So I have a new job! Well I have done for number of months, since November, and I’m loving it. I am Mechanical Engineer at Aardman Features Shaun the Sheep ltd. Working on the new Shaun the sheep movie.
Some tasks I have been working on include overhauling the MILO motion control robots, from a company called Mark Roberts Motion Control. Redesigning a focus motor using Nena 8 steppers, and generally designing, nodding and helping out Art department with metalwork requirements.
My current proje t is redesigning the heads for the Animoko motion control platforms, again from Mark Roberts.
This is required as currently it is awkward to fir the camera onto the head without having to use a secondary heavy motion control platform ‘rotate’.
This new bracket will allow the camera and sliding base plate to sit nicely direct, whilst keeping it all nodal.
Here are some pics of progress…
Basic mock up
Sliding base plate shown
Workings out and drawing on paper, by Lew.
Base plate machines to size and slots added to allow for future use with other campers, note side bits fitted. Central holes to allow direct camera mounting shoudld that be required.
Rear of top part with slit, mounting holes and pockets to reduce weight, shown fresh from milling machine.
The milling machine, and workshop, lathe etc
Below is the shadow board and Myford ML7-R lathe
Startrite 20v bandsaw
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