Laser Cut Wood Knife Handles with CO2 laser

Posted by admin on November 5, 2013

CO2 laser cut wood knife handles CO2 laser cut wood knife handles

These knife handle blanks were cut from 1/8 inch thick exotic hardwoods with the C02 laser for a woodworking customer in the Atlanta, GA area.

0 Comments Read full post »

Bronze Gong laser engraved with CodeGuard Logo

Posted by admin on August 30, 2013

Bronze Gong laser engraved with CodeGuard Logo

Code Guard asked us if we could engrave their logo in some desktop gongs. We used the fiber laser to engrave the bronze. The results were awesome.

0 Comments Read full post »

Laser engraved brass dobrao for Capoeira Maculele group

We used the Fiber metal laser engraver to engrave the logo of our capoeria group, Maculele, and the members names on the back side. The metal was brass, cut and machined by Magrao.

0 Comments Read full post »

A local Atlanta company need several hundred Leatherman Wingman multitools engraved with their company logo for awards for the their workers. We had no problem engraving these with the Fiber laser, and turned them around very quickly for them.

0 Comments Read full post »

Laser Cutting Paper Puppets from Butter Board

Posted by admin on February 7, 2013

laser cut paper puppets

A local Atlanta animation artist needed a bunch of puppets cut out to create animated videos for kids. She was previously tediously cutting them out by hand. Cutting them with the laser cutter was a lot more precise, efficient, and very cost effective, considering how much time she saved.

0 Comments Read full post »

DSLR CAT - Peter Haas shows off his custom CAT Rig

Posted by admin on October 30, 2012

Peter Haas (films.peterjhaas.com) from NYC ordered a customized DSLR CAT Rig several months ago, and sent us these images and his positive feedback after using it on a long documentary shoot.

Here's what he had to say:

"I have to say, this is by far the most comfortable rig I've used - the weighting was spot on, and there where many times where it one could easily forget it was a DSLR rig and not an Aaton.  At the price point that you're offering this thing, I think you could rack up a good amount of sales.
 
The over-all size of the rig is great, the grip on the side of the camera feels like it's exactly in the right spot.  The leather strap was really comfortable, and it made the longer verité shooting days a lot easier. 
 
A great thing we discovered: since our view finder came with the swivel HDMI cables we were able to run the cable through the X bar and tied it down with some plastic clasps.  We also added some biker's grip to the handle (about $15 will buy a lot of grip tape) to make it a little more comfortable when doing some low-angle shooting.
 
The Zacutto viewfinder mounted brilliantly to several of the mounts.  We found that depending on the "style" of shooting we wanted to change where we mounted the eyepiece, so having a number of options really saved our bacon a couple of times in tight spaces.
 
You might consider adding another mount, or quick-release plate to the bottom of the rig, one that would allow the user to slap the entire rig onto a tripod.
 
We tended to put the camera on the lower mount, for the 7D especially it seemed to balance best; for the GH2 we would move it around depending on the lens we used.   
 
Brilliant job man, I plan on getting a blog post up about this next week.  We're going to be attending a documentary convention in November and will definitely be showing off the rig as part of our gear package! "
0 Comments Read full post »

DSLR CAT - Using FocusShifter on a Shoulder Rig

Posted by admin on October 22, 2012

We experimented with using a FocusShifter follow focus on the DSLR CAT Rig.  It works quite well, even with the long focal travel of the 70-200mm lens.

We're also testing out using a Samsung Galaxy phone as a low cost viewfinder. The refresh rate is still a little slow, but the resolution is excellent, and the onscreen controls are a real plus.

0 Comments Read full post »

DSLR CAT - Using the Zucato EVF with the CAT Rig

Posted by admin on July 3, 2012

0 Comments Read full post »

DSLR CAT - Shoulder Rig

Posted by admin on June 8, 2012

The DSLR Cat is designed to move the weight of the camera back and over the shoulder, thus making a more well balanced rig that requires less counterweight. The overall result is that the whole rig is lighter, and is less tiring to keep on the shoulder for long periods of time. The downside is that the screen on the DSLR is not visible, so an EVF or external monitor must be used.

The handle of the DSLR Cat is modeled after the handle used by the Aaton cameras, which gives good control of the whole camera rig using only one hand. The other hand is free to control focus, zoom, settings, etc. The handle is 3D printed.

The shoulder pad is made from comfortable leather. It's attached to the rig at the ends, and space is left between the leather and the rig, to suspend the rig over the shoulder, so that no hard surface is touching the top of the shoulder where the weight is bearing down.

 

There are 2 levels at which the camera can be mounted. The lower level mounts the camera ahead of the shoulder, and leaves more room above the camera. The upper level mounts the camera directly above the shoulder. This is especially useful for zoom lenses, as it balances out the weight better.

 

The DSLR Cat can also be used for other video cameras, like small handycams. The handcam is positioned further away, so that the flip out screen is visible. The top rail can be used to support a microphone, since most handycams don't have a full size hot shoe.

0 Comments Read full post »

Black KRIG Shoulder Rig V1.2.b Finished

Posted by admin on April 4, 2012

Finished the anodized black KRIG for a shoot tonight. Looks amazing!

Quickly transforms flat for easy carrying, transport, and storage.

 

Changes from V1.2:

  • It's black.
  • 2 thumbscrews being used to hold on the counterweights.  One thumbscrew clamps a small flat piece of aluminum in front of the weight to keep it from sliding too far onto the frame.  The other thumbscrew threads into the end of the frame, and clamps the weight. Thumbscrews are from McMaster, part # 6390K51 Metric Phenolic Four-arm Knob, M5 X .8 Threaded Stud, 15 Mm Stud Length, 25mm Dia
  • Added Handle/Mic Mount using two 150mm lengths of extrusion, and the adjustable side brackets.
0 Comments Read full post »