Reveni Labs, the Canadian brand which has successfully released two accessory light meters via crowdfunding campaigns, has launched a new Kickstarter for an automated film processor.
The new film processor is called the Dunkbot, and is mostly made from commonly found parts used in 3D printers.
The new machine designed By Reveni Labs’ Matt Bechberger is built around a crane-like robotic arm.
“By combining a simple dip-and-dunk method with off-the-shelf parts, the Reveni Labs Dunkbot was created to make at-home automated film processing more accessible and affordable.,” the project’s Kickstarter says. “The Dunkbot lets you get quality results with minimal effort and cost, by automatically managing the times, temperatures, and agitation cycles for your black and white, C-41, E-6 or ECN-2 processes.
“The Dunkbot is based on readily available parts commonly found in 3D printers, making it easy to repair and maintain. It will work for you for a very long time.
“The Dunkbot manages the times, temperatures and process steps automatically, and notifies you when the film is ready to be hung up to dry. The film tank has light traps on both the top and the bottom. Air flows in and out of the top, while liquids flow in and out of the bottom.”
The Kickstarter page shows videos of the processing routine, which involves loading the film into the included developing tank, which is then dunked one-by-one into six pots of chemicals
The Kickstarter page says the machine can process “three rolls of 35mm, two rolls of 120 film or six sheets of 4×5 at a time. The machine is ready to run a 2nd time after completing the first run, so multiple runs of film can be processed in quick succession, if needed. Only the pre-soak and rinse water needs to be replaced with fresh water.”
The Dunkbot includes:
- Dunkbot machine components
- Six stainless steel pots
- Light-proof developing tank
- Two Paterson-style film reels (universal for 35mm, 127 or 120/620 film)
- Universal in-line power supply (24V 6A, 100-240V 50/60Hz)
The basic unassembled Dunkbot costs around £585/$705 and a mostly assembled version costs around £750/$900. The Kickstarter runs until 16 April, and the campaign needs to raise £257,000; in its first 24 hours, the campaign had reached around 4% of its goal.
According to the campaign page, the finished Dunkbots will start shipping in September, if the campaign is successful.