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selected information from Halloween Animatronics
Volume 1 Animatronic Neck.
creating a neck design - I decided to use simple components.
An animatronic neck has to be strong - and it had to be compact.
I needed three main axis so it could easily imitate the human
neck This aluminium skeleton design allows the neck to rotate
left and right, pan side to side and Tilt up or down. In action
it's quite simple and once a faceplate is attached it allows
you really bring your animatronic characters to life.
This Particular Neck design, I use fairly simple parts. The
Animatronic neck design will depend upon what you need to accomplish
of course so this design is quite different than the design
I use for the popular BUCKY skeleton head, which is included
in the BONUS BUNDLE (modding the Bucky) but you need to start
somewhere, CLICK HERE to SEE SOME
OF THE MODDING THE BUCKY INFO. Full documentation is available
on the Video, Halloween Animatronics Volume 1 so be sure to
get your copy.
you move your head around, it rotates left and right. It moves
up and down and it tilts side to side. It can do this one action
at a time or all at once. It can move fast or slow. Your Head
is actually just along for the ride. It's the next that's doing
all the work, except for the thinking. Heads are pretty heavy,
last I checked, so the neck must be pretty strong. So we need
a design that provides 3 Degrees of freedom to simulate the
human neck, it has to be strong and the simpler, the better.
In this section, I offer to you a version of my animatronic
neck design. The design is simple to build and sturdy. You can
control it with any of the servo diver circuits we have built
and it works awesome.
we have a stong neck skeleton that allows for 3 seperate motion
axis. The faceplate mounts right here Once the servos are installed,
I run the through a simple pic motion routine to check it's
function. It looks ok, so I mount the faceplate and see how
Skinning the neck. To conceal
the mechanics, you need a material which stretches like skin
and is easy to apply. In the Video, Halloween Animatronics V1,
I go over this are in detail. Here you can see how well it looks.
The sheer has a good deal of stretching ability so it's perfect
for this moving part. And since I paint the face and neck as
one unit, it will blend in nicely. trust me... Ah this guy is
looking better already. I have sprayed a combination of brown,
black, grey and white on the face and neck. now they looks to
be one unit. Since I want him to look old and tired, I'm brushing
in some black under the eyes. Now I still need to blend it in
a bit more but I think you're getting the picture. Ok, I've
pretty much finshed it up by adding a grungy looking beard,
hat and weathering SO let's press on.
Full instructions and demonstrations are available on
Halloween Animatronics Volume 1
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to Section Seven - animatronic face design-->
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D. Denzer, Portland
2008, Dave Corr