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$6,100
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
69
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 9 2015 3:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Thank you for checking out our Kickstarter Campaign!  We need your help to make these mounts available to the world! We think they are really cool and hope you agree.

Our inspiration

If you are reading this, you may already own a GoPro or Reel camera. And if you do, you probably have had some kind of failure with your mounting system.  That's where we were when we decided that there was a need for a really high quality mounting system for these really cool and fairly expensive cameras.  So we set out to design the best possible mix of, super cool, versatility, ease of use, and affordability into a camera mounting system. And this is what what we have come up with so far. 

125 O.D. Revision #4 with GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition
125 O.D. Revision #4 with GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

Design goals

When setting out to design the best possible mount we had five main goals in mind: functionality, rigidity, versatility, durability, and it needed to look cool too!

1. Functionality is key

We wanted it to be easy to use and function as advertised. Early on we agreed that the mounting head needed to have 360 degrees of rotation. So, we designed a 360 degree rotating head that uses friction to allow the user to adjust the amount of tension on the rotation of the camera head.

Adjusting the tension using a 3/16" allen wrench.
Adjusting the tension using a 3/16" allen wrench.

To adjust the tension on the swivel head, just use any standard 3/16" allen wrench.  Righty tighty, lefty loosey.  The more you tighten, the more tension you get. 

2. Rigidity

We decided the mounts had to be 100% CNC machined from high quality 7075-T6 aircraft grade billet aluminum for the added rigidity and strength it provides. We designed them using SolidWorks. This gave us the ability to see it function before we made it. We also did some stress analysis to optimize the design for the best combination of light weight, rigidity, and durability.

Picture of the stress analysis
Picture of the stress analysis

3. Versatility

Using our original clamp design as a start, we looked at ways we could increase its range of motion without sacrificing functionality, rigidity, durability, or aesthetics. SolidWorks helped us by providing us the ability to build the assembly on the computer and literally try out different designs. This led us to our current design, which has a very large range of motion, allowing us to clamp on bars as small as .590"(15mm) in diameter, and as large as 1.5"(38mm) in diameter, even though we only recommend to go up to 1.259"(32mm) in diameter.

125 O.D. Mount showing the large range of motion
125 O.D. Mount showing the large range of motion

4. Durability

We knew our mount would be used in some of the harshest environments and it had to last. That is why we didn't try to make it too lightweight. We think we we've achieved a great balance of durability without extra weight. These mounts are really tough and have already been put to the test, as seen in the video below of Don Schumacher's 10,000hp top fuel dragster driven by Antron Brown. The team said the footage was the steadiest they had ever gotten! This video is shot with a GoPro mounted to our 125 O.D. mount!

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5. Aesthetics

 At the end of every design revision, we asked ourselves these questions: does the mount look really cool? Does it look like something you would want to mount on your bike? At the end of the day, we feel we have designed something that looks really cool AND works as good as it looks!

Every part is 100% CNC machined and black anodized. The result is a beautifully finished part!
Every part is 100% CNC machined and black anodized. The result is a beautifully finished part!

Design Evolution

On this early revision we are using the original Odenthal pipe mounting clamp with our newly designed arm and 360 degree swivel head. We decided the clamp needed more range. So we began to brainstorm.

Revision #1
Revision #1

Early prototyping Revision #1

"The clamp design originates from a design that we have been using on our kart racing pipe mounts for almost 20 years", said David. 

Our early designs worked pretty well and we had a strong and stable mount with a 3 inch reach and an adjustable-tension 360 degree swivel head, allowing the user to turn the camera in any direction without any limitations. It was almost perfect, but we still had a few issues to work out. To the untrained eye (not saying we have a trained eye), you wouldn't even notice the tiny shake when you attached it to anything with a motor, but we did. The 3 inch extension arm only had a small amount of contact with the upper mount clamp creating a rocking affect, and in turn producing the tiny camera shake.  So we headed back to the drawing board.

