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586 backers pledged $33,584 to help bring this project to life.

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All armatures are the 2013 version!

NEW! If you don't have an Amazon account and wish to pay through paypal you can still pre-order these armatures at these great discount prices through my online storefront (only through June 16th!)

YES, COMBINE ANY REWARDS  YOU WANT. Just do the math, contribute the right amount in the $1 catch-all reward listed at the top, and you'll get to fill out a survey at the end of the campaign where you can specify on what rewards you'd like your money spent. 

Video 1: My first silly video pitch featuring my kids here

Video 2: Second video pitch (for concept artists) here

Video 3: Video showing how pieces work (via assembly) here

Video 4: Does this 3D printed product break easily? Video here

ITEM PRICES

(everything still available)

(prices include shipping within the US for international shipping add %15)

Promotional Items:

2 Minis - $10

Extensions:

8 Hands - $11

4 Feet - $12

4 Faces - $13

3 Torsos - $17

Quadrupeds:

Cat - $25

Dog - $28

Horse - $60

1:1 Armatures:

1:1 Hand - $35

Human Armature:

A9-5.5" - $15

A9-11" - $30

A9-Teen - $30

A9-Child - $25

A9-Infant - $15

Total if all ordered: $329 (Retails for: $438)

(price includes shipping within the US)  

Bundles are sold out, sorry :(

Use this $1 tier to customize your own order. For orders outside of the US please add %15 to your order to account for shipping.

Note: Select this tier to customize your own order. If you only contribute $1, however, you will not be getting any product in return but you will get access to exclusive content for backers in my updates. To get an actual product, please add the right amount after selecting this tier. Everything is still available!

2 MINI ARMATURES

8 HAND VARIANTS

Pledge $1 and you'll become a backer with access to exclusive content!

4 FOOT VARIANTS

4 FACE VARIANTS

5.5" Armature

3 TORSO VARIANTS

CAT Armature 

Pledge $1 and you'll become a backer with access to exclusive content!

DOG Armature

1 ADULT 11" Armature

HAND 1-1 Scale

HORSE Armature

Pledge $1 and you'll become a backer with access to exclusive content!

QUADRUPEDS BUNDLE !! (photo coming soon)

HUMANS BUNDLE

ALL HUMANS & QUADRUPEDS! (photo coming soon)

ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING! (photo coming soon)

 All of the above plus a digital double of your own face!

Armature Pair + Digital Illustration Class

Armature Pair + 3D Printing Class

More pictures coming (Will be posting pictures for each reward)

Hey Kickstarter community! 

I reaaaalllly want to get this cool little figure I made into the hands of retailers, but they won't pay me any attention until I can prove I can manufacture them in large quantities and be able to do so quickly. So what do you think? Can a 3D printed product get into retail stores? 

I believe the answer is yes but first let me tell you about this cool product and then my plan to get there. You're probably familiar with those wooden unisex dolls in craft stores for artists, right?  You know, the ones with those funny looking ball joints? Well, haven't you wished they made them with the proper proportions and range of motion? Yes? Well so did I, and that's what I set off to do. 

After many months of design, 3D printing and iteration, and a thorough four month beta phase with over 800 armature shipped around the world. I've finally come up with a design that has been tested and proven and a production and shipping pipeline well established.

This figure, has been designed to simply and accurately portray the human anatomical proportion with a range of motion capable of posing it realistically. Unlike the wooden dolls that are currently out in the market, these, are way more accurate and are better suited to meet the needs of artists and, in fact, has already had positive impacts on my own art.

Through this kickstarter I'm releasing the new, 2013 version of the design and also a number of new products and enhancements such as quadrupeds, a 1-1 hand armature, various proportional and anatomical variations and more!

So why help me out? The thing is, I've been manufacturing these myself with 3D printers and as you can imagine, it's painfully slow. Right now I can produce about 10 of the large armatures a day, which does not including assembly or possible failure-rate (there's good days and bad days).  Consequently, there's little to no hope of getting it into retail storefronts, as they need to be assured they can order 100-200 on a moment's notice.

Getting this product into retail stores is the only way this armatures will get the exposure it really needs in order to thrive and become the livelihood I need it to be in order to put food on the table.   If I make my goal, I can raise enough money to expand my equipment and include ten (10) 3D printers, With these I'd be able to produce 50 armatures a day! This kind of output will allow me to meet the initial needs of retail stores in addition to online orders.

