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    Default Anyone mount a video camera on the z-axis?

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone had mounted a camera on the z-axis for remote monitoring (broken tooling, etc)? I have a 4x8, so I don't think a USB camera because of the length of cable required. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Anyone mount a video camera on the z-axis?

    Yep. I have a raspi zero with a wide angle lens attached. The board is $5 from microcenter and the camera is $20 from Amazon. I printed a case for it that resembles a web cam. Then I power it from a power strip I have on the gantry. I used a bolt to attach it with an aluminum plate to the z axis. It does timelapse and video and live stream through a web page local to my network.

    https://myhub.autodesk360.com/ue29bb...0320a1d03fd825

    That's the case.

    michaelDot.com is my site. Not much on it, but I went over part of that video camera on it. Under the 4th axis stuff. Also made linear bearing rail covers that are working insanely well and I accidently made them capable of self cleaning using the vacuum at the end of a job.

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    Default Re: Anyone mount a video camera on the z-axis?

    Yes, I have done that. Using a camera like this https://www.ebay.com/itm/5-7-8-mm-An...tCbw:rk:1:pf:0 This one has a 10M (30ft) cable

    Live streamed using YouTube that way you can monitor from anywhere on any device.

    Here is how I set it up on my mill. It has a built in light source and actually works pretty well. Its small size allows mounting almost anywhere. I just used the mill computer to live stream, but you may have to use a seperate device depending on your software.
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    Here is a picture of a job running on the mill, this was taken at my sons house on his internet connected TV. He lives about 10 miles from the shop. This was about a 9 hour run so we were running dark.

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    Default Re: Anyone mount a video camera on the z-axis?

    Or just throw a GoPro on it.

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    Default Re: Anyone mount a video camera on the z-axis?

    Quote Originally Posted by ger21 View Post
    Or just throw a GoPro on it.
    Monitoring the GoPro remotely is an issue. That's why I switched mine out. Mine is about the same size and does everything onboard. Nothing else required. GoPro has a way to connect wireless, but it's terrible resolution and requires using WiFi on a device. You can stream it with a browser, but the feed is very low quality.

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    Default Re: Anyone mount a video camera on the z-axis?

    gotta say I like the simplicity of that borescope camera, think I'll give that a try before anything else. Thanks for the quick responses everybody!



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