Does anyone know how to bend a polystyrene sheet? Answered

 For my next project, I need to bend a 1cm thick polystyrene sheet. Does anyone know how to do this? (thermal, chemical?...). Added on May 4th: just to be sure, I'm talking about EPS (expanded polystyrene). The white isolation panels.

Question by bertus52x11 8 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

best material for molding polystyrene

I'm melting Styrofoam w/ acetone and wanting to put the goop in a gear mold; however I'm not sure what material I should be using for the mold.  I was originally going to do it in ABS plastic, but wasn't sure if the polystyrene would glue itself to the mold as the acetone evaporates.  So I was thinking of aluminum or possibly stainless steel.  Your thoughts?

Topic by Spaceman Spiff 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

1000's of ice packs + large polystyrene cooler boxes 2 feet cubed. I need a project, or three to consume these. Ideas?

I have 1000's of ice packs, some are thin flexible plastic, others are the thick rigid plastic type. They come inside large polystyrene cooler boxes about 2 feet cubed. I need a project or two or three to consume these. I can get even more but what would be a good use for them? If I can get a project for these then it will save a huge amount of landfill on a continuing basis. I have lots of space so there is no restriction there. Ideas please?

Question by NB GF 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Where can I find colored styrofoam?

I'm trying to make my own plastic using acetone and styrofoam; however I would like to create colors other than white.  Is there anywhere I can find black styrofoam, or any other color besides white?  Also, if anyone knows a method for creating colored plastic using the traditional white styrofoam, and some other ingredient(s) that would be great as well. Edit:  Meat trays/plates come in colored varieties; where can I find these?

Question by Spaceman Spiff 8 years ago  |  last reply 11 months ago

is there anyone that can make a machine to chamfer edges on polystyrene cake dummies ? Answered

We are struggling to find someone to help us make a perfect cake dummy made from polystyrene, we can cut the circles out no problem at all but cannot seem to get a perfect edge around the dummy, Have tried hot wire and a heated aluminium block but quality is poor. Maybe a router or a milling machine?

Question by nitrusoxide 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Summer heat in an old house... Answered

I am trying to find a new home but until then I am stuck in a '*§%& of a house that feels more like an oven. Problem is old age and a landlord who prefers unqualified DIY jobs rather than getting it done properly. I already wasted a lot of money on foam tape to at least prevent the wind from blowing through all doors and windows but the "aircon" is what kills me right now. The house is fitted with an evaporative cooler, which would be perfectly fine in a desert area but not around here with humidity levels usually between 50 and 65%, much higher when it rains on a hot day. My current choice is to sleep at around 34°C in my bedroom or to turn the cooler on to get down to 30°C but everything will be "wet" the next morning. Needless to say the system never had a clean or service done and the landlord is not going to change that as it is not a legal requirement here. Now I am seriously considering to waste more money and to get polystyrene boards to cover the windows that are fitted with just 3mm single pane glass. Was anyone ever desperate enough to such a silly thing and give some insight on how much of a temp difference was achieved? Any better or cheaper options out there apart from buying a portable aircon?

Question by Downunder35m 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Custom car

Ibuilding a custom car body out of polystyrene foam. Any advice on what to cover the foam with to strenghten it. I was thinking abot fiberglass but was really hoping to avoid it if possibe. Any suggestions on a strong alternative to fiberglass would be appreciated.

Topic by rednax718 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Is this styrene usable in vacuum formers? Should I use this or a different kind in my homemade vacuum former?

 Here is the link to some styrene sheet. Is this styrene OK to use in my homemade vacuum former?

Question by Ironman97 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Best way to shape styrofoam around a sphere?

Hey All, I'm getting ready for my next project, making a Deadmau5 head that replicates his pinhead helmet from last halloween. Since this helmet will require "messing up" and texturing the head rather than using fabric, I was assuming I'd use styrofoam to create that effect. However, I am uncertain as to whether or not I should be buying a hollow styrofoam sphere or flexible styrofoam, or something else. Any help/guidance would really be appreciated. I will be putting the material on a 13" hamster ball. Thanks in advance!!

