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Step 13: Designing the electronics

For the main electronics, you'll want to familiarize yourself with Arduino, and also with the MAX7219 chips. More information about these can be found here for programming, or here for hardware and schematics.

To conserve space, I chose to work with SMD component ICs and design my own circuitboards in Cadsoft EAGLE PCB layout editor. This program can take some time to get used to, but there is a fairly powerful freeware version available for download. (pic 2)

After you've designed your circuitboards, export the gerber files to be made into boards. My boards were printed at BatchPCB.com. Each of the chips shown here can control one 8x8 matrixed LED array, so if you've got an 8x40 display like the one shown here, make sure to order 5 sets of boards and all components.

Components for your electronics can be bought from Digi-Key. Once all the boards come in, solder the components in place and use a multimeter to check all your connections. (pic 1)

If you're unfamiliar with SMD soldering, the video below is very helpful:



I also decided to add lighting to the ear areas and corners of the visor in my helmet. If you're comfortable plotting out an LED matrix, designing a simple I/O board like this will be a snap! (pics 3-6)

Remember that Arduino boards are designed to run in 3.3 or 5V, so design your boards accordingly. I chose to use an Arduino Yellowjacket (pic 8) (now discontinued, see the replacement RedBack here) as my controller, and a voltage regulator from Pololu to keep everything running the same voltage. (pic 7)

Materials needed:
  • Silver core fine-gauge solder (.015" diameter used in this tutorial)
  • Solder flux pen
  • Electrical components appropriate to your boards (resistors, capacitors, etc. See more details here)
  • LEDs
  • Circuitboards
Tools needed:
  • Soldering iron
Recommended:
  • Respirator for soldering
Can I pay 100 dollars for you to build it
<p>do you sell or offer a pre assembled visor kit, or know where one can be acquired for those with little electronics experience?</p>
<p><strong>For the silicone Rebound 25 do you think I could get away with just using 2 of the trial kit or would I need the full gallon kit?!</strong></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p>http://www.smooth-on.com/Rebound%3D-Self-Th/c1132/index.html?catdepth=1</p>
<p>why is it punk?? </p><p>Looks like a startrek/pick a sci-fi helmut, but not punk.</p><p>It is quite awesome though!</p>
<p>daft punk is the name of the musician. </p>
<p>AHA, </p><p>I see, I could not imagine how that was &quot;punk&quot; then I did as two suggested and followed tghe links, plus I wiki'd it. The outfit was a gimmick to sell music. Well it worked for KISS why not someone else. </p><p>great work making the thing, but pointless unless you are making a movie, or going to a party, (for a while anyway). I carve and have made quite a number of useless pieces. Chach-ki's (Yiddish for dust collectors)</p><p>Again, wonderfully done</p><p>thanks</p>
<p>But the reason that they wear the helmets was to remain anonymous and be recognized for their music.</p>
<p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daft_Punk">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daft_Punk</a></p>
<p>Thank you for all the insight on this build. Building this from scratch was very fulfilling,....tough but sooo worth it! Guy Man is next :)</p>
<p>Hi, what an excellent instructable! A mix of electronics and props... A lot of hard work has clearly gone into this project. </p><p>Karl</p>
<p>In oddly crazed digression - say you were to do this for the head/face of a friend and make a mask of them and sneak into a pumpkin patch early in the season and have the pumpkin grow into the mask. Remove the mask and you have the face of your friend as a freak of nature.</p>
<p>I'm speechless now! :D Awesome!</p>
<p>What a craftsmanship! This is incredible! Congratulations on it. Maybe I will try it one day. Just astonishing!</p>
<p>Now I just need the dietary supplements to get my head inside comfortably :) Some kind of phat burner.</p>
<p>How much did it cost to chrome your helmet?</p>
<p>I have the same question. Spray painting with &quot;chrome&quot; paint is not the same as chroming.</p>
<p>Well Mathew, you can get the chrome paint at your local AutoZone for around 10 to 20 bucks.</p>
<p>oh...WOW WOW WOWWWWWW! SUPER JOB!!!!</p>
<p>I wish I had received this email 4 months ago lol. I just bought a Thomas one off eBay and a Guy one from Etsy</p>
<p>though I should add these were premade molds that may not fit my head and there's no LEDs.. I wish I had the right money to blow on Volpin's products</p>
<p>Have you had anyone buy one from you yet, volpin? I wish I had the money.</p>
<p>Can you see out of this?</p>
<p>Greatly detailed work, I wish I had the skills to do this project. Do you sell them? If so how much.?</p>
<p>He takes 25k for a fully finished one.</p><p>See my more detailed answer to lukesjette.</p>
<p>oh...WOW! I wish I could afford it, my son would love it. He's been asking me for a daft punk helmet. Again GREAT JOB! Thanks for the reply . </p>
<p>r they for sale</p>
<p>Completely finished one is 25k. Yeah, no joke there. It takes a long time to make one, and the parts and electronics used are really expensive.</p><p>Plus, Harrison Krix (aka Volpin Props) is a professional and likes (also deserves) a good hourly wage.</p><p>Don't believe me? Check out his shop:</p><p><a href="http://www.volpinprops.com/product/completely-finished-daft-punk-helmet-replica/" rel="nofollow">http://www.volpinprops.com/product/completely-finished-daft-punk-helmet-replica/</a></p><p>You can get the slush-cast resin base for much, much less but it's still in the triple digits. Or the blueprints for making your own one for a fiver.</p><p><a href="http://www.volpinprops.com/shop/" rel="nofollow">http://www.volpinprops.com/shop/</a></p><p></p>
Oh that's a bit much for me ?
<p>Excellent Instructable Job!!!</p>
<p>Excellent Instructable. You are truly a dedicated and talented craftsman. Thanks.</p>
<p>WOW! Almost too cool to be true ;)</p>
<p>Wow, totally amazing and artistic work.</p>
<p>Harrison! I saw you on tested!</p>
<p>This is really brilliant! favorited!</p>
<p>This is truly incredible! One of the best helmet I ever seen :o</p>
<p>The word Awesome was invented for things like this!</p>
Can you use plexiglass for the visor and still dye it the same way?
<p>That is just ridicuously awesome!</p>
<p>name your price volpin.....</p>
<p>Around $3000</p>
lol dude i could buy like 5000 tickets of his show with that much.<br>I know u r trollin wid me
<p>I guarantee you cant buy a ticket for $1.66 and he's not dude: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Daft-Punk-Full-Led-Gold-Chrome-Helmet-Includes-Gloves-Necklace-And-Stand-/191424388473?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&amp;hash=item2c91c85d79</p>
<p>That would be $0.6 per ticket ;)</p>
Would you sell a premade visor pet plastic screen? I don't own a drill press
<p>I don't know if this is what you want but they sell the LED frame here:</p><p>http://www.volpinprops.com/product/thomas-helmet-subvisor-frame-led-holder/</p>
<p>Is it possible to see in it xD</p><p>Just wondering ya know</p>
<p>Hey IF i were to buy the helmet from u how much would u offer it for? 30$???</p><p>email me i anyone wants to sell me one of these? syed.ali165@gmail.com mail me!</p>
<p>Are you serious? The supplies alone cost much more than $30. I'd imagine many would sell theirs for at least $750.</p>
<p>Its true! Heres one going for 3000 dollars!</p><p>http://www.ebay.com/itm/Daft-Punk-Full-Led-Gold-Chrome-Helmet-Includes-Gloves-Necklace-And-Stand-/191424388473?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&amp;hash=item2c91c85d79</p>