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Filming strategy

I put my iPhone on the lens of the lamp. The tape on the table gives me a hint about the maximum viewing area so I don’t have to watch the camera and my hands at the same time. I have second light off to one side to brighten things and add warmer tones. This is how I filmed the last several videos, including the one in the previous post.

I need more lighting and I’d love a higher resolution camera so I can move it further back and have more room to work. Also the lamp jiggles every time I bump the table and it’s so low that I sometimes hit it with my head or an arm when I reach for a tool in that yogurt container. If you’re a fan of 5S or kanban than I apologize, I don’t have the resources to make it any tidier right now.

My question to you is: what else can I do to improve things? I need to be able to work at this desk and use it as a stage from time to time. Also, do you have experience with Vimeo? From their TOS I can’t tell if I’m allowed to post my stuff there or not – it might be considered advertising.

Edit: I’m using iMovie to edit my videos. It’s not exactly Nuke but as I learn the ins and outs it gets a little easier. Blender doesn’t make any intuitive sense to me and I need a low learning curve because I have so little time. Any other ideas?

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Laser cut motor mounts 70 times faster

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Last night at the VHS Steven helped me laser cut a test of the next generation of motor mounts for the Makelangelo drawbot and the Skycam. The 3d printed prototypes took 70 minutes to produce – and that’s not count all the times the printer ruined the piece 10 minutes from the end. These take only a minute to cut on the Redsail laser, they flat pack, and the pieces glue together in about ten minutes. Next I will be using the laser cutter to solve pen up/down.

More immediately, I’m having trouble mass producing bobbins. I want to mill them on a lathe and the quotes I’m getting are crazy – one said 50 pieces would cost $30/ea. The next said $6/ea. I’m looking for $1/ea or less.

There’s a number of craft fairs coming up in Vancouver at which Makelangelo will be appearing to take your requests. Stay tuned for more details!

Do you have a blog or magazine that’s looking for content? I’d love to talk about my robots with you.