Step 2: Component list

Here is what you need to make a LED cube:
  • 512x  LEDs (plus some extra for making mistakes!)
  • 64x resistors. (see separate step for ohm value)
  • 1x or 2x large prototype PCBs. The type with copper "eyes", see image.
  • 1x ATmega32 microcontroller (you can also use the pin-compatible ATmega16)
  • 3x status LEDs. You choose color and size.
  • 3x resistors for the status LEDs.
  • 8x 74HC574 ICs
  • 16x PN2222 transistors
  • 16x 1k resistors
  • 1x 74HC138 IC
  • 1x Maxim MAX232 IC
  • 1x 14.7456 MHz crustal
  • 2x 22pF ceramic capacitors
  • 16x 0.1uF ceramic capacitors
  • 3x 1000uF electrolytic capacitor
  • 3x 10uF electrolytic capacitor
  • 1x 100uF electrolytic capacitors
  • 8x 20 pin IC sockets
  • 1x 40 pin IC socket
  • 2x 16 pin IC socket
  • 1x 2-pin screw terminal
  • 1x 2wire cable with plugs
  • 9x 8-pin terminal pins
  • 1x 4-pin terminal pins, right angle
  • 2x 16-pin ribbon cable connector
  • 1x 10-pin ribbon cable connector
  • Ribbon cable
  • 2x pushbuttons
  • 2x ribbon cable plugs
  • 9x 8-pin female header plugs
  • Serial cable and 4pin female pin header
  • Piece of wood for template and base
  • 8x optional pull-up resistors for layers
  • 5v power supply (see separate step for power supply)
Total estimated build cost: 67 USD. See attached price list.

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<p>hai guys I want to know how much power and amp give for cube and I am using arduino so arduino hold 1.5 amp 5v and connect to driver board or I give power to driver board separately and arduino separately and how much I want give can u give me detail</p>
<p>Hello i have built this cube but i am having problems. i upload the test code and everything works but after i uploar the second code as well as the firmware nothing happens</p>
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2N2222 transistor have 600ma current max on colector and one led need 0.015ma mutil by 64 led each layer equal ~1A. Therefore you need at leat 2 2N2222 transistor
<p>More precisely, my design uses single 2N2222 for the layers - the whole cube with all LEDs lit draws under 700mA. Anyways, if you still have not worked this out, go to www.TheLEDCube.com and download my source code for your processor which contains a POWER ON SELF TEST. Video the POST and put the video up here and I will analyze it and point you to pretty much exactly what's wrong right off the bat unless there are multiple shorts / bad connections.</p>
<p>Hey, can u uploade a bit more detailed description of the power supply.</p><p>I cannot figure out how to solder the pieces</p>
<p>Your best bet is to simply get a 5V 2A plug-in power supply.</p><p>These are cheap and plentiful on ebay.</p>
<p>What have you used, atmega or arduino? </p>
<p>i use atmega</p>
<p>It worked flawlessly buddy. it is such a great feeling achieving that task</p>
<p>The Arduino is also ATmega in that the processor is an ATmega328P.</p><p>Most people prefer the ATmega32/32A/32L for this project though.</p>
<p>Finally, It worked flawlessly. Now I want to go to the next level and use atmega32. Problem is to get the crystal, I'll have to import it</p>
<p>and of course i have place 8 pull up resistors on collectors ,6.2k</p>
<p>finally it works! there were many short circuits and tow transistor had electrik leak</p>
<p>Glad you got it all up and running! Hope to see a video of your cube in action!</p>
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