Adam Savage Meets a Life-Size Animatronic T-Rex! 

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Adam steps into the massive workshop of Animax Designs, a character design and fabrication company that he's been working with for his velociraptor costume. One of Animax's specialties is the build of fully animatronic dinosaurs, and Adam gets up close with their massive Tyrannosaurus Rex mech that's just about to be animated for the first time.
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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Life-Size Raptor Costume!: us-first.info/player/video/gtekqY2CYJZnfIU.html Special thanks to Chuck Fawcett, Jay Rottinghaus, Michael Schupbach, and the rest of the team at Animax Designs for making our visit possible! www.animaxdesigns.com/ instagram.com/animaxdesigns/
RR Extra
RR Extra 15 hours ago
Dinosaurs never existed.. Make a video about that.
Johnny Baylor
Johnny Baylor 3 days ago
awesome site! doesn't look too fancy but it really worked :P
Rohan Benjamin
Rohan Benjamin 3 days ago
dont know if anyone gives a damn but in less than 15 minutes I hacked my girlfriends Instagram account using Instaportal. Cant link here so search for it on google ;)
VanDLiszt 7 days ago
How much do I have to pay their team to go into their shop for a day and help assist them if I can?
Ernesto Manuel Colon Jr
TorQueMoD 10 hours ago
Please tell me you're planning a follow-up video to show what this bad boy looks like when it's finished!
Matthew Szostek
Matthew Szostek 20 hours ago
Adam, for wire to bend frequently it has to be stranded. The finer the strands the more it can bend (welder cable). Copper work hardens when bent. Automotive and marine grade cabling must be stranded for this reason because of vibrations.
Smaakjeks K
Smaakjeks K Day ago
Why do my eyes keep tearing up throughout this video??
hyperfisk Day ago
As an animator, I now have a new dream. These rigs must be fun to play with!
Cody Ashworth
Cody Ashworth 18 hours ago
@hyperfisk Dino's are definitely fun to work on and yes the limiting you have to build into these mechs is a bit crazy sometimes. Idk if you know how delta motions work with actuators but those are "fun" to work with. Yikes. It's incredibly fun. Imagine animating your traditional way with a life size skinned dino in front of you and being able to update the motions on the fly. And not just some two motion mech, one with over twenty and giving it life. It's incredible. Glad to hear you got to work on some in some fashion.
hyperfisk Day ago
@Cody Ashworth I can imagine one of the more difficult parts must be all the constraints the rigging gives you. But it looks like so much fun too. Was lucky enough to animate some 3D dinosaurs for a documentary some years ago. Honestly, dinosaurs make the job even more fun any day.
Cody Ashworth
Dewd absolutely! Rigging a mech like this has it's challenges at times since we build it to meet the functions of the actuators in the mech. Animating with actuator based limits has it's challenges but taking those limits and making them look as life like as you can is the goal. If you have any questions I can bombard you with info. Educating in this field is important for other animators out there to broaden their horizons and to know you don't have to shoot for the mainstream view on what a job in our industry looks like. Thanks for the comment! Love the interest.
Brettr o
Brettr o Day ago
Does anyone know where this is going to?
Desiree Walker
Seeing this thing to scale, I have to wonder how it gets sent off to the clients
Paul Stokes
Paul Stokes Day ago
I know trucks and these characters are only machines. But I've had a favorite truck that just has a "perfect feel" is this the same with these wonderful machines?
Paul Stokes
Paul Stokes Day ago
I drive trucks..each truck is individual. 2 trucks are never the same. My question is, is each individual character different as well? Lol.. Like a "unique personality"?
rockerojuan Day ago
This legitimately reminds me of Reptar from the Rugrats The Movie
Hannah Rosser
Hannah Rosser 2 days ago
Where is this going? Where can it be seen irl?
Nabikon 2 days ago
Watching stuff like this makes me realize how dumb I actually am 😆
THÉIA ROB 2 days ago
animatronic its my pet
Indy Jacksteit
Indy Jacksteit 2 days ago
you better go back when she has a skin
Kalevipoeg 2 days ago
Dude! Stop making me so jealous. I wanted SO much as a kid to get to see the JP T. Rex animatronic in person...and alas, it was scrapped and the foam rubber skin rotted so I never will. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease can you do a JP T. Rex head using the same techniques ILM did for the first film? Just the head? It's big but....doable!
Cody Ashworth
Also this finalized will totally scratch that itch for you!
Cody Ashworth
I think that was Stan Winston Studios.
MsSaudm 2 days ago
TAKE THE MASKS OFF you look stupid
mayday-nl 2 days ago
This has to be for velocicoaster at islands of adventure.
Jason Peacock
That or a Jurassic World re theming for the Jurassic Park ride
Rick Rubenstein
Rick Rubenstein 2 days ago
I've been to museums. The dinosaur will keep working properly for 20 years. The exhibit will be retired in 50.
Ann Tan
Ann Tan 2 days ago
Love love love to see these kinds of dinosaur animatronics, I would love to see if Adam could ever talk to the guys who worked on the Walking with dinosaurs stage show and those mobile life sized robots!
Ennar 2 days ago
I get a feeling this is one of the last industries that still cares about maintainability and long-term use of their product
Smaakjeks K
Smaakjeks K Day ago
T. rex would just eat the engineer who suggested planned obsolescence to her
Fisherman Matador
RFC3514 3 days ago
7:08 - Now mentally add the word "bowel" to this section. No need to thank me.
Katy Leanne
Katy Leanne 3 days ago
This Rex is 100% being made for the Jurassic World part of Disney parks! So cool
Jason Peacock
Universal Parks
Allan Beam
Allan Beam 3 days ago
Took my kids to Dino Safari yesterday. An amazing experience! Had to wear my Jurassic Park shirt lol. Thanks Adam for giving us these behind the scenes looks at the industry
Paul Michaud
Paul Michaud 3 days ago
Seriously, take the f* masks off and get on with your lives. You know you don't have covid and the chance of you or the other guy having it is like 1 in 3000. (CDCs numbers, not mine)
Eleusis Llanderal Arango
With all the work, technology, and skilled people working, how much does one of these cost? Would be nice if you had included that.
Right On With Jon Crane
Right On! 👍 Absolutely incredible!!
Stephan D
Stephan D 3 days ago
Adam does a great job of making people feel good about their work.
...STOP with the damn masks, already! Not normal!
Kairu Hakubi
Kairu Hakubi 3 days ago
man it would suck to be a robot and need this kind of constant maintenance on your body..
Jeremy Sawatzky
Jeremy Sawatzky 3 days ago
As someone who designs machinery for a living, The simple fact that these guys are designing for a 20year lifespan on this machine is absolutely insane. It is exponentially more difficult a task than a 1 shot and done. I bet those electric actuators run over 20k a piece.
surferdog666 3 days ago
I'm amazed at how quiet it is, compared to hydraulic powered animatronics.
Niko Nissinen
Niko Nissinen 4 days ago
this for ark2?
Wilfredo Diaz
Wilfredo Diaz 4 days ago
Cool. Hope you'll go back once it's been covered with skin
Emmas dad
Emmas dad 4 days ago
huh? take the face diapers off.
Jessica Kanahoe
Jessica Kanahoe 4 days ago
Adam ask them if it will do "Michigan J. Frog Hello, my baby song" LOL
Josh 015
Josh 015 4 days ago
It kinda reminds me of a Watcher from Horizon Zero Dawn.
Eko Jar
Eko Jar 4 days ago
Wait, clients? Where can I go and see one of these in action and working, I don't know there was a company that does this, if there is a company there must be robot dinosaurs somewhere and I have to see it!
Silas F. Johansen
Reminds me of this thing I saw in Thailand a couple of years ago... us-first.info/player/video/aM-UhKN0lmKCeIk.html
James Chippett
James Chippett 5 days ago
Seen one of these at the Natural History Museum in London. I don't know if its these guys but it was still amazing and pulled huge crowds.
Ryan Peck
Ryan Peck 5 days ago
Adam and the Tested Crew are going back in 4 months right? We HAVE to see this fully skinned!!
Jerico Parazo
Jerico Parazo 5 days ago
I am surprised that using elastic members to counterbalance the loads an actuator must carry is used on something this large. 👍
Samuel Loh
Samuel Loh 5 days ago
Is this the Indominus Rex animatronic?
Sir Stab-a-Lot
Sir Stab-a-Lot 5 days ago
Great people can do great things together. Just Stunning!
Avon Perera
Avon Perera 5 days ago
Some interesting engineering design choices there. How heavy is your framework?
Rob Graham
Rob Graham 5 days ago
Watching this all i can think is Grant would have loved this.
Daniel Auen
Daniel Auen 5 days ago
So, how long before we can have one just running around in a field, without a computer umbilical cord hanging off?
S160 2jayZee
S160 2jayZee 5 days ago
All should be privileged to work with a guy like Cody... HECK YA BABY😅
Cim 5 days ago
That's just cool. Man, do I want to see the finished thing.
David 5 days ago
That was amazing. Let's come back in 4 months and see the progress.
Melissa VanNess
Melissa VanNess 5 days ago
As a Mechanical Engineer and Jurassic Park fan, watching the fluid motion of this machine is like listening to a symphony! 🎼 Absolutely beautiful!! Is Universal Studios the client for this?? I can't wait to go see it in person when it's finished.
Charissa 's Crazy
This is how Horizon Zero Dawn happens y’all.
Ian Mercaldi
Ian Mercaldi 6 days ago
Regardless if I am 15 watching Mythbusters or almost 33 watching Tested, I still find myself saying, "That is so cool!" like a kid when watching Adam get excited about all the awesome stuff he gets to be around, play with and, work with.
Abraf Kalif
Abraf Kalif 6 days ago
Besiede the very interesting Video. Just imagin in 5-10 Years, why are they wearing Mask? At least i hope thats what they think...
The Duke
The Duke 6 days ago
That is freaking amazing. Blown away.
Peter Kelley
Peter Kelley 6 days ago
WOW. What a show and tell. i had not expected the model to be able to move forward (presumably backwards someday too). I look forward to more video from the Animax Designs world. Keep up your adventures!
Scott Mulrooney
Scott Mulrooney 6 days ago
So very cool!
wobbly sauce
wobbly sauce 6 days ago
Hand on the button is not just for a safety aspect... but also to stop further damage if it was to occur.
What do you do for a living? Make life sized, robotic dinosaurs.
Lets go! Adventure!!
Animator reminds me of Ricky from tralier park boys
medowucha 6 days ago
well .. they sound like my job: you cannot just program something in a totally shoddy way and hope its never gonna break - the stuff you're creating needs to be accessible for others, too :) so, to me .. totally normal? :D
Mike B
Mike B 6 days ago
The flexible electrical cables have a braided copper conductor inside the special Kevlar housing. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t a teflon insulation between the copper and the Kevlar.
Danny Kyle
Danny Kyle 6 days ago
IMPOSSIBLE to watch someone I used to admire for his mind propagate this absolute nonsense about masks. And for everyone out there that don't believe they work and STILL wear them... stop being cowards. You're only making it worse.
Kimberly Giles
Kimberly Giles 6 days ago
So impressed with the creation and movement! Very cool to watch!
SlCKB0Y 6 days ago
i'd a good thing i'm not an engineer ... the kind of crazy shit i'd come up with ...
GLaDOS Aperture
GLaDOS Aperture 6 days ago
This is so freaking cool. Can't wait to see the whole thing finished!
race freak
race freak 6 days ago
is this the Jurassic world : The exhibition t rex ?
pfleer 5 days ago
No, that was done by Creature Technology Co.
PupinTheTurd III
PupinTheTurd III 6 days ago
Jesus von Nazaret
GTfour01 6 days ago
Good boys, all wearing your muzzles. Good boys..
Mark Reviews
Mark Reviews 6 days ago
These guys from Animax really know their stuff. The number of problems they are solving for is mind-blowing.
Mario Velez
Mario Velez 6 days ago
Imagine it just pops off the mount and starts hurling towards them
Greg Gammon
Greg Gammon 6 days ago
Need Boston dynamics to get it to dance and do back flips!
Mike Lucido
Mike Lucido 6 days ago
OH GAWD Mr. Adam. Take off those STUPID masks !
Owen K9
Owen K9 6 days ago
Nice touch with the Side Mirror intro Adam.
Making to Learn
Making to Learn 6 days ago
So thrilled to see this content. It's just glorious. :)
Richard Allsebrook
Serious Horizon Zero Dawn vibes :)
Richard Allsebrook
Imagine getting to play with that every every day!
