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May 1, 2015 AT 9:00 am

Animatronic Rabbit Costume Build

animatronic costume 1

There’s a whole subset of cosplay culture dedicated to making fur suits that are kind of like outfits you see mascots or characters at theme parks wear. Furries dress as existing characters and come up with original designs, and both approaches are challenging. You have to construct the mask, sew the fur suit and cover the mask, and ensure the suit is made in such a way that you don’t pass out from overheating. Building a fur suit requires more than a few different skill sets.

Blue Rabbit Studios is showing some of the effort required with a build blog documenting the construction of costumes including animatronics, making fur suits, and electronics. The studio is currently working on an animatronic rabbit with moving ears and antennae and used servos from Adafruit to make everything move:

After so very much strife with trying to get a dual-axis ear set up working, I switched back to a single axis set up. I was having a lot of issues with glue not adhering to the foam on the ears, so I have instead bolted the entire structure together. I used a flexible plastic and a heat gun to form the plastic around base of the ears and bolted the servos in place. I ran a customized ear calibration program to account for new metal geared servos thanks to Adafruit! Everything seems a lot more stable and solid fitting now.

animatronic costume 2

animatronic costume 3

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