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3D Print Your Own DIY SLR Camera

By Jules Ebe on July 8th 2013


Leo Marius, a recent design graduate, has created a fully operational 3D-printed camera. Someone was bound to create one. Announced on the heels of the very first Build-Your-Own SLR Kit, this open source project will take you roughly 15 hours to print and another hour to assemble.


So if you have access to a 3D printer, you can put together this camera with about $30 worth of materials.


Marius is calling his project the “OpenReflex (OR-01)”, and he has placed it online as an open source analog SLR. He has also included how to add a mirror viewfinder and mechanical shutter.

Shutter Test


The design is downloaded and built in three distict parts:

The Film Receiver: Will carry the film (35mm) and allow to unwind it.
The Shutter: A fast shutter that will expose your film at around 1/60°s.
The Viewfinder: Allow you to mount your lens and make a preview of your framings and focus.


You can find the full list of equipment, materials, and open source plans on the designer’s Instructables page.


Each component and step in the process is detailed with helpful visual aids. If you happen to enjoy customizing or tinkering with design – feel free. Just be sure to seal all light out and enjoy the fruits of your labor.



The design will fit most manual focus lenses, though Marius is hoping to update the design with a viewfinder that will accommodate an actual lens mount.

Sample Images



For step-by-step instructions, list of materials and equipment, and links to the design files, click here.

So, if you had access to a 3D printer and the 16 hours, would you print an analogue camera?

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

[via Design Taxi, Instructables]


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.


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  1. Basit Zargar

    Nice article.

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  2. Paul Blacklock

    A real genius. kudos

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  3. LemonTree75

    Besides the hackish awesomeness of the whole thing, I always wonder what is the usefulness of having such a process (and of 3D printing for the masses in general).

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  4. Horacio Stjeward

    Sweet mama, i want one. :-)

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  5. Eder Novacki

    Seriously,I need a 3D printer.

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