The 3X Pro HD is an enhanced design of the 3X Pro v2 which was designed by PhotoShip One in late 2010. We had many requests for a larger more robust version of the 3X Pro v2. We decided on a design 20% larger than 3X Pro v2 and made it completely from 6061 aluminum instead of G10 fiber/aluminum as the 3X Pro v2 is. This new version is the 3X Pro HD. The pan, tilt, and roll axis are controllable via a standard RC airplane/helicopter controller. The 3X Pro HD uses RC servos (included) which are controlled via pulse width modulation (pwm) with a sweep of 900us-2100us. The servos are 360 degree modified for continuous rotation. We have two servo options available (standard & high performance).
The roll arch is hard anodized and rides inside of eight precision flange bearings. There is zero play or slop in the roll axis. Tilt axis is contained within the roll axis allowing for electronic stabilization.
The 3X Pro HD is most commonly used with 800+ size RC helicopters, our FlyLine cablecam system, telescoping masts and other applications.
The 3X Pro HD made in the USA and is fabricated from CNC machined and anodized aluminum. It is able to fit cameras such as Canon 5D/7D, Sony FS100, Panasonic AF100, Red Epic, Canon C300 and similar sized cameras.
The pan & tilt axis are gear driven with a 6:1 gear ratio for smooth motion. Roll axis is belt driven with 7:1 gear ratio. Adjustable gear mesh on pan/tilt allows for slop free, low backlash setting. Gear pitch is 48. Servo pinion gear 20 tooth, main gear 120 tooth. 1/4″ gear face thickness offers durability.
The roll axis utilizes an MXL series toothed timing belt. Servo to roll axis reduction is 7:1. Smooth, slop free, and precise motion is easily achievable. Roll pulley axle is double bearing supported.
Adjustable camera tray is capable of accepting DSLR cameras similar in size to Canon 5D, Nikon D800. Other cameras such as Red Epic, Sony FS100, and Panasonic AF100 also fit with ease.
All of the parts of the 3X Pro are precision machined in the USA by certified aerospace industry machine shop facilities. Tolerances on parts are very tight allowing for strong and light structures that stand the test of time. Aluminum parts on the 3X Pro are anodized to protect against corrosion increase surface hardness and offer visual appeal. Check out the gallery of 3X Pro HD images below. Note, it is shown with preproduction aluminum main gears anodized red. Standard production version has black Delrin CNC cut gears.
The High performance Servo option replaces the standard analog servos with titanium gear high resolution/high speed digital servos. This is beneficial when using an electronic stabilization device for rapid servo response and accurate positioning.
The Heavy Duty Pan Shaft is now standard equipment with the 3X Pro HD. It’s beneficial when using cameras over 3lb in weight. The Heavy Duty Pan Shaft has 150% greater bearing surface area and is 220% more rigid than the previous standard shaft. This keeps the 3X Pro HD from flexing at the pan axis when a heavy camera/lens is used. Also the shaft is hollow instead of solid as the standard shaft is. This allows wires to be run through the shaft from the helicopter without the worry of tangling them when panning the gimbal. A benefit when running power or video signal wires from the helicopter to the camera.
The Carbon Fiber/Aluminum Fully Adjustable Camera Tray is also now standard equipment with the 3X Pro HD. It offers complete adjustability to allow for many lens combinations while stile allowing the camera center of mass to align with the tilt axis. It is also at least 4x as rigid as the standard camera tray which means less flexing and wobble of the camera in turbulent wind conditions or rough vehicle motion.
3X Pro Dimensions