Turn the world around for the sake of speed and beautiful pictures - PhotoPizza DIY

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Taking pictures in the “Photo-360” format, you may encounter the problem of installing some objects on a rotating podium.
For example, it is difficult to put a bicycle on a platform without auxiliary elements and you have to invent different mounts, and the diameter of the platform requires about one and a half meters. As a result, the coasters fall into the frame, it is difficult to retouch and the process of creating a photo-360 is greatly slowed down. Photo studios, in order to recoup costs, are being bullied up, and customers are refusing to shoot.

Having been working in the field of interactive presentation of objects on the Internet for a long time, I set myself the goal: to create a cheap and universal solution for shooting objects in the “Photo-360” format. The open project “PhotoPizza” has appeared, for those who are not familiar with the project, you can see the instructions, download the drawings and files of the project HERE

After creating two floor platforms, I planned to make one modification to hang up quite heavy objects.
Already started to draw, invent and suddenly realized that it was enough to make a few simple changes to the current design of the floor platform.

So, we will modify PhotoPizza with a diameter of 480 mm:

The platform can be attached to the ceiling using dowels or something else, and I assembled an aluminum profile frame:

It is convenient to use the frame for on-site photography and, when disassembled, it can easily fit in the trunk of a car:

The legs are unscrewed from the platform, the central axis and, for ease of installation, the engine is removed:

A stud is inserted into the upper platform disk, a small disk is put on to distribute the load and fixed with nuts on both sides:

For a more severe load, the disc should be larger in diameter and made of a thicker or stronger material. In this case, the stud and nuts are best used in high-strength steel.

4 screws are used for attaching to the frame, and to avoid the destruction of the disk at the mounting point of the stud to the rotating disk, a centering disk is attached to the frame. It is similarly fastened to the ceiling, but it is better to use 8 screws to distribute the load:

We suspend the platform by inserting a pin into the centering disc:

Then, insert the rollers and mount the stepper motor:

We fix the profile for which we will hang the bike:

I hung the bike by the fishing line, but didn’t wash the wheels:

This design requires a balanced load on the profile for which the bike is suspended relative to the axis of rotation.

The control unit also attached to the frame together with a battery for autonomous power:

Shooting process

The bike is photographed against a uniformly illuminated white background.
Subjects can be photographed in burst or timelapse mode.

Platform Features:

  • Nominal loading capacity - 80 kg.
  • The maximum load capacity is 100 kg.
  • The diameter of the circle is 480 mm.
  • It is possible to photograph objects with backlighting from below.
  • Suitable for photogrammetric 3D scanning of objects - this is a way to build a 3D object based on the analysis of a sequence of frames with different angles.
  • The possible shooting speed is 100 frames in 15 seconds .
  • Adjustable rotation parameters - acceleration, rotation speed, endless rotation, rotation by a certain number of steps, 4 customizable programs
  • IR Remote Control
  • Battery life is possible

In limbo:

  • Nominal loading capacity - 25 kg.
  • The maximum load capacity is 35 kg.

A new modification is being prepared for shooting objects in limbo weighing up to 80 kg.

The total cost of components for self-assembly of the platform is 7434 rubles.

List of accessories
Files for cutting material and firmware Arduino

Work platform in limbo:

Platform operation in normal mode:

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