The KAPtery

The Redstone Rig and Picavet with Canon PowerShot A2200.

The Redstone Rig and Picavet with Canon PowerShot A2200.

The menu bar above will guide you to the downloadable files and the products for sale.

This site is your source for 3D printed KAP rigs and related gear. Designs for single and dual camera rigs to suspend cameras from a kite or balloon line, and instructions for printing and building the rigs are available free of charge. The files to print these rigs are open source (CERN open hardware) and freely available at Thingiverse.

The pile of rigs in the foreground is mostly early prototypes.  In front of the chair are the first Redstone Rigs printed in ABS.

The pile of rigs in the foreground is mostly early prototypes. In front of the chair are the first Redstone Rigs printed in ABS.

You can buy kits (see menu bar above) of the hardware with exactly what you need to make each rig work.  For those without access to a 3D printer, you can buy kits with all the printed parts. These all require configuration for particular cameras, so check the kit information to see if you are comfortable with the required procedures. I generally ship the day after an order arrives. International shipping is too complicated for my WordPress ecommerce plugin, so I can only ship to the US for now.

I sometimes offer complete rigs with cameras for sale (check Aerial Rig Kits). These often include cameras converted to capture near infrared light and are completely configured and ready to fly with minimal assembly.

The MakerBot Replicator 3D printer I use was donated to Public Lab by MakerBot Industries. This aerial rig project seemed like a good exercise to see how 3D printing could advance the development of Public Lab tools. I hope these designs will improve with your help, and maybe more people will be able to get better aerial photos and make more useful maps of places important to them.

Material acknowledgement of Public Lab's contribution to this project.

Material acknowledgement of Public Lab’s contribution to this project.

Note about shopping: The first time you go to your shopping cart, I think it never shows the shipping cost. Just continue two steps into checkout (you will have to register at the site), and the shipping charges will appear. From then on shipping charges will be included in your shopping cart. Typically, an order with a rig and a suspension can be shipped for $10 to $12 and will arrive in 3 business days.

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