If 3D printing encourages people to enter the world of film photography - that's great, I'm certainly *not* going to knock it.
Everyone likes to tinker, so I see this type of thing being no different, to somebody building an (yet another) f-stop timer. It's great that you can do these types of things, and Umat's question about the possibility of printing long lost parts for a camera, opens the door for another line of business.
Costs are obviously the biggest thing that may stop people from embracing this quickly, but given time, if it does indeed become as popular as it is being heralded to, the possibilities are endless.
Very fucking cool dude, your camera and the photos are amazing! Never mind this turgid bunch of old farts, keep on creating and sharing.
Very cool! Love the idea and the photos.
Please keep in mind:
Originally Posted by Ghostman
Without those turgid old farts there would not be a single meter of film coming out of the plants.
Originally Posted by AgX
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Just an update for the curmudgeons out there:
This is a selection of my favorite photos I have made with my 120 film 3D printed pinhole camera, the P6*6, in the last year:
If you're curious, you can see every photo I have made with this camera here:
I was in Amsterdam for WPPD2014 and in our group there were three of us, from different cities around the world, shooting this camera.
Hundreds of people all over the world have downloaded the files and are making photos with my cameras. I have an article coming out in the next MAKE: magazine (issue 41) that details how to assemble the P6*6 from 15 printed parts.
The files are open source and freely downloadable. You can 3D print your own: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:157844
If you look at my Thingiverse designs, you will find a variety of options and accessories for the cameras also.
But, if you don't have access to a 3D printer, I sell kits and assembled cameras here:
I have also designed a 4x5 in a couple of focal lengths, and the ugly 35mm I shared previously. I am working on an adjustable anamorphic and a 6x4.5, in addition to a 6x12 and just refining and updating the existing designs.
Thanks to the supporters and nuts to the haters (Sorry you don't get it).
I missed this thread first time round - An interesting little project. if it gets more people using film, then it is a good thing.
Only one gripe: Estimated shipping charges from tindle.com is coming in at $60 to the UK. If that is a genuine cost, I would envisage most potential overseas customers would pass.
Although I am hearing of more libraries having 3D printers available to their patrons another source for getting 3D printing done is at a local Hacker/Maker space that has a 3D Printer. They are becoming more and more common and one fundamental, it seems, tool that every one has to have is a 3D printer. To find a hacker/maker space close to you look in http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/List_of_ALL_hackerspaces.
It is likely that you will have less issues going to a Hacker/Maker space to get someone to print the parts than using a public library due to the time constraints in printing the parts. And of course there are a selection of colours to try to print with if you want.
I'm impressed. I thought that you'd have a problem with it being light tight, but clearly those images say otherwise. It is way easier to design and 3D print a camera than designing and fabricating one. The thing I like it that you can make several generations and improve them along the way. If you don't like the 3D printed aesthetic, you can make a finely crafted camera after you've refined it with the 3D printer. Very nice. Onto lens mounts and shutters!
Personally,I have mixed feeling about that. I really want it to be affordable for people who can't find a local 3D printer, but I don't really want to be in the business of 3D printing my cameras for people. I sell a few here and there (including several to Europe), but I'd rather people 3D print their own. I am not in this for the money; the project started as a personal 3D printing design challenge (and now consumes vast quantities of my time and cognition). I was inspired by the Dirkon paper pinhole camera which could be easily duplicated and distributed http://www.pinhole.cz/en/pinholecameras/dirkon_01.html 3D printing is a natural evolution of this model.
Originally Posted by paul_c5x4
There are people who are [film] photographers, a subset of whom are [potential] pinhole photographers, and a vastly smaller subset of those have [access to] a 3D printer. That works the other way around too. I would roughly divide the people with my cameras in their hands as 50/50 3D printer people and film photo people. I (or someone) else can 3D print a camera for a photographer - and they will make great photos, but 3D printing and assembling a pinhole camera won't suddenly make you into a film pinhole photographer without some investment in knowledge and technique. It's not difficult, and it will make you a better photographer, regardless of your photo technique and medium.
3D printing is a handy tool for creating that one-off widget that solves a problem, and Thingiverse.com is full of adapters and gadgets that photography/3D printer people have shared: http://www.thingiverse.com/taghotography  the smiley is unexpected, but the link works.
The advice about finding a local hackerspace/makerspace is good, and I expect that well before 3D printers become household appliances, these kinds of relationships will satisfy general rapid prototyping needs.
Thanks for the interest, and let me know if you have any questions