Question by Nagha3 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Casting resin or epoxy in a mould

Hi, I am looking to do an artwork where the final product is a clear plastic resin or epoxy sculpture with various items such as plastic forks and straws inside it. I got this idea from resin flooring which has crushed up beer bottles and screws in it, and now I need some advice. Currently I am thinking that I will make the sculpture from polystyrene and make a mould out of plaster of Paris by pouring the plaster over it in a tub of some sort. Is polystyrene a suitable material to base the mould off and can resin or epoxy be cast in plaster of Paris? Also, how might I go about making 2 parts to the mould which can join together and which I can pour resin in through a hole? Regards.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

what would I use to make a hotwire cutter with stiff wire in a curved shape for cutting curves?

What kind of tansformer would I need ? what kind of stiff wire? thanks!?

Question by norcore707 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

can i build a 4' x 8' x 5'' expanded polystyrene coated with stucco?

It needs to be able to withstand 90 mph. it will be fastened between two posts

Question by narelmr 9 years ago

Holey Expanded Polystyrene! Weevils are eating my noodles!

And they're eating their way in through the styrofoam cup. I didn't think they could do that.  I thought there was a rule against that, or that they would not like the taste of styrofoam, or something.  And how did they get through the layer of shrink wrap plastic that's wrapped around the styrofoam cup?  I knew you would not believe it either. That's why I took some pictures. You see?  You see those little evil weevil-sized holes in the side of the cup? See the circular pile of weevil dust on the top of the dried noodles?  I told you it was true. I really don't mind the taste of weevils in my noodles, but the darned styrofoam cup is not going to hold water with those holes in it.  So I tape over those holes with clear plastic (cellophane?) tape, and now I can put some hot water on those noodles. The last picture shows the noodles in their hot, wet, state. There is a weevil carcass barely visible, or maybe it is just a shed exoskel (I think they molt) floating on top of that green pea, on the left there. Edit: I just noticed the finished, empty, cup has dead weevils stuck to the sides, and these are a pretty good example of what weevils and weevil exoskeletons look like, for anyone who has not seen weevils before.

Topic by Jack A Lopez 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

I want to bend some clear crystal polystyrene, how do I do it?

Poly is from CD jewel boxes. Need to bend to a curved aerofoil shape. Hair dryer? Microwave? Oven? Any ideas welcome. Ray

Question by RayArdia 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Extra Attic Insulation. Can I add polystyrene panels over existing fibreglass batts?

I have access to 6in thick polystyrene panels which I would prefer to re-use rather than take to the garbage dump. Can I lay them over existing fibreglass batts to increase the insulation in the attic ? The house is 4 yrs old so is up to code and is located in Ontario, Canada where the winters are cold. I'm worried about causing a moisture problem.

Question by Blakie2 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

can i build a 4' x 8' x 5'' sign from expanded polystyrene covered with a stucco coating?

It will be fastened between two posts. it needs to be able to withstand 90 mph wind load?

Question by narelmr 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

I need doors that are 97 inches high to go from ceiling to floor for a bypass system. What could I do in place of doors?

I'm installing a 144 inch hanging  bypass door track to act as a barrier between two rooms.  I need doors that are 97 inches high to go from ceiling to floor.  What could I do in place of doors?  The idea is to hang four 36 inch panels/doors so the rooms could be separate, or have a large opening between them.   I was thinking of making doors, maybe gluing veneer on polystyrene sheets.  These would be light and durable, but I'm not convinced they wouldn't be hideous.  Maybe us laminate flooring on the polystyrene?  Any ideas?

Question by Mandrew 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Rc Boat making?

Hi i have decided to make a rc boat i have the motor all sorted out its just the body. I was hoping to make one from styrofoam or polystyrene dose any one have some tips. Will this be water safe in other word's no water seaping througth . Thanks

Question by walterh9 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

What is the best construction technique for a 4-foot tall sculpture of a human face? Answered

Must be somewhat portable (ie. not carved out of stone, not using a ton of steel as a frame). Can have less detail or be more stylized than the images shown. UPDATE: I used sheets of polystyrene which I glued together and carved. Will post link to an Instructable soon!

