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George is the first pure carbon fibre armature created for animation in the world. George was created as the first armature for professional use and applies the most advanced composite material technology. The extremely light and yet strong structure and the technology of fixing materials used in the aeronautical industry guarantee the highest level of reliability.
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George is extremely strong, has maximum fluidity of movement, and maintains mobility over time and during filming, with great versatility and modularity of parts. 

The joints are made from carbon fibre and ultra-compact stainless steel in the SL-SPECIAL MIX and BLACK SPECIAL models. Both offer the greatest fluidity of movement with adjustable friction.

 The co-axial stainless steel model is extremely compact with an axial structure that minimises the use of space. Certain joints such as the knees are spherical or have stainless a steel hinge. 

 The upper torso is made completely from carbon fibre and was created in three different versions: a base, an improved reinforced section for shoulder joints and another with a special dynamic neck.

                                              BLACK SPECIAL

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Special technology is the base of project but great focus has also been placed on the use of innovative solutions for the widest use of the armature. Of particular note is the rapid attachment system used for the limbs and neck, allowing you to create different hands, feet and heads whilst maintaining the same body. The limb is removed with extreme ease and replaced with another.

The rapid attachment is made by CNC machining in stainless steel.

 Feet :

The main characteristics are: - integral carbon structure - notable rigidity - ample angulation of ankle movement - ball made from carbon or stainless steel with M3 threaded hole - cylindrical front joint, for more controlled movement of the ball - modular heel that you can insert for female characters

 

 

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George is available in different versions. The lightest and simplest L-PLUS is completely made of carbon fiber, stainless steel with quick attachments. Then there are the versions equipped SL-SPECIAL MIX. Finally there is the most complete version (BLACK SPECIAL ), in which attachments fast stainless steel and ground hardened steel rods are embedded in the hands and feet of the carbon structure. The joints have spheres with a larger diameter and the hands are made of aluminum. A particular challenge was the solution to the carbon bonding and stainless steel parts. 

After numerous tests of glues and various polymerization processes, we decided to adopt a material used in the aeronautical part along polymerization warm room. This property allows you to secure technology, high strength and durable connections that are ideal for the most demanding professional use. We believe that the strategic adoption of a structure made entirely of composite material is the maximum expression of technology industries in the field of stop motion. The considerable advantages of this material (lightness and mechanical strength) were the basis for the creation of a single, high-quality and reliable armature. Last but not least, there is the aspect. The natural carbon finish conveys a high technology and superior image that emphasizes research and the quality of the project / product.

The plates are created from:

 twill carbon 200 g/m2 3k Prime Tex (first choice) plain carbon 400 g/m2 3k and twill carbon 600 g/m2 3k fabric sheets made from manual lamination, under controlled pressure and temperature and sheets in 2mm - 8mm thickness. 

George is extremely strong, has maximum fluidity of movement, and maintains mobility over time and during filming, with great versatility and modularity of parts. The joints are made from carbon in some armature versions and ultra-compact stainless steel in the SL-SPECIAL MIX and BLACK SPECIAL models. Both offer the greatest fluidity of movement with adjustable friction. The co-axial stainless steel model is extremely compact with an axial structure that minimises the use of space. Certain joints such as the knees are spherical or have a stainless steel hinge. 

The upper torso is made completely from carbon fibre and was created in three different versions: a base, an improved reinforced section for shoulder joints and another with a special dynamic neck. Special technology is the base of project but great focus has also been placed on the use of innovative solutions for the widest use of the armature. Of particular note is the rapid attachment system used for the limbs and neck, allowing you to create different hands, feet and heads whilst maintaining the same body. It is very easy to remove the limb and replace it with another one. 

The armature can be used in the most varied of contexts such as stop motion animation - the most advanced technological puppet field and for didactic purposes in schools and universities. GEORGE is available in 10" and 12" sizes (SL-SPECIAL MIX  only available in 10") and in various models. It is just the progenitor of a series of new projects they will soon be supported by publications and promotions. 

Armature for the most popular animals are being developed and special models are available upon request as well as different structures, shapes and sizes. Our engineering department is ready to develop and design armature models for your specific needs.

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All the stainless steel and aluminium parts are made in a single block with CNC machining.

Professional armature, perfect for the puppet construction.

 

 

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"The technique STOP-MOTION involves shooting models one frame at a time moving them slightly each time. It is a excruciatingly slow process that demands nerves of steel."

 

 The invisible RIG support offers robust support and precise movement and regulation. It is made of the same elements as the armature as well as a stainless steel base.  

The connection with the armature is via a square bar that is inserted in the hip or in a special space in the back. The characteristics are the same as those for the armature joints namely, precise movement, ample regulation of the single joints, rigidity and reliability over time.

 The base has 4 threaded holes so that it can be fixed on the optional stage. Upon request we can supply a base with magnet to improve fixing to the stage or metallic surface.

 

 The animation STAGE is a very important accessory. It consists of a sturdy aluminum frame with adjustable height rubber feet and a perforated sheet steel surface where attach the armature’s feet using the hole in the toe.

The steel floor is also suitable for fixing the RIG support, using the threaded holes on the RIG base, or by magnets. The sizes of the individual stages are 260 x 260 mm, but are planned new STAGES in various larger sizes in order to become the stage for two or more puppet / armature. 

It is possible Possibility produce special STAGE dimensions for the individual needs. The stage is supplied in black paint, but other special colours are available on request. Its sturdiness make it a useful tool for: stopmotion movies, storyboard study, exhibitor, teaching, etc.

 

 The first studies to create a highly innovative professional product were undertaken in early 2015. The decision was immediately taken to use a material that had never been adopted in the animation sector: CARBON FIBRE.  

The products and armatures (the supporting skeleton of the puppets used for the creation of videos) currently on the market are all in metal, carbon or stainless steel.

 These are quite light but rather unreliable and may deform when subject to stress. In contrast, carbon fibre is extremely light, yet rigid and will not deform. 

The project was developed in various phases. First, a long period of meticulous solid modelling generated the first version of the armature. It featured: - limb stems made 100% from carbon rod - joint plates from carbon sheet cut and worked with CNC machining centre - hip block and other large parts from thick carbon sheet cut and worked with CNC machining centre - spherical joints in perforated and rectified stainless steel. The carbon sheets are cut and worked by tool machinery, controlled by CNC to guarantee the highest level of precision and cutting quality. The carbon rods are rounded and 3mm in diameter.

 

 

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Risks and challenges

We have dedicated a a lot of time and energy to ensure that GEORGE is reliable as possible, without compromising ease of use and its original, genial simplicity.
Together with our experienced partners, we have thoroughly tested all materials and technical solutions to guarantee performance at the highest levels. It has been tested by the most demanding users and we are proud to say that the product is now 100% reliable.
Our biggest challenge is delivering on schedule. From experience, we've found that having a working prototype is not enough. A production run is needed to calculate manufacturing time accurately.
We've done this and planned for any deadlines.
We work closely with our suppliers so that we can keep our prices down and maintain control over the production process.

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