If you're the owner of a 3D printer or happen to know someone who is, you can now access a free design for printing a pinhole camera.
The Easy 35 Pinhole camera is easy to make and can be printed in half the time of a 6x6 flyer. After printing, all that's needed to complete the construction is a rubber band to secure the top, black tape for the shutter and something to create a 0.20mm pinhole with. Clint O’Connor, the camera's creator, suggests the pinhole should be made with a needle and foil, and glued in or retained with an O-ring.
The camera uses 35mm film, produces images which are 24x48mm and has a focal length of 25mm. The Easy 35 body is printed as one piece, something which can't be done with conventional manufacturing techniques, incorporating the film chambers, rails, internal light baffles, and pinhole mount. Several copies can be printed at once on any 3D printer in black ABS or PLA.
Commenting on the Easy 35 Pinhole camera's design, Clint said: "I wanted to create a new 3D printed pinhole camera that anyone with access to a 3D printer can make. The Easy 35 camera satisfies my goals of fast to print, cheap, and easy to make. Such a camera will appeal both to photographers and to educators wanting to teach principles of photography to youths."
The Easy 35 Pinhole camera is free to make or sell, so long as attribution is given to the designer and any remixes or derivations are shared alike.
You can find more information about the Easy 35 Pinhole camera on the Pinhole Printed website where you'll also find details on the Flyer 6x6, a 3D printed pinhole camera funded by Kickstarter which we talked about on site a few years back. You can also print your own camera accessories, including lens hoods and bokeh filters, from designs published for free from a London based 3D printing company.