Question by jess17a 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

use google sketchup model in edgecam? Answered

I want to use a landscape i made in sketchup(a mountain range) and mill it out of polystyrene using edgecam. Maybe there is a way to convert to  autodesk inventor first?  The model is only a face, which is why its hard to use in a solid modeling program. Ive used a rough face before on the cnc machine.

Question by William930 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How to make moving eyes in a mask?

Hi, I'm working on a skull mask based off a drawing of mine. I want to make it out if carved polystyrene, and put a black mesh in the eyes. Over that, I wanted the white triangular eyes to move around to make different expressions. but I'm having a hard time thinking of any good designs that would work fluently, and consistently. help and tips would be much appreciated :D Cheers, Bill.

Question by billcitrus 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Fallout Pip-Boy Iphone

Hello. I've been coming to this website for some time now and I must say there are some very creative people on here kudos to all of you. Any way my topic is: I'm thinking of making a Fallout 3 Pip-Boy 3000-style case for my Iphone 3G  (when I get one that is) and be able to wear it. I have seen a topic on here that is similar and I've seen a video that someone has already done this but it was made out of the Limited Edition clock and frankly I just can't afford that it costs roughly 90 pounds, just too much for something that I'll be taking apart any way. I was thinking of creating my own Pip-Boy out of a plastic tube, some polystyrene and an old screw case but after a talk with my father Polystyrene just crumble's so that's gone down. Then i though why not make a mold out of plasticene (modeling clay) but how do I go about that?. What is the material I need that will be sturdy enough to keep my phone safe?. Resin wont do nor will fiber glass. Can anyone tell me what is a good compensation for those or will those two work?. Yours sincerely Just Killing Time.

Topic by justkillingtime 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

large ice box project - which framing materials?

Which framing materials are ok for a very sturdy box- that is able to withstand regular movement and 'rough handling'? metal or aluminum? the box i have in mind will be about 4ft by 4ft by 4ft. i.e. 4ft cube. Also, in view of the size, i plan to have the box move on wheels or suitable castors. the core material for all the sides, bottom and lid will be extruded polystyrene([pink or blue board)- 3 inch thick. will this thickness be adequate in view of the size?

Question by frankoluku 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

S.T.A.L.K.E.R artifacts models?

Hi, I'm looking for someone making artifacts from S.T.A.L.K.E.R games. I'm going to make some models of them, so I'm just looking for someone, who tried to make some? Does anybody have any perception? For example, which materials are good, which are not. I'm want it for larp action next year. I tried plastic (polystyrene), but it's so fragile. I wanna try melt PET plastic from bottles. Glass is absolutely unuseable. Some tips for transparent, solid material, which is easy to obtain and work with it? If someone tried to make some models of artifacts, send photo :) Thanks

Question by FireCrier 7 years ago

Band, Miter, jig or scroll saw: the "goto" tool

Hi, I was wondering what people use for prepping materials to fit on small workspace spaces. I am interested in using machinable materials like acrylic, lexan, delrin, hdpe, machinable foam, polystyrene, brass and aluminum. These materials are usually easy to get in the right thickness and width, but the length could be 4'. I need to slice them down to sizes no more than 5.25" long to be used on a small cnc machine (5.5"x4.5"x1.25" build area) What do you think, or have experience with, that solves most of your needs? Thanks, Andy

Topic by AndyWilson 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Cutting or chopping packing peanuts for re-use?

How to cut packing peanuts (polystyrene mostly, although possibly also biodegradable) into pieces that can be used in pet beds? I wondered about putting p-nuts into metal garbage can, cutting hole in either metal top or piece of plywood thru which I could insert a "weed whacker" and trying that ... but don't want to buy an otherwise unnec. WW if this won't work!  I read elsewhere about using a blender -- figured that was suggested by someone who'd never tried it!  (1) Don't want to dull blender blades -- and figure static would make it almost impossible to remove the pieces of foam, and (2) It would take forever to cut enough to fill a 3' X 4" dog bed. Thanks.

