How to Make a Steadicam� Iso-Elastic Arm From K'nex

Introduction: How to Make a Steadicam� Iso-Elastic Arm From K'nex

A steadicam® is basically a Device that allows a camera operator to cancel out the camera jolt as he takes a step. 

Having searched the web, I have found many tutorials showing how to build the sled, but not the Iso-Elastic arm that attaches to it. On my budget, I found them quite expensive(even just the sled). So I decided to design and build one out of K'nex. Anyone who knows anything about how they work, will see the support mechanism (elastic band) I used in the arm is similar to the original design, but got replaced, because of it's in-ability to be adjusted in terms of strength (which is necessary when using multiple cameras with different weights on the same appliance). I did try the new, adjustable method, but it didn't work very well because of the limited pieces K'nex has invented to use. Also, as I have not designed a gimbal either, the footage will not be industry standard smooth.

Also: the Arm does not fully take the weight of the camera and sled (in my case a tripod), and it is not designed to because K'nex does not have that weight support capability( also because I did not design a body vest). But if built and used correctly. your camera and sled/tripod will be noticeably lighter in use, and the footage will be relieved of that annoying jolt every time you take a step.

I have Finished the V2 version and am about to post some photos of it. (V2 has strength improvements) (V3 Will have Arm-to-belt connection improvements. V3 Is Currently in the Design process)  

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Step 1: The Bit That Connects to Your Belt

In this

short white pin ×1
yellow connector ×1
short blue pin ×2
small grey connector 2
orange connector ×5
small green pin ×2

assembled as seen


Step 2: The First Arm

In this stage

(Picture one (excluding the blurred background), and picture 2)

large white connector ×4
red connector ×4
blue pin ×5
orange connector ×1
yellow connector ×2
yellow pin ×1
grey connector ×6
green pin ×1
large grey pin ×2

(picture 3 and 4)

Everything in pics 1 & 2 minus the yellow pin and five grey connectors

Step 3: The Thing That Connects Arm One and Arm 2

i think you can follow the picture, or you may have problems.

Step 4: Arm 2 and Connection to Sled/tripod

Picture 2&3

White connector ×5
red connector ×4
yellow connector ×4
grey connector ×1
orange connector ×1
blue pin ×5
green pin ×1
grey pin ×2

Picture 4

Grey connector ×10
orange connector ×3 (this is focusing on what is in focus on the camea)
white connector ×2
yellow pin ×1
blue pin ×2
elastic band ×1

Picture 5

white connector ×2 
orange connector ×4
grey connector ×5
yellow pin ×1
blue pin ×4
green pin ×1
elastic band ×1

Step 5: Construction - the Thing That Clips Onto Your Belt

Step 6: Connecting the Thing That Clips Onto Your Belt and Arm 1

Step 7: Connecting Arm One and the Connector

Step 8: Connecting the Connector to Arm 2

Step 9: Were the Elastic Bands Should Go

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    3 Discussions

    The ironman
    The ironman

    9 years ago on Introduction

    i have build a belt with a front attachment would it cancel out walking jolts


    9 years ago on Introduction

    cool can you post a vid? and i have been thinking of makeing one in welding class