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Mysteriously Bent Zenmuse H3-3D
« on: September 25, 2018, 08:37:00 »
I have a Zenmuse H3-3D (attached to a Phantom 2). I crashed it (into soft ground) a few months ago and Im pretty sure that the Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal is slightly bent. It's not clear how it's bent, but it would be clear if I could side-by-side a known good gimbal.
Unfortunately I don't have a known good gimbal, and nobody in my area does either.

I wonder if any drone engineers (dronegineers?) reading this might offer to repair (unbend) my gimbal for me? I understand that these gimbals are quite tough and respond fairly well to bending-out.

not expecting a free repair - will pay a reasonable rate.

This gimbal still works quite well, but when the camera carriage is swung in the Roll axis, it does not freely clear the upperworks of the gimbal. There is not enough clearance between the top of the camera-carriage and the bottom of the mounting plate.

I have closely compared my bent gimbal to various pics & videos but it's still not clear!! I am sure it would be obvious when compared with a good one though.

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Re: Mysteriously Bent Zenmuse H3-3D
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2018, 12:55:06 »
Welcome to the forum ~~

Are you able to post any pics to show exactly what the problem is?

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Re: Mysteriously Bent Zenmuse H3-3D
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2018, 10:49:04 »
Looks like the arm coming from the back round to the side is twisted therefore raising the side motor and causing your clashing issue.

Obviously I could be wrong but that's certainly what it looks like in the vid.

You could potentially twist it back but I believe it is made of aluminum on that gimbal so it may break off if its stress fractured already.
Personally, I would want to replace the arm but I'm not sure if that can purchased separately.

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Re: Mysteriously Bent Zenmuse H3-3D
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2018, 12:43:53 »
that is what I thought. it is not "noticably" twisted however.... As I say, it really needs to be side-by-side with a known good one to see what has bent I think.
Dave or John at Marionville (where I bought it from) said to just unbend it, he has unbent a few and they are pretty robust. I tend to agree and I certainly would have a go if I could be certain which bit was bent!

I would pay anyone that felt more confident than me to side-by-side it with a good H3-3D and then have a shot themselves.....

anyone?... anyone?


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Re: Mysteriously Bent Zenmuse H3-3D
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2018, 13:29:22 »
I'd say it is very noticeable! :smiley:






I would love to be able to help you but I would not be confident it wouldn't break :(

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Re: Mysteriously Bent Zenmuse H3-3D
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2018, 17:34:10 »
It looks like it's cracked!




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Re: Mysteriously Bent Zenmuse H3-3D
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2018, 12:19:05 »
not cracked, at least not there - that is the edge of a ribbon cable.
SHould the suspension pin on this mounting interfere with the pan motion at one end? the instructions advise pinning only 2 of the 4 suspension rubbers, on the diagonal, which makes some kind of sense, but should it foul the gimbal?