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Mitch Bergsma's review of Spinmount and Snowspike

With 250K+ subscribers on YouTube, Mitch Bergsma is well known in the GoPro community for his extensive collection of GoPro tips and videos.

I started chatting to him when I was prototyping Zipmount for my first Kickstarter project. Once I had a final prototype of Spinmount + Snowspike it seemed like a good idea to send one his way. Have a look at his review below! 

 

Spinmount for GoPro launched on Kickstarter!

 

Our latest product has just been launched on Kickstarter!

From the maker of Zipmount comes a new rotating extension for your GoPro camera.

Spinmount is a modular mount that allows full 360° rotational control of your GoPro camera, with over 180° of pitch movement. Combined, these two movements allow you to capture many different angles, with one fixed mount.

For the Kickstarter relaunch, Spinmount now comes with Snowspike, an extension of Spinmount for mounting in sand, snow, or any other soft surface!

GoPro Tips and Tricks Reviews Zipmount!

Kyle Martin knows a thing or two about GoPro cameras and their accessories. He has been reviewing them on his YouTube channel for over 5 years now, and has more than 100,000 subscribers! We sent him a pack Zipmounts to try out, and he has just posted his thoughts on YouTube.

 

Watch the review below!

 

We are shipping!

The Kickstarter has now officially completed, and the Zippr store is now open for business!

 

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Final Samples

Final Approval of Parts

Earlier this week I received the final samples of both the mount injection mould (polished) and the base compression mould. They fit together perfectly and look great! 

Polished mount with rubber base

Next step is mass production!

Tooling I was hoping to have the first production run well underway this weekend, but unfortunately there have been some delays with polishing the tool. The initial polish was completed and sample of parts were run, but these were rejected when handed over to Quality Assurance (QA) due to some...

Production update

Tooling

I was hoping to have the first production run well underway this weekend, but unfortunately there have been some delays with polishing the tool. The initial polish was completed and sample of parts were run, but these were rejected when handed over to Quality Assurance (QA) due to some flaws in the texture. Since then the tool has been re-polished and the manufacturer has run another set of samples. These passed QA, and are now on their way to me for final approval. While this delay is not ideal, I want to ensure we ship a high quality product.

The compression tool for the silicone rubber base has been finished and a set of sample parts have been produced. These are also being shipped to me for final approval. These have been checked for correct fit already, so I do not anticipate any issues here.

I know production is the main thing that we are all waiting on, so I will post a new update as soon as I have any more information.

Zip Ties

Since the last update I have also been testing the zip ties I will be packaging with the triple packs. For this component I require a minimum breaking strength of 20kg (45lb) to ensure that the mount is never going to be the weak point in any setup you might put together. 

The two candidates
The two candidates
Reusable on the left with the small release tab
Reusable on the left with the small release tab

I managed to get two samples to test, the first being a single use, and the second a re-useable type. The two samples I got were from different manufacturers, so I was keen to test the breaking strength of both before including them in the packaging. The good news is the standard single use zip tie went all the way up to 25kg without breaking, but unfortunately the re-usable was breaking at only 8-10kg (17-22lb). These were so weak I actually broke a couple just setting up the test! For this reason I will only be including the single use zip ties with the packaging.

Snap!
Snap!

And finally, I have designed and mocked up the packaging for the triple mount packs. The design of the printed part has actually changed a little since the picture below, but the overall design is finalised!

 

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First samples.

Writing this update I find it hard to believe that it has been 18 weeks since the start of the Zipmount Kickstarter campaign, and close to 10 months since I first started sketching ideas for a zip tie GoPro mount. So when a FedEx package arrived this week with the first samples of Zipmount it's fair to say I had been waiting for this moment for a while.

And after all this time I am pleased to announce that the samples have turned out awesomely! The mount fits perfectly all over: the fit with the camera, the M5 nut, and the rubber base.

With no adjustments needed, the next step is polishing the tool. This is the final step in the tool production, and will give the part a smooth glossy finish. This takes about 7 days, and is already underway.

After polishing, and the first run of parts will start being made. I am expecting production to be completed around 18th April.

 

Rob.

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For the past few weeks I have been working on an improvement on the foam base of Zipmount, and after some testing I am now happy to announce a new base design for Zipmount!     The Zipmount base is now made from a soft rubber material instead of the...

New Base Design

For the past few weeks I have been working on an improvement on the foam base of Zipmount, and after some testing I am now happy to announce a new base design for Zipmount!

 

CAD model of the new base shapePrototype base moulding

 

The Zipmount base is now made from a soft rubber material instead of the closed cell foam, and fits directly to the mount without needing adhesive. The base has also been shaped to help grip curved surfaces. This design carries two main advantages over the foam base:

 

1. Durability

The original foam base was excellent at conforming to various surfaces, but this characteristic also meant that it was susceptible to wearing out over time. I addressed this in the original Kickstarter by supplying a spare base with each mount sold, but even with a spare I couldn't have guaranteed that the base would not prematurely wear out. The new base is much more durable and will easily last for the life of the mount, but is still soft enough to conform to uneven or curved surfaces. 

 

Assembled Zipmount

 

2. No Adhesive 

The new rubber base neatly fits into the negative space of the main Zipmount moulding with a gentle press fit, negating the need for any adhesives. Additionally, the curved base can be rotated depending on the direction of the camera, or even removed altogether if the mounting location works better without the rubber base.

 

No adhesive needed

 

 

This part will be made using a process called 'compression moulding'. Without going into too much detail, it involves fabricating a new tool and completing a production run similar to the injection moulding of the main part. This type of moulding process is not as complex as injection moulding, so the costs are lower and the lead times are shorter. No adhesive also means the assembly is simpler and faster. The process costs more than the foam base, but with 120% funding from Kickstarter there was money in reserve to pay for this upgrade. Think of it as an unofficial stretch goal...

Overall this is a big improvement over the old design. 

 

Look out on Instagram and Facebook for more pictures of the new mount design.

 

Rob.

More to come...

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