This arduino controlled, motorized camera slider uses both 3D printed parts and and 3D printer parts. It costs a fraction of the price of commercially available sliders and can be modified to suit you.
The video below was shot at Dartmoor National Park using this slider. The last 2 clips were done by combining this project with my earlier D40 remote hack to create a moving time lapse. Please view it in 1080p if you have the bandwidth…
The dual rail design was inspired by a cliff elevator. The beauty of this design is that the two slider heads move in different directions and allow a camera to move further for a given length slider. It later came to light that a start-up on kickstarter had already implemented this design and had started the patent process. It looks like a really nice piece of kit, however it is far beyond what I was willing to spend with my limited filming experience.
- 2x 1/4″ BSW x 1/2″ Long Whitworth Hex Bolt, Nut and Washer.
- 2x M3 14mm bolts
- 1x Nema 17 stepper motor
- 1x Pololu A4988 Step Stick
- 1x Arduino Nano, Uno or Leonardo.
- 1x Veroboard / Stripboard
- 1x DPDT Toggle Switch
- 1x 10K Potentiometer
- 1x Decorative Knob
- 1x Smooth Idler Pulley Kit
- 2x Sub-Minature Micro Switches
- 1x GT2 Timing Belt: 2mm Pitch, 6mm Wide, 700mm Long
- 4x Hardened Steel Smooth Rods: 8mm Outer Dia, 300mm Long
- 1x Aluminum Round Tube, 1/2″ Outer Dia, 16swg Wall Thickness, 300mm Long
- 12x LM8UU linear bearings, (8 are used but get 12 as they are damaged easily)
- Camera Remote
- DC Boost Regulator
- USB Power Bank
- USB Cable
- 1/4″ Ball Head Tripod Camera Mount