A few months ago I was browsing online through some 3D models for 3D printing and I had the idea of making a cool rotating DNA Helix lamp. I was inspired by the traditional lava lamps but I wanted to do something a little bit different.
I thought about using glow in the dark filament to make the DNA Helix stand out when the lights were off. I also thought it would be cool to make the LEDs fade in and out to make a cool visual effect on the DNA, changing from glowing white to green, giving it the weird feeling of a mysterious evil experience or that it is alive somehow.
I also wanted to be able to choose if the LEDs were fading, or if they were always ON or OFF, and if the DNA was rotating or not, so I decided to add a push button to select the operation mode of the lamp, which would require a microcontroller to control all of this.
In this instructable, I'll be showing you how I did this lamp and how simple it is to do something cool and different, that you can do it too!
Okay, I know what you're thinking, but this is actually a very important step for this instructable! We're going to be handling several devices and tools that might need a special attention to avoid accidents:
Remember, safety first!