3D PRINTED ARMATURES
This page displays the 3d printed armature prototypes I've been developing.
Printed using PA2200 Polyamide 12 (Nylon 12). PA2200 is a high-performance alternative to plastics that are traditionally used in injection moulding. The manufactured parts are just as strong, flexible and durable as moulded parts.
Above displays the latest design for the 3d printed armatures using a specially designed knee hinge. The Hinge allows for smooth rotation of the knee without further risking snapping the wire. Additionally the hinge adds consistency to the knee bending location and restricting the movement to a more natural range.
Due to the success of the design the next prototype will include a hinge elbow, replacing the upper arm and combine the replaceable wrist tubes.
The current design makes full use of the following features :
Possible foot/toe with two tie down locations,
Basic removable head with magnetic removable front face,
Replaceable limbs in the event of wire breakages,
Rigging points in hips from 5 points,
Rigging a point in the chest.
Thicker smaller insert tubes allowing grub screws to bite into plastic for an improved hold.
Future planned features:
Skinnier parts to allow for better concealment inside puppets,
New head with eye sockets,
Re-designed feet with improve bolt concealment and increased thread area,
Re-designed Knee with improve bolt concealment and more thread area.
improved rigging zones,
improved hip and chest threading length.
Below are some previous prototypes