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3D printing - Print your own mount?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a lot of experience with 3D printer and adapters. And can say: it works

Here a thread (only German, but with a lot of pictures): http://www.digicamclub.de/showthread.php?t=21030

PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Camera: Sigma SD1 Merrill
Lens: Kodak Doublet f8 80mm adapted with selfprintet Adapter to M42

PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GoldMark wrote:
Camera: Sigma SD1 Merrill
Lens: Kodak Doublet f8 80mm adapted with selfprintet Adapter to M42

Perhaps a picture of the adapter?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could use some simple NEX bayonet plates, like the ones that are on the back of the standard 18-55 lens to mount some rangefinder lenses directly on the plate for use on NEX/A7.

I had one form a broken lens, and used it to mount a Canonet 28 40mm lens. See here: http://forum.mflenses.com/canon-40mm-f-2-8-rf-lens-t73332,highlight,%2Bcanon+%2B40mm.html

So if anybody knows where to find a print-file i'd be very, very happy!!

PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting idea. From my own experiences, 3D printed stuff can be rough and inaccurate, strength might also be a big problem. But there might be some more advanced materials .
Would be really interesting if someone can figure out a reliable material+machine.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2022 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A mount that your iPad can do? I'm not sure if you're thinking of Mr. T or a Dalek, but you're probably thinking of neither. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about 3D printing? That's right: printing your own gun and taking over the world. But there are many other uses for 3D printing https://sublimationhome.com/best-3d-sublimation-heat-press/, and one of them is being able to print your own mount for your iPad. Recently the idea of a 3D printable mount has been floating around. It's a really cool concept and could be really useful to anyone using 3D printing technology. There's one problem though, I haven't been able to find one that I really like!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2022 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

philslizzy wrote:
I predict Aldi or Lidl will have 3d printers in store by 2017
2020 I was 3 years out

I have bought a couple of adaptors printed in plastic and find them rough and inaccurate requiriing lots of filing and sanding to get them to work. Threads don't come out well at all. This in 2021-2022

PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2022 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fast forward to 2021
I have made a couple of those in FDM printers (filament). Threads are not perfect but they work fine for a quick proof of concept.
It has allowed me to test lenses from several mounts in a PK camera but adapters are good for 1use only and I prefer to make M42 adapters instead of bayonet for safety.

However I had access to a resin 3d printer (SLA) to print a 39mm to M42 (enlarger lens to bellows) adapter and the result was much better. Threads are smooth and the overall material is rigid and strong.
It can be used several times IMHO

Those printers are not crazy expensive anymore and is always good having a friend that has one


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Usually I add Chinese Canon EF or Sony FE alu bayonet pieces to my 3D designs Lightest ones are the reverse rings. The filter thread side can be easily glued into designed grooves of the 3D printed adapters. Other wise 4 or 5 screws are used to bind them to the 3D printed part, mainly if the bayonet + adapter has to be removed again. The same for M42 thread, I start with 3D printing a 39 thread on the part and add a 39>42mm metal screw adapter. Better thread, less wear in use. Small screw threads are made with small taps that fit in holes spared in the 3D designs. like for securing an alu bayonet to the printed part.


One exception are my Minolta MD to Canon EF adapter rings. Kind of bayonet sleeve; female MD bayonet inside, male Canon EF bayonet outside. The MD flange itself falls against the EF camera mount flange (in my case either a Sigma MC-11 or Metabones IV adapter). As the register distance of the MD mount is 0,5mm shorter the lens has to be calibrated for infinity though.