Introduction: My Awesome Led Cube

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This is my version of the awesome led cube, its made of acetate sheets (translucent) and the a Pepsi can, with a multicoloured led circuit I from a cheap pen torch. I designed the 6th side of the cube to match the previous 5.


mwong17 (author)2012-12-23

Hey !!!!!! you copied the patern from alex the great

squirrelMLM (author)2009-07-06

I GOT AN IDEA! how bout we make a whole bunch of these, and make them into a rubiks cube? impossible but that would be a very super special awesomely mega chocolate fudge coated idea!!

vishalapr (author)squirrelMLM2011-07-05

I might actually try and make one! with different colors on each side

karlpinturr (author)squirrelMLM2011-06-04

Turning 26(?) of these into a Rubik's Cube shouldn,t be too tricky - providing you can scale the Cube's mechanism up sufficiently...

Scaling these down to fit a Rubik's Cube mechanism would be rather more so...

Having the resultant Cube light/not light up in specific ways, depending on the combinations may well be nigh-on impossible... ;-)

Why scale them down, it would be much cooler to make a giant, glowing rubiks cube

Cooler, yes...

but so much more challenging to scale them down as well... ^_^

squirrelMLM (author)karlpinturr2011-06-05

Funny how you guys reply almost two years later. Because the Rubiks cube company(?) has made a light up touch screen rubiks cube since then :D

acornman (author)2010-10-09

There is probably no need to waste hot glue to create translucent effect,merely rub the inside surface of the acetate (perspex) with an abrasive sheet and you will "frost " up the box. For simple colour changing use a rainbow LED these are self contained led's with colour change built in (they need 4.5 volts though - so use 3 X 1.5 button cells). Great little projects like this can spark off many ideas,so well done.

Kiteman (author)2008-08-20

How is it controlled? Does it sense contact on the metal, or does it just cycle through the colours? Where is the on-off switch?

blckthng (author)Kiteman2008-08-20

See the little black pin thing sticking out of the circle in the center? thats the on\ off switch and u can make a circuit that switches on if it senses metal???

Evidenceremoved (author)blckthng2010-01-14

If that was a question, then you can get the batery on one side, and the other end of the wire 1cm away, then when touching a conductive metal, it would comp[lete the circuit, and light the LED. When you moved it away from the conductive metal, it would stop.

excaza (author)Evidenceremoved2010-05-14

Reed switch :)

football01 (author)2010-01-07

realy cool but iv seen better

AnitaCHawk (author)2009-11-14

I really like how yours look compared to the others I've seen. It looks really "neat" (literally).

ZOOBREAK (author)2009-09-08

show us how to make it

TarzanJr (author)2009-08-18

I GOT AN IDEA! how bout we make a whole bunch of these, and make them into a rubiks cube? impossible but that would be a very super special awesomely mega chocolate fudge coated idea!! SquirrelMLM that is a GENIUS IDEA

cyrozap (author)2008-08-21

looks like the allspark... (go watch Transformers)

blckthng (author)cyrozap2008-08-22

i have seen it, and believe me apart frm the the flashy special effects there is nothing to it............... seriously even a tidbit of plot wud have made that movie a classic.

chosenangelx (author)blckthng2009-06-03

alex's idea was based on transformers allspark, i asked him T_T

redsoxrock97 (author)2009-06-02

Yeah your right. i've seen like 5 LED cubes. i just wish i could actually make this stuff. my parents are kinda strict, so if i was buying LED's and translucent acetate sheets they wouldn't let me even think about making these. =(

BraisedDuck (author)2009-05-26

looks like the LED cube is quite famous right now.......

blckthng (author)BraisedDuck2009-05-26

so it seems...

Eccentric1 (author)2009-05-25

What did you use to cut the soda can? The edges to the armor pieces look very straight, and look like they lay very close to the surface of the cube.

blckthng (author)Eccentric12009-05-26

the humble pair of scissors works well enough....soda cans arnt that thick..on the other hand if you plan on using a tin can, shears or a rotatory tool, works well enough.....but they are a pain in the behind to straighten out..

S4mmy (author)2009-05-16

Looks like a Tri-Colour LED to me :D

blckthng (author)S4mmy2009-05-18

which, my precisely what, it is....

epraekelt95 (author)2009-05-01

It's a great and interesting instructable. I'm gonna try and make one, but bigger. Looks real cool!

iTraceur (author)2009-04-24

Just curiousity, where did you get the name Lord Hades from? Because my friend uses the exact same name... Hmm...

blckthng (author)iTraceur2009-04-28

well, its kinda kiddish...back when i was younger, me and my buddies were wayy into greco-roman mythology, so we used to pick out personalities we thought were cool-ish..and as luck has it..i became lordhades...(i have to admit, i was one evil kid)..but as we grew, it i've been lordhades for about 6 years...

Timothy.Mehlhorn (author)2009-04-19

how much hot glue did you use? (Did you just cover the acetate or did you fill the entire thing with hot glue?)

i_build_stuff (author)2009-03-05

i like the initials idea i might try to do that with mine as soon as i find a cheaper place to buy my rgb led

Bridel568 (author)2009-02-01

how did you make it with the different colors? that could make a good Instructable

duck-lemon (author)2008-11-17

did u use the template on the instructable 'cos i made it and it looks kinda the same?

blckthng (author)duck-lemon2008-11-28

as a matter of fact i did, but i used the one with 5 faces, i chose to design the 6th one myself.. p.s. - I would love to see yours, so why dont you post a few pics.

twist2b (author)2008-09-26

Is that seriously ONLY soda can covering? Thats cool. I want the light!!!!!!! Oh and were did you buy the acetate sheets?

n8man (author)2008-08-23

Nice, but I think it would look better in the dark than in the light

treg (author)2008-08-22

mmm, the result is awesome for the small amount of work. But i like the design very very much, why don't some spent the taime to make a mold to make the metal part out of lead, 1/4" wide, the put some semi(translucent silicon in the gap between the different isle of lead ? that surely would we amazing. I don't have what I need to mold lead, but maybe I can try doing it out of cement... got to try ! (oups, no time to try if now :(, please someone do it !

blckthng (author)treg2008-08-22

OK let me add, I'm from India. Silicon molds? that's like finding plutonium in a local American hardware store.Not to mention that the fact that I'm 16 would put me trouble if I go around searching for lead any where! but I surely would love to see something of that sort made by someone with the resources.

treg (author)blckthng2008-08-22

ok, lead was just an indea, but making a mold from scrap wood and carving the wood to make the drawings on the cube, then making the cube with cement is certainly possible in most part of the word. No the last probleme would be to find something else than silicon which can be put in the drawings on the cube... Maybe some bee wax or any synthétic imitation may suit. maybe some (hot ?) glue can also do the trick. Polyurