Try our Amazing 3d printed photo lens – Objectif photo imprimé en 3D
(English version, for French see below)
Fabulous is a 3d printing agency based in Paris & Lyon, France
When Mathieu Stern came to us with his 3D printed photographic lens project, we were immediately excited by the idea. Not only Mathieu is one of those enthusiasts of photography well known on the web (he launched for example an original and poetic web series « The Weird Lenses Challenge« ) but also our professional proximity with the world of art, design, and images we work on on a daily basis at Fabulous, naturally brought us closer.
Moreover, as an application design office specialized in additive manufacturing, it is always a pleasure to embark on a new challenge. The question posed by Mathieu is identical to that posed daily by our customers: how to use the competitive advantages of 3D printing to design and manufacture a new innovative product, cheap, and above all performing.
The first step was to find the concept of the objective. Mathieu already had a fairly idea: a monocle made up of two cylinders joined by a screw thread. The first cylinder moves forward and backward to allow focusing. The glass lens is inserter in the front of the cylinder (Mathieu chose to test with a lens dating from the 19th century). The second cylinder is hollow, with at its end a system for attachment to the camera. We also added a slot to insert diaphragm plates (Bokeh shapes), also printed in 3d, and which allow to add visual effects to the image. After designing the plans of these elements we have of course modeled them in 3D applicable to 3D printing. All of these elements were then printed on professional 3d printers of FDM type (for fused deposit model) also known as wire deposit. The material used is a simple PLA plastic, a plastic derived from corn starch. Double interest of this material: not only is it biodegradable but it is also very cheap.
Mathieu was then able to test the objective in real situation that we see on this video :
The 3d files of these elements are present below (downloads possible on request mail):