The Animatronic Dragon has been an ongoing accademic project within the Drexel Theme Park Engineering and Design Group. Looking to give students the opportunity to design, engineer, and fabricate parts, this project puts mechanical and electrical engineering students working right next to each other. Finally, after years of work, the Animatronic Dragon is functioning. This is still an ongoing process with hopes of adding texures and fabrics to the exterior.
In total, six servo motors actuate the dragon. With two in the neck and tail, the wire design allows for two degrees of large motion to allow the head and tail to sway horizontally and vertically. Additionally, the servos in the wings allow the dragon to fully retract or extend its wings during flight!
Below are some pictures and videos of the construction!