Brainstorming for Revision #2

Second revision never made it past the drawing board
Second revision never made it past the drawing board

 Third time's a charm! Revision #3

Our third, and what we thought was the final and best design yet, still had room for improvement. On this design we added a pivoting washer between the upper mount clamp and the 3" arm providing the full contact we were looking for to get the perfect and most stable shot. We decided it was ready for large-scale testing, so we sent a few mounts out to some of our contacts, waited a couple weeks, then the reviews started coming in. Everyone LOVED IT! We have just one issue, "It would be nice if we could use it on larger objects like race car roll cages". So...back to doing what we do best and we headed to the drawing board one more time.

125 O.D. Clamp revision #3
125 O.D. Clamp revision #3

We made it bigger!  

We took the same design of the 125 O.D. and turned it into the 175 O.D., allowing people to mount them to race car roll bars and we added a 6 inch arm for added reach. The best part is, the 3 inch and 6 inch arms are interchangeable between the 125 O.D. and 175 O.D. clamps.

175 O.D. Mount revision #3
175 O.D. Mount revision #3

This is it! (For now anyway) Revision #4

So at this point I bet you thought we had done it all. So did we. NOPE! "Lets make it better!" Ok...so we did. This is our latest and greatest. We redesigned the clamping mechanism to be a two-piece design connected by a 3/16" stainless steel hinge. This made it so much easier in install.

125 O.D. Revision #4
125 O.D. Revision #4

The revision #4 design features a single stainless steel bolt clamp with a hinged back for quick and easy mounting on nearly any shape with a cross section from .590"(15mm) all the way up to 1.259"(32mm) or even more! This is an incredible amount of range and versatility considering its modest size of 3.75" x 2.2" and weight of less than 100 grams! Check out this 3D model.

Once we had the 125 O.D. and 175 O.D. mounts designed, we decided to take it one notch further. "Lets make a swivel adaptor that has a 360 degree swivel and will work with existing GoPro mounts."

Our spin on GoPro

The 360 UNI was born!

360 UNI Revision #1
360 UNI Revision #1

The 360 UNI will work with any current GoPro mount on the market, factory or aftermarket.

360 degrees of unlimited rotation!
360 degrees of unlimited rotation!

Here is a video showing the many different applications.

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Tech Specs

Production Timeline:  

5 weeks: Funding 

2 weeks: Processing and Funds transfer and material acquisition

2 weeks: Production Planning, Design, program, and machining of CNC tooling 

2 weeks: Production and Assembly 

2 weeks: Shipping

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If you would like to add a shirt, wrench, or 360 UNI to any other reward level just add that reward amount to your pledge!!

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Why we need Kickstarter

Designing, manufacturing, and marketing a brand new product is expensive and we want to do this right. All of the money we raise here will go toward the design and manufacturing of the complex tooling needed to make this product affordable for everyone to enjoy!

With the support of the Kickstarter community we know that we will introduce a product that we all can truly be proud of! Thank you and go out and get some killer footage!

Special Thanks

Duane and David would like to thank the following people for making this dream a reality!

Vendors

Gordon Gruel from GMK (Laser engraving)

Odenthal Mfg., Inc. (Prototyping)

Eleven Solutions, LLC (Website / Video)

Quality Coatings (Anodizing)

Pyrmid Printing (T-Shirts)

Testers

Don Schumacher Racing- Antron Brown, Leah Vaughn, Tom Warga, Kyle Cunnungham and the entire DSR race team

Derek Wang - Kart and Lotus Cup testing.

Roy Pitchlynn and the whole crew at Rough Road Racing.

Kaleb Timberlake - Snowmobile / Dirt bike Tester.

Brian Hannon for providing David with a kart to run at Riverside CA.

Jeff Yates

Friends & family who helped with many things including our launch party, which was a huge success!

Kecia Odenthal, Rebecca Stevens, Vicki Shafer, Mary Dever, Alex Odenthal

Please support us by following us on Twitter & Facebook and sharing this campaign with your friends!


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Risks and challenges

While there are many things that can happen during a project, and depending on the success of our campaign, we could end up with production numbers that we didn't expect and that could take a bit more time. The reality though, is that our manufacturing system is something we know very well, and we have been doing this very thing for 20 years. We don't foresee any problems and are looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead! Bring em on!

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