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We received an order from the Changchun Botanical Garden and we needed to make a giant insect- A 3 meters long animatronic mantis. The whole process took 35 days. We captured 1 real pray mantis and designed it with reference to the real mantis’ hunting movements. Praying mantis goes near to the target quietly and when it reaches a good distance, it grabs a target with its forelimbs. The electronic dynamics of the machine, the installation of the motor and related chips, and the editing and debugging of the program, can make this huge insect model have a coherent action.
After the mechanical frame is finished, the shaping work is carried out, using a sponge of 30 cm thickness. The assistant first completely wraps the whole machine system, and then the sculptor starts the detailed processing.
Finished Product After Painting.
Animatronic Insect Huge Mantis Testing：