Making the Transition from Film Making To Manufacturer

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Drew Janes, an up and coming filmmaker, could not have ever imagined that he would one day purchase a CNC, or computer numerical control, machining center, along with the associated precise cutting tools such as end mills and aluminum cutters. He made this purchase less than two years ago in hopes of using tips and trades from the manufacturing and machining industry to improve his video production company.

Jane sought to improve upon the effectiveness of UAVs, or unmanned aerial vehicles, used for filming complex and dynamic angles from the air. This quest for the best angle created quite the unexpected opportunity.

Jane created a gimbal, which allows flexible and pivoted support and rotation of an object on a single axis. The gimbal stabilized the camera during UAV flight, achieving the perfect shot. Continuing to build on this success, Jane went on to create another gimbal for hand-helding filming by using precise cutting tools. This allowed for even greater versatility in filming camera angles that would typically be difficult to achieve.

When Jane’s staff attended a film-industry convention in early 2012 with the prototype of this hand-held gimbal, they received so many requests for a similar product that it became quite clear they would to go into production and fast. The media company suddenly faced challenges related to manufacturing, such as finding the best precision cutting tools, such as end mills, to get the job done.

Jane then went onto create a sister company, that uses precise cutting tools to create custom gimbals for other filmmakers, and has since had great success.

This highlights the versatility of the machining industry, and how can be molded to cater to the specific needs, in this case creative, of several other industries. Read more blogs like this. Read this for more.

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