A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
The JoBo Project:
The JoBo Head started out as an experiment to see if I could learn how to CNC machine something in my garage, but also to make something that would make those odd lighting and camera rigs on set a little easier.
When even a standard 2.5" grip/gobo head is just a little too big, the solution is usually an assortment of 5/8" fittings requiring a speed wrench for the multiple set screws required to lock all the pieces together. I wanted something that was as simple to use as a gobo head, but small enough to get into tight spaces and not require a separate tool. So I made what became known as...The JoBo Head.
The Goal - Now that the first prototypes have been successfully used on sets all over the world for almost two years, it’s time for the first proper production run. Unfortunately, my small CNC mill doesn’t have the capacity or speed to make the hundreds of parts fast enough. So I decided to start this Kickstarter project to raise the funds to cover the costs for a batch of the improved version of the JoBo Head manufactured.
The new JoBo Heads will be anodized for better durability and more precisely machined. And of course, they will continue to be made right here in Louisiana.
The Rewards: I've had a lot of requests from people wanting anywhere from 4 to 20 JoBos at a time, so I made the rewards based on the most common quantities at $75 per JoBo Head.
For all pledges and reward levels of $300 or more, you will have the ability to have your JoBo's customized with your name or company logo.
Project Timeline: March 20 - Campaign Starts April 19 - Campaign Ends (30 Days) If I reach my funding goal, then... Early May - Manufacturing begins! Late May/Early June - Finally assembly and QA/QC, begin deliveries Mid June - All JoBos Delivered.
The JoBo Head's Key Features are:
2 in. Diameter and 2.25 in. wide
Machined out of 6061-T6 aluminum
4 receiver channels for 5/8" dia. rods
Low profile knob
Bronze thrust bearing
Self aligning halves
Standard 2" 3/8"-16 hex bolt holds everything together.
Ideal for car rigs and other specialty camera rigging situations, the JoBo Head offers a more solid "bite" compared to other small gobo heads.
Even if the JoBo Head is opened up too far and the halves do go out of alignment, a simple shake will make all the pieces fall back into place. Even with the single registration pin on standard gobo heads, there's a 50% chance it will still be misaligned when trying to get the halves lined up again.
Risks and challenges
This will be my first time working with a vendor to handle the most critical aspect of this project, the machining. As much as I would love to continue machining these myself, I'm just not in a position to do so right now.
Luckily I have found a local machine shop who has been very supportive of this project and I will be working closely with them to ensure that these will be made even better. I will also be personally handling the final assembly and testing of each and every JoBo Head before they get shipped out.
Moreover, since the JoBo was created from my personal experience on set as a grip for 10 years as well as the feedback from friends and colleagues who have been using the prototypes, I can ensure that the final product will perform and function as promised.