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
|Armature TEN||Armature NINE|
|Product Focus||3-Dimensional form||Skeletal locomotion|
|Join design||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 🙂
Hear hear! We’re clearing out all of our ivory 1:12 armatures, with sales between 30-50%-off.
Take advantage before they run out or become discontinued: https://armaturenine.com/allproducts.html
Really thrilled to unveil what will soon become the future of A9. Introducing the 2017.7 version of Rider. I expect this to be available before the end of the month and for our entire website to change once again.
The hands couldn’t get smaller than this because of the space needed to fit the magnet. I hope people will be forgiving of the slightly oversized hands. If not, I may look into a more proportional hand but without a magnet. Feel free to post your thoughts via comment.
Well, I’m party excited and distraught because of the amount of work I just created for myself.
But it turns out, that as of today I was able to produce an exact replica of Ranger at the 1:12 scale (Rider). Articulated hands, curvy legs, everything (and in the wooden material). I’ll be showing you a video of this beautiful creation in action soon. I mean it’s truly amazing to behold. Works even better than the simpler Rider did. I’m partly thrilled and partly terrified because of what this means. Because this is likely going to revolutionize our entire product line and probably be the nail in the coffin for our 1/6 scale items.
So I’m not sure exactly what’s going to happen but for sure the 1/6 items will be taken off our website and possibly reserved exclusively for those subscribed as “collectors” or those placing custom orders.
Just keeping you all in the loop as things develop. A9 never ceases to surprise me and how it seems to have a life of its own sometimes.