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Net Cam Box Design?
Jim Pierce, Photographer
Waltham | MA | USA | Posted: 8:45 AM on 03.05.10
->> I want to get into using a net camera and have seen some designs but they just don't seem to protect the camera much. I have come up with a design based on what small information I have found about the size, and no square corners. I have posted an image showing the isometric view of this on my member page, it would be one peice and all clear lexan. This would get covered with a white vinyl covered closed cell foam and attached with velcro.

There will be a hole added to the rear to mount a swivel clamp and a slot on the bottom for the camera.

This would not only be used for hockey but am looking at using it for a LL homerun contest to get some unique images and possibly lacrosse as well as to have a remote at a LL game set on top of a dugout focused at home plate.

Just looking for thoughts on this. I have received quotes to have this made and in qty of one it is high but still resonable based on what I see others going for, in 5 it is very resonable.

Any thoughts or interest in one?

Jim
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 9:43 AM on 03.05.10
->> Jim I went through this last year when I had my two shields made. Looking at your drawing... you will pay dearly for the two 'wings' on the sides of the box. At least when I tried it added serious $$$ to the bill. When they heat and bend the Lexan the material at the radius will bloom. To get the wings done they'll have to wait for the plastic to cool to the point that they can trim away that excess and then do the bends for the wings. I went with the standard "old school" "L" shape. They did offer to weld in gussets to strengthen the radius. One other thing, .....who knew...... if you are fussy and don't want a bunch of bubbles in the bend, Lexan has to be 'dried' in an oven for a day or two before it's bent. First shield had bubbles that they said would weaken the bend so they contacted the manufacturer and found out that little nugget.... seems it's only an issue with thick stock 1/2" and up.

If you are worried about the camera in the box.... who wouldn't be, buy a memory foam pillow and carve panels to protect the top and sides. Then pull the box cover over that. Let me know how you make out with lacrosse, I got shot down every time I tried last year. Every coach and official looked at it and considered it a 'safety risk'.

The Lexan with the bends cost me $100 a pop. I can look up the company if you need it.......
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Jim Pierce, Photographer
Waltham | MA | USA | Posted: 10:52 AM on 03.05.10
->> Eric,

You used 1/2"? If your single bend design cost $100 I am looking good with my 4 bend design. I have had many parts made with plastics and no bubbles or "blooming". If they had to post machine or trim off this then that is what cost money. You don't see any holes in mine... yet.. I will machine these myself, not going to pay for post machining at a plastics house when I have a milling machine at my disposal.

Who did you use? I hope to visit the few I have quoting next week to verfiy everything and hope it all works out. I don't mind dealing with the sales guys but also know from experience I want to talk with the plastics engineers and fabricators so they know what this will be used for.

Off to a Baseball game.

Jim
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