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  1. phil83er's Avatar
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    May 21, 2017, 5:17 PM - Synthia - Animatronic bust #1

    Hey guys,

    I wanted to share something me and Christoph, his RPF username is "Prime" built within the past 6 weeks.

    I don't really know if this is the right category for our first animatronic or even suitable for the rpf, but I felt it is the most fitting one, as our build is not really a replica but our own design. It is inspired by a lot of different movies, like of course Ghost in the Shell, Terminator, Star Trek, and different other ones though :)

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    Bit of background story on this one:

    Around two months ago me and Prime had the opportunity to get an exhibition table at the maker faire vienna. Since we already participated last year, we thought, that we should do something new for this years exhibition.

    Ghost in the shell was just in the cinemas, and of course we also found the tested video of Adam Savage showing the props and the geisha animatronic of the movie.

    Well, and then a crazy idea took shape, and we decided to make our own take on the geisha. :D

    Here's a video of the first movment test.


    The basic info on the animatronic is:


    • 13 Servos used (3 main head movment, 2 for the eyes, 2 for the jaw and 6 for opening/closing the face)
    • 1 Arduino
    • 1 Xbox One Controller
    • Processing sketch including a small UI for the controls
    • lots and lots of cables, EL Wires, and RGB LEDs
    • a ton of Putty, Primer, and Color
    • many night shifts


    Basically all the parts were 3d printed. The base was laser cut from acrylic glass. The body (until now) was a mannequin that we bought second hand.
    A friend of us was so kind to 3d print all the parts for us, as both our printers were non functional at the time we started building it.

    Then, within two weeks espescially Prime smoothed, sanded, colored and prepared the parts until they were not recognizable as 3d prints anymore.
    And it really paid off!!

    We received so much attention at maker faire, which we really didn't expect at all.


    Over the course of 6 weeks we managed to make everything from design to servo layout and programming the arduino so the animatronic could be puppeteered via an Xbox controller.


    AND now:

    We wanted to make this animatronic as an open source project!

    Within the next weeks, we will upload all the STL Files, the Arduino and Processing sketches, materials used, and electronics we bought, including a documentation on how we build everything.

    Maybe, or hopefully this will be interesting to you guys, and help to build some by yourself ;)

    I will post the link here, as soon as we documented everything :)

    Anyway, hope you enjoy our project!

    and here's a work in progress video of its current state:

    (still going to add music and voice over)
    Last edited by phil83er; May 24, 2017 at 9:17 AM. Reason: adding name of the user Prime, adding two new videos of movement and final version, spelling mistakes, added description
  2. RPF Premium Member
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    Jun 6, 2017, 11:04 AM - Re: Synthia - Animatronic bust #2

    wow, no reply here? I think, its an amazing project and will follow it with interest. Great work!
  3. xenobiologist RPF Premium Member Leigh's Avatar
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    Jun 7, 2017, 9:09 AM - Re: Synthia - Animatronic bust #3

    Awesome!
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    Jun 7, 2017, 10:18 AM - Re: Synthia - Animatronic bust #4

    Great job!

    Lots of working parts (not literally) to put this all together. (Be proud!)
  5. KlownOtheWastes's Avatar
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    Jun 10, 2017, 4:15 PM - Re: Synthia - Animatronic bust #5

    Guys that looks amazing!! Very cool
  6. RPF Premium Member
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    Jun 12, 2017, 7:44 AM - Re: Synthia - Animatronic bust #6

    I think this is unbelievable! I will definitely be jumping on the files and incorporate into a build.


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  7. RPF Premium Member
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    Jun 12, 2017, 7:46 AM - Re: Synthia - Animatronic bust #7

    phil83er said: View Post
    Hey guys,

    I wanted to share something me and Christoph, his RPF username is "Prime" built within the past 6 weeks.

