3D Print Your Own 360 Camera Rig

3D Print Your Own 360 Camera Rig


In January, we used the SU Makerspace to 3D print eight 360 camera rigs like the one in this photo. It was a herculean 24-hour effort, and at one point we'd turned the Innovation Lab into a Santa's Workshop of GoPro's.

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Here's what you need to make your own.

GoPro Cameras

Get six GoPro Hero 4 Black cameras ($500 each). Silver will also work, but don’t mix silver and black models because the settings may be slightly different, and every camera needs to be recording with the same settings.

3D Print this STL File

We used the "360 Video Rig for six GoPro Hero4 cameras" by RaymondHOPK, which you can download from  Thingiverse: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1017856
Use the latest version and be sure to read all of the notes from the creator, especially about screws and bolts. Incredibly, the model 3D prints thread for very specific screws.

Bolts and screws

For the version we printed we used these:

  • 18X M3x35mm Socket Screws
  • 18X M3 Nylon Insert Lock Nuts
  • 1X 3/8" Hex Bolt (For any standard tripod/adaptor)
  • Barrel nut. This one from Amazon worked best.

In Syracuse we got most of these from an industrial fastener store called Rumetco Sales, which is like a Napa Auto Parts for fasteners: http://www.rumetcosales.com/

Thanks to SU grad assistant Aron Nah for testing out the initial configuration, and Ken Harper for helping with assembly. Here are some photos of the Santa's Workshop of GoPro's in the lab when we were assembling the rigs.

Once you have your rig set up, refer to our 360 tip sheets that walk you through how to shoot and stitch.

Here are a few shots from our Santa's Workshop of GoPro's.

 

I'm the lead professor for the VR Storytelling class and the Chair of Journalism Innovation at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

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