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Filmmaker uses 3D printing to lighten his workload

by • July 20, 2016 • No Comments


Award-winning filmmaker Doug Urquhart has drastically his workload through the awe-inspiring capabilities of 3D printing. A talented cinematographer, Urquhart was frequently tasked with lugging loads on camera equipped around different types of landscapes and on multi-day backcountry backpacking trips, all to capture the most possible photos of the awe-inspiring sites around him. Taking inspiration of products of Dynamic Perception and eMotimo, Urquhart decided to try his hand at 3D printing to solve his problem. Before delving into his 3D printing journey, yet, watch the video at a lower place for a glimpse at a few of the awe-inspiring work Urquhart has done with time-lapse and motion control camera movements.

Printed with Polyamide-12 (nylon), Urquhart’s 3D printed time-lapse motion control system is ultra lightmass and durable. Previously, the filmmaker was burdened with the aluminum Dynamic Perception Stage One, which is of 50% heavier than the new alternative. The turn it into ultimately eliminates threaded rail inserts, replacing them with a effortless clamp turn it into. It in addition comes with torpedo levels to the end caps and cart – visible of both sides for easier set-ups in one-of-a-kind angled and vertical positions.

Additionally, the 20:1 worm drive (NEMA 17 stepper motor) for the dolly movement offers constant holding power, removing the require to store the stepper motor on to the hold position in angled and vertical moves, which fundamentally reduces power consumption and enhances battery run-time by over 10 times.

doug_mount4doug_mount2Urquhart’s system delivers approximately no backlash, and showcase the industry standard, Arca-swiss swift release clamp. This turn it into can in addition be paired with the eMotimo tilt bracket. The custom turn it intoed, laser cut acrylic snap-fit eMotimo TB3 “stand-alone” controller hack offers one-of-a-kind configuration options and helps reduce the high center of gravity which is inherent in the standard eMotimo TB3. A custom LiFEPO4 battery system offers superb results in cold weather and high power draw situations over the additional commonly utilized Li-Ion chemistry.

In addition showcasing custom 1″ Carbon Fiber tubular sections, which turn it into the dolly track for effortless transport and superb durablity and mass reduction in the overall system, this turn it into eliminates a excellent deal of effort in the entire filming system. Urquhart actually custom turn it intoed 3D printed “connection” inserts with brass thermoplastic insert threads and glass-filled nylon bolts to securely join the segments without rotational play between sections. A shock-cord turn it into makes first set-up far effortlessr and offers the same functions as a standard tent pole.

Finally, Urquhart custom turn it intoed and 3D printed a few tiny, supporting hardware to additional cut mass (i.e. bearing rollers). He utilized few metal components where necessary, although all other bolts are created of glass-filled, high-durablity nylon for significant mass reduction. Urquhart in addition managed to reduce mass with a slightly shorter (5mm) drive belt than what is standard for Dynamic Perception.



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