From Concept to Use in Action. This is a small demonstration of what can be done with 3D printing.  Wild Films Ltd needed an attachment to fit a reflex focusing sight onto their camera. This is to assist with capturing fast moving objects and animals in the frame.  After trying some concepts in wood, they then approached ourselves to model and refine the concept, with a view to getting it 3D printed.

The concept was 3D Modelled  in Autodesk Inventor from the sample. An stl file was exported from the model to send to a 3D printer. Once the 3D printer had finished, it was then sprayed black to fit in with the rest of the equipment.  The component can be seen in the 3rd image where it is sprayed black and fully attached to the camera handle.  A picatinny rail was mounted to the top of the component to allow quick release of the reflex sight when storing the camera.

Below are images of each stage of the component's design and creation, showing creation from Concept to Use in Action.

From Concept to Use in Action
3D Model of the Camera Sight Adaptor
From Concept to Use in Action
Actual 3D printed component as received.
From Concept to Use in Action
The component sprayed black to blend in.

3D printing is ideal for this sort of work, although like anything else it has it's limitations. Thanks to Wild Films Ltd for allowing this widget to be discussed.