Layer by Layer: Modeling Slider Legs #3dthursday


In this weeks project we’ll cover how we designed the camera slider parts for 3d printing. The legs have grooves that hold on to our rails up by tightly gripping the sides. Machine screws and a nut secure the legs in place.


We traced the rail and extruded the shape to use as a boolean cut out for the feet.


Build rail grooves shapes by take pictures and measurements.

Create a document with the same dimensions in your favorite vector program like Illustrator to trace the shape of the rail to extrude. Draw half of the shape and then use the reflect option to make the shape symmetric.


Import the svg paths into 123D Design and extrude the rail shape.


You can build your own leg shapes or modify our included leg paths, you can find them inside our 123D project.


You’ll need a 1/4″ Tripod Plate Camera Screw to attach a fluid video head to the railing platform. Adjust the plate groove so that the 1/4″ thread is flush against the plate.


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