The “Edelclone” is a 4-axis DIY digital camera slider that was once a 3D printer and you can also make one, too


A few of you would possibly keep in mind DSLR DIY CNC from final yr’s submit about these neat 3D printed customized lens caps. This have been fairly quiet from the since, however now they’re again and sticking to the “CNC” a part of their identify with a brand new motorised 4-axis digital camera slider. 4 axes as a result of one runs alongside the slider, two are the pan and tilt with the fourth being focus management, so you may observe topics throughout your transfer.

Whereas there isn’t but a whole YouTube video to go together with the construct, dslrdiy (as he’s recognized on Instructables) has posted a teaser. He’s additionally posted written directions, together with downloads for the entire code, Marlin configuration information, STL information, and directions on find out how to construct and customise it to your liking on Instructables.

Dslrdiy cannibalised elements from outdated 3D printers in an effort to deliver his slider to life. It reuses the stepper motors, controller board, 2020 aluminium extrusion, metal rods and varied different issues sometimes discovered on many FDM 3D printers. When you don’t have an outdated 3D printer mendacity round that you may cannibalise, you may in fact simply go and purchase the parts. There are just a few different stuff you’ll want to purchase anyway and he has posted a listing.

Slider elements:

Distant Controller Components:


The entire value will rely on what you may need mendacity round already that you may reuse. It could possibly be anyplace kind a couple of dollars to a few hundred relying on how a lot you want and the way fancy you wish to get with it. Dslrdiy used an Arduino Mega with a Ramps board as his controller, however in the event you don’t have already got a board you may reuse, try the SKR boards from BigTreeTech – it’ll in all probability work out cheaper than the Arduino/Ramps combo and so they’re 32-Bit, which ought to end in smoother movement at larger speeds.

The controller board runs Marlin, which is the default go-to firmware for many 3D printers, though because it’s not getting used for a 3D printer, it requires some configuration tweaks. Configuration information have been offered for the Arduino/Ramps combo, however the closing part of these configuration information reveals the stuff you’d want to alter for different boards – and he lists some particular issues on the Instructables web page for the SKR Mini E3 V2.0 (though, personally, I’d keep away from boards that gained’t allow you to swap out the stepper drivers).

As a result of it makes use of an ESP32, which options built-in Bluetooth, the slider also can make the most of Bluetooth management out of your smartphone. He hasn’t designed a customized app for it, however he makes use of the Serial Bluetooth Terminal app to hook up with his “Edelclone” (yup, that’s what he known as it). In addition to Bluetooth management, it additionally has controls and an OLED show inbuilt, too.

The ensuing footage within the demo video on the prime is fairly superior. Repeatable pc managed strikes imply you can also make precisely the identical shot over and time and again, permitting for all types of cool composites and different inventive results in submit. I’m wanting ahead to seeing the ultimate video when it’s prepared, however for now, head on over to Instructables to learn the written model.