Robot Covering

Anybody know a good source for covering robots to make them look like animals or humans?

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The solution to your problem can be found with:

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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Use Google to look up archives, and search for 'castvee8' in this group. I don't want to write his e-mail address directly. Mark is an expert in creating molded shells (fiberglass, etc.) and he's great at making them look human, animal, robotic, or anything in between. He might see this note and respond to it...I, for one, would like a thread on the materials and techniques of making body shells.
-- Gordon
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Hi, Not sure "where you are" in your robot construction-Its important for me to see where you are at for an adequate reponse. Normally in my methodology, I create body shells of fiberglass by making molds, then make an additional set of molds that actually produce "skins", the lifelike look and feel of skin. These skins are made of latex or silicone depending on the budget. Eyes, mouth, etc are made to be supported by the shell itself, while forced against the skin overlay making a seamless fit. When the motion of the appendage moves, the skin moves around or with it very realistically. I actually have a series of photographs which show each stage of these operations, but I dont have a website to really post them on. Most would think its probably out their reach to create such realistic figures, but it requires only a few key components which can be obtained almost anywhere. I guess I should write a book! You will spend much more time than money in such ventures. The material costs are quite minimal. The results are very rewarding. If you are just interested specific body parts(heads,hands etc) and havent started anything engineering wise, I can probably elaborate on getting you started. If you have already built a robot and want to "humanize" it, that could be a bit problematic without substantial re-engineering. I have some "standard" body shells that I may be able to supply for a modest fee also. It might be a place for you to start. Tell me where you are at in the project.
Mark
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I posted an example of a sample head I made years ago showing the shell head, skin, eye and mouth systems. This may give you an example of how to move toward human looking robots.
http://members.aol.com/castvee8/allhead.jpg
If the link doesnt work for you, you can e-mail me for a picture. At the risk of sounding spammy, I do have some of this stuff lying around if anyone is interested. I would also be willing to show how you can start from scratch and make your own similar head/body part shells, If there is sufficient interest here. Yes, you can do this at home!
Mark
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