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DIY portable photo booth. Uses a Raspberry Pi, a camera and a thermal printer.

This project was made in 2014 and a lot of the equipment has evolved since. You could probably use a smaller (and cheaper) Raspberry Pi for example. Also, Adafruit has expanded its range of thermal printers (see thermal printer guts: and nano printer:

Basic behavior

  1. Plug in power
  2. LED switches on when ready
  3. Press button
  4. LED blinks - get ready !
  5. Picture is taken (LED switches off)
  6. Picture prints

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Press the LED longer to swith power off.

See a demonstration here:


Bill of Materials

Total estimated : 160$

You'll also need :

  • Access to a 3D printer
  • A soldering iron
  • Basic understanding of how electronics work

The 3D printed casing

The casing has 5 parts:

  • The base
  • The top half of the head
  • The bottom part of the head
  • The mouth
  • The eye

Looped GIF

Possible ameliorations

  • Easier way to change text on printed picture (ideally in a config.txt file)
  • Better 3D file for base that supports the thermal printer
  • 3D files for new Adafruit thermal printer guts (should allow for slimer version)


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