Pinhole Printed cameras have been in the news! If you have any other links or news to share, please let me know.


March 2017 / National Science + Media Museum, Bradford UK – “Poetics of Light” is exhibiting for the first time outside the USA, through June 24th, 2017
August 2014 / New Mexico History Museum – Flyer and Clipper added to the permanent collection and on display in the “Poetics of Light” exhibition in Santa Fe, through January 10, 2016.
[Flyer 6×6, Clipper 6×18 Win Honors!]
(c) 2014, Brian Richman, used by permission


August 2014 / Brian Richman – image from first roll of film wins 1st Place in 2014 North Texas Business Council for the Arts annual arts contest “On My Own Time” [Pinholes & Tripods]
(c) 2014, Brian Richman, used by permission



19 Aug 2015 / – Featured on Home Page!
17 Aug 2015 / Adafruit Blog – 3D Print a Pinhole Camera
14 Aug 2015 / The Large Format Blog – Print your own pinhole camera
11 Aug 2015 / Minifabrikam – Kendi fotoğraf makinanızı yapabilirsiniz: Pinhole Camera (in Turkish)
10 Aug 2015 / ePHOTOzine – Free 3D Printed Pinhole Camera Design
10 Aug 2015 / – Easy 35 Released: A new 3d Printed Pinhole
11 Aug 2015 / Minifabrikam – Kendi fotoğraf makinanızı yapabilirsiniz: Pinhole Camera (in Turkish)
10 Aug 2015 / – Easy 35 Released: A new 3d Printed Pinhole Camera
10 Aug 2015 / Foto Magazine – Proiectul Pinhole Easy 35 (in Romanian)
8 Aug 2015 / – The Stories We Didn’t Cover This Week — August 8, 2015
6 Aug 2015 / Featured on Pinshape’s Staff Picks!Check out these 3D printer designs
6 Aug 2015 / 3D Printing Industry – “Easy 35″ Pinhole Camera 3D Printed with Ease
6 Aug 2015 / – Now you can make your own 3D printed pinhole camera Easy 35 in just 3.5 hours
4 Aug 2015 / – Easy 35 Pinhole Camera



21 Nov 2013 / Lomography – Pinhole Printed: 3D Printed Pinhole Cameras by Clint O’Connor
11 Nov 2013 / DamnGeeky – 3D printed pinhole camera amalgamated old aesthetics with modern technology
08 Nov 2013 / – Pinhole printed: la cámara pinhole hecha con impresora 3D (Spanish)
06 Nov 2013 / – Pinhole, Printed – a 3D printed pinhole camera
05 Nov 2013 / The Register – Inventor whips lenscap off 3D-printed pinhole camera
04 Nov 2013 / Softpedia – 3D-Printed Pinhole Camera Funded on Kickstarter
01 Nov 2013 / Austin Chronicle – Kickstart Your Weekend With Pinhole Photography
28 Oct 2013 / Film’s Not Dead – A 3D PRINTED PINHOLE CAMERA – CLINT O’CONNOR
27 Oct 2013 / Solidoodle – Solidoodler Shares Magic of Pinhole Photography
26 Oct 2013 / Funded Friday – Kickstarted’s “Funded Friday: Clint O’Connor of Pinhole, Printed – A 3D printed pinhole camera”
23 Oct 2013 / The Grunge (Wabash) – Clint O’Connor ’78 and the 3-D Pinhole Camera
21 Oct 2013 / The New Aesthetic – Pinhole, Printed – a 3D printed pinhole camera by Clint O’Connor — Kickstarter
20 Oct 2013 / Trendy Graphic – Pinhole, A 3D Printed Camera
18 Oct 2013 / Top 4 3D Printing – THE HOT THREE: Top 3D print creations of the week
17 Oct 2013 / Pdexposure – Pinhole, Printed – A 3D Printed Pinhole Camera
17 Oct 2013 / Fichier3D – Pinhole, un appareil photo imprimé en 3D (French)
17 Oct 2013 / DIY 3D Printing – Pinhole – DIY 3d printable camera
17 Oct 2013 / 3D Printing Industry – Pinhole, 3D Printed Camera Technology Made Simple
16 Oct 2013 / Pinholista – Pinhole Printed
15 Oct 2013 / TCT – A 3D printed pinhole camera
15 Oct 2013 / Pinhole Camera – 3D Printing & Creatively Recreating Classic Film Fun
14 Oct 2013 / Photocritic – Pinhole, Printed – a 3D printed pinhole camera on Kickstarter
14 Oct 2013 / ePhotoZine – 3D Printed Pinhole Camera Created
13 Oct 2013 / 3Ders – Pinhole: a 3D printed pinhole camera on Kickstarter

Poetics of Light, Bradford UK

Poetics of Light

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford UK is hosting the Poetics of Light exhibition. Shown for the first time outside the USA, you can see it in England through June 25, 2017.

