Just finished making this cool custom order that came in through our Armature Lab.
I’m always so tickled by the cool things people build with our pieces.
Go to www.armaturelab.com to build your own custom armature.
Customer orders this custom armature and sends us a zbrush model for the custom head shape.
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.
FINALLY, you can now purchase individual pieces for our 1:12 scale series of bipeds (and quadrupeds if you get creative).
You can find all the pieces here:
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.
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:
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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.
Paul Siegel (featured above) is the CEO of Digital Double, a company in Seattle that specializes in producing digital doubles of real-life objects and people.
If the story of Pinocchio were written today, it might feature Geppetto 3D printing his creations much like Paul does today with his wooden manikins called “Rangers”.
Apart from customization, A9-Rangers are the first dolls on the market to ever express a complete range of motion. So much so that even contortionists might find it difficult to stump the doll.
It’s no surprise then, that after decades of the classic wooden-doll dominating the market, that artists have now turned to Paul’s Ranger mannequins by the thousands.
We stumbled upon this retailer display case featuring an older version of Ranger facing off with the wooden doll.
Independent artist Austen Marie had this to say:
“ I got my A9 Rig a few weeks ago and LOVE it. I use it for almost every commission I do now so the rig has basically paid for itself”
Children’s book illustrator Nikki Boetger said these dolls have “really evolved my illustration process”
In his bio, Paul describes himself by saying “I’m part of a new generation of makers bringing a 21st century twist to the craft of handmade toys.”
What’s the twist? For over four years, Paul has been manufacturing most of his pieces through the aid of Fused Deposition Modeling (a fancy name for additive manufacturing.. or 3D printing); and doing so most recently using a wood-composite material as his primary source of resin. In this recent video he posted online you can see his process from start to finish:
Now, Paul is turning to Kickstarter to push his creative process even further. “Manufacturing products with 3D printers is incredibly time consuming” he says in his latest video pitch to backers, further stating that it really bothers him that most people can’t afford his products because of it.
To solve this problem, Paul seeks to raise $50,000 in order to produce metal molds and switch to injection molding, a more conventional manufacturing approach. This will speed up production and make his products affordable to everyone, including families and children.
“My ultimate vision is for this to become the LEGO equivalent for animate objects.” (Most construction toys and bricks focus on inanimate objects like buildings and objects.)
You can find his campaign here:
And see his collection of dolls on www.anatomicaltoys.com
Below are some photographs featuring some of what’s possible with his design and collection of “bones.”