An RGB LED NeoPixel cube circuit sculpture with CircuitPython #QTPy #CircuitPython
Maker Hari Wiguna has shown off freeform circuit sculpture with a difference: It’s made using upcycled CAT5 Ethernet cabling and “floats” inside an acrylic cube.
“It all started with this remnant CAT5 Ethernet cable,” Wiguna writes of the project… inside are six solid wires. After completely stripping away the insulation, I straighten them by clamping one end on the vise and pulling the other end until the wire stretches and become very straight.”
A laser-cut cardboard jig holds WS2812B RGB LEDs, jauntily positioned at a 45 degree angle to ease the wiring, while the rods are soldered in place.
With one layer complete, Wiguna repeated the process — eventually ending up with four, assembled into a 4x4x4 RGB LED cube. “I wanted the cube to be ‘floating’ in the middle of the laser cut acrylic case,” the maker notes, “so I kept the extra long leads and use them to position the cube in the middle of the case.”
Finally, the cube — which runs from a single data pin — is connected to an Adafruit QT Py and programmed in CircuitPython, with power provided by a 2A wall-wart power adaptor.
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