Title: New Lens Mounts!
Last month I posted some pictures of some 3D prints I made, and the ring from an EF mount.
It’s now a month later and look how far I’ve come!
This is the new completed passive EF mount…
And this is the C-Mount Turret! (version one, still in progress)…
And it’s not just in the digital world. This is a 3D printed model testing the new EF mount.
When I started this company I had some mechanical design experience. I had worked on a few custom camera rigs, one of them with Kish who is now our lens partner, and we had built a couple dozen “PIP robots” for portable automated photo activations (photo booths), with two very distinct designs.
Despite this I had never pictured myself designing the product (or in this case accessories) at a 3D design level, but then I read Chris Anderson’s book MAKERS and it gave me the courage to try it. I got a 3D printer, a copy of Solidworks, and I was off. At first it was very slow. Just making the ring for the EF mount took a week to get right, but little by little I started to get it. I went through the tutorials and watched some youtube videos and now I feel like I can build just about anything! This really is the future of how things will be made. If I can do this you guys can too. If you’re a student, or know a student, you can get a student copy of Solidworks for $99! And if you worked on it for a couple of weeks you could be building your own accessories and rigs.
I have to admit, I have an ulterior motive here. I am jealous of the maker sites like DIY Drones and Local Motors, and would love to have a tech savvy DIY Filmmakers site. A place where if you don’t like the way something is made you submit design ideas, 3D models, and if people want them we make them and everyone benefits! You could even make some money at it if one of your designs sells well.
I think the story that really pushed me over the edge from Chris’s book was the one about his 6 year old daughter who makes miniature furniture for her dollhouse. If you have the time I really encourage a read of MAKERS it was a truly inspiring book for me 🙂
I know a space for tech savvy DIY filmmakers is inevitable. The question is really who will be part of it and what company will foster it?
I know we have a ton on our plate already, but if this is something you guys are willing to try let me know in the comments below.
I’m very excited about the future 🙂
(Next week’s blog is even more exciting!)