Motion Capture Firm Uses 3D Printing to Expand its Helmet-Mounted Camera Product
When brothers Philip and Miles Guidon first founded MOCAP Design in West Hollywood, California, in 2011, their dream was to become the leaders in manufacturing helmet-mounted camera (HMC) products. At the time, 3D printing hadn’t crossed their minds, but 3D printers would ultimately play a large role in the company’s operations and expansion.
Motion capture (mocap for short) is when a device captures patterns of live movement. Simulation software then displays the data as a virtual actor. The most popular applications for this technology are in the entertainment industries, including video games and feature films. Capturing an actor’s all-important facial expressions requires a HMC customized to each actor, and MOCAP Design has perfected custom designs for motion capture cameras using 3D printing.
MOCAP found accommodating design changes for the helmet-mounted cameras is much swifter using 3D printing.
“Our first 3D printer has become our workhorse, and we’re producing quality parts for our helmet-mounted cameras faster and at lower cost, which has helped to establish and grow the business.”
Miles Guidon, MOCAP Design