Remember the guy who 3D printed a real, live, working optical camera? He’s doing it again, only this time it’s a lot more advanced.
Léo Marius is “the guy” behind the OpenReflex project. This time he’s launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to dramatically enhance the camera design, with a goal of providing everyone with free access to the files so that you can 3D print your own advanced camera. He says:
The main goal is to make the camera easier to build and use, but too, I hope, to gather a community around this OpenSource project and permit it to continue to evolve after the campaign. A particular attention will be gave to the documentation to facilitate the diffusion and the reappropriation and everything, of course will stay OpenSource.
- The specific improvements include:
- Real compatibility with 35mm film
- Easy-to-use, spring-activated shutter with synchronized mirror
- New case design
- Guide for re-using existing lenses with the OpenReflex
- Clearer documentation
The project may also attempt electronic integration if fundraising goes well.
You can participate by donating to the project; it offers a wide variety of options that can fit everyone’s needs. If the project is successful, everyone will be able to make their own working camera.