Introduction: Daft Punk LED Sign (discovery Album)
Hiya! This is my 2nd instructable so enjoy. If you have any questions comment below. Also i thank microtivity.com for making this as easy as possible! If your as excited for random access memories as me than this is a must make!
Step 1: Get Your Parts
These signs are relatively easy to make and have a very fulfilling out come, also, its not very expensive! So parts list: Sheet of acrylic( i cut mine down to about the size of a regular printed picture) Peice O' wood All electronics were from microtivity of which i highly recommend LEDs which are 5 mm in size and came in an assortment package with resistors included One battery holder with 3 AA cell holder definitely get this from microtivity because the switch is directly on the cell holder which reduces prices Tools required are apparent throughout instructable and most people should have whats required.
Step 2: Cut the Acrylic
All you have to do is cut your sheet of acrylic to the desired size , i prefer a smaller size for better light diffusion. Next print your daft punk discovery logo and tape it to the back of your sheet. Now simply follow the logo with your dremel (or similar product) with diamond engraving tip your logo should now be transferred over... A quick "tip" tip (punny) is if build up occurs just take a knife to it at a sliding angle while the dremel is on and get the excess off.
Step 3: Cut the Wood
This is pretty simple just get a saw and cut your 2x4 or baseboard or whatever you have to desired size than cut two small peices off that will end up being the legs. Lastly take your main cut and use a cutting to cut a 1/4 inch deep groove into it this is where the acrylic will be placed. Lastly-er drill holes for the LEDs will be put. Make sure your holes line up with your groove.
Step 4: Wire It Up!
Take your LEDs and place them in there holes than use a hot glue gun to keep them in place. If you want to do what i did and follow the colors on the album like i did wiring will a bit different. First of all regardless of how you do it, do it in parallel. That means all the negatives are wired together and all the positives are wired together. Also put a resistor between each led on the positive legs. Now this is where varients occur. If you do all LEDs one color than your good to go, but if you use the rainbow form that i did youll need some experimenting. First off let me just say i dont fully understand why this changes color intensities but it does. Youll want to put the power supply on the green LEDs legs, and you wont want any resistors on the orange or red LEDs for the best distribution. I have found that colors on the red side of the spectrum do not work vey well for these acrylic signs, unless you use alot of them. Your practically done now so its home stretch time!
Step 5: Glue It All Together and Enjoy Your Daftness!!
Just glue your acrylic onto the groove and your legs on the bottom of the piece of wood. It os also wise to put tape over the wiring so your alot less likely to short anything out. If you have questions or if i left anything out be sure to comment below! Side note i wanted to make this sound reactive but i blew my amp in my sound system( see my xbox speaker system instructable)