Take a look at Mechanical Motions
selected information from Halloween Animatronics
Volume 1 Mechanical Motions.
electrical animation I generally use these windshield wiper
motors. 12 Volt, but I vary the voltage depending upon the application.
You can purchase them for a little over 10 bucks from http://www.monsterguts.com
I have about 20 of these running in my Haunt during the season
and have not had anything go wrong with them. So since this
a ROTATIONAL motion. Let's investigate a few motions that can
be obtained using metal bar stock.
Just because I have the drawing going side to side or up and
down, doesn't mean that's all it can do. Flip the drawing around
and see if you can make it do what YOU need it to do.
Operated animatronic projects can be tricky. Mechanically,
the cam may be too radical a design for proper motion. Even
though these motors are strong (strongest running HI speed
12V), they can be brought to their knees if the cam design
to to radical or the armatures push too hard.
when planning a CAM design, Try and make it simple. Remember,
your using the cam for repeating, but unusual movement. Use
it sparingly, Switch the motor on and off unpredictably with
made the CAM out of flat aluminum stock, and bent it in a random
shape. I also offset the center. THe spring keeps the follower
pressed tight to the CAM as it rotates. WHile it may not seem
like much, It's probably just fine. I dont want the arm moving
continuously, So I will turn the motor on and off with a rely
connected to the output of a PIC
Detail of the cam. See that Head in the background? Yep, that's
going to go on top of this apparatus. Make a note that while
you don't always have to use aluminum or steel for strenght,
You can' beat those materials for reliability in your Halloween
Animatronics. When I started out, I used a lot of wood and PVC.
But then when they started breaking, I figured that If the PROs
used metal, so would I. I've been happy with that decision ever
since, so if you're just starting out, Use metal. save yourself
is the basic torso of the prop. You may have
seen it here. I am using the Cam Mechanism pictured above
in this instance. This GYPSY was part of the 2007 show.
part of the video I show a few Pneumatic demonstrations, mostly
to peak intrest in Halloween Animatronics VOLUME 2 - Pneumatics,
and Halloween Animatronics, VOLUME 3 scare concepts and designs.
Once you understand that all the circuits and components are
'TOOLS' to help you with the tasks before you, you can really
AMP UP your animatronics with pneumatics!
that's pretty much it for Halloween Animatronic VOLUME 1 ZERO
to Halloween HERO. If you're not convinced yet, You don't
know what you're missing. This is a fantastic creative
endevour for everyone who indulges in it. You're Haunt, either
home or professional only gets a few days or weeks a year
to produce. Make it count. Show your creativity, You only
get one go around, make it the best you can.
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for the expressed purpose of teaching you step-by-step, not only
the mechanics of Halloween Animatronics, but the actual design and
construction of the electronic control circuits that make it all
2008, Dave Corr