Animatronics

Description: Animatronics is a multi-disciplinary field that integrates various aspects of anatomy, robotics, mechatronics and puppetry to provide inanimate objects with lifelike qualities. An illusion of realism can be produced by combining aspects of the aforementioned disciplines to create a system looks and functions like a human, animal, or creature of fantasy. Many tremendous animatronics have been created over the years. However, there is an opportunity to employ modern technologies and techniques to speed development times and reduce cost. In particular, we have been working to explore techniques of modular design and rapid prototyping for developing animatronic facial features.

Modular Eyes

Rapid Prototyping

Face

Publications:

Sanders, J. and S. Shooter, "Design of an Animatronic Eye," Proceedings of the ASME Biennial Mechanisms Conference, Atlanta Georgia, September, 1998.

J. Sanders, "Design and Development of an Animatronic Eye", M.S. Thesis, Mechanical Engineering, Bucknell University, 1998.

C. Nowakowski, "Design and Development of an Animatronic Face," M.S. Thesis, Mechanical Engineering, Bucknell University, 2002.