Goodness why so few blog posts??
Well, the honest truth is that I’ve been incredibly busy building armatures. Since updating the product listing to show the wooden version of Rider and all other small armature variants, the popularity of these products has skyrocketed. Same happened with our product listing on Amazon. So this is great news of course! Just feel embarrassed at how little blog posts I’ve made.
And it’s not like there isn’t stuff to blog about either. Like for instance, I recently made some major improvements to Rider’s hands (cosmetic and strength-wise) and am working on a new articulated hand for Ranger that features additional range of motion on each finger and the thumb. I hope to be taking photos and posting updates on these things soon.
Also have been building so many other cool custom armatures for customers but there just hasn’t been time to take pictures.
Thank you so much for everyone’s patience. Oh, if you’d like to see something cool, head on over to our A10 indiegogo campaign and check out the latest update. I posted pictures of the completed ballerina models: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a10-ballerina-manikin-dance#/updates/all
Hello A10-Ballerina supporters!
I’m happy to report production is underway and looking lovely. Here are some pictures featuring one of the ballerina variant torsos and a number of hand and foot variants already completed.
Once I have photos and video of the two completed ballerina age groups I’ll be sending everyone a survey so you can descide which of the two you prefer to receive and where we should ship them.
There have been a number of challenges I’ve had to overcome to get to where things are today. The injection molding of course was the largest hurdle but thankfully that has stabilized. Resin was another challenge to be able to produce brown pieces instead of the black ones you saw in the earlier injection molding examples.
Unfortunately I’m dealing with a new challenge this month which is our supplier is out of stock of the material we need to produce the brown plastic components and assures us they will have new inventory some time in August. I’ve run completely dry of the material myself with all the experiments and trials I’ve been running over the last couple months and so until I can get a new delivery there are a number of components I simply won’t be able to manufacture.
What this means is that delivery of your ballerinas may be delayed by one month (September instead of August).
I’m keeping an eye on it though and will be ordering resin as soon as it’s available again. For now I’m focusing primarily on all the wooden components and will work on getting those out of the way.
thank you all for your patience and for your support of this project.
I’m thrilled with how things are turning out.
Hey so this question keeps coming up. What is A9? Is A10 replacing A9?
Ok the answer is no. Absolutely no. A9 and A10 are different (but sister) product lines.
A9 (or Armature Nine) is what you can currently get on armaturenine.com which is a collection of customizable skeletal art manikins made of snap-fitted interchangeable parts.
A10 (or Armature Ten) is going to be what will be available on armatureten.com which will be a collection of 3D scanned dolls featuring a variety of body types in male and female forms.
Here’s a table to explain the differences
||Both use the same joint design
A10 will probably be available by the end of the year so it’s still something that’s under development. My last update shows a screenshot featuring the first two body types (10 year old girl and a 21 year old very petite woman).
I’ve been so busy working I haven’t had time to post updates recently so I apologize for that. Sales continue to roll in and it’s just me here printing and building armatures constantly. I’ve also been training for a dance competition coming up on Friday. So if anybody wants to see me ballroom dancing I’ll be at the Seattle Star ball competing in the pro/amateur category on Friday. I’m the amaterur, of course 🙂
Hello A10-Ballerina supporters!
Ok so there is a lot to update you on but here’s a teaser to hold you over a little longer.
This image below shows an overview of what’s been going on design-wise with the project.
On the far right are the early models/prototypes featured in the campaign video
Then to the left are the two variants I’ve been designing through the aid of 3d scanning. You’ll get to pick one or the other when I send the surveys out.
One of them my daughter and the other a professional model. Both are 1/6 scale but the woman is meant to be short and petite for her age so that the figure is still only about 8-9 inches tall.
I’ll be talking about this and more, including what I’ve learned with injection molding and getting brown resin to work in the later update.
Production has begun for all the pieces that are injection molded (pictures to come on that as well).
But now need to finish designing the 3d printed components that will be made with the wood composite material and then begin production on those.
I’m still hoping to have everything completed by the end of August as originally promised. Thank you all for your patience.
I’ve been collecting footage and images of the process and I’m still hoping to edit it all into a nice video for the next update.
Thanks again everyone 🙂
The craziness that my workspace has become as Armature Ten begins to enter full production.
Learn more at www.armatureten.com
Our third mold funded through our Armature10 campaign has arrived and it’s beautiful! I’ve been experimenting with materials and temperatures and the results so far are stellar! Here’s a picture of the mold:
And as if the cosmos was looking down on us, the arrival of our mold coincided with the notice from the federal government approving our patent application for this very part design. After years of waiting! Here’s an image showing the resulting parts themselves.
There are two more molds in the works. Once completed I’ll begin production on the A10 ballerina manikin (which you can still pre-order here btw: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a10-ballerina-manikin-dance/). But once production begins, sales will be closed. So don’t miss this opportunity to get this beautiful manikin for only $30.
So thrilled to announce that our first crowdfunded mold is here:
We’re going to continue to allow pledges coming in for a little while longer, but once all these molds are done I’ll be closing off the campaign for good so I can focus on planning out production.
This mold is for the knee joint which is used across all of our products. Once I start testing the mold and figuring out material/temperature settings, it will start to be rolled out with all new orders at that time. And yes, the part will be available all on its own through our armatuer maker page: https://armaturenine.com/create_onesix.html
It’s not available currently on its own because the only way to know if the knee part 3d printed correctly is to go through the assembly process. But once this mold is in operation, we’ll be able to sell a pair of knees all on their own for a great price! As it stands I often end up assembling three knees for every one that passes the test. With the mold, every single one is perfect!
The campaign is live for the time being here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a10-ballerina-manikin-dance/
More details updates about this campaign via its updates tab.