A Refocus …and Reboot

A Refocus …and Reboot

Friends, As many of you have seen, the store has been low on stock for the better part of a year.  I’ve invested approximately 14 years into nurturing ModiBot, from a single 3d printed test part on Shapeways, up through the successful Kickstarter that launched the 5-inch ModiBot Mo figure, the subsequent evolution through tons of new kits and accessories, numerous convention appearances, and the launch of two different shops.  You have bought roughly 50,000 Mo figures and an innumerable amount of accessories for him. People love ModiBot’s ‘blankness’ which gives them the freedom to imagine their own adventures and exploits and the ability to simply personalize and gear up their figure. Its versatile hands-on creative play has been used in education...

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Behind the scenes: Unboxing 3d printed product sets for restock

Behind the scenes: Unboxing 3d printed product sets for restock

People seem to wonder how the whole ModiBot thing works. I get a lot of questions- Why do the materials feel different on different items? Which items are 3d printed? Which are not? Do you print them yourself? Can I print items in this same material? Why do some items run out of stock so quickly? As I am restocking items, I figured I'd do my own unboxing and tell you a bit about how ModiBot utilizes 3d printing to bring you items that normally wouldn't be available. Using 3D print services ModiBot was initially designed and prototyped using 3d printing. I launched the first system parts, which looked very different, on Shapeways.com around October of 2011. I use a combination of...

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Incoming! Product restock list & availability dates

Incoming! Product restock list & availability dates

The influx of new users this past 2 months has been absolutely awe-inspiring! Welcome everyone! Since things have been a bit crazy, I wanted to take a few minutes to give some perspective on product availability. Generally, summer is the slowest time of the year for me, so this huge influx from The Crafsman's awesome ModiBot video created an unexpected amount of traffic so we've been trying to keep up with demand. As many of you have seen, a large part of ModiBot system is created with 3D printing. Creating small batches of our parts has allowed us to provide a lot of variety in kits and accessories. But with the increase in traffic, that 'just-in-time' batch model is being put to the test. We're making...

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Make your own ModiBot Magnetic feet!

Make your own ModiBot Magnetic feet!

Here's a quick visual tip for using magnetic tape to to cut and glue your own Magnetic feet for your ModiBot characters. Great for creating scenes for stopmotion animation.

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New Chrono Commander figure expands ModiBot's ExoSkin build system

New Chrono Commander figure expands ModiBot's ExoSkin build system

A fresh new direction As many of you have seen over the past year in my social posts, I have been tinkering with the ExoSkin figure format. The first iteration created a lot of excitement, but after a couple years of playing with it and talking to the community, it was clear that there were some real opportunities for improvement. How could it be better? That question pushed me back to some of the core foundations of the ModiBot build system. It had to offer more, but needed to align and build upon the core values and connector options of the original Mo kit.  Its easy too rat-hole with so many opportunities, so I created a short list of broad design...

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Diy figure stand for animation and aerial posing

Diy figure stand for animation and aerial posing

Here’s a quick tip for better action and flying poses- Use leftover parts or reassemble another Mo figure to build your own diy figure stand.

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10 DIY tips for sculpting custom character parts with ModiBot

10 DIY tips for sculpting custom character parts with ModiBot

ModiBot has become a critical starting point for many people's creative projects, including stopmotion animation, scene photography, custom action figures, and both digital and hands-on character design. More and more, creators want to design and sculpt their own ModiBot-compatible parts. This is the best place to start.   1. Match the correct ModiBot kit to your sculpting material Not all ModiBots work with certain materials. Once you have determined what material you'd like to sculpt with, it's best to choose the ModiBot kit that supports sculpting that those materials. **Its possible that there is no ModiBot kit to support the material you are most familiar with. CAUTION: Avoid using oil or plastic-based clays with the classic MO kit because these will make the plastic...

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ModiBot embed test for Shapeways and Tinkercad

ModiBot embed test for Shapeways and Tinkercad

here is a short blub for testing

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New 3d printable, ModiBot 'Character Creator' parts released at Tinkercad.com

New 3d printable, ModiBot 'Character Creator' parts released at Tinkercad.com

Just in time for the New Year, ModiBot has released a variety of new 3D printable action accessories, storytelling props and rigging fixtures for stopmotion animation. Each image has a 3d viewer that will allow you to orbit around the items and zoom in to see the details. Just click the title to 'Copy and Tinker' them or just download the 3d print files from our profile at Tinkercad.com or stop by and check out our Thingiverse designs for even more printable ModiBot files. Martial Arsenal- A slew of Japanese, printable weapons for your next training video or streetfight, including new wrapped staff accessory. < /iframe>   Arm/Leg sleeve set- Add some bulk to your 'bots, or just a bit of color with these...

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Vote to help decide the future of ModiBot!

Vote to help decide the future of ModiBot!

ModiBot is in full evolution mode! Click the link below for a quick survey to help decide the types of ideas we'll pursue in the future. Its important that we get as much feedback as possible, so once you have completed the survey, please share with any friends who you think may be interested. Click to VOTE NOW!

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