Nervous System: Lighting up the world #3dthursday


This great blog post has organic-looking 3d printing AND negative-feedback constant-current high brightness LED drivers, what’s not to love? From Nervous System:

I really, really like LEDs. I’ve spent countless hours building LED controllers, programming them, and incorporating them into my projects. So, naturally, I’ll jump at the opportunity to integrate LEDs into almost anything. Such an opportunity came up when Jesse and Jessica were invited to an innovation event by Nooka and were asked to bring a piece with them. We wanted our piece to be both representative of our normal work, but also a bit more dynamic and eye-catching. So we did the obvious thing: take one of our previously 3d printed pieces, and add some LEDs to it.

The implementation was rather simple. We used 3 Watt ultrabright LEDs with a MOSFET to control them (‘CTRL’ in the schematic) and a series resistor to regulate the current.

The control signal was created with a Leaflabs Maple microcontroller (we used this instead of an Arduino because it has 16-bit PWM outputs rather than Arduino’s 8-bit PWM, meaning that the lights fade much more smoothly), and we programmed about a half-dozen different patterns into the box….

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