Saturday, May 31, 2014

3-D "Cannon-Cam" with retractable fins

Makezine has posted an interesting project: GoPro Cannon-Cam. It is a 3-D printed cannon projectile intended to house a GoPro Camera. It features a cool mechanism to retract a set of fins, which is the main reason I'm posting this. While most rocketeers, like myself, don't have access to a 3-D printer, the design of the fin can details may provide food-for-thought on our own designs. For those who are 3-D enabled, you can download the print files from the article or via Thingaverse.

While I would not trust a camera to a spring loaded nose cone and wouldn't shoot this from a spud gun, I'd love to get a set of the parts. I bet I could get them onto a tube and mount a motor tube in the base.

Credit: Make/Dan Spangler