A new spin on an old idea Before film, the Victorians had Zoetropes; the original GIFs. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​3D Zoetropes update the concept for the age of 3D printing. 4-Mation is an interactive 3D Zoetrope with uniquely smooth animations, available in a range of models from the ready-for-display Exhibits, to DIY kits.

Let there be LIGHT! 4-Mation is powered by 216 watts of LED brightness – equivalent to 2000 watts incandescent! Brighter is better since the strobes are just 1/2 a millisecond, but with its super powerful LEDs positioned at 4 points above the carousel, the animations are clear without the need for a darkened room.

Control the Magic! 4-Mation is the worlds first Interactive 3D Zoetrope; you can change the animation speed, strobe rate, LED brightness, and LED colour in the App. Direct the magic happening in front of you, and perhaps, turn wonder into understanding.

STL, DXF Downloads Cad files for the animations and for other components, including the laser-ply machine frame, are free to download at Thingiverse. Follow us on Thingiverse for more animations, more components, and updates.


  • 4-Mation Exhibit  Ready-for-display machine with your choice of animation, exactly as shown in the videos.
  • LEGO-compatible kit  Walnut kit plus LEGO-compatible carousel. Build your own custom animations with your favorite plastic bricks and mini-figures. Lego compatible animation base (carousel) as per videos is this kit’s feature, but no actual LEGO included.
  • Resin frog kit  Walnut kit plus frogs animation kit. Coloured but unpainted resin cast frogs ready to glue on to the carousel, just paint the eyes. Like all Kit models, includes a printed carousel cover with character positions marked for gluing.
  • Walnut kit  Super DIY Kit plus a mostly pre-assembled frame in machined walnut, steel and brass.
  • Laser-ply kit  Super DIY Kit plus a mostly pre-assembled laser cut plywood frame.
  • Super DIY Kit  Eletronics, motor, power, cabling, and carousel kit. Download the CAD files from Thingiverse to cut your own frame and print your own animation.

4-Mation is an N7Tech product – see “About Us” for more details on N7Tech.