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3D printable sensor mount hobby project

caseydvorakcaseydvorak Posts: 1 Oculus Staff

Hey all!

I'm one of the folks at Oculus who has been working on Oculus tracking and roomscale support.  When I was experimenting with different setups, I decided to start up a bit of a hobby project to create a few mounts I could use at my setup at home.

I got into 3D printing about a year ago, and have been having a lot of fun creating some custom items like this.  Note, these aren't Oculus products or endorsed as official Oculus mounts, but I figured if people in the community wanted to give a shot at printing them and adding them to their setup it could be a help.  3D printing can be difficult if you don’t have a lot of experience, so in many cases you’re better off buying official tripod mounts.  That said if you’re up to the challenge feel free to try printing these and/or modify them for your own use.  These are the items attached:

Sensor-holders
holder-corner-slim.stl - Slim version of corner sensor mount
holder-corner-standard.stl - Full rectangular version of corner sensor mount
holder-flat-slim.stl - Slim version of flat sensor mount, for mounting directly on a flat wall
holder-flat-standard.stl - Full rectangular version of the flat mount

Cord-guides (to keep the sensor cord against the wall)
cordguide-corner-slim.stl - Guide which uses one screw to press the cord against the corner of your wall
cordguide-corner-standard.stl - Guide which uses two screws to press the cord against the corner of your wall
cordguide-flat-standard.stl - Flat guide to press your cable against a flat wall

In case you want to try printing, I used these print settings on my personal machine:

Material: ABS (though PLA or other materials may work)
Infill 20%
Top/bottom/side layers: 4
Speed 40mm/s

Have fun!

P.S. I ended up designing these for #2 Phillips 1" 2.54cm drywall screws.  You should be able to pick them up at a local hardware store if you don't have compatible screws already.



Comments

  • dengel72dengel72 Posts: 2
    NerveGear
    Nice work!
  • FrozenPeaFrozenPea Posts: 2,421 Valuable Player
    Great design! I'll have to give them a go!
  • JiflemonJiflemon Posts: 8
    NerveGear
    printed and using, excellent work. 
    Thank You.
  • The_Hardboiled_OneThe_Hardboiled_One Posts: 35
    Brain Burst
    Will definitely try this out. Thank you for uploading the files!
  • Shadow_FuryShadow_Fury Posts: 2
    NerveGear
    edited February 13
    That's awesome, thank you.
    Excuse my ignorance, but I don't see the link to download the parts blueprints

  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 23,178 Oculus Staff
    Look at the bottom of the post, there are 2 zip files attached.
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  • twisteklabstwisteklabs Posts: 415
    Trinity
    When mounting with screws, I prefer this style. 
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  • kogermaxkogermax Posts: 74
    Hiro Protagonist
    #twisteklabs

    what design did you use?
  • GaluzGaluz Posts: 486
    Nexus 6
    Can I use really strong adhesive tape?
  • twisteklabstwisteklabs Posts: 415
    Trinity
    edited February 16
    @kogermax I 3d printed this design from thingiverse. 

    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1960808
      Thing: 1960808
    There is a version that uses double sided sticky tape as well. 
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  • vannagirlvannagirl Posts: 1,477 Poster of the Week
    I wish i could 3d print i could use 3 of this now

    I only seen upside-down ones before i like the idea of this ones much more
    Look, man. I only need to know one thing: where they are. 
  • twisteklabstwisteklabs Posts: 415
    Trinity
    @vannagirl  you can purchase the print directly from Thingiverse website.
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  • MikeSpeak24MikeSpeak24 Posts: 27
    Brain Burst
    I am considering wall mounting my two sensors as atm they are sitting just above desk level, the ceiling in my house is really high so i wanted to ask if there is an optimum height for mounting the sensors in a two sensor setup and is it better to have them both on the facing wall or one front and the other to either the left or right wall?
    Thanks.
  • ClassicGODClassicGOD Posts: 68
    Hiro Protagonist
    edited March 2
    I am considering wall mounting my two sensors as atm they are sitting just above desk level, the ceiling in my house is really high so i wanted to ask if there is an optimum height for mounting the sensors in a two sensor setup and is it better to have them both on the facing wall or one front and the other to either the left or right wall?
    Thanks.
    If you want to mount them in normal orientation due to limited angle you can point them down and the vertical FOV (70 degrees) I would say optimal height is 1.4-2m (I did calculations some time ago for about 3m x 3m space so i could get optimal floor and above-head coverage). If you mount them upside down (or use a mounting system that points them down) I don't think the height is as important because you can tilt them further.

    While I'm here i thought I would share my designs for Sensor Mount for Ikea Kalax and Touch Cradle (the cradle fits the Touch surprisingly well and is really secure.)

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  • MikeSpeak24MikeSpeak24 Posts: 27
    Brain Burst
    Thanks for the info, i made two bamboo discs with a 35 degree upward sloped screw mount which will give a good amount of adjustment to the pitch of the sensors, Just have to wait for the black paint to dry so i can mount them. It will be such a relief not having to place sensors and adjust everytime i play. Can't leave them on the desk when not in use as the grand kids think they are microphones lol
  • MikeSpeak24MikeSpeak24 Posts: 27
    Brain Burst
    I am considering wall mounting my two sensors as atm they are sitting just above desk level, the ceiling in my house is really high so i wanted to ask if there is an optimum height for mounting the sensors in a two sensor setup and is it better to have them both on the facing wall or one front and the other to either the left or right wall?
    Thanks.
    If you want to mount them in normal orientation due to limited angle you can point them down and the vertical FOV (70 degrees) I would say optimal height is 1.4-2m (I did calculations some time ago for about 3m x 3m space so i could get optimal floor and above-head coverage). If you mount them upside down (or use a mounting system that points them down) I don't think the height is as important because you can tilt them further.

