Week 6 Update

We are nearly halfway through the semester! That means it’s almost time to begin the transition from prototyping to producing final products. Check out this video for a preview of this week’s raptor happenings:

This week the raptor team had the privilege of working with Ron Pardini, a special effects artist with 29 years of experience. The class spent Sunday working in the lab with Ron, and enjoyed a presentation on Ron’s life and career on Monday.

Here’s a recap of this week’s major accomplishments and goals for the future:

Electronics Team

Accomplishments:

  • controlling two wireless modules separately from one laptop
  • working with Cait to establish wire placement on raptors

Goals:

  • 3D print a new case to hold the Arduino with EL and wireless shields
  • develop a system to relieve strain on wires to avoid anything getting pulled out of place
  • have entire three-raptor system working by November 13

Skin Team

Accomplishments:

  • developing a pattern for the skin on the heads and feet of the raptors
  • experimenting with incorporating lights into the skin

Goals:

  • continue developing skin texture
  • work with EVA foam to refine skin patterns
  • have all skin ready by November 20

Feet Team

Accomplishments:

  • carving the foot’s shape out of foam
  • exploring integration of foot with performer’s shoe

Goals:

  • attach feet to legs
  • develop claws for feet
  • have final foot model ready by November 13

Hand Team

Accomplishments:

  • refining mechanism for performer to control finger articulation
  • improved finger articulation by integrating springs into hand
  • picking up objects with raptor hands

Goals:

  • improve integration of performer’s glove and raptor hand
  • experiment with using magnets to aid in picking up objects
  • have final hand model ready by November 13

Structure Team

Accomplishments:

  • scaling down the raptor’s body frame
  • adding a foam spine to the frame

Goals:

  • fit harnesses to two other performers
  • work on transition between raptor body and head
  • experiment with using attachments from tail to performer’s arms to control tail movement
  • have complete structure model ready by November 13

Leg Team

Accomplishments:

  • establishing more solid joint connections
  • developing a kneecap prototype

Goals:

  • attach legs to feet
  • shorten length of thigh and increase thickness of foam rods
  • have final leg model ready by November 13

Head Team

Accomplishments:

  • improved mechanism for attaching raptor head to performer’s head

Goals:

  • improve mechanism for attaching raptor head to raptor body
  • have final head model ready by November 13

Of course there’s still a lot of work to be done, so stay tuned for the second half of the semester!

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