Filmmaking will always be home to DIY artists who want to customize anything for a shoot. Push your ideas further by 3D printing your own camera gear.

Top image via The Film Look.

Are you the type of filmmaker who likes to build your own gear and accessories? Try 3D printing some video gear. Even if you don’t have a 3D printer, you can find a local library or maker shop to help you get the job done.

In this video from The Film Look, the team tested out some of the available instructions they found and put the gear to the test. It may surprise you how sturdy and practical many of these pieces are. Furthermore, they are also customizable to any color, so you can make them easy to find among all your other gear.

If you are interested in the equipment that they 3D printed in this video, the instructions are available on Thingiverse.

3D-Printed Mini Tripod Directions

3D Print Your Own Camera Gear with These Free Instructions — Tripod
Image via Kernel770.

Want to 3D print this handy collapsible mini tripod? It’s perfect for setting up on tables, getting low angle shots, or putting in a windowsill to shoot a time-lapse. You can get the directions from Kernel770 here.

3D-Printed Sony FW50 Battery Holder

3D Print Your Own Camera Gear with These Free Instructions - Battery
Image via Rob Laird.

As you see in the video, the best piece of 3D-printed gear that The Film Look constantly uses is the Sony FW50 battery holder. An extra tip: face the connection point outwards for charged batteries, and turn them around after they’ve been used. Download the directions from Rod Laird here.

AA, AAA, and 9V Battery Wall Mount

3D Print Your Own Camera Gear with These Free Instructions - Battery Wall
Image via jwl3701.

Hang your batteries in your studio or storage room for easy access and better storage. Perfect for AA, AAA, and 9V batteries. For the wall-mounted battery holder in the video, download the instructions from jwl3701.

For an additional style that is stackable and also includes C batteries, check out these nifty battery holders from adoniram.

AA, AAA Battery Case

3D Print Your Own Camera Gear with These Free Instructions — Battery Case

For batteries on the go, check out this neat case that is perfect for tossing in your camera bag. Download the directions from walter here.

SD Card Organizer

3D Print Your Own Camera Gear with These Free Instructions — SD Card Holder

As mentioned in the video, this is the only thing The Film Look printed that they wouldn’t necessarily print again. Though helpful in theory, it may be difficult to sort through while on set. This may be a better solution for storing cards on your desk well after a shoot. Download the directions from Baspro here.

20 More Pieces of Video Gear you can 3D Print

3D Print Your Own Camera Gear with These Free Instructions - Shoulder Rig
Image via Gilles Pinault.

Looking for more instructions for gear you can 3D print? Check out these 20 pieces of film gear you can 3D print on PremiumBeat. There you will find links to plans for gear like the following:

  • Camera shoulder rigs
  • Follow focus
  • 360-degree camera rigs
  • Stabilizers
  • Sliders
  • Tripod Plates

Read about all 20 of the pieces of gear here.


Have you 3D printed your own gear? Let us know in the comments.