I remember around 2010, tech journalists predicted that around 2020 everybody would have a 3D printer at home, just as normal it would be as having a normal (paper) printer. Well, I think it is safe to say that is not exactly the case, but price wise there shouldn’t really be an excuse not to, since one could buy a good one these days for a reasonable price.
One could debate about necessity, but for sure it can come in quite handy to quickly print something to replace what is broken, or to fit a specific item that is not so common, or simply doesn’t exist. Also, in our field of work, we are often confronted with what I call AV tax, a markup on the price, all with good reasons for the most part (because there are just a few of us, developing, manufacturing, and selling fewer items just cost more, economics 101), so if you print disposable items yourself, you might earn your printer purchase back very quickly. The plastics/material (filament in jargon) can be more than sturdy enough for daily abuse. Tests and real world examples have proven.
One could design an object from scratch, or download one and print it (and modify the downloaded part if necessary). Our goal here is to make a database of all files floating around on internet, particularly interesting for location sound use. So this post will grow overtime, when we find new objects to be listed. Also, if you found or made something of interest, please leave a comment to we can put it in the list.
If a link is broken, check this Google drive directory, where I keep backups.
AA Battery Storage Holder
Battery storage holder, holds 1, 2 or 4 AA batteries. Resizable to fit other battery sizes.
Rycote Lyre Shock Mount
Plastic piece for a Rycote Lyre Shock Mount for The Rode VideoMicro microphone. I had mine about 2 days before my 7 year old broke mine, so I designed up a new one and printed it out. It worked fine, until I broke the second one. So Rev A was thickened up a little bit. Maybe it’ll last a little longer now.
Sennheiser EW 100 ENG beltpack bracket
Improved replacement or additional baseplate for Sennheiser EW100 beltpack receiver/transmitter. This baseplate is similar to the Sennheiser EW100 quick release plate. See the differences and similarities in the pictures: The left one is an original genuine Sennheiser bracket and the right one is a 3D printed redesigned clipon as to be found in the download section.
To be printed with 25% fill, 3 shells, 0,1mm filament layer height, without raft or supports. Custom holes can be drilled if you print this with 100% fill. More versions of this bracket will be uploaded later.
sanken cos-11 rubber
For Sanken COS-11 mic. printed with ultimaker PLA Flex.
Double side tape : TESA 4964.
Sennheiser HD 25 cable holder
Redesign of these little pieces you might have lost.
Maglav – Super Discreet Lavalier Clip
Need a good way to wear a lav mic without looking like an infomercial salesperson? MagLav!
Made for the Rode SmartLav. Use with two 4mmx8mm disc magnets.
DPA 4060 / 4070 Microphone Mount
DPA 4060 / 4070 Microphone Mount.
Zoom F8 knob
Knobs for Zoom F8.
Zoom F8 Sun Shade
A quick simple sun shade for the Zoom F8.
Holds a xlr to an ambient boom pole or vdb boom pole. clamps on with a 3 mm nut and bolt.
Microphone Cable build fixture
This is a fixture for holding XLR connectors and cable to build/repair microphone cables.
Boom Pole Clip
This is an XLR cable clip for a microphone boom pole. It’s used to secure the cable to the boom pole so that it doesn’t dangle around and make noise when recording.
There are three different files. They start smaller and get larger to accommodate the diameter of the boom pole. The one that I have has a three section telescoping rod system, which is why three different diameters are needed.
The cable end of the clip fits a standard 6mm wide XLR cable. The width of the part of the clip will vary based on which boom pole you’re using and the size of it, but these are the three that worked for me.
5 thoughts on “3d Printing for Location Sound ‘Database’”
I’m curious about the lyre suspension (either version). Did it do a good job of isolating the mic from handling noise?
Didn’t try this printed one yet, friend of mine is testing it as we speak, but the real store bought Rycote ones are pretty good.
Nice!! Been trying to find low profile caps. Nice article and thanks for the share!!!!
Real cool stuff !
Here are the things that could be interesting to print from my point of view
XLR short right-angle cap for Neutrik connectors
DIY Dummy Battery Emulator Adapter AA
Another AA battery replacement :
Anyone know of a Lectro SMQV / SMV / SMDWB holder caddy design out there? or any Lecto TV related drawings available? I’m looking at making something to organize how I pack my transmitters. Any links would be much appreciated, thanks.