The Pinhole Resource Collection

Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer, during their long teaching and publishing career, collected and published many photographs in their magazine. As a result, the Pinhole Resource Collection has become the largest archive of pinhole cameras and photographs in the world. While you are there, look for my Flyer and Clipper there in the display cases.


For those of you who are into #pinhole photography and not #3Dprinting, the acronyms PETG and ABS may be less familiar. ABS is Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene and can be used between −20 and 80 °C (−4 and 176 °F), which makes it a great material for cameras. From a 3D printing standpoint, it is somewhat difficult to work with. Print at too low temperatures and the camera will crack between layers during printing due to insufficient layer bonding. Higher temperatures are necessary. The other difficulty is that ABS shrinks as it cools. A heated bed is required, and the first layer needs to be squashed down on the bed. Even so, the cameras tend to warp up on the ends during printing, or worse, curl up off the bed completely. I use hairspray on glass, which has given me the most consistent results. I still find myself discarding one out of every 10 cameras because of too much curl. When printed correctly, ABS results in a tough, light camera that can stand considerable abuse.

I did try PLA (PolyLactic Acid) early on – people like it because it’s biodegradable and doesn’t require a heated bed. However, it has a low glass transition point (the point at which plastic changes from stiff to deformable) – and a PLA camera can soften and deform on a hot car dash.

PETG (PolyEthylene Terephthalate Glycol) is another thermoplastic polymer. It’s the same stuff water bottles are made of. PETG filament used to be quite expensive but has now come down in price comparable to ABS.

PETG is marvelous in many ways – it doesn’t shrink and curl off the bed. It prints at about the same temperatures as ABS, but the bed doesn’t need to be as hot. The layers stick really well to each other and it is slightly more flexible (and heavier) than ABS. I can’t print detail work on the bed as small bits tend to latch onto the hottest thing – which is the hot end on the next pass over, making a mess. So I’ve had to remove nearly all the lettering on the top and bottom of the cameras. However, a side benefit is a glassy smooth finish which I couldn’t get on ABS because of the hairspray. PETG has a lower glass transition temperature than ABS, but more than PLA. PETG tends to be stringy, so I’ve had to tinker with the printer settings to get rid of it and fine-tune my extrusion lengths. Also, not all black PETG is opaque enough to use in cameras.

I’m very pleased with PETG now and am printing almost exclusively with it. Both ABS and PETG are great materials when printed properly and I stand behind my cameras, whichever material they are printed with. Leaving cameras on a hot dash may be a great test for the plastic but is never a good idea, either for the camera or the film inside. I keep my cameras in a bag when not in use. When I leave a camera out for a day’s sun track, I wrap it in a sheet of white paper to keep the camera and film cool(er).


Printing, Resumed.

I’m really pleased to announce that I’m printing cameras again!

I had to put my printers in storage during my year-long move from Texas to Florida. They are being brought back online and producing cameras. Each one, as my customers know, has to be individually printed, one at a time. It takes 6-8 hours to print a Flyer 6×6 and 11-13 hours to print a Clipper 6×18. The cameras were designed specifically for 3D printing and cannot be made through injection molding.

The Flyer 6×6 and Clipper 6×18 are now available again through Amazon and Pinhole Resource. The Clipper 6×18 has been redesigned into a Model II version with a flip shutter instead of the cable release shutter at the same price. The Model I was considerably more time consuming to make, and I didn’t want to raise the price for everyone.

Many thanks to those who have taken the time to write me with their experiences and photographs, and to those who have published such great product reviews on Amazon. Please continue to write me with any questions or problems, and if you love it, a good review is always appreciated.

Since I couldn’t do much during the year with one small printer, I spent the time designing, printing, and testing several new camera concepts – which you’ll be hearing about soon.