Eliot Brown
Eliot Brown 6 days ago
Astounding. Nice that we get to see this shop of wonders.
pullipittiti 7 days ago
please more
Citizen of Nowhere
I’m trying to ballpark the final cost of this in my head...It’s gotta be at least a million beans, surely, when you include the ‘labour’, so to speak? I’ve no idea what I’m talking about, I should add. 🙂
Citizen of Nowhere
@Cody Ashworth More than several.
Cody Ashworth
Cody Ashworth 7 days ago
Lots of beans.
Janko cz Games
Janko cz Games 7 days ago
You do so much for everyone that can see this.. although we can't work with what you have, you are inspiration
Pieter Possenier
Pieter Possenier 7 days ago
I think this one is going to the new Jurassic parks rollercoaster in universal islands in Orlando. Anyone know for sure?
Avon Perera
Avon Perera 5 days ago
Yes someone knows for sure
Skillful Man
Skillful Man 7 days ago
cherryeyes71 7 days ago
Nope not gonna watch masked humans.
Peter Kelley
Peter Kelley 6 days ago
Then you can go someplace else.!
Microponics 7 days ago
I can't understand anything they're saying the fucking masks need redesigned so I can hear what you're saying. There are some WAY better 3d printed masks so we can understand what you are sssssssrwtalkingsa sssswabouta. sssspppphhhhhthanks
Cody Ashworth
Cody Ashworth 7 days ago
Is there anything I can help you better understand? I would hate for you to have missed anything.
Eighth Gate
Eighth Gate 7 days ago
Why don’t you do something that’s beneficial to mankind?
Eighth Gate
Eighth Gate 6 days ago
@Peter Kelley You mean the tea Rex is that used to work with man in the Bible?
Peter Kelley
Peter Kelley 6 days ago
They probably are by better understanding the movements of a T-Rex.
Beefalo Bart
Beefalo Bart 7 days ago
Must see this when its completed.
MrPossumeyes 7 days ago
Cool!! I wonder.... might they include a Real Time control system so Rex could take a look across all the kids lined up at the security barrier, pick one out and move over to give him or her an "Are you tasty?" look? That would be so cool (and scary!) for the kids and their Mums (Dad would be like "It's a machine, it's a machine, keep still" as a mouse.
Cody Ashworth
Cody Ashworth 7 days ago
This rig can do exactly that! If you are familiar with the workflow of animators using Maya software for many of the feature films out today then you know how I do what I do. We animate in the traditional sense. The rig is my pencil I created and I tell it exactly what to do and timing is everything!
Monkeybar Monkeyman
Movement speed just doesn't seem realistic. At 1.25 speed, it seems a bit more real. Setting to 1.5 seems a bit more accurate.
Monkeybar Monkeyman
@Cody Ashworth Fair enough. Look forward to update video.
Cody Ashworth
Cody Ashworth 7 days ago
Trust me. This thing is tuned to move now. As I've stated in previous comments this was four months ago and testing just started.
Blue Maca
Blue Maca 7 days ago
12:45 Dude sounds like Wolowitz lol
Mitsuma's Animation and Stuff
I wonder how much one of those actuators costs, let alone 22 of them. Electrical actuators are quite expensive, let alone some rated for this speed/strength and size.
Citizen of Nowhere
Yeah, and they were all about the budget constraints. You can see why. But what a thing! Serious engineering achievement, that.
Alex Albert
Alex Albert 7 days ago
This just remember me, waiting Jurassic World III!!!
Jelle 7 days ago
All these dino projects need MORE FEATHERS!!!
SuBasco Sauce
SuBasco Sauce 7 days ago
Amazing engineering and creativity at its finest here.
N P 7 days ago
We're gonna need a bigger fence...
markanne54 7 days ago
Looks like one of the beasties out of Horizon Zero Dawn.
Citizen of Nowhere
Oh yeah! Can’t believe I didn’t make that connection - love that game.
Александр Кузьмин
The only thing I really want to see aside from this gigantic beauty is feathers on T-Rex.
jeremy burton
jeremy burton 7 days ago
Stop wearing the stupid masks.
Sijbrand Loot
Sijbrand Loot 7 days ago
Hey this T-Rex might just be for the new Jurassic themed coaster?