Winders are really simple, versatile rigging tools, which give stop motion animators easy, precise control over linear motion. They're also remarkably difficult for the average animator to obtain. You seen them all the time in BTS stills from big studios, but the machined mechanisms are beyond the budget of most enthusiasts and independent artists.
I'd like to change that. I've been using this design (in one iteration or another) for the past several months, and it's had a huge impact on my ability to animate precise motion. I'd love to see that available for everyone, so I'm making these 3D printed rigs available through a new website, QuantumCat Winders. Not only can you buy them ready-made (along with various modular accessories to help interface with other rigs), but I've posted the STL files so those of you with 3D printers can produce the main components yourselves.
As thanks for being such a great, supportive community, the coupon code "SMA" will get you 10% off your first order.
Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!
The second I saw this I went and bought a double and a single. I'm super excited for these. Thanks for all the hard work to make these available Thomas. I'm the UK, any idea when you will be able to ship?
Excellent! The main components are ready to go. I'm printing up the smaller accessories; assuming all goes well with that, I should have it sent out today. Otherwise, it'll go first thing on Monday.
Can they fly a camera? I have dreamed of the day that we can inexpensively do smooth camera moves on any axis!
The current design isn't suited to loads as heavy as a DSLR -- you could probably swing it with a web-cam sized camera, though.
If things go well with the smaller winders, I'll be looking into expanding the line (including adding heavier duty components that would work with larger cameras).
They are excellent, but the international postage is steep. Are you negotiating agents in the UK?
Oh well, I'll just have to buy one anyway. They are so neat!
Thomas Nicol said:
Yeah, unfortunately international shipping is what it is (although the WordPress plugin has overestimated UK shipping before; I just refunded the difference.)
I'm moving a few units a week, which isn't enough to justify involving resellers either, sorry.
Oh dear! As I feared, I have to pay a whopping £19.81 customs fee for importing a rig into the UK. It's odd that I have been whacked both times I have got something from the US, but never when buying stuff from China via eBay....maybe it's because the Chinese put a low value estimate onto their declaration?
Aw, shoot. That's unfortunate! I should put up a note for international customers to be aware of that possibility. Or maybe I should move to China
Strangely, I've never had customs fees on stuff shipping in from the UK (and I get supplies from a couple of stopmo sites based there relatively frequently), but I've had some big fees shipping gear in from Poland. Apparently not a symmetrical system.
Hello Thomas. I have a question, what will be the shipping cost to Ukraine, Kiev? I would like to order dual set))) Thank you!
Hi Andrii! The site has a shipping cost calculator built into the cart, so you can enter your shipping address and it'll give you a few different shipping options and their estimated cost. The cheapest option will probably be around $20-$25 to get to you, though (and there may be additional customs fees once it gets there, which I don't have a way of estimating, unfortunately.) Thanks for your interest!
Thank you Thomas. Can i ask you, what max weight of a puppet it can hold?))) Have a great day!