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oneThere’s some serious creative energy going on in Turkey as new and up-and-coming generations become engaged and dedicated to the maker movement.

The founders of many of these startups aren’t just making use of new technology, they are having a serious ball doing it as well—and at the top of the list is a new company, Onos Sfx. These guys are tremendous artists putting their technological savvy to use on an advanced level with realistic special effects—and some of them are straight off of the 3D printer.

Onos Sfx is focused in animatronics, the art of making all those moving figures that go twitchy-twitch and often have an outlandish, entertaining style and appearance. In the US, we are very familiar and engaged with that style at places like Disney where fantasy and robotics merge, along with spectacular artistic display. Not a medium to be taken on (or often viewed) by the faint of heart, animatronics requires detailed attention and experience in an array of fields, from anatomy and puppetry to robotics and mechatronics.

s3Founded by Onur ATA and Osman TETİK in 2012, Onos Sfx is made up of a team of graduates working on animatronics projects from Eskişehir, in northwestern Turkey. Their latest project, involving a 3D printed skull, also involves more of that ‘twitchy-twitch’ ghoulish detail with giant eyeballs, which is one of their specialties, used in a previous project as well for a special effects type demon head, so realistic that you can see the veins popping out in his forehead.

The 3D printed skull is a good example of work from the Onos Sfx workshop and warehouse, combining welding with 3D modeling and 3D printing in collaboration with 5 dakika, which provides consulting services as well as hardware and software support. The 3D printed animated skull, featuring the trademark eyeballs as the foundation from which they begin and focus on, pun intended, houses electronics encased in the interior back of the piece.

s7The skull motif is very popular in 3D printing these days, as well as a design motif in many fashion and retail items. If you check out this piece by Onos Sfx, it’s obvious that while the 3D printed skull designs may be popular, they do require skill and some level of intricate detail work on the part of those creating the models. With Onos Sfx, there is the added effort of meshing electronics with the art.s1

This impressive 3D printed and animated work is just one of their recent innovative sculptures, with several recently completed and displayed in the Mummy Museum in Eskişehir, Turkey.

Onos Sfx definitely has a flair for fascinating and creepy special effects, brought to us by CAD technology and the use of the 3D printer. 5 dakika is a good match for them in consultancy services as they too are not only experienced in 3D printing, but are well-traveled in the roads leading to both virtual and tangible reality. They have expansive services that range from corporate projects and designs for events to customized 3D printed projects and designs.

The two companies together are certainly an impressive showing of what makers are producing out of Turkey, as the worldwide phenomenon of 3D printing continues to permeate.

Have you seen any of Onos Sfx’s previous designs featuring 3D printing animatronics? Have you 3D printed any animatronics? Share with us in the 3D Printed Animated Skull forum thread over at 3DPB.com.

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