OpenReflex is an analog camera that can be printed and assembled in less than 16 hours.
The 3D printing revolution is officially upon us, but while many ordinary consumers are still learning about the technology, even more are wondering how to put it to good use. Saint–Éttiene School of Art and Design graduate Leo Marius has created a 3D printed single reflex camera and is sharing his creation with the world, publishing his plans on the open source platform Instructables letting anyone embrace 3D printing technology and create a practical, completely functioning camera.
The OpenReflex Camera is made up of three distinct parts – the film receiver, shutter, and viewfinder – that can be printed on a home 3D printer. It can be printed in under 16 hours and all in all, including additional materials, only costs $30 to make and an hour of human assembly before you can start snapping. Built like the most common SLR cameras (which are more easily found on eBay these days), the OpenReflex has a mirror viewfinder and is compatible with almost any analog lens. Marius’s interest in personal fabrication machine led to his development of the camera. He explained:
With the digital revolution, everyone now owns a camera, but we completely lost the control of its guts! The idea here was to take over a popular technology and give back the keys to the users in order for them to understand it again.
Check out the OpenReflex in the gallery below: