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About Animax Designs


 Created in November of 1989, Animax Designs began with a simple mission: to bring a higher level of precision and technology to 3D character design and fabrication. We cater to very demanding clients who want exceptional quality and IP integrity. Twenty-seven years later our commitment to our clients has remained our highest priority.

Animax Designs takes your ideas and creates dynamic, engaging characters that delight your audience. Our work is seen throughout the live entertainment, themed attractions, commercial, film, and television industries.

We provide unparalleled design and engineering in every aspect of our products. Our work ranges from intelligent animatronics, hybrid performance characters, animated costumes, to mechanized and traditional puppets. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality product on time and on budget.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our work and range of capabilities. Let us put our experience to work for you!

What We Do

Concept & Development

We provide full service creative concept design to bring your vision to life. Already know how you want your character to look and to function? We’ll use our expertise in 2D concept design, digital sculpting, and real-time walk through animatics to bring your characters and their worlds to life before your eyes. Vague on the details? We’ll develop multiple concepts until you get exactly what you want. With our experience, we will help you develop the perfect concept to match your scope and vision.

Design & Engineering

We believe that a character’s interior design should be as perfect as its exterior. That’s why every Animax character is specifically engineered for optimum functionality, quality, and durability. Our Design & Engineering team excels at innovative mechanical design techniques; from Solidworks CAD modeling, digital surface development, 3D printed maquettes and CNC tooling, engineering analysis, and quality control testing. You can feel comfortable knowing you will receive a world-class design every time.

Sculpting & Fabrication

Your characters are safe in our artists’ hands. Whether it’s a digital or traditional sculpture, a pattern with invisible seams, a flexible silicone or urethane skin system, a masterfully airbrushed or intrinsic paint design, or hand-punched hair and fur, you will be blown away at how well your characters have been realized. Truly original and “on-model” styling, meticulous fabrication, and attention to every last detail. That is the signature of Animax Designs!

Our Process

We are not content to sit still and do things the same way for years on end. Instead, we are continuously improving our products, pushing the limits of technology, materials, methods, and designs because we know that yesterday’s tools are not enough for today’s entertainment needs.

 

  • CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

    CHARACTER ILLUSTRATIONS

    PROJECT PLANS & SCHEMATICS

    TECHNICAL, MECHANICAL, & ELECTRICAL DESIGN

    MAQUETTES & PROTOTYPES

    DIGITAL ANIMATICS & VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES

    PROFESSIONAL DESIGN SUBMITTALS

    FABRIC & MATERIALS EXPERTISE

  • MECHANICAL/STRUCTURAL DESIGN

    CAD DESIGN (SOLIDWORKS, ZBRUSH, MAYA)

    OPTIMIZATION FOR STRENGTH & WEIGHT

    ELECTRICAL & PNEUMATIC/HYDRAULIC SYSTEM DESIGN

    MULTIPLE PLATFORM INTEGRATION/COLLABORATION

    QUALITY ASSURANCE/QUALITY CONTROL

    FACTORY/ON-SITE CYCLE TESTING

    STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY/SAFETY DOCUMENTATION

  • LIFE-LIKE, INTELLIGENT ANIMATRONICS

    HIGH PRECISION MECHANICAL ASSEMBLIES

    3D PRINTING/RAPID PROTOTYPING

    THREE- & FIVE-AXIS CNC MACHINING

    DIGITAL/TRADITIONAL SCULPTURE

    MOLD MAKING/MATERIAL CASTING

    PAINT & FIGURE FINISHING

    SOFT FOAM PATTERNING

    COSTUME DESIGN & TAILORING

    REPAIR & REFURBISHMENT

  • DYNAMIC SCHEDULING

    BUDGETING & ESTIMATING

    COST SAVINGS & ACCELERATION STRATEGIES

    DOCUMENTATION & REVISION CONTROL

    QUALITY CONTROL/QUALITY MANAGEMENT

    CERTIFIED FAT/SAT TESTING

    O&M/TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION

    ON-SITE INSTALLATION & TRAINING

Our Work

Diagon Alley – Universal Studios Florida

Diagon Alley – Universal Studios Florida

Animatronics, Design, Engineering
Rat

Rat

Design
Dragon

Dragon

Design
Baby Looney Tunes

Baby Looney Tunes

Design, Puppetry
Alien

Alien

Design
Virtually Puppeteered Human Animatronic

Virtually Puppeteered Human Animatronic

Animatronics, Design, Engineering
Snuggle

Snuggle

Design, Puppetry
Princess

Princess

Design
  • Accurate, sophisticated, reliable story telling characters and nice people to work with!

    Chip Cleary
    Attractions Industry Veteran/Former President & Chairman of IAAPA
  • Animax excels at bringing
    characters to life!

    Zane Jensch
    Themed Entertainment Industry Creative Director
  • They utilize technology to tell a story through engaging characters like no other company I have encountered

    Douglas May
    President and CEO of ImaginNOW LLC
  • Spot-on likenesses of the Sesame Street Muppets, capturing their unique personalities and charm

    Kip Rathke
    Creative Director, Sesame Workshop

Join Our Team

Animax Designs is always on the lookout for bright, eager talent to join us here in Nashville! While we do not have any specific open positions at this time, we are always willing to accept résumés and links to demo reels. We only accept submissions via email.

Mailed submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Please email all materials to:

HR@animaxdesigns.com

Thank you for your interest in Animax Designs.

We invite you to contact us to learn more about our work and range of capabilities.

Let us put our experience to work for you!

Animax Designs
210 Venture Circle
Nashville, TN 37228


t 615.889.1248
f 615.889.2692


info@animaxdesigns.com