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Azure Feet for Azure Percept

April 15, 2021

Azure Percept on custom feet

TL;DR: I made a thing and you can get it here

The Azure Percept DK is a great device to build your AI at the edge prototypes with. It comes mounted on a piece of 8020 rail, which is a global standard for all kinds of setups. But unfortunately, my home office doesn’t feature any other pieces of 8020, unless I mount it to my printer, so I couldn’t put it anywhere. This isn’t too much of a problem, but it makes it hard to properly orient the camera at times. And as if I need to justify this project anymore: how will people know I’m using this awesome tech if I can’t showcase it in my home office! When you have a 3D printer, you get to solve all kinds of problems that don’t exist…

This is what I did:

Quick Search Of Thingiverse

I searched Thingiverse for Azure Percept, and nothing popped up. Hey, I tried!

Next, I tried finding some 8020-related models to see if there was any model I could remix. My 3D skills are extremely limited, so I needed a good starting point. I found this model, and it turned out to be a great fit! Full credit of this part to user menerso. I used Tinkercad to trim it to just this part:

A 3D model that fits on a 8020 rail

My Limited 3D Skills

The first version I made was a very simple triangular shape (did I mention my 3D skills are limited?) Functional version

The result wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t… flashy enough?

Functional version

How To Not Model An Azure Logo

This design needed 100% more Azure, so I set off to design the Azure logo in 3D before quickly realising I have no 3D skills whatsoever. Luckily, my trusty tool Tinkercad allows importing of SVG files! So I imported the Azure logo and for some reason it was only at that point that I realised that the Azure logo exists of two separate parts… So after some tinkering I decided to use the 8020 rail connector to connect the two, and just print the model in two colours through a filament swap.

A 3D model of the end result

I’m really please with this blue filament I picked up, it doesn’t match the Azure logo’s colour, but it prints great and is quite glossy too. It has an almost mirror-like finish when you print it on a glass bed. It’s Fillamentum Noble Blue, if you want to get the same. So here it is, the end result:

Azure Feet for Azure Percept, with a banana

Closeup to show colour transition

Written by Matthijs van der Veer, Microsoft Azure MVP and IoT Specialist in Avanade's Digital Innovation Studio. He infrequently tweets on Twitter, occasionaly pushes code to GitHub and often answers IoT related questions on StackOverflow. Feel free to connect on LinkedIn.