Question by RustyRoller 7 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Lost Foam?

Hi guys, I've been messing about with lost foam aluminium casting here in the UK. I've tried packing expanded polystyrene, and Jablite but they seem really difficult to get a good finish on the foam patterns. I want to be able to machine them, or use them in a basic foam lathe. I know that in the States they have a denser finer grained insulation material (blue and pink in colour). These both seem to be better for obtaining surface finish. I've tried to Google the stuff over here but it seems to be silly prices. Does anyone have any links to UK sites that sell a similar product? I was wondering if the harder stuff that you saw up and stick between the rafters for loft conversions would work as this seems a much denser fine grain foam to me. Any ideas or advice would be appreciated.

Topic by marshon 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Thermal insulation/cover for heating water bottle

I am building a water bottle that can heat water inside up to 80 degree Celsius for my engineering project. The design of the bottle is as follows:1. an aluminium or steel flask2. heating coil at the bottom of the flask(for heating)3. battery and circuit for the heating coil is located below the heating coil.I want to design a cover such that a person can hold the bottle when the water is hot. Also, i want to protect the circuit and battery at the bottom from the heating coil. How can I do this? (As of now, i was thinking to spray polyurethane foam around the bottle and use a plastic cover. Also, using a polystyrene board below the heating coil to separate it from circuit board/battery). Are there any other insulating materials that can be used? Considerations for cover and insulation: 1. Should be able to hold the bottle 2. Wash the bottle (hence, waterproof)

Question by NagarjunG4 6 months ago  |  last reply 6 months ago

giant ice box /cooler -suitable fastening materials?

re:   Giant cooler Project I propose (still a proposal!) to use 8mm PVC Insulation panel(plastic) to which the  polystyrene will be bonded. In view of the ‘huge’ size of the boxes – 85cm high by 85cm wide by 130cm long, they will be assembled /disassembled at the location of use for ease of transportation and storage. The challenge   now is the best method of fastening the 6(six) members i.e. 2sides, 2 ends, plus top and bottom panels. I’m worried bcos the fastening must be such that leakages must be totally eliminated else insulation stands compromised. POSERS 1.       For the 4 standing members i.e. 2 sides and 2 ends, will a ratchet strap (or 2) do the job? Any better ideas especially as I propose to lock the fastener?    ,   2.    How can I firmly secure the top and bottom panels to the standing panels? The top panel     will of course have a door about 1/3 the size of the top panel with a key

Question by frankoluku 6 years ago

DIY Steering Wheel

Hello, I'm new here. So, lately, I've been thinking about making a steering wheel for my PC, with a simple up-and-down gear box and 2 pedals for acceleration and brake. Steering Wheel. I'm using a polystyrene sheet, to cut out a wheel from it, and in the center, there's space for installing a phone holder. I'm planning to use my phone's gyroscope and simulate it to the PC. Pedals. I've figured by using foams underneath, we can place a nail and a foil separated and when we press the pedal, the foil touches the nail and circuit gets completed. I've a general idea, but I'm stuck on how to give that signal to PC as to simulate as a button (say for acceleration and brakes.) Gearbox. For the gearbox, I figured it might be easier to make an up-down box (as in pulling the level shifts the gear up and vice-versa.) Here too, The part where I'm stuck is giving the signal to the PC. Anyone who can help me, please?

Topic by RohitR78 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Calculating heating effect.? Answered

I have been experimenting with making a hot wire foam cutter. This needs to be at least 600 mm wide. I have to hand a PSU capable of providing 14 volts at 2 amps (or slightly below) This is 28 watts. Now the question i would like to calculate the heat the Nichrome wire will reach at any given wattage but have no idea if I can do this. I have several wires that work to different levels, resistance of 30R, 4 R, 137R at the length I am using. Any one any  ideas how to calculate the temp or are there too many variables? So far I have worked empirically and arrived at the conclusion I need either around 18 volts at about 3 amps or I need a wire with a resistance of around 7R to suite the power i have available. I do know that the 20+ watts I am generating is just heating the wire to the melting point of the polystyrene foam. The melting point of the foam is apparently around 220 to 240 deg C (internet) At present it isn't cutting fast enough for my project. which required producing 5 mm thick sheets of foam with a reasonable consistency. i am cutting them from a 50 mm thick 1000mm x 500 mm block.

