Printed great on the first try, except my first two layers were too smushed (my fault) so I had to do some fine trimming and shaving for good fitment of the lens. Gotta say this is one solid body, and a great platform.
I went with the blue PETG because I'm going to flock the inside with black felt tape anyway.. there's a lot of room inside to apply it properly. Still waiting for the M4 fittings to arrive but was able to use spare M3 bolts and nuts from my printer (square M3 nuts for the M4 holes) for photo purposes only. These will all be swapped out for the functional unit to ensure proper fit. Going to pair it with a 6x4.5 back.
Some more notes/ideas:
- I plan to forego the cable release holder for now, or will just use a handle/bracket for that. This way I can use knurled M3x16 knobs to hold the lens in place from the top holes of where the cable holder would normally attach. Those are the only holes that pass through to the lens opening. With longer screws just hand tightened it seems to hold the lens pretty well. I actually like this solution.
- Is the "retainer" ring just to give it some flair at the front? Doesn't seem to hold the lens in place, it passes right through. Might get creative there with something more ornate. It's a very good solution for cleaning up the heatbed side of the print, lots of customization/personality possible there.
- Would be good to make a longer cold shoe plate for the side holes also. This way one can mount the rangefinder on the side and the nicer custom viewfinder up top. I kinda like this look for now though. Might print an all black version later for ultimate street shooting.
- Great ambidextrous layout of all the attach points. Good for deciding between portrait and landscape as well. I'm not good with leather, but can totally picture some leather handstraps on one side. Lots of accessorizing possible.
Thanks to Dora for giving us this really cool platform. Excited for you to sell the kits, I think there are a lot of folks that would like something like this to build a camera their way.