In 2013, one of a number of Kickstarter projects that I backed was Pinhole Printed, a 3D printed pinhole camera. The project was created by Clint O’Connor, and was successfully funded and (surprisingly for Kickstarter) delivered on time. At the time I also wrote a little post about the project, you can take a look at that here if nostalgia is your thing.
Recently, Clint contacted me to let me know that he has released a new design and so I wanted to share his news with you. The rest of the text in this post is as provided by Clint, as are the images which are all Clint’s copyright.
I’ve created another camera, the Easy 35 Pinhole Camera, also 3D Printed, and I could use your help to get the word out. It’s free and easy to make on a 3D printer, and it’s up on YouMagine, Thingiverse, and Pinshape.
I wanted to create a new 3D printed pinhole camera that anyone with access to a 3D printer can make. The Easy 35 camera satisfies my goals of fast to print, cheap, and easy to make. Such a camera will appeal both to photographers and to educators wanting to teach principles of photography to youths. Based on 35mm film, the Easy 35 can be printed in half the time of a Flyer 6×6 and needs just a pinhole to assemble (at a bare minimum). A rubber band secures the top and black tape is used as the shutter.
The Easy 35 body is printed as one piece, incorporating the film chambers, rails, internal light baffles, and pinhole mount. Such a camera is only possible with a 3D printer, since it cannot be done in one piece with conventional manufacturing techniques.
Several copies can be printed at once on any 3D printer in black ABS or PLA. Pinholes can be purchased or made with a needle and foil, and glued in or retained with an O-ring.
The Easy 35 camera is released in the spirit of open source, using the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 4.0 license, meaning anyone is free to make them or even sell them, as long as attribution is given to the designer and any remixes or derivations are shared alike. The Easy 35 camera is or will shortly be available on YouMagine, Pinshape, and Thingiverse.
Details on the Easy 35 camera can be found on www.pinholeprinted.com (in Products).