Here’s a photo update showing what some of the Armature10 pieces are looking like. The idea with this library of products is that all of our A9 customers will be able to selectively augment their armature with realistic surface geometry all of which was derived through our in-house 3D scanning capabilities.
All of these pieces will be available individually as well as in themed sets. These in particular are for building two female age groups we are calling Ballerinas.
NOTE: That you sacrifice articulation and range of motion when using an A10 product. For instance, notice how the entire forearm (including hands) are all one connected sculptural piece. So there’s no finger, or wrist movement. The idea with A10 is to provide artists with realistic (3d scanned) sculptural reference of the human figure, but allow you do use it selectively so that you can decide where you want to keep articulation and where you’re willing to sacrifice it. But to have sufficient range of motion so that you could purchase an entire A10 doll and still have great posable reference.
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.
Wohoo!! Our Armature Ten campaign reached its goal tonight. So HAPPY!! THANK YOU to everyone that shared, pledged and participated in this campaign.
I guess third time IS the charm 🙂
With these funds we’ll be able to have molds made for all of these pieces all of which are used in every single one of A9’s 1/6 product line. (the necks are already done)
Another thing I’m also very excited about is that the remaining 3D printed components for Ballerina will be produced using dual printing so that we can deposit multiple materials at once which will enhance the performance of the joints considerably.
I always learn something new with each product and I anticipate much of this learning will also be transferred to the A9 series as well; and as well as the cost savings from being able to generate all these connectors with injection molding. The knees have been a real challenge because they have a high failure rate when 3d printed and I regularly send out free replacements to customers (don’t hesitate to reach out if you need a pair btw). With injection molding not only will they be faster to produce but will have a practically zero failure rate.
The non-universal peanut joint will be perfectly rounded which will allow customers to pop them in and out with more ease and not subject the torso and pelvis to risk of damage. And the elbows will no longer cause me headaches when trying to get them to make it out of the 3d printers with decent results.
This is a major step forward for A9 and marks the birth of A10. I anticipate a $20 decrease in price for all of our 1/6 armatures once these molds are all done.
How long will it take? Well.. that all depends on how quickly our engineers can produce the molds because all the prep work on our part has been done already.
I’m hoping within the next two months all of these molds will be completed but they’ll come in one at a time within weeks. Knees are first.
We’re thrilled to announce that the A10-Ballerina campaign is only a few hundred dollars away from reaching its goal! If this goes through, it will push A9 and A10 into injection molding in a big way. We’ll be able to produce the knees, the leg twist, elbows and peanuts through injection molding which will not only help jump-start the A10 series but be a BOON to the A9 series of products as well.
Here’s a pic showing most of the last orders waiting to be boxed up and shipped. They’ll be going out on Monday (tomorrow).
The armatures just keep taking longer and longer to make, because I can’t seem to stop thinking about ways to improve them. Like the magnet on the hands, the spring under the heel, etc. Plus the thousands upon thousands of micro refinements that these continue to go through week after week and year after year. I’ve also become a lot pickier over the years about which pieces get used and which ones get recycled. So even though each of these Rangers is approximately 12 hours of printing time it’s more like 15 once you account for failures or rejects.
But it’s exciting because every time I complete a new armature, it always ends up being a proud moment that outdoes the last. I guess this is part of what keeps me going. Now I’m exploring a new foot design that would allow for pronation of the ankle. You can spot it briefly in the new ballerina campaign video.
I’m also still working on the flexible clavicle. It’s still nowhere nearly as stable as the default clavicles but I figured out a way of connecting the socket to the rail such that its perfectly seamless and much more durable. It will soon be available again as an add-on once the website is finished, but it’s got a ways to go before it can replace the default clavicle.
Also very thrilled to see people using our new sword smithing shop to fashion their own blade/hilt combinations. I’ll be doing a video on these soon to explain these and other new features in the works. What’s especially cool is that the hilt is made using a material that is sensitive to magnets so your swords will snap right onto the new magnetic hand without you needing to worry about getting the fingers to grip on them just right. Also works on Rider’s hands but since these hilts are much more proportional than before (thinner)… I’ll probably end up modifying Rider’s hand so it doesn’t look so bulky.
Thanks for everyone’s patience! Means a lot to me.