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JDAWGBAILZ
03-08-2014, 09:50 PM
I looking to make an animated snowman something like this. Anyone have any ideas since I don't have $4,000 to spend on this one. LOL
http://www.seasonsgreeters.net/products.html

djulien
03-08-2014, 10:09 PM
I looking to make an animated snowman something like this. Anyone have any ideas since I don't have $4,000 to spend on this one.

This thread has info about a similar DIY body made out of coro:
http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?28602-3-D-Coro-Snowman/page5

Then you would just need to use either servors or an S-shaped wire rotated by a slow motor running thru him to make him dance. The mouth would be a servo, along the lines of Hallowe'en talking pumpkins or skulls.

Another way to make the body would be as a wireframe - use ceiling hanger wires or equivalent, join them at the ends and bend them out and spread them into the spherical shape, then stretch some white cloth or plastic sheet over it. (it would need to be fairly stretchy in order to get a smooth covering)

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JDAWGBAILZ
03-08-2014, 11:11 PM
From what I hear coro is expensive and I don't have a CNC to cut it on.


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mschell
03-09-2014, 12:06 AM
If you think coro is expensive, then you'll really be surprised when you go to buy servo motors or other things to make it move.

Coroplast can be bought in 4'x8' sheets for around $20, less if you find the right place or the right quantity.

Cutting it isn't hard, and you don't need a CNC machine to do it. You can cut it with a simple utility knife if you have a good straightedge. There are other tools that make it easier to cut as well and they're not that expensive.

In any case, you should look around and see what others have done, and start and try some things.

scootchu
03-09-2014, 07:48 AM
https://www.facebook.com/LightsonDisplay
Mike has some documentation out there on how he built his animated figures.
http://www.lightsondisplay.com/

JDAWGBAILZ
03-09-2014, 09:34 AM
I've watched his videos many times and every time it just amazes me. That snowman is exactly what I want!


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mndless
03-09-2014, 11:09 AM
Looks like a white stretchable material pulled tight over two independent wire frame body parts (spheres)... the top part is just rocked back and forth.... wiper motor is probably enough...

I assume mouth and head are simple servo motors ??

I really like this... if I could find some white stretchy material, I might try to make one of these......

JDAWGBAILZ
03-09-2014, 10:43 PM
Thanks for all the replies. I'm going to try to mess around and see what I can come up with. I'll post as I go!


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