I get a lot of ideas from the do it yourself channels on a video sharing site. People take scrap parts and make all kinds of creations. I had the idea of making a walking mechanical dinosaur just for fun. I looked at some scrap metal prices and bought some sheets to complete my project. I had a design planned out on paper of how I wanted the dinosaur to look. Coming up with the frame for the dinosaur was easy, but figuring out how to place the electronic components on the inside was a harder task. Everything had to be aligned just right for the dinosaur to be able to walk without falling over.
I scavenged some motors from devices that I found at the thrift store. People get rid of old printers all the time, and the store sells them for a cheap price. The same goes for old VCRs, since people mostly stream their movies over the Internet and don’t need them anymore. Continue reading