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Halloween Animatronics VOLUME 2

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Halloween Animatronics Volume 2
Pneumatics and Control Systems




Halloween Pneumatics From Halloween2go.com

From Halloween Animatronics Volume 2
Running Time 1 hour and 42 minutes

Basic Pneumatics You want your props to MOVE ! Face it, the more weight you add to a Halloween Animatronic prop, the harder it is to move it around! So that's why will primarily be using compressed air to move our props around. This information will get you started with what you need to know and what you need to get to add pnematic actions to your Halloween Animatronics. Both in the Video and in the extended documentation that comes with the video, the information is what you need to know and where to purchase it!

To begin with, we take a look at a Basic Pnuematic System and move on from there. The Basic Pneumatic System that I use for my Halloween Animatronic setup s composed of a compressor with pressure regulator, a water separator, a pneumatic valve and a pneumatic cylinder. That's not too bad, you essentially have four components and they are connected together with an air line. So we stat with the Basics of Halloween Pneumatics and move on from there.
Always build your framework or mechanisms out of either steel or aluminum, never PVC. PVC pipe can easily break under repeated pneumatic stress. You can easily build a prop that will tear itself apart if the pressure is too high, even if you build it out of aluminum or steel, but using PVC is setting yourself up for mechanical failure. So in all the Halloween Pneumatics you will see, they are all made from either aluminum, steel or a combination of the two. Purchasing Aluminum for your Halloween Pneumatics is easy too. Just go to your Local Home Improvement store, they have a great stock of Aluminum and steel to fit your needs.
Your props are going to be moving FAST! Way faster than you've seen before and they will simply overstress PVC construction. This simple One Cylinder pneumatic prop can move from one postion to the other in a blink of an eye!
We go over several types of pneumatic valves in the DVD and in the extended documentation so nothing is left out. You will know what they do, how to use them and where the best places are to get them. Links and vendors are provided. Yes, you can order your Halloween Pneumatic valves on-line for convienience.

Valves can be used singly, like this one, or they can be used on a manifold like these. Don't let the manifold scare you, it's just 4 valves hooked together.

The manifold allows one primary air supply line to support all the valves on the manifold. This is very handy when you are controlling several pneumatic cylinders on one prop because you can centralize your control circuit and valves while keeping your feeder airlines short.

So once we get the basics of Halloween Pneumatics down, Let's move on to how to use Relays to activate the pneumatic valves or DC motors.




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