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STROBE GRIP PROJECT SUMMARY
Pipeline Design & Engineering created a handle to hold a photography strobe and umbrella. The product is intended to make holding the strobe in different angles and positions more convenient for the user.

TEAM:
Mechanical Engineer

DESIGN TOOLS USED:
SolidWorks 3D CAD
Photorealistic Rendering

MARKET:
Consumer Product

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Accept all major brands of hotshoe flashes (strobes)
  • Be comfortable to grip
  • Prevent strobe from ever falling off handle
  • Be mountable to standard light stand
  • Hold a photography umbrella at an appropriate angle to be illuminated by strobe
  • Injection mold-friendly

SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES

A local team of Arizona wedding photographers came to Pipeline with an idea for a new handle that would be used to hold and manipulate a strobe flash. Typically, a strobe is placed on a light stand with an umbrella and remains stationary (relative to the light stand) throughout the photo shoot.

Occasionally, however, it is convenient for a photographer’s assistant to be able to hold and maneuver the strobe/umbrella in different angles and positions. Being attached to a bulky light stand makes this difficult, so a comfortable handle that couples the strobe to the umbrella was desired.

Pipeline conducted market research to identify sizes of common hotshoe flash interfaces and umbrella shaft sizes and designed the Strobe Grip to accommodate a wide range of these products. Additionally, an accessory and features were provided so that a user could still mount the hotshoe onto a light stand, if desired.

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