    I don't really know if this is the right category for our first animatronic or even suitable for the rpf, but I felt it is the most fitting one, as our build is not really a replica but our own design. It is inspired by a lot of different movies, like of course Ghost in the Shell, Terminator, Star Trek, and different other ones though

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	mfv17.jpg 
Views:	123 
Size:	286.4 KB 
ID:	730356


    Bit of background story on this one:

    Around two months ago me and Prime had the opportunity to get an exhibition table at the maker faire vienna. Since we already participated last year, we thought, that we should do something new for this years exhibition.

    Ghost in the shell was just in the cinemas, and of course we also found the tested video of Adam Savage showing the props and the geisha animatronic of the movie.

    Well, and then a crazy idea took shape, and we decided to make our own take on the geisha.

    Here's a video of the first movment test.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF1GwQpY16c

    The basic info on the animatronic is:


    • 13 Servos used (3 main head movment, 2 for the eyes, 2 for the jaw and 6 for opening/closing the face)
    • 1 Arduino
    • 1 Xbox One Controller
    • Processing sketch including a small UI for the controls
    • lots and lots of cables, EL Wires, and RGB LEDs
    • a ton of Putty, Primer, and Color
    • many night shifts


    Basically all the parts were 3d printed. The base was laser cut from acrylic glass. The body (until now) was a mannequin that we bought second hand.
    A friend of us was so kind to 3d print all the parts for us, as both our printers were non functional at the time we started building it.

    Then, within two weeks espescially Prime smoothed, sanded, colored and prepared the parts until they were not recognizable as 3d prints anymore.
    And it really paid off!!

    We received so much attention at maker faire, which we really didn't expect at all.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcDt159VWVY

    Over the course of 6 weeks we managed to make everything from design to servo layout and programming the arduino so the animatronic could be puppeteered via an Xbox controller.


    AND now:

    We wanted to make this animatronic as an open source project!

    Within the next weeks, we will upload all the STL Files, the Arduino and Processing sketches, materials used, and electronics we bought, including a documentation on how we build everything.

    Maybe, or hopefully this will be interesting to you guys, and help to build some by yourself

    I will post the link here, as soon as we documented everything

    Anyway, hope you enjoy our project!

    and here's a work in progress video of its current state:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGLxl9Nf6pU
    (still going to add music and voice over)
    Did the servos provide smooth movement? I'm wondering if you had to test out multiple servos? Thanks in advance - I'm think ng ahead for a project.


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    3 Weeks Ago  Jan 28, 2018, 7:27 PM - Re: Synthia - Animatronic bust #8

    Just a quick update. We are currently working on the upper body. Here a teaser pic of the skeleton.
    All parts 3D printed using PLA and PETG on an Original Prusa i3 MK2S, sanded and painted.
    The aluminium cage which houses the servos is CNC milled.

    The body shell parts are also already finished and we ar working on the assembly.
    Can‘t wait to show the full finished animatronic.
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  9. chuckyAPP's Avatar
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    3 Weeks Ago  Jan 29, 2018, 5:48 AM - Re: Synthia - Animatronic bust #9

    Great work there... Super professional work
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    3 Weeks Ago  Feb 1, 2018, 7:26 PM - Re: Synthia - Animatronic bust #10

    Pro-Job for sure!! Very cool animatronic bust and the skeleton is Ace!!
  11. Prime's Avatar
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    1 Week Ago  Feb 12, 2018, 5:17 PM - Re: Synthia - Animatronic bust #11

    Quick update from the assembly phase... Many sleepless nights at the moment....
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  12. Too Much Garlic's Avatar
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    1 Week Ago  Feb 13, 2018, 5:42 AM - Re: Synthia - Animatronic bust #12

    First time I've seen this. Pretty awesome.
  13. RPF Premium Member DaddyfromNaboo's Avatar
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    1 Week Ago  Feb 13, 2018, 8:08 AM - Re: Synthia - Animatronic bust #13

    Fantastic craftsmanship, really. Beyond hobbyism.

    One question though, the face plates are moveable, the question I am asking is, why in that manner? I personally cannot see any purpose for them to move except for the creepyness factor. The parts are interchangeable, what about breaking at least the mouth up into segments for the lips? Teeth are there, but can only be seen when the mouth section is opened.

    I envy you guys for your time and skill sets...

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