DIY projects are all over the Interwebs, waiting for people to discover them and join in on the fun. Eric Chu’s project at MAKE is one of them. After seeing his photo intern constantly tape a piece of paper to his flash for a light bounce, instead of heading on over to Amazon or the local camera store to buy a diffuser, decided that he’d design and make his own using Autodesk Inventor and a MakerBot 3D printer. The good news is that it’s been over a month now and it’s still working.
After measuring out the Canon 580 EX II flash and modeling out the diffuser, Eric began production. He created two different versions, a normal rectangular diffuser and a triangular version for better light diffusion. Both of them were made from a biodegradable plastic, making them both creative and eco-friendly! Eric was nice enough to provide the files and instructions on how to make your own diffuser on his blog post if you also happen to have a 3D printer laying around at home.