    While I'm here i thought I would share my designs for Sensor Mount for Ikea Kalax and Touch Cradle (the cradle fits the Touch surprisingly well and is really secure.)

    Oh i just had a thought, My desk is right under where the sensors will be mounted and juts out 2ft from the wall. I assumed i would have to alter the pitch or height so the sensors are not shining onto the desk rather than the area in front of it. Would doing this lessen the tracking effectivness at the rear of my play area?
     Is there a distance where your just  
  • MikeSpeak24MikeSpeak24 Posts: 27
    Brain Burst

    Made myself two mounts and put them up on the facing wall at a height 2 meters and i am astounded at the improvement to my setup. I was placing them on the corners of my desk previously  but i had issues if i had to reach below my knees. this setup works brilliantly. 
  • TimnijlandTimnijland Posts: 17
    NerveGear
    That first design looks great. Been looking for option where i'm able to take the mount of the wall.
  • zork2001zork2001 Posts: 525
    Trinity

    Made myself two mounts and put them up on the facing wall at a height 2 meters and i am astounded at the improvement to my setup. I was placing them on the corners of my desk previously  but i had issues if i had to reach below my knees. this setup works brilliantly. 


    couldn't you just have one sensor in the middle doing the same job as the both of them.

  • MikeSpeak24MikeSpeak24 Posts: 27
    Brain Burst
    zork2001 said:

    Made myself two mounts and put them up on the facing wall at a height 2 meters and i am astounded at the improvement to my setup. I was placing them on the corners of my desk previously  but i had issues if i had to reach below my knees. this setup works brilliantly. 


    couldn't you just have one sensor in the middle doing the same job as the both of them.

    Dunno, i got two so i use them. Two has to be better than one eh lol
  • vannagirlvannagirl Posts: 1,477 Poster of the Week
    great designs

    however a really awesome forum member unexpectedly mail me wall brackets they printed...YES!!!

    In you face, 3 sensor full space tracking!!!
    Look, man. I only need to know one thing: where they are. 
  • zork2001zork2001 Posts: 525
    Trinity
    zork2001 said:

    Made myself two mounts and put them up on the facing wall at a height 2 meters and i am astounded at the improvement to my setup. I was placing them on the corners of my desk previously  but i had issues if i had to reach below my knees. this setup works brilliantly. 


    couldn't you just have one sensor in the middle doing the same job as the both of them.

    Dunno, i got two so i use them. Two has to be better than one eh lol

    wouldn't it be better to have the second one on the opposite side of the room?
  • eightbitTacoeightbitTaco Posts: 67
    Hiro Protagonist
    zork2001 said:
    zork2001 said:

    Made myself two mounts and put them up on the facing wall at a height 2 meters and i am astounded at the improvement to my setup. I was placing them on the corners of my desk previously  but i had issues if i had to reach below my knees. this setup works brilliantly. 


    couldn't you just have one sensor in the middle doing the same job as the both of them.

    Dunno, i got two so i use them. Two has to be better than one eh lol

    wouldn't it be better to have the second one on the opposite side of the room?
    Not exactly. For most users, having 2 sensors in front of you work great and give you a wide play area. It will limit how much you can turn, but most if not all games on the Oculus store are optimized with this setup in mind.

    I have tried the 2 sensor experimental 360 degree setup and it didn't work well enough for me. Depending on your config, it might work for you, so it might be worth a shot if you haven't at least tried it.

    This is coming form someone with a 3 sensor setup with a fourth on the way :D

    I also have 4 of these mounts being printed and shipped. I will update the thread with my thoughts on them:
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1772848
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  • Valkyrie9Valkyrie9 Posts: 13
    NerveGear
    I made two of the flat version. Works just dandy. Many thanks.
  • eightbitTacoeightbitTaco Posts: 67
    Hiro Protagonist
    I also have 4 of these mounts being printed and shipped. I will update the thread with my thoughts on them:
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1772848
    I've set up my four sensors using these (printed in ABS) and they work marvelously; a great way to wall mount your sensors without needing to drill holes or use nails!
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  • LitespeedLitespeed Posts: 263
    Nexus 6
    Do the sensors need to be mounted upright, as on the stands? Or do they work just as well mounted side wards or upside down?
  • FrozenPeaFrozenPea Posts: 2,421 Valuable Player
    Litespeed said:
    Do the sensors need to be mounted upright, as on the stands? Or do they work just as well mounted side wards or upside down?
    Not not sure about sideways but lots of people are using them upside down with success
  • WarblokeWarbloke Posts: 931 Poster of the Week
    edited March 31

    My front sensor is attached onto a wall mount thing which I can adjust the angle on etc....
    (well.. stuck on to the wall with strong Velcro) in the corner... high up.... sideways..... angled downwards pointing into the centre of the room.

    Seems fine.


    edit - my other sensor is slightly behind me to my left side... that's sitting on a unit... using the original stand.

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  • eightbitTacoeightbitTaco Posts: 67
    Hiro Protagonist
    I also have 4 of these mounts being printed and shipped. I will update the thread with my thoughts on them:
    http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1772848
    I've set up my four sensors using these (printed in ABS) and they work marvelously; a great way to wall mount your sensors without needing to drill holes or use nails!
    Since the mounts worked so well (and I had some free time after work) I was inspired to throw together a quick video which you can find here: 


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