Paul Kohlhaussen, a Richmond student, decided to create a fully-functional 3D-printed camera, when he realized his dream cameras were way out of his budget. Even more impressive is the fact that he had no prior knowledge in CAD software, and managed to teach himself everything from scratch. This custom-built creation combines the features of the Mamiya 7 (medium format photography), Hasselblad XPan (panoramas), and last, but not least, the Leica M Series. What he ended up with, is the “Cycloptic Mustard Monster,” which is designed to shoot 6 x 14 negatives on 120 film, and features an 8-part modular design that easily pairs with camera gear. Continue reading for some sample shots and more information.
“Kohlhaussen considered other technologies such as CNC and injection moulding, but 3D printing proved to be the most cost effective and accessible means of production. The product uses SLS nylon due to its ability to be post-processed and easy assembly; additionally, it does not require supporting material during the printing process making the complex geometric aspects able to print with a clean surface finish,” reports Design Boom.