Question by rickharris 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

what are the specs to making a fog ball cannon from a rubbish bin, fog machine rubber band and garbage bag? Answered

hey, a while ago in high school out teacher was showing uss tuff to do with the transferance of energy and stuff like that, what he brought into class one day was a rubbish bin, with a hole cut out bottom, and on the lid, there was a rubbish bag(the big black ones) , on top with a rubber band taped to it. basicaly the way it worked was, the band is taped to the bag,m when you pull the band back, you pull back the bag also, which pucks in air into the hole in the bottom of the bin,but at this time the hole is actually the top of the cannon, as thats where the air enters and comes out. now when the air is being sucked into the bin, our teacher also had a hose from a fog machine attached to it, which made the bin suck up air, now when he let the band go when the bin was full of air, a ball of air shot out, and the fog remained inside that air ball so we could see where the ball went, which was around 20 meters, anyway, the fog ball could nock over polystyrene cups from 20 meters. i want to know exactly how to build one of these as i cant really remember how they look like as i have forgotton, i was reminded of these once when i saw one being used on rollercaoster, in the minishow, elliot and the surfing scientist.

Question by oldmanbeefjerky 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Need advice for adding aux-in/line-in to Philips AE2160/00-A AM/MW/LW portable radio

Hey there, this is my first post! :) I'm from Germany, so please excuse my grammar! :D The reason why I'm opening up this new topic is, I didn't find any instructable or guide on how to add an aux-in/line-in to my simple mono AM/MW/LW radio Philips AE2160/00-A. There's not much to find out about the technical specifications besides the standard product information: Tuner • Analogue tuning • Wave ranges FM 87.5 - 108 MHz MW 525 - 1606.5 kHz /04 LW 150 -255 kHz /00c FM/MW /04 FM/MW/LW /05 FM/MW/LW • Ferroceptor for MW (and LW) • Telescopic aerial for FM (and SW) Amplifier • Max. output power 300 mW RMS • Tone control Music /News Sound system • Loud speaker 100 mm • Metal grill Power supply • External supply /00c, /04 230V /05 240V AC • Batteries 2 x 1.5V , type R20/D cell/UM1 Connections • Headphone socket 3.5mm General • Material Polystyrene, metal grill • Weight (g) 520 • Dimensions (mm) 210 W x 150H Here's a link to a photo of the device:;=2000&$jpglarge$ I didn't even find schematics/circuit diagrams for this or a similar device. There are lots of tutorials on how to add such an input to a car radio or a boombox/stereo cassette player a.s.o., but not for a simple AM/MW/LW radio. My questions are: 1.) Are there any similar hack projects here in the step-by-step or forum section? 2.) How do I find the right connector or place to solder a 2-way-switch between the sections (tuner, amp, speaker)? After the hacking job, it should be possible to switch between normal radio listening mode and aux-in/line-in mode from an external mp3 player, notebook, a.s.o.. 3.) Is there anything else to know for this project? Yesterday I've opened up the case for the first time and looked over the circuit board and the connections. I had no cam to take pictures, but I try to take some mobile phone cam pictures of the circuitry and parts at the next opportunity! Cheers, arok1

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Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Walking with Dinosaurs

