Ball and socket mount

A simple 3D printable ball and socket mount that you can use to mount a Raspberry Pi camera module or one of my Raspberry Pi cases onto any suitable surface, like a wall or another case. It provides three degrees of freedom and a screw to lock the alignment.
A similar alternative would be the Hinge mount.

For this mount you need to print two parts, one ball and one socket part. Then just snap them together and lock the desired position by tightening the lock screw.

Usage examples

This are some examples how you may use the ball and socket mount independently or in combination with my other projects.

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Standalone camera mount

Install a Raspberry Pi camera module onto any suitable surface, like a wall or another case.

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Camera module case mount

Mount a Raspberry Pi camera module ontop of one of my cases for Raspberry Pi / Pi Zero. For example Case for Pi Zero or Case for Pi Zero with integrated mini camera may be used.

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Case wall mount

Use this wall mount to install and align any of my Raspberry Pi cases on any suitable surface. For example Case for Pi Zero or Case for Pi Zero with integrated mini camera may be used.

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3D printing

While designing my parts I always try to optimize their design and orientation in a way that they are as robust as possible but won't need support structures while 3D printing them. Of course you can rotate the parts around the Z-axis prior to printing, but please don't do so on the X/Y-axis. A layer height of 0.3mm is optimal. Because of the small size I print them all at 100% infill.

Requirements

  • A 3D printer to print the .stl files on this page.
  • A ø2mm screw for the alignment lock (if wanted).

Mount for Raspberry Pi camera

Screw mount

This mount should fit on all available "full size" camera modules for Raspberry Pi (official and third party).
There are little cutouts on the inside around the screw hole that are needed because the official v1 and third party cameras have a little SMD capacitor extremely close to it. Just in case you wonder.
You can use this mount in multiple ways. The example assembly image shows the simplest. Only two screws (or bolt and nuts) are needed. Another way would be to combine it with the front cover from Case for the Raspberry Pi camera. Other ways of use I can think of are combinations with M12 mount on Raspberry Pi camera module or IR cut filter with M12 mount on Raspberry Pi camera module.

Attention! Depending on the camera module type there can be small and sensitive SMD components near the installation holes. Be careful not to damage those and use screws (or nuts and bolts) that have a head diameter that is small enough to not touch them!

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Example Use
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Screw mount with socket connector.

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Slide mount

This mount should fit on all available "full size" camera modules for Raspberry Pi (official and third party).
Put the camera module into the left and right nut and slide it to your desired position. A little force should be necessary, but not too much. Friction will then keep it in position. If it takes too much force to insert it, you may have to clean the part or tweak your printing settings and try again. Or try the Screw mount above.

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Slide mount with socket connector.

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Ball surface mount

With this part you can install your mount assembly onto many of my cases and other surfaces like walls or balks. It provides three mounting holes. The middle one on the backside can be used to install the mount on one of my cases or other thin objects. The two others can be used on any suitable surface.

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Ball surface mount.

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Ball surface mount with 90° angle.

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Socket surface mount

You can use this part to install your mount assembly onto a wall or balk or any other suitable surface. The screw goes in from the front. My setups are usually small and light, so I only need small screws/nails. Those prepared variants with ø2mm and ø3mm holes can be downloaded below. But I can prepare bigger variants if needed.

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Socket surface mount ø2mm.

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Socket surface mount ø3mm.

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