I knew that I would be doing a ton of recording and live broadcasting of prints on my Lulzbot AO-100, infact I purchased a second Microsoft LifeCam Studio to serve as a dedicated printer cam. At first I thought a simple mini tripod would get the job done, but quickly found that not to be the case. Prints that had decent head travel, and very few tight infil spaces did fine, but when the infil got tight and the head had to change directions repeadly very fast, the whole table shook. This caused the webcam to display a "wavy" video and even cause the top heavy mini tripod to walk off the table a few times. So I decided to design a solid mount that would secure the webcam to the printers base.
Original Mini Tripod Setup.
I designed a printable mount that held the camera at the poper height, and synced the printer's vibrations with the camera. The result was a much more steady video of the print and I did not have to worry about the webcam and tripod "walking" from the viberations. I will try and get a video edited and up this weekend that compairs before and after shots for everyone to see. I have uploaded the .stl as well as the sketchup .skp to Thingiverse so everyone can have a webcam mount of their own.
The LifeCam Studio on the new mount.
I use a binder clip to hold my LifeCam Studio onto the mount but I left enough room that a 1/4" hole could be drilled for a 1/4"-20 bolt that will allow almost any camera with a tripod mounting hole to be affixed. If you print this out and use it, please share an image on the "I Printed This" section of the Thingiverse page as I would love to see it in use elsewhere!
Fits any Lulzbot AO-100 and AO-101 as well MendelMax derivatives that use 20mm extrusions with a base that has an gap of 30mm between the bottom rails.
*You will need to print out some feet to raise up your printer as the clip slightly raises the front of the printer.
** You will need a minimum bed of 200mm x 200mm x 30mm to print this object.