Smartphone Photo Studio for #3DBenchy and tiny stuff

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Smartphone Photo Studio for #3DBenchy and tiny stuff

Smartphone Photo Studio for #3DBenchy and tiny stuff by CreativeTools This 3D-printable camera rig for smartphones is designed to create a repeatable way to photograph #3DBenchy models at fixed angle positions. An included turntable attachment makes it is also possible to record 360° videos. Please watch the video and visit the links below for assembly instructions and demonstration:

The base frame and phone shelf are easily adjustable to fit most common smartphone models. A sliding fixture holder allows for adjustment of the object-to-camera distance as well as the focus and framing of the image. A rubber-band-activated lever makes it easy to insert and remove the smartphone from the shelf and keeps it in place during photography.


The following fixtures are included in this kit:

  • Vertical fixture for eight positions at 45° intervals (for #3DBenchy)
  • Horizontal fixture for top-bottom positions at 45° intervals (for #3DBenchy)
  • Crank-actuated rotary platform for recording 360° videos (for #3DBenchy)
  • Crank-actuated rotary platform for recording 360° videos (blank)
  • Blank fixture insert with center-hole for generic objects


The frame components have holes through which the camera rig can be secured permanently on a flat surface.


A slot in the fixture holder can be used for mounting a sheet of paper which removes background clutter during photography.


A universal holder for flashlights can be used to add key lights and improve the clarity of the photos.


A separate holder for sheets of paper is included which can be used as additional light bouncers.


All files in this camera rig can be downloaded as individual STL files and also as pre-packed ready-to-print build plates. These are available for two commonly used square and rectangular build-volume sizes - 200 x 200 x 115 mm and 230 x 150 x 115 mm. If your 3D printer can make objects of this size or larger, then you can 3D-print a full plate in one go. Otherwise all individual parts can be 3D-printed within 150 x 150 x 114 mm.


Even though this rig is primarily designed to be used for photographing #3DBenchy specimens, it can nevertheless be used for taking photos of anything that fits in the camera's field of view. For this purpose the fixture insert is made available as a blank in both STEP and STL file formats. These can be easily adapted in your 3D/CAD software for holding items such as follows:

  • Stamps
  • Insects
  • Flowers
  • Leafs
  • Miniatures
  • Toy figurines
  • And anything else you can think of!

During the development and testing phase of this rig, it became obvious that it also works as a stand for mobile phones. Just make yourself comfortable, place the rig on your belly and effortlessly watch your favourite videos.


This 3D-printable camera rig is released as an open design and we encourage you to 3D-print it and make improvements to best fit your personal use. If you re-publish the new files please give this project attribution. :)


Please visit to learn more about 3D printing Concept and 3D model by Smartphone Photo Studio for #3DBenchy and tiny stuff by CreativeTools is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution - Share Alike license. 

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