Home made aluminum lego with integrated LEDs.
Since a lot of people liked my DIY Lego in which I made some Aluminum Lego Blocks. I decided to kick it up a notch in preparation to an Arduino Lego project. Or better, a form of open source mindstorms. So it will be tiney but I will go workshop all out on this.
With this instructable I would also like to demonstrate how fast you can go from an idea to prototype.


Let's do some rapid prototyping (time 22.29hrs gmt +1) go

The goal is to to make a single unit block that:
Is self powered
Can be switched on and off
Gives of light using an LED
Is fully compatible with Lego
Batteries must be easily replaced

So lets work from that.

Step 1: Aids, Tools and materials

Safety gear:
Blue Gloves (got to have some blue gloves, nitrile gloves work best for most occasions)

Some real authentic LEGO from which to derive proper measurements.

CNC mill 
Clamping tools
measuring clocks (the linear and swivel type)
40mm face mill
2mm flat end mill
3mm flat end mill with 3mm shaft (important)
Lathe cutting tools
Soldering station
Scalpel or exacto knife

Double sided carpet tape (no foam core)
20mm diam natural nylon stock
Aluminum stock
10mm diam Aluminum round stock
PCB stock
PCB warm white LED's (you will want a few of these)
4 Batteries (GPA76 button cell RS components)
Copper foil (believe mine is brass actually)
Second glue (cyanomethylacrylate glue)

Hi Tristram,<br> Here is my first step in DIY-LEGO-LED. (and my first steps in CNC and G-code as well)<br> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/LEGO-Arduino-Brickduino-1-the-LED/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/LEGO-Arduino-Brickduino-1-the-LED/</a><br> <br> Peter
looks great, I love the mechanism for turning the led on and off.
Many thanks

About This Instructable


11 favorites


Bio: I have my own rapid prototype company.
More by cold_steel: DIY LED ALUMINUM LEGO DIY AlUMINUM LEGO BLOCKS Handy ring light for extra hands
Add instructable to: