GoPro Hero3 Frame

I like the acrylic housing that comes with the GoPro Hero3, but I tend to run some pretty long time lapses, and the battery doesn’t last long enough, so I made a lightweight frame, and it’s over on Thingiverse.

GoPro Hero3 Frame

I’m (slowly) getting better at OpenSCAD, thanks to projects like this. I’m sure I’ll get even better in 2013.

GoPro Hero3 Frame

I’ve got plenty of long USB cables and USB power supplies, as well as a Minty Boost from Adafruit to provide power for shooting hours and days at a time.

Here’s a quick time-lapse test I shot before I had the frame. I ended up balancing the GoPro on a book on top of two water bottles, which was silly, and just one more reason for this thing.

GoPro Hero3 Frame

The frame has a bit of flex to it so you can easily wrap it around the camera. I may play around with some thicker housings, but for now, it does the job.

I ended up printing about 6 versions before I got one that was good. I should probably do more paper prototyping, but with how easy it is to 3D print things, sometimes you just hit “print” and hope for the best. If it doesn’t work out, you tweak things and try again. It’s just the way it works.

(Note: I guess GoPro also sells a frame for the Hero3. Go buy it from them if you want a really nice one and have $40.00 to spend. If you just want this cheap plastic one, print it yourself.)

13 Responses to “GoPro Hero3 Frame”

  1. ChrisNo Gravatar says:

    Hmmm interesting, It would cost me 45 euro’s to by the gopro version while I could print it at my university for less then 10 euro’s and I Could probably make one with solidworks quite close to the gopro version.
    Didn’t think about this option, Thanks mate..

  2. GordonNo Gravatar says:

    Looks really good. But what is it made out of? And how exactly are the corners joint?

  3. Gordon, I 3D printed it using ABS plastic. The corners don’t have any special joint feature, it’s all printed.

  4. Enrique AdameNo Gravatar says:

    The frame looks awesome, why go out and spend a lot of money on something when you can just make it yourself right? Plus if you make it yourself you can tweak and customize it to your liking and not have to settle or some design that someone else made. Good on ya :).

  5. KevinNo Gravatar says:

    Hi! Just discovered your blog here, after I found and printed your frame. Nice work! I have a not-so-calibrated solidoodle2, but it printed out (on PLA) and works great- it’s flexible enough to get everything in, and snug in the corners when the bolt is tightened up. Thanks!

  6. yuri felixNo Gravatar says:

    which measures the gopro?
    wanted to draw this in sketchup The Frame. I will design a differently. More compatible for my work.
    I would like to pass the measures that The Frame or gopro??
    thank you

  7. Yuri, are you looking for something like this? http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:101125

  8. bradyNo Gravatar says:

    What are the dimensions?

  9. Dimensions of what? You can download the file(s) to check the dimensions… It fits a GoPro. ;)

  10. bradyNo Gravatar says:

    where do i download it?

  11. Read the post, and the comments. There are a number of links. Here’s the one for my model on Thingiverse, which is mentioned in the first paragraph:


  12. bradyNo Gravatar says:

    ughh it won’t let me download it

  13. Hmm, well, I just downloaded it, and it’s been downloaded over 1700 times, so I’m not sure what else to tell you. :/

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