In exchange for your support, I'm offering many of these armatures at a 25% discount (even over %50 if you get the $200 bundle) and even offering some armatures that will never be available through retail OR my website (such as the 5.5" armature). Meeting this kickstarter goal will allow me to add the additional printers to my arsenal and pay for the materials and shipment of the rewards you pledge on. My time would be unpaid and would constitute my contribution to the campaign. I'll be handling all the printing, assembly, shipping and the package design for retailers.

Please support my grassroots attempt to manufacture this product. Even if you're not an artist, any of these rewards would make a great gift for any artist friends you have.

Special Note:

Only those that contribute to this campaign will get their armatures in this limited edition color (pearl & crimson). If you prefer the default brown with dark trim, you can opt out of this choice by saying so in the comments (but you can't back out after you do). The pearl color, uses little to no pigmentation and so it is slightly translucent (similar to skin & marble, so it will provide you with more realistic shading when doing your value samples)

To learn more about how to use these armatures for illustration, watch the video listed at the top.

Credits: 

Music by Mariya Lincoln & DjembeDJ

Filmed by Kevin Harris

Note: I Photoshoped away the background because it had a nasty texture to it

Risks and challenges

I launched a crowd-funding campaign to release a Beta version of this product late last year with over 800 armatures ordered: (http://www.indiegogo.com/armature9)

I was very thorough and transparent with my fulfillment of orders by providing this public spreadsheet to all contributors so they could track my progress:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc…

And I learned a TON! I faced a number of unexpected issues and learned how to resolve them. As a consequence, I established a sustainable and efficient production and assembly pipeline. Am in the process of solidifying a relationship with a filament supplier. Found an excellent technician to help me with repair issues. Resolved a number of design problems based on feedback I got from customers. Registered with a bulk mailing service and learned how to assemble and package the armatures efficiently. I learned an incredible amount about manufacturing with 3D printers in general and how to get consistent repeatable and non-brittle results.

In short, I've really crossed my t's and dotted my i's so that I could launch this much larger campaign. So I see very little risk to you, the contributor. I'm sure, however, I will continue to learn new things, once, and if, you help me get my foot in the door of retailers.

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    Get both mini armatures
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    FOUR ADULT HEAD EXTENSIONS
    - Male & female facial structure with nose and facial planes. Open and closed mouth versions for talking and silent poses.

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    ADULT 5.5" Armature (v. 2013)
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    THREE ADULT TORSO EXTENSIONS
    - Generic(+) torso with anterior and posterior clavicle movement, male-hero torso & female-hero torso

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    CAT Armature (v. 2013)
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    QUADRUPED Dog Armature (v. 2013)
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    ADULT 11" Armature (v. 2013)
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    Get the 11" adult armature and footprint platform. For all other armatures use the $1 catch-all contribution level to create a custom order.

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    HUMAN HAND Armature 1-1 scale (v. 2013)
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    Get the 11" armature and all of its variants (hands, feet, torsos and faces)

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    QUADRUPEDS BUNDLE !!
    -CAT
    -DOG
    -HORSE
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    HUMANS BUNDLE (relative to 11" scale)
    -ADULT
    -TEEN
    -CHILD
    -INFANT
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    ALL HUMANS & QUADRUPEDS!
    -ADULT
    -TEEN
    -CHILD
    -INFANT
    -CAT
    -DOG
    -HORSE
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    Early Bird ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ABOVE
    (RTF $438)
    This is over a 50% off discount on the entire product line, including any new items I add between now and the end of the campaign. Take advantage of this once in a lifetime offer!!

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    ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!
    Get everything that's listed above.
    * and fully assembled *

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    All of the above plus you get to be one of five people in the world with a head modeled and 3d-printed to your likeness (fitted for 11" adult armature). You will need to provide me with photos of your face in front, 3/4 and side views. If you're local, you can come by my studio in Redmond and get your face 3D scanned, for extra accuracy.

    In addition if you sign a 3dphoto-release form, you get to keep your scan data as a .obj file or format of your preference!

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    Armature Pair (11" + 5.5" armatures) AND a ten week course on digital character illustration.
    (1 hour session each week with weekly homework assignments) Will take place over skype or at my studio in Redmond if you can make the trip (must take place before the end of 2013)

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    Armature Pair (11" + 5.5" armatures) AND a ten week course on 3D modeling & 3D printing using the FDM (fused deposition modeling) method. Sessions will be 1 hour long each week and include up to 12 hours of weekly printer time (filament included)
    (course will only take place at my studio in Redmond and only during the months of June & July 2013

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Funding period

- (45 days)