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What is the best way to get into animatronics-type stuff if you have never done electronics before? Answered


Study puppets and puppetry, study robots, once you understand the mechanics of how to make things move, then look at the electronics and controls. You can do a lot with a simple motor without a lot of circuitry.


9 years ago

Get some experience with electronics. By a soldering iron, and start disassembling some old electronics. See what parts you can use, and then built something from them. Go to the library and find a book about electronics. When you've got enough experience with electronics, there's a lot of instructables here showing what you can make with electronics. You'll soon be able to built your own animatronic :P

Thanks! Can you suggest any good beginners books in particular?

Sorry I can't, but you should be able to find some beginners books at the library. If you dont have much experience with electricity either, i would suggest to learn some of the laws of physics about electricity (Ohm's law for instance).

I've taken a few physics courses (AP highschool, 2 college level), I'm just more concerned about the fact I've never done anything hands-on. =) Thanks!

Okay, that's good. If you know the theory you can concentrate on your soldering and stuff like that. I would suggest that you buy a good soldering iron (Weller is a good brand in soldering irons). No problem.