If you own a 3-D printer or go to a school/job that owns one, you can print out your own flying rig to suspend your puppets and props in the air. These rigs are the exact same rigs we offer in our store here. They are used as an attachment to our free Bend-D's armature design or your own puppets and props. By adjusting the included arms, puppets can become suspended into the air frame by frame without having to worry about gravity.
Another great reason to use these rigs are the vast amount of attachment points for armature wire. Wire is inserted through the holes and the ends of the wire can be connected to other puppets, props - or any object that needs to be elevated and animated in your scenes.
The rig has several ways to tie it down (attach it) to your set. Use tie downs, disk magnets, pins (if your set is soft styrofoam) or by placing a heavy object on it. Loops around the back allow you to use wire, zip ties, string or twist ties to anchor your heavy object.
The rig can also double as a surface gage. Using it as a gage gives you a way to make your animation smoother.
Download all printable files here on Tinkercad.
5X M-4 Wing Nuts
5X M-4 Screws (14mm long)
2X M-4 tie down nuts (embedded in base, use with tie downs that you buy for the Bend-D's armature)
An example of what Bend-D's flying/jumping rig can do once completed by Joy Stamp
Tools You Need:
- a 3-D printer such as the Wanhao Duplicator (we recommend printing in PLA)
- a 1/16" drill bit to drill any holes that are too snug for the wire because of the printing process and possible shrinkage
- Here is a link to the instructional video for these kits