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
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.
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
Scalpel or exacto knife
Double sided carpet tape (no foam core)
20mm diam natural nylon stock
10mm diam Aluminum round 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)