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Animatronic Head On-Line Class!

David DeMattiaDavid DeMattia Saint Croix Falls, WI. ✭✭✭
I just signed up for the full class. CAN'T WAIT!

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  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    I'm really looking forward to this one too!

    /Chris
  • David DeMattiaDavid DeMattia Saint Croix Falls, WI. ✭✭✭
    Hey all, I'm looking at finding some less expensive substitutions for the servos specified in the project. Have found some but am looking to see if specifications match. Will post later today.
  • David DeMattiaDavid DeMattia Saint Croix Falls, WI. ✭✭✭
    edited September 2016
    Here are the lower cost servos I found with specs and price at Tower Hobbies from a company called RC Gearshop. I wouldn't use them for a Mission Critical project, but they look fine for the class. Any thoughts?

    http://www.rcgearshop.com/

    http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0097p?FVSEARCH=Servos&CATEGORY=&FVPCODE=7&FVPROFIL=+&MANUFACTURER=RGZ&SEARCH=GO
  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    Those could be fun to play with!

    For my personal projects I stick to servos with metal gears, and have recently started working primarily with digital servos which have a lot of great features like being able to  define limits, moment direction, etc. on each servo.  But they do cost a bit more! 

    I'm sure you could find plenty of good uses for inexpensive servos like those though!   Especially if you needed a large number of servos to move relatively low weight features.

    /Chris
  • David DeMattiaDavid DeMattia Saint Croix Falls, WI. ✭✭✭
    Yes, for professional critical projects, I would use more robust servos. But for the class, I think these are a more economical solution.
  • David BoccabellaDavid Boccabella Brisbane, Australia Moderator
    I'm signed up as a watcher but I will be adding my comments :)
    However 5am start in Australia *Sighs*
  • David BoccabellaDavid Boccabella Brisbane, Australia Moderator
    Hobbyking has their own range of servo's that I have found quite good. And the price is very good too. Since I use a microcontroller to handle my servo's I can program in the limiters. 

    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__363__189__Servos_Parts-HobbyKing_Servo.html


  • David DeMattiaDavid DeMattia Saint Croix Falls, WI. ✭✭✭
    David, The servos you found look a lot like the Win-King servos I purchased for the class. I really like the prices. Chris, I almost always use animatronics software for my projects and set the limits there. See you all this afternoon (or morning!).
  • David BoccabellaDavid Boccabella Brisbane, Australia Moderator
    David.. What software do you use?
  • David DeMattiaDavid DeMattia Saint Croix Falls, WI. ✭✭✭
    I use VSA by Brookshire Software. Have been using it for about 10 years. I really like it. For the servo driver board I used to use a board by Scott Edwards. I switched to boards by pololu.com. If you have questions, let me know. 

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  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    VSA is a very popular application.  A lot of folks in the Halloween and Haunted Attraction community use it for controlling their props.

    /Chris
  • David DeMattiaDavid DeMattia Saint Croix Falls, WI. ✭✭✭
    I just wish it could program two axis's at once instead of just one. Here is one of my projects I did in VSA. 

    http://sleepingdragonstudios.com/bugs-for-lunch-osceola-public-library/
  • I run several 3 axis skulls in my haunt that incorporate random movements.  They use a custom board to provide the random tilt, rotate and nod motions as well as the audio to jaw sync circuit.  It works great as long as you don't need specific, programmed movements.  You can see it here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaqGgtsbFkU
    Steve Bjork, who helped with the programming of my Frankenstein board, is in the process of releasing his upgraded version, the Banshee.  You can find info at his website if you would like more info - http://http//www.haunthackers.com/banshee/index.shtml

  • David DeMattiaDavid DeMattia Saint Croix Falls, WI. ✭✭✭
    Cool Steve. I like how the board talks you through the programming.

  • Cyril WichersCyril Wichers ✭✭✭
    edited November 2016
    Very nice controllers (but a bit more pricy) are the ones made by Gilderfluke. They have their own software, that you can use for free to program up to 15 or 16 servos with.
    I built my own controller using two 4-function joysticks to do the programming.
    I used one of them on this guy (animatronic not built by me, I just rebuilt the controls)

  • David DeMattiaDavid DeMattia Saint Croix Falls, WI. ✭✭✭
    COOL!
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