Yet Another Camera Slider. That’s what I’m calling my slider system.

Went a little overboard photoshopping this…

So I want a motorized camera slider for time lapse photography and stop motion, but I don’t see myself using it enough to justify spending $$$$! To the soldering iron!

The idea of the build started out simple enough. I had a cheapish slider to begin with, and I figured it wouldn’t be hard to slap a motor on the end to get movement in one axis.

It took some thinking on how to mount the motor with the limited real estate at the ends of the existing slider, but I realized it could be done if I made a bracket to raise the camera while allowing the timing belt to pass through. I used carbon fiber filled, polycarbonate filament for the print. Great stuff! A little weak in layer adhesion, but is super rigid and light weight.

Here’s a test video I made with just the slider portion:

I guess I’ll stop there and save the pan & tilt head for another post :)