We can all agree when I say that the growth of technology is far greater than any of us have ever imagined and it’s continuing to grow at an exponential rate. Few years ago we wouldn’t have imagined a world of smartphones and online money . Now the new big thing in the market that is changing almost every industry is “3D Printing”.
Some of us out there have the immense passion and enthusiasm for photography and with more and more High-Tech cameras coming into the market each year, the craze keeps growing right?
Now, How would you react if I said that “You can make your own camera’s and customize it in anyway that you desire!“ That is exactly what 3D printing can offer us and let’s look into them in this article.
Building Your Own Camera
When the notion of “make your own cameras “ came into this world”, it gained a huge following. People were very excited about making their own 3D printed traditional cameras.
“The 4×5 was born out of a genuine excitement of photography and making things,” said Drew Nicknowicz.
“It is really amazing that I can make a camera for myself and there are a couple hundred people all over the world who are also interested in it,” said Moses.
“It’s maybe not a good business decision to be making cameras that were designed in the 1800s on a 3D printer, but it’s so fun.”
You know what they say, “ When it comes the things we love, money doesnt matter”.
But let’s face the fact, not all of us can afford to follow everything that we love and that lack of money and resources can be a problem.
Now, with this new technology, making cameras are cheaper and easier. Let’s see how its done:
- 3D printing is much cheaper than injection molding.
- It allows for quick prototyping. The method makes it cheaper and easier for camera designers to tinker and for more photographers to try their hands at shooting analog formats.
3D Printed Cameras Are Highly Customizable
The fact that a person can make their own cameras comes with a lot of benefits. If you had observed carefully, people who have photography as their passion are usually very highly creative. You can take them to a very moderate place and they would still find the beauty in that place and capture it through their cameras.
Now if you give such creative people an opportunity to build their own cameras, what can you expect but improvements and high customization according to that person’s convenience?
Now if you are wondering:
How do one design their own custom components ?Well, there’s a software called Fusion 360 that you need to learn to design your own components.
Take a look at this camera by Cameradactyl.
Imagine all the creativity and work that one must have went through to design a camera as beautiful as this. Now what do we use this camera for? It’s not up for us to judge, cause the creator had an idea and he brought it to life.
If you are a photographer, you must have endless idea’s popping in your head right now and I encourage you to write them down in detail so you can go ahead and make that dream come alive!
3D printed lenses are proved to be better than the conventionally manufactured ones. Clear resins have been developed with incredible optical properties, making 3D printed lenses more than just a novelty.
Steriolithography had made this possible for 3D printing and the lenses come with extremely good optical properties.
It is even possible to make micro lenses with 3D printing for getting imagery inside our bodies.
Accessories That Helps Physically Disabled Capture Images
Now for all of us out there, photography is about clicking a button and capturing the beauty of this world and the people in it. But imagine how hard it would be for those people out there who cannot really click that button?
Imagine how hard it would be for them to see something beautiful but not being able to capture it. With the combination of 3D printing technology and an android app, now even the physically disabled can use a camera. Watch the video above which tells the story of James Dunn.
There’s a system called Zocus that uses a 3D printed rig and accompanying app to effectively put Dunn in the driver’s seat again.
This story just proves how much impact technology has on people and how it’s used to fuel people desires and passions.
“If You Can Imagine It, You Can Make It“
This is the power that 3D printing can provide us. It’s up to us to take it to the next level. Hope this article helped and answered the questions you were looking for, if not, do comment down below and we will make it our priority to answer all your intended questions.