4x4x4 LED-cube based Arduino and Flower protoboard

Arduino LED Cube (2)
This instructable will teach you how to build your 4x4x4 LED cube with Flower ProtoBoard and control by Arduino. Why is Flower ProtoBoard ? not ProtoBoard ?

Because of I often use protoboards to test out if a new idea works in practice. I do not use breadboards anymore because I pretty much use only smd parts and I hate the connection problems and high parasitics that breadboards have.Arduino LED Cube (2)

So the Flower ProtoBoard was born.  You can solder SMT component. Include 0402, 0603, 0805,SOT-23 and so on. Especially the issue with the longer solder “wires”.

At this LED Cube project you will see the ProtoBard point-to-point wiring is very clear.

The Flower ProtoBoard from ElecFreaks is receiving  request sample on December 2011.

Encourage guys who are experienced engineer or with extensive soldering experience, and willing to write a test comment for us. Welcome to request for free product samples. Please send you request to :  services@elecfreaks.com
Request Sample Format:

—· Willing to write a test report or comment for flower ProtoBoard.  You can post on yourself Blog or electronics enthusiast Form, please send the post link to us. Of course you also could feedback your report to us or within the post. Any suggestion to improve the Flower ProtoBoard Series is Welcome.

—· Contact person and phone number

—· Shipping address

More infor here:

More idea for Flower ProtoBoard ??                         http://www.elecfreaks.com/2423.html 

Flower ProtoBoard Evolutionary History                   http://www.elecfreaks.com/2362.html  

ProtoBoard Revolution – Flower ProtoBoard           http://www.elecfreaks.com/2303.html

Step 1: you will need:

*soldering iron
*small screwdriver
*Empty plastic bottles or anything you can drill some holes and fix led
*computer with Arduino software

*64 pcs led’s
*16 pcs 1k resistors(0603) that go with the LED’s
*Freaduino MEGA2560 or Arduino MEGA2560
*ElecFreaks Flower V2.2 protoboard

*DEMO 1 : FV8XM2MGGPEXFII.zip (The video display)

Note: the demo code LEDPin and LayerPin need change your Arduino IO. Here we define as below:

// Initalize our LED columns (positive)
int LEDPin[] = {6,5,24,26,28,30,32,34,36,38,40,42,44,46,48,50};
// Initalize the LED layers (ground)
int LayerPin[] = {10,11,12,13};

Step 2: Drill the fixed holes

Draw on the bottle a grid with the lines 10.16 mm apart. (Because you will fix the led onto protoboard at the end, so you must fit for the protoboard holes distance.Arduino LED Cube Circuit (2)

Our Flower protoboard hole distance is 2.54mm, 4×2.54mm=10.16mm ) Draw 4 lines horizontally and 4 lines vertically. Then use tweezer or other sharp tools drill holes.

Step 3: Step 3 Bending the Legs of the Led

As the picture shown, the longer pin is the cathode. Bending the legs accord with the arrow.

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