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    Default Animatronics

    I usually just do things for Halloween, but I have used some of those props for Christmas as well.

    Here are a couple of my crossover animatronic projects:

    Here's a Parody of "Up on a Housetop"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZpXTV1Jsvs

    And this one is a parody of "White Christmas"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKEfPTvumBQ

    You can see all the videos I have done with this set of life-sized animatronic characters here:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis..._2a1xVWiWx5XMW
    HalloweenSkulls.com

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    Default Re: Animatronics

    Do you have any videos / pictures of the build of these? Servos? What type of controllers?

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    Yes, I do. I'll give you something to look over for a bit here: My 3 axis skull build That starts at the very beginning with my first design where I documented every step of the process with pictures, explanations, templates, and the whole works.

    I later created a new design that I used, and up until now are still using on the set of skeletons that you see in those videos. The proof of concept prototype for that skull is here: .

    Later, that design got refined, and ended up looking like there:

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    Here is a video that shows how the moving arms work: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=yo4DG99Ugkc

    I have been busy redesigning everything again, and plan to replace all the heads, and some of the sets of arms this year. I started a company (https://halloweenskulls.com) where I make 3D printed skulls using my animatronic designs, and this year I will be adding updated moving arms with much better hidden servos and wires.

    Finally, this is a video made from the CAD files for my new skull design. All of the parts have since been revised again, but you can see the idea with this video:
    Last edited by HalloweenBob; 05-11-2018 at 07:31 PM. Reason: Found correct links to picturs.
    HalloweenSkulls.com

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    I didn't answer all your questions in the above post. I use all servos and use ones from HiTec. Just a personal preference. Some are very powerful like the ones used on the arms at the shoulder which are these: https://www.servocity.com/hs-7980th-servo

    Most are the standard servos.

    I use a DMX controller for all of them. There are about 45 servos in my setup. The controller I have been using is one made by Skulltronix, but this year, I have made my own DMX servo controller card.
    HalloweenSkulls.com

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    Default Re: Animatronics

    This is what my new skull looks like in action. This is the 3D printed 3 Axis Animatronic skull that I will be replacing the old ones with soon:
    HalloweenSkulls.com

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