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So I got into doing Renaissance acting this year and got to thinking, what would it be like if you had a real life dragon? Here is as far as I've gotten so far with that thought, the eventual plan is to make this dragon attonomous, but at the moment he is controlled with duel sliding joysticks that control the height and rotation of his head, how wide his wings are spread and the angle of the wings (I'll add in controls for the tail later). The joysticks will eventually be replaced with IR sensors and an accelerometer, but I'm still working on those baby steps.
The model does use a derivative of the dragon head: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1466
Any help with the programming would be greatly appreciated.
I'm a little hesitant over posting all of the build files but here is a file with Vogal completely assembled along with some support documents to run an Arduino Mini Pro 04.
The rest of the files are print plates that should allow you to print these parts on a Rapman 3.0 Single Head Extruder or any machine with a build bay of 8in x 8in or larger.
When fully printed, his wing span reaches out 28 inches and from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail, he stands 22 inches tall.
31 March 2012 - I just got the new PCBs in from DorkBot. I'm impressed with the quality but I had to do a face palm when I realized I had the capacitors (caps) in line with the rest of the power circuit instead of running to ground for power regulation. The attached BRD and SCH files allow for someone to hook up 6 servos and switch between two sets of 4 analog sensors (and have had the caps corrected).
Vogal the Dragon by TheRat is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution - Non-Commercial license.
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