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ModiBot returns to Bay Area Maker Faire 2018

We're ramping up for an appearance at the Bay Area Maker Faire, May 18-20.

As many of you know, we launched at the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth in 2013, with some prelim samples of our molded figs and limited run of Maker Myke figures printed specifically for the show, all just prior to our launching our Kickstarter. We love the energy, optimism and curiosity it brings out in people. 

 

 

We'll be exhibiting all sorts of new kits and accessories available for the first time in-person. We'll have the SpyBorg, Mechanoid Zero and Meta upgrade frame, ModiRaptor, Moli Modifier Frame, Human ExoSkin, and a variety of assorted weapons, accessories and figure upgrades.

We'll also be featuring the MoBility Stopmotion torso and have a new Stopmotion Starter Kit on-hand for aspiring filmmakers and effects gurus who are looking for a way to take their first steps in visual storytelling. It was a hit at the East Bay Maker Faire last fall, so we'll have more on-hand

We'll also have an activity/customization station for kids to come by and create some DIY activities like creating your own ModiBot characters with the character design template, making and detailing swords, hands-on ModiBot costuming and drawing Coats-of-Arms for their DIY shields.

And, lastly, the MakerBot Rep 2 will be there churning out a selection of the free ModiBot models available on Thingiverse

The show starts Friday, May 18 (afternoon only) and then goes all weekend. We're looking forward to it and we hope to see you there!

Simple stopmotion set-up using MoBility torso and two Mo figures

ModiBot is extremely versatile for a wide variety of diy projects, but did you know it’s also a great way to jump in and try your hand at stopmotion animation? 

Enter the MoBility Torso Kit- I’ve updated our high-articulation torsos to allow users to plug a ball into the spin of a Mo figure. This torso has 5 additional points of articulation not found on the basic Mo figures. So upgrading your Mo figure is a snap, by just switching out the basic torso with the MoBility upgrade. This torso gives your figure that extra bounce needed for telling a believably expressive story and includes an additional attachment point in the spine which is perfect for adding an external support rig. 

This additional rig set-up is what give your movements life by providing support when the figure is on a single foot or hanging in the air. The adaptive rig is easy to make using a second Mo figure kit and can be clamped down to a table edge using simple clamps or clips. Additional arm/leg segments can be added or removed to change the length in difficult shots. As an added bonus, try using the bright green figure for green screen effects and to make it easy to remove the rig in post-production. 

Once you learn the basics of animation, the Mo figure offers an easy jumping-off point for designing and fabricating your own animation character puppets. Light-weight materials work the best, so consider using things like pipe cleaners, masking tape or simple cloth to flesh out your designs. If you have access to a 3d printer, we also offer some simple, printable upgrades to change the look of your figure and add some props for telling your story. The sky’s the limit!

You can find the Mobility torso kit in white located here in our shop or choose from  variety of colors available on demand at our ModiBot Custom Shop at Shapeways . If you'd like buy the entire kit, you can grab it all in the ModiBot Stopmotion Starter Set.

Green screen animation technique- Featured artist: Mauricio Lozano

How to use ModiBot with green screen for visual effects animation.

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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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Make a DIY figure stand for animation and aerial posing

How to make your own figure stand for ultimate ModiBot posing and stopmotion animation!

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ModiBot Mo figure as simple stopmotion animation puppet

How to use ModiBot Mo figure kit as a stopmotion animation armature for designing custom puppets.

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ModiBot Kickstarter video: Sneak peek

Countdown to ModiBot Kickstarter! Hoping to go live with lots of fun kits on Tuesday Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fun characters available.

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ModiBot Prototype Photo Gallery

ModiBot Proto-shoot Had a great time last weekend catching up on product photography (I think I only got about half way through). Its great to sit and play with the parts and look at how the models are translating to the 3d printing process. The sockets seem pretty tight, so everything posed well. I caught […]

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Culinary Custom Kit- Fan commission

ModiBot Guest Custom Kit: Culinary Crusader by Kouri ModiBot fan and multi-media builder, Kouri (http://kourikustoms.com/) requested a custom-assembled kit for one of his original characters. You can check out some of his pics he took at the product page. Definitely worth a looksey. Its a real fun kit for folks who might be interested in cooking […]

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Lot’s ‘o ‘bots! Unpacking video

Lot’s ‘o ‘bots!   Here’s a quick ‘hands-on’ video from the awesome batch of proto parts I got in the mail on Weds. I’m going to make more of an effort to do these more often. Its the best way to see the parts and their basic function. (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)

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