$3,427
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16
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 19 2018 10:08 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 19, 2018

The JoBo Head

After making these in my garage for friends and colleagues, it's time to finally do a proper production run and make them even better.

The JoBo Head

After making these in my garage for friends and colleagues, it's time to finally do a proper production run and make them even better.

$3,427
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
16
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 19 2018 10:08 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 19, 2018

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Proof of Concept

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Functional Prototype

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

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About

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.  
The low profile knob allows the JoBo Head to be mounted flush to a surface.
The low profile knob allows the JoBo Head to be mounted flush to a surface.
I designed the JoBo to only be used with 5/8" rods to keep it simple.
I designed the JoBo to only be used with 5/8" rods to keep it simple.
Each half is designed to stay aligned when loose with a full width alignment feature
Each half is designed to stay aligned when loose with a full width alignment feature
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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.

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    Support the JoBo Project

    For those who don't need a JoBo, but would still like to help and be a part of my project and be the first to know of future projects.

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    Single

    The one and only.

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    Double

    Because when they ask for one, always bring 2.

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    Set of Four

    Set of 4 JoBo Heads and the ability to customize them a personalized engraving.

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    • Custom personal engraving
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    Set of Six

    Set of 6 JoBo Heads and the ability to customize them with a personalized engraving.

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    • Custom personal engraving
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    Set of Ten

    Set of 10 JoBo Heads and the ability to customize them with a personalized engraving.

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    • 10× Standard JoBo Head
    • Custom personal engraving
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Funding period

- (30 days)