David Urquhart is an award-winning filmmaker with Upthink, a production house focused on time-lapse films. To capture the gorgeous natural imagery featured in his work, Urquhart spends a lot of time in the wilderness, hauling around a lot of equipment. His first foray into 3D printing happened when he started searching for a way to reduce the weight of the 3-axis motion control time-lapse dolly system that he took with him on his frequent multiple-day backpacking trips.
Urquhart modified the design of an aluminium motion control system from Dynamic Perception and 3D printed it in polyamide-12 nylon, creating a system that was about half the weight of the original product. Once he started working on the project, he discovered that he could make a lot of other modifications to the design that ultimately reduced power consumption, increased efficiency, offered options for customization and overall improved user experience. He included components from motion control robotics company eMotimo, as well as standard stepper motors and custom-designed 3D printed hardware.
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