holder is a handy tool to organize all those SD cards that are typically thrown into a drawer or a bag. The only way to have a personalized card holder is to design and print one for yourself. It’s quite simple and doesn’t require many materials.
16. Mini Tripod
One of the most frequently used items in the field of photography is the mini tripod. Once you purchase your camera, the first thing you should do is get your hands on a mini tripod. There are many blueprints available that allow you to print mini tripods.
The possibilities of what you can print using a 3D printer are endless. Nevertheless, if you own a 3D printer and 3D printing software, you can print various pieces of photography-related equipment.
In case you don’t have access to a 3D printer, many companies online offer the convenience of printing items for you, provided you send them the blueprints.
3D printed camera accessories may cost just a fraction of the price of original accessories while offering the same level of functionality. If you wish to print any of these, a quick internet search should easily lead you to the blueprint of the item you’re looking for.