3D-Printed Camera Stabilizer: Video Production Turns to Additive Manufacturing for Customized Solutions

Dec 8, 2019

Have you ever tried to take a decent video with your phone or D-SLR camera, only to have it ruined by blurry or shaky footage? While it may work fine for cute pet videos or your athlete’s soccer game, if you’re shooting for YouTube, your digital marketing efforts, or publishing anywhere – you want your videos to look their best.


There was a time when you needed professional video equipment to shoot good video footage. But now, with a good gimbal stabilizer, that’s not necessarily true anymore. Specifically, gimbals are now widely used for drones, D-SLRs, and professional video equipment to allow for smooth and stable recording.


Handheld 3-axis gimbals are designed to give the camera operator the independence of handheld shooting without camera vibration or shake. Powered by three brushless motors, battery-powered motorized gimbals can keep the camera level on all axes as the camera operator moves the camera. A camera gimbal stabilizer will always be more steady than your hand and eliminates shaky or blurry footage to help your videos look professional. Like many other industries, the video production industry has evolved to embrace the additive manufacturing revolution with 3D printed camera stabilizers.


3D Printed Video Production Equipment


Raise3D customer Icecam Gimbal is one such video production expert with their 3D printed stabilizers. Their founder, Giantommaso Bafunno, a Mechanical Engineer, was always deeply interested in design and innovation. Before launching Icecam Gimbal, he consulted others on frame-programming for drones for video production. In his quest to perfect the technology and design for a high-performance gimbal, he completely committed himself to video stabilization technology, founding Icecam Gimbal. They use the power of additive manufacturing with Raise3D printers to 3D print their 2-axis and 3-axis gimbals before parts assembly and calibration.



The Challenge


Before the use of 3D printing technology, Icecam Gimbal was using outdated, slow methods like milling for production. However, thanks to Raise3D printers, their prototype production process has evolved, making it possible to produce small-batch products that are infinitely customizable.  By using 3D scanning, then printing these scans in a 3D printer, Icecam Gimbal creates new products that have completely original geometries. This is due to the unique ability of 3D printing, without which these geometric designs would be impossible to produce.


“Prior to 3D printing, this type of customization was unthinkable. We had to rely on milling, but not all the geometries are possible.”

– Giantommaso Bafunno – Icecam Founder




Using Raise3D Printers to Dramatically Increase Productivity


Two of the most crucial features of a gimbal is the performance of camera balance and weight. Most gimbals only weigh a couple of pounds, but even that can get heavy if you have to hold it up for extended periods. As a rule of thumb, the lighter the gimbal, the better. With Raise3D’s wide range of filament capability and its OFP (Open Filament program), Icecam was able to test and choose the FFF printing materials that were best suited for a strong yet light-weight gimbal.



Obtaining a well-balanced gimbal requires prototyping and testing mounts until the desired balance is achieved. Icecam uses a 3D modeling program to design a mount for the base of the camera as well as a handle for holding the gimbal during use. They then load the file to our patented slicing software ideaMaker and print using Raise3D’s Pro Series printers that make it easy to quickly produce multiple iterations of prototypes at a lower cost.

This new method of incorporating Flexible Manufacturing into production has shown benefits in the financial, design, and production departments within Icecam Gimbal.


These effects are:

  • Decreased costs of production by 50%
  • A dramatic decrease in production time- what took weeks now needs just a few hours.
  • Ability to create unique and customizable geometric designs that were previously unavailable


By changing to additive manufacturing with 3D printing, Icecam was not only able to expand their design capabilities but also decrease their production time. In the past, the production times were measured in weeks. Now they’re measured in hours. This dramatic decrease in production time creates an impact throughout the entire production process, and consequently Icecam Gimbal’s bottom-line success.


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