Albert created an amazing pinhole camera by modifying a design from Thingiverse, and printed it on our Ultimaker 2 3D printer! Here is how he turned his idea into a working camera.
Who are you?
My name is Albert Gregoritsch. I am an intern in the Teacher Apprenticeship Program at Champlain College and am doing my student teaching with Will Bohmann at CTE. Before that, I was an engineer at IBM.
What did you make?
Why did you make it?
The real reason that I made it was to show that a 3D printer can be used to make something that can be useful and not just a novelty. In addition I have always enjoyed photography, and thought that this could be a fun project. It allowed me to experiment with my 3D modeling software, put the 3D printer to use, and satisfy a desire to do something artsy all at the same time.
How did you make it?
I found a design that allowed 35mm film to be used, and then made some changes to it in a program called Tinkercad, which is an online 3D modeling program. The online nature of this program makes designs that I am working on portable. Once I was happy with the modifications, I downloaded the .stl files and set them up on the 3D printer in the EHS maker space. There was still some fitting of the pieces that needed to be done with some hand tools, and the pin hole itself had to be made using a section of a soda can, a needle, and some sand paper.
What did you learn while making it that might be useful to others?