This instructable shows how to make a mask with realistic moving eyes.
This project requires the following skills that are not covered in details:
- Arduino setup, programming and sketches uploading
- 3D printing
Here is a list of supplies:
- King Kong or similar mask from toys shop
- Power supply (5V, power bank)
- Stand for the mask
Components for Animatronic Eyes:
- Arduino nano
- 8x 3.7g servos
- Garden metal wire (~0.6 mm) or similar for rods
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Step 1: Demo Clip
King Kong mask in action.
Step 2: Animatronic Eyes
Animatronic eyes consists of 3D printed parts, electronics and servo motors.
The STL files for 3D printing located here:
The animatronic eyes is the most difficult component here, so I recommend to start with the left eye first, and then add another one.
Here the link for the left eye: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3900207
Please write in comment if you need more detailed instruction how to setup it.
Step 3: Stand for Mask and Eyes
As a stand you can use lego constructor.
For my stand I used the Lego style constructor from here:
Step 4: Assembly
Upload the sketch and check that eyes are moving according to your intention.
Depends on scenario, you can program different moving patterns. For example, for the demo clip I programmed several eyes moving patterns that I run one by one.
Then attach the mask to the stand using rubber bands. As an alternative, you can use threads (as I did) or just glue it using hot glue gun.
Attach the power supply and make the final check.
Congratulations!!! You did it!!!
Now it's time to surprise your friends.