I haven’t done any CAD designs in awhile and I’m still waiting on my Makerbot. So I thought now might be a good time to freshen up on my CAD skills. I picked up a Digital Caliper and sat down this morning with a plan to make something close to a Manfrotto 501pl quick release plate. Two hours of fumbling around and the concept quick release plate is done.

I wont know if this knock off plate will print out properly until I have the Makerbot setup, but it does give you an idea of what kind of cool designs can be made with a little bit of effort. If I get some time this weekend I might try and design a concept quick release mount to go along with it.

If the design works out, this could end up being a made with about 50 cents worth of plastic. That’s a lot better then the $20 from Manfrotto. I’m also working on a Zoom h1 shock mount concept using rubber bands. I’ll keep you posted.

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