3D printing has been used to create a stylish camera capable of taking panoramic photographs. The camera is nicknamed the “Cycloptic Mustard Monster” and combines the features of three iconic film cameras. It was created by London-based designer and economics graduate Paul Kohlhaussen.
Reverse engineering the perfect camera
The three cameras used in Kohlhaussen Cycloptic Mustard Monster are:
- A Mamiya 7 camera: first introduced in 1995 and capable of taking typical 6 cm × 7 cm sized photographs, described by Kohlhaussen as a “practical take on medium format”.
- A Leica M series: introduced 1954–66 and admired by Kohlhaussen and other enthusiasts “for its iconic design.”
- And the Hasselblad XPan used to take panoramic photos.
To combine the best features of each of these cameras into a single body, Kohlhaussen CAD modeled a new design using AutoDesk Fusion 360, winner of the 3D Printing Industry Award 3D software of the year. This body design was SLS 3D printed in a nylon polyamide material, and then finished with an automotive primer and mustard colored paint.
The only parts not 3D printed for the camera are the lens and bolts used to hold the casing together, though these parts have also been made from plastic in other homemade camera projects.
Photos from the PK-6142016 are 6 x 14 cm, with negatives on 120mm film.
The camera was a product design entry to the 3D Hubs Student Grant, a Grant given annually to students who show the best use of 3D printing in the fields of architecture, product design and engineering.
Featured image shows: Exploded view of the the PK-6142016, “Cycloptic Mustard Monster” camera. Photo credit Paul Kohlhaussen