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JackSnodgrass
01-07-2010, 05:17 AM
How are large displays like these made:

http://computerchristmas.com/index.php?link=photos&PhotoOwner=pmolsen&PhotoCat=74

There is a show where where you dirve through and see
about 100 of these type animated displays....

How are these physically set up... 13' tall... 20' wide, etc...

Thanks - jack

snoop
01-07-2010, 10:29 AM
Welcome Jack, They are made out of steel. They are wire frames like you would buy at say walmart, but they are on a much larger scale. The ones that you buy at dept stores is about 1/16 inch cold rolled steel with a powder coat or paint coating. They are probally using 1/4 inch cold roll steel and just making it bigger by scale.
The animation is like a simple 3 channel controller (what you find on chasing lights)http://www.allamericanchristmas.com/info/FAQ/How-to-page.htm this link shows you what I'm talking about.

JackSnodgrass
01-07-2010, 11:07 AM
Welcome Jack, They are made out of steel. They are wire frames like you would buy at say walmart, but they are on a much larger scale. The ones that you buy at dept stores is about 1/16 inch cold rolled steel with a powder coat or paint coating. They are probally using 1/4 inch cold roll steel and just making it bigger by scale.
The animation is like a simple 3 channel controller (what you find on chasing lights)http://www.allamericanchristmas.com/info/FAQ/How-to-page.htm this link shows you what I'm talking about.

what about the lights themselves... are the ones on those displays strings of C7, C9, or mini-lights? Just trying to picture how one would
be built if I was to try something like that.

jack

Warlock
01-07-2010, 11:25 AM
Hi Jack and welcome..Displays like this are industrial displays (like Niagara Falls festival of lights kinda stuff) and made from 3/8 steel...They can be made by using plastic mesh(snow fencing) and 1x2's and simple rope light.It takes about 4 to 8 channels depending on how much movement you make it..Another site that shows something similar is http://lindsaylights.com/Technical/snowball_fight.html

Another site for ideas like this is here done in steel http://worldclasschristmas.com

Hope this helps and gives you an idea of what can be involved.
Joe..

djulien
01-07-2010, 12:26 PM
what about the lights themselves... are the ones on those displays strings of C7, C9, or mini-lights? Just trying to picture how one would
be built if I was to try something like that.

You could make something like this using C7s, C9s, mini-lights, rope light, LED strings, or any other type of lights that can be turned off/on quickly.

don

kychristmas
01-07-2010, 01:07 PM
I have been planning some Wireframes for a while Jack. Search for Wireframes or Cutouts here and you will find some good information. There are a couple of members building some nice ones.

I'm starting to order the components to build standalone wireframe controllers based on input from other member here.

Check out this post for an idea on what I'm doing.

http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10027