DIY Webcam Enclosure
As with many folks over the last year, I’ve been working from home since the start of the COVID pandemic. I unfortunately didn’t have a webcam back in March for the new world of Zoom meetings, so I hopped on Amazon to find one. Finding one that was in stock at that time and not outrageously expensive was more difficult than I had anticipated and I ended up buying a bare-board USB camera: ELP 2.8-12mm Varifocal Lens Camera.
As you can see in the photos, this solution was left much to be desired in terms of long-term durability. I decided to give 3D printing an enclosure a shot and whipped up a quick solution in FreeCAD. Demonstrating my lack of CAD skills, I managed to end up with this masterpiece:
I had planned on using a brass threaded insert for the tripod attachment on the bottom and using threadforming M2 screws into the small holes in the camera mounting bosses.
My friend John who works for a high-end 3D printing and prototyping company offered to print the case for me. He got the design into a bulk print of PA12 that his company had running, and even said he could print the tripod threads into the design instead of adding a threaded insert after the fact. Unfortunately the M2 screw holes were too small to print, so those got scrapped on the final design.
Fast forward to a few days later - I got the finished parts back and gave it a test fit:
Note that these files don’t include the tripod threads and still have the M2 screw holes that weren’t present in the final print.Back to top ↑