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS the Live Experience is no longer produced or presented by Immersion Edutainment -- please revise your copy appropriately. For 200 million years the Dinosaurs ruled the earth Now, they’re back roaming the arenas of America in an extraordinary new theatrical production WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Live Experience Based on the award-winning BBC Television Series Now on a two-year North American tour June 10, 2008--- Dinosaurs once again roam the earth in a spectacular theatrical arena show, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Live Experience, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Live Experience is now on tour in North America. Over one and a half million Americans have already seen the production since it opened in July 2007. The show originated in Australia, where after years of planning, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS came to life at Sydney’s Acer Arena in January 2007. The show proved itself such a sensation, that this North American tour was fast-tracked. It began a short three months after completing its sold out engagements in Australia. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Live Experience is brought to North America by The Creature Production Company, headed by CEO Carmen Pavlovic. Pavlovic said, “The BBC Series was a brilliant blend of special effects, escapism, excitement and information. Our show brings together all of that, plus something extra - it’s live! In this production, fifteen roaring, snarling “live” dinosaurs mesmerize the audience – and are as awe-inspiring as when they first walked on earth.” Pavlovic continued, “The dinosaurs are life-size, making the show so immense, it could only fit in arenas. It’s a $20 million arena spectacle of unprecedented size and quality, which captivates young and old alike. With Walking with Dinosaurs, we really believe we have created a new genre in entertainment and we hope to continue to bring new product to arenas for years to come ” WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Live Experience has sold out performances and broken records in arenas all over the America – generating more than $50 million in ticket sales to date. It has been seen on "The Today Show," Good Morning America," "Live with Regis and Kelly," and has been written about in Newsweek, The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor and the Wall Street Journal. It was the subject of a Discovery Channel Really Big Things episode and a video clue category on Jeopardy. more WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - Page 2 The production has won the 2007 THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Touring Event. The THEAs recognize excellence in the creation of compelling educational, historical, and entertainment projects. Artistic Director William May developed the creative vision of the show based on an original idea by entrepreneur Bruce Mactaggart to create an arena version of the Walking with Dinosaurs television series. A talented and experienced team of creative artists came together to produce WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Live Experience. The show is directed by Scott Faris, a Broadway veteran who has worked side by side with Harold Prince, Trevor Nunn, Michael Blakemore, Gene Saks, John Caird, Tommy Tune and Jerry Zaks. The creatures are designed and built by Sonny Tilders; the set and projected image design are by Peter England; the show’s lighting is by John Rayment, our score was composed by James Brett; and Warner Brown wrote the script. Tim Haines, creator and producer of the original BBC series, which was seen by a worldwide audience of 700 million, serves as Project Consultant to WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Live Experience. The series won six Emmy and three BAFTA Awards. Ten species are represented from the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs. The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain, as well as the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the awesome Cretaceous. The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus is 36 feet tall, and 56 feet from nose to tail. It took a team of 50 – including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts – a year to build the original production. The show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution, complete with the climatic and tectonic changes that took place, which led to the demise of many species. With almost cinematic realism, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, and the audience sees how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators. The history of the world is played out with the splitting of the earth’s continents, and the transition from the arid desert of the Triassic period is given over to the lush green prairies and forces of the later Jurassic. Oceans form, volcanoes erupt, a forest catches fire -- all leading to the impact of the massive comet, which struck the earth, and forced the extinction of the dinosaurs. Variety said, “The dinosaurs are stunning, life-size and faultlessly nimble. In act one, the beasts parade into the arena gnashing and cavorting as a safari-suited paleontologist describes their attributes … in the second half, the action cranks up, culminating in a spectacular clash as a T-Rex mom defends her baby from predators. Sonny Tilders' triumphant creature design ensures ‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ is a truly spectacular spectacular. It is everything a dino-phile could want.” The New York Times said that in this show dinosaurs make "a thundering comeback after 65 million years." Gloria Goodale of the Christian Science Monitor said, “When the dinosaurs start pouring out onto the stage, if you don’t have to stifle the natural flight response of any living breathing being, then it’s your pulse that needs checking.” Newsweek called the show, "that rare entertainment beast that parents and