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3D Printing a Camera Case: The Design Process

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Designing a wildlife camera case is one of the most important parts of Naturebyte’s current Research and Development work.

We need to ensure we have a kit that looks great both indoors and out, houses all of the electronic parts necessary to actually power and run the camera and that it holds up to the elements. This month we thought we’d share our design process with you and bring you up to speed with where we are in terms of finishing our prototype.

It all started with an initial concept designed to act as camouflage when attached to tree trunks. We used this design to help us explain to people what our vision was and and how it might look when we first set out to develop the kit.

An early Naturebytes camera trap kit concept

An early Naturebytes camera trap kit concept

We then developed more concepts, exploring a whole range of new ideas and designs. This little family of concept designs helped us get a better idea of what we liked the most and what might work best.

An early family of our camera trap kit prototype designs

An early family of our camera trap kit prototype designs

We then took a few of our new designs and asked different user groups what they liked best. The one that received the most positive feedback was refined and 3D printed for testing in the real world.

3D printing a prototype case on a Makerbot

3D printing a prototype case on a Makerbot

After handing out the printed prototype, we tested it, tweaked it and then moved to printing out the next design to see how it stood up based on the feedback we received. Here’s what it started to look like:

The final prototype, 3D printed using an Ultimaker 2

3D printed using an Ultimaker 2

Over the next few weeks we will be moving towards the creation of a silicon (injection) mold to proof test the case’s waterproof features and to finalize the tooling necessary to mass produce cases. We’ll let you know how we get on as we near our goal of rolling out the first kits off the production line.

Comments

3 Responses

  1. Larry Johnson says:

    For maximum feedback and community improvements I suggest uploading stl files to thingiverse.com

  2. Nikki says:

    Please can you tell me if the stl files to print the enclosure will be made available?

    Thanks

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