3D Printed 3-axis Camera Gimbal for GoPro

Stabilizer For Remote Controlled Airplane for FPV and Aerial Video

So many cool things about this project I don’t know where to start.

This (if I understand fully) is a beautifully designed pan-tilt-roll gimbal for a GoPro HD camera to attach to a remote control airplane and stabilize the footage..  Ok, already very cool. SFX is using servos from Hobbyking (MKS470) or other places, and you can use a remote control with v-tail or elevon mixers to drive this as a 3-axis pan tilt unit. For the gyro stabilization you’ll need some 3-axis gyro and micro-controller to generate the servo signals.

Plenty of things I know nothing about but get excited when I see a video of the unit in action like this.

Electronics aside the housing is perfectly designed with really lovely snap fit with a twist-knob closure design –

I was really amazed about the detail and strength, considering that there is a tiny spiral inside that little twisty-knob that pulls in the little tag with some matching grooves…. using the natural flexibility of WSF – and it works well!

And next is a video of where the camera will end up, to make the video (already lovely) a little less nauseating for anyone inclined to motion sickness.. If you want to make your own you can order the 3D Printed parts through Shapeways, and get the IMU from Scinamics.

8 comments

  1. Max

    Nice looking mount :)
    Do you have any on-board videos using this ???

  2. ana

    When I saw this thing move, I could hardly believe my eyes…

  3. Felix Schill

    Wow, awesome, thanks for blogging this!
    This started off as a “quick and simple” project, but I got a bit carried away while designing it :)

    @Max: no, sorry not yet – I am working on it, but needed to attend to other things. Also, I need to set up the plane first. Stay tuned!

  4. Tad Pole

    I was wondering if that top servo has a metal bearing? I purchased the entire kit (thank BTW), but I’m not sure where to get a hold of a suitable bearing (metal ring visible in video) for the pan servo.

    1. Felix

      Hi,
      The bearing for the pan axis is a fairly standard ball bearing, 16mm outer and 8mm inner diameter (total overkill, I know….). Hobbyking sells these (I think as helicopter spare parts), maybe search for it. They should also be available from various online shops and ebay sellers, or maybe even in a local engineering supplies shop.

  5. Conner

    Where can I purchase one of these? Any guide to budget gimal controllers, joysticks, servos, etc?

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