Okay, here is what I got for you. Brief background, I am an engineering student with a design, commercial art and video background. Over the summer I decided to make a glidecam, I figured I had time, some pennies and some friends that work at machine shops so why not put together a little more then what I had previously done for DIY.
It all started with a $1 bearing purchased from a science and surplus store, it ended up being a machined aluminum, carbon fiber, laser cut metal monster.
From the initial sketches to drawings on the shop floor, it was a pretty fun project to undertake. Here is the result:
It works pretty slick, I have some footage shot, but I've got to learn how she works, gotta get to know her. I comfortable used it for about two hours and didn't have too much to complain about. Especially when I invested about $100 and $55 of that was for the quick-release plate.
On to the next project!