Esmée Kramer studiert Network & Systems Engineering und hat in ihrer Freizeit aus PVC-Rohren und Schaumstoff ein mechanisches Dinosaurierkostüm in Form eines T-Rex gebaut. Und das ist ganz schön geil, finde ich.
First thing to figure out was what material to use. I chose to go with PVC pipes, because they’re kinda cheap and light. Plus they’re easy to work with.
Next step: Sketching… Lots of thinking and sketching. And that actually kept going throughout the rest of the process.
The most challenging part was figuring out how to move the head in all the different directions. I designed the head to be able to move up and down, left and right and to rotate. In order to make the movements more natural I also needed some control over the neck.
The way the costume leans on my hips/shoulders kindoff functions as a seesaw in which I am the fulcrum. This way I don’t have to move my body a lot in order for the dinosaur to lean forward or backward. I can adjust it’s pose by pushing or pulling the handle I use to control the head. This spares my own back and also makes the movements appear a little smoother.