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This is 3-axis electronically stabilized camera gimbal for capturing incredibly smooth video.

About this project

Gimbal with RED EPIC
Gimbal with RED EPIC

This project features high-precision 3-axis electronically stabilized gimbal designed to carry variety of DSLR and video cameras. The system uses 3 specialized brushless motors to keep the camera steady, for capturing incredibly smooth video.

Approximate dimensions and weight:

  • Camera Weight: 6.7 lbs (3 kg)
  • Camera Dimensions: 7.5" x 7" x 7.9" (19 cm x 18 cm x 20 cm)
  • Gimbal Dimensions: 15.4" x 22" x 9.4" (39 cm x 56 cm x 24 cm)
  • Gimbal Weight: 3.4 lbs (1.55 kg)

The Team

Nick Ivanov

Nick is a software developer with more than 12 years of experience. He is interested in cool engineering projects, 360-degree aerial panoramas and aerial video. Nick engineers and builds his own equipment. Nick is responsible for the mechanical design of the gimbal and coordinating the manufacturing process. 

Simon Kirby

Simon, also know as SimonK is the author of the famous ESC firmware most professionals and hobbyists use in their multirotor helicopters. Simon is responsible for the software part of this project.

Slav Miloshev

Slav is the owner of Motorino Electric bike brand. His machine shop is used to build our prototypes. The same facility will be used for manufacturing process.

Timeline

For the last 9 months we've been refining the design and testing the performance with different cameras and carrying platforms. The system works very well when used handheld or attached to RC helicopter.

We've even tested an early prototype with RED EPIC with the help of Vancouver's filmmaker Dmitry Burenok.

  • Jan 2013 - modified first set of brushless motors to be used in direct drive gimbal.
  • Feb 2013 - build first 2-axis gimbal for GoPro.
  • March 2013 - build first 2-axis gimbal for Sony NEX-5N.
  • April 2013 - added 3rd axis.
  • June 2013 - build first heavy-weight gimbal for Canon 6D.
  • July 2013 - first real life test of the heavy-weight gimbal while shooting Motorino commercial.
  • August 2013 - first test of the heavy-weight gimbal with RED Epic.
  • September 2013 - initiated Kickstarter project as soon as it become available in Canada.
  • January 2014 - project approved by Kickstarter

  • February 2014 - finalize CAD files for CNC production.
  • April 2014 - start manufacturing process.
  • May 2014 - ship first units to early project backers.

Timeline Pictures

Modified brushless motors
Modified brushless motors
At the machine shop
At the machine shop
Heavy-weight gimbal prototype with RED Epic
Heavy-weight gimbal prototype with RED Epic
Heavy-weight gimbal prototype with RED Epic
Heavy-weight gimbal prototype with RED Epic

Manufacturing Plan

Manufacturing is scheduled to start in November, right here in North America. 

The frame will be manufactured from 7/8" aluminium tubes held together by aluminium clams. The Individual parts will be cut by CNC machine. CAD design is currently being finalized and CNC machining is scheduled to start in November.

Here is our manufacturing facility.

At the machine shop
At the machine shop

Funds raised here will be used to refine the production design and order parts in bulk at a lower cost. 

Risks and challenges

A great amount of effort is put into this project to make it finish on time. Any delay in supplier chain, however, could have an effect on meeting our deadline.

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