kids can enjoy together." More WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - Page 3 It took artists and technicians one year to build the show. The 15 dinosaurs were originally “hatched” by Tilders, the head of creature design, in a Melbourne Docklands workshop big enough to park a 747. For the North American tour, the only building large enough to house rehearsals for the dinosaurs – some as large as 36 ft tall by 56 ft long, was the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center! Artistic Director William May is known around the globe for co-producing shows with Malcolm Cooke for the past 30 years, including The Hobbit and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. He produced Marilyn An American Fable on Broadway and co-composed and wrote the musical Always for the West End. Director Scott Faris directed Michael Crawford in EFX at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, which at the time was the biggest stage production ever conceived, and was on the production team that created Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Hotel. Faris has directed Chicago the Musical in 16 countries around the world in over a dozen languages. Most recently he directed Bette Midler in her new Las Vegas show, The Showgirl Must Go On at Caesars Palace. Faris said, "We take the audience on a journey back in time and show them how the dinosaurs might have actually looked in their prime - huge, sometimes frightening, sometimes comical monsters - that fought for survival every day of their lives. Our dinosaurs move exactly like they are real -- with all the roars, snorts and excitement that go with it. The realism is mind-blowing!" Sonny Tilders, who designed and built the creatures has been, for the past decade, one of the major creative forces of the high-tech world of animatronic puppetry for film and television. He was one of the lead animatronic engineers for Jim Henson’s Creature workshop on the Farscape series, followed by work on Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Peter Pan, Ghost Rider and The Chronicles of Narnia. Tilders said, “Many of the technologies we are using on WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Live Experience are borrowed from film. The computer software and hardware we have developed is based on the systems used to control animatronic creatures in feature films.” “To make it appear that these creatures are flesh and blood weighing six, eight or even 20 tons, we use a system called ‘muscle bags,’ made from stretch mesh fabric and filled with polystyrene balls, stretched across moving points on the body. These contract and stretch in the same manner that muscle, fat, and skin does on real creatures.” “The puppeteers use ‘voodoo rigs’ to make many of the dinosaurs move. They are miniature versions of the dinosaurs with the same joints and range of movement as their life-sized counterparts. The puppeteer manipulates the voodoo rig and these actions are interpreted by computer and transmitted by radio waves to make the hydraulic cylinders in the actual dinosaur replicate the action, with a driver hidden below the animal, helping to maneuver it around the arena.” Suited puppeteer specialists, who are inside the creatures, operate five of the smaller dinosaurs. More WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - Page 4 Warner Brown wrote the script of WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Live Experience. He is an accomplished writer whose works include the book of the musical Flickers on Broadway, the screenplay of Nijinsky for Regent Entertainment, the musical The Black and White Ball, which features music by Cole Porter and The Truth About Light, written with composer Jimmy Roberts. Other credits include a new version of Half A Sixpence for the West End in 2008, Garbo – The Musical with music by Jim Steinman and Michael Reed, playing in Europe, and the plays and musicals Scandal, The Biograph Girl, Six for Gold, Cinderella, Talullah for a Day and Dance for Life. The score of WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Live Experience is by James Brett whose work can be heard on soundtracks including 10,000 BC, Alien vs Predator, Miramax's Ella Enchanted and the forthcoming UK feature Outpost. He also helped create the groundbreaking collaboration between Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony. The album S&M has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The sets and projections are by the multi-award winning designer Peter England whose work has toured the world extensively. A frequent collaborator at Opera Australia, the Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre, he also designed sections of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, three City of Sydney New Year's Eve Celebrations and in 2002 was a finalist in the international design competition for the Pentagon Memorial in Washington DC. Lighting Designer John Rayment lit the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games; Hong Kong’s original A Symphony of Light, a massive cityscape permanent lighting display involving over 18 buildings; Singapore’s 2002 National Day Parade stadium event; and Singapore’s Marina Bay annual New Year’s Eve Countdown display. Rayment also works frequently at Opera Australia and has lit 30 productions for Sydney Dance Company. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Live Experience was originally produced in Australia by Gerry Ryan, Malcolm Cooke and Jill Bryant and is brought to North America by The Creature Production Company. For more information, please visit Video of the show is available on our site under “The Dinosaurs” tab in the middle of the front page. # # # For more information about WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Live Experience, or to set up coverage about the show, please contact: David Barber, Davidson & Choy Publicity 323-954-7510 ex 19; Walking with Dinosaurs word mark & logo TM & © BBC 1998

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