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Flipbac Camera Grip Design, Finish and Materials.
The Flipbac Camera Grip is a high quality, precision made addition to your camera. Here we explain the steps and decisions we took to bring our camera grips to market.




Design and Production:

In order to create camera grips that would meet photographers’ needs, we first studied popular camera designs and carefully observed photographers' opinions and views in forums and blogs.

After determining our goals, the next step was designing the 4 camera grips. First, we hand made prototypes to establish the size and basic shapes of the camera grips. The next step was drawing 2D CAD drawings to give to 3D modeling technicians to render the 3D drawings. (Note: screen grab from 3D software). After multiple adjustments and fine tuning the end result was an extremely accurate visualization of the final product. These precise drawings were then given to the mold maker.

Using state of the art CNC milling machines, the mold cavities were created. We then did a test production to see if any further design adjustments were needed. On completing the mold cavities, the next step was to texturize the surface of the mold to closely match the surface textures of most cameras. Finally, the Flipbac logo was milled into the mold.










Materials:

After considering many different kinds of plastics and rubber, we decided on high grade silicone. We found silicone to be the most stable, long lasting and best feeling. We also sent out samples to photographers to get feedback. We all agreed the silicone was excellent and the material to use. With the mold now complete we did a small test run to check fit and finish and ensure the black silicone we used matched the blacks most commonly used on cameras.


Adhesive:

Choosing an adhesive was more difficult than first imagined. We quickly were drawn to two companies' adhesives – 3M and Sony. Sony interestingly has developed excellent adhesives that they use in their products and also sell to other manufacturers. However, after testing these adhesives in a wide range of temperatures and carefully examining if any residue was left on the cameras, we decided on a 3M adhesive. 




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The G4 Grip - Now Available!

The Flipbac Camera Grip G4 will fit over the small grip-strip found on popular cameras such as the Canon S100 and Nikon V1, as well as other cameras lacking a grip. It features a leather grain texture, made of high grade silicone and quality 3M adhesive. When mounted on the camera, the Camera Grip G4 handsomely adds form and function as if a “factory finish”.





*** Only the Flipbac Camera Grip G4 has a hollow groove to fit over existing grip strips.



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