Custom Cartoon Armature

Customer orders this custom armature and sends us a zbrush model for the custom head shape.

CREDIT: http://www.overlordcomic.com/

Anyone can do this by simply emailing your requests or messaging us on facebook.

 

Here’s the drawing they sent which shows the design standing beside a human. This is a good way to provide your art so that we know the scale.

Battalion of Riders

So excited about this batch of twenty Riders going to an animation student club in Missouri.  They gathered the funds and made it happen. When there’s a will there’s a way 🙂

This is what inspired me to create the bulk discounts for Rider (%10-off for ten) and Ranger (%20-off for ten). These also happen to be the very last group of limited edition brown Riders we were selling on Etsy.

Projectile Feet!

Oh my gosh! Tomorrow there are three packages already stamped up and going out the door and at this very moment there are NO pending orders.   Woman and man alive!  I’ve got to think FAST. Maybe this is my chance to escape. Fake my own death.  SOMETHING! Ack!  RUN!

Just kidding 🙂   Well… the bit about being all caught up is true.  Maybe I’ll take a break and go for a walk tomorrow.  (pleasant sigh) .. sounds nice.

But that’s not what I really wanted to talk about today.  As is usually the case, when Ranger undergoes changes and improvements, inevitably, something unexpected and often unpleasant happens.  In 2016 when the wood material was first introduced it became evident over time that it could not retain tension. The solution? Introduce a second more tensile-friendly material.  In 2017, spring-loaded feet were introduced.  And worked well until reports started coming in from customers explaining that feet were SHOOTING from the ankle like a pointless superpower.  “Take that evil overlord. kaPOW! – oh no, I can’t walk anymore”

I’m happy to report this has been fixed now. And in the process the foot has been improved even further.

The spring was added to create upward pressure against the ankle. Before this, the ankle was only getting pressure from the left and the right side of the foot, but with the spring, it got tension from below giving it enough pressure to withstand more weight. Only problem was, that if the ankle joint stemming from the tibia didn’t have enough roundness, it would slip out.  The amount of roundness needed was sufficiently subtle to become a problem through mere variability in the 3d printing process.  In other words, the design was not “repeatable” given the manufacturing method being used.   So while it may have worked well initially, the design requirement was so subtle, that inevitably there’d be an ankle flinging into open air if the circumstance was right.

This was further exasperated by the fact that the foot design had a wall on the front of the ankle preventing it from dorsiflexing very far such that if the customer rotated the foot beyond where it was intended, it would pop off.  So now, both of these issues have been solved and this picture shows it best:

 

ranger

If you like this blog please consider leaving a comment, subscribing, liking, sharing, you know the drill!

Thanks everyone! Whoever places an order next will be first on my list 🙂

cheers

Paul

TOTAL RECALL!

We are doing a total recall of the 5″ and 11″ bipeds customers purchased between 2012 and 2014 (known now as Riders and Rangers).

The recall ends on February 28th  

Before then you will be able to return your purchases for a 100% refund in the form of a store credit to get the latest version of these bipeds. The coupon will have a lifespan of two years.

Armature Nine has come so far since many of you made your purchases that I figured this is the least we can do to thank you for your support back when it was only in its infancy.  I was hoping all this time I’d get around to offering injection molding replacements but the support or interest just wasn’t there. Doing this exchange is a solid plan B, however.

You’ll also get a return stamp the cost of which will be subtracted from your total refund. This way we can track your package.

We are issuing credit refunds up to $90 per customer that return complete armatures.  Back in 2012 and 2013 Riders were priced at $10-$15 and Rangers were priced between $20-$30.   In 2014 Riders were priced at $30 and Rangers at $90.  We will also accept multiple returns or the family sets as well.

To find out exactly how much of a credit-refund you qualify for simply email me a photo of your armatures along with your mailing address and I’ll do the math for you and let you know  before sending you your return stamp.

This is going to be your last chance to return these older products.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask. Deadline for requesting return stamps is February 28th

 

Send your emails here: store(at)armaturenine(com)

PS: Our latest campaign and attempt to raise funds for injection molding also ends on February 28th  (click here)

 

Edit: Customers wishing to return their product from outside the US will need to cover their own shipping expense. Please track your package as we can not take responsibility for lost shipments.

 

Questions coming in will be posted here:

 

Question: Back in 2012 I backed the campaign and got the $40 kit that included both armatures and several accessories. Could I return all of that in exchange for a ranger, or do I only get $90 in credit and still have to pay over $100 out of my own pocket for a ranger?

Answer: If you return both armatures (Rider valued at $10 and Ranger valued at $30), you would get a $40 store credit (subtract $5 for domestic stamp ).  You’d have up to two years to spend that coupon on either of those armatures on our storefront (www.armaturelab.com).  We have no interest in getting any of the other elements that came included free with your kit, just the armatures.

 

Question: How much $ are the new models?

Answer: As of today Rider is $50 and Ranger is $195.  Keep in mind the coupon will expire after two years and there is a chance these products will come down in price if we’re able to get molds made.  Might even drop in price soon especially if our ballerina campaign makes it this month. If, however, molds are not made and we continue to improve the product and enhance it with new features, chances are it will continue to go up in price. 

 

Question: I got rid of my armatures, can you still send me new ones?

Answer: Unfortunately in order to qualify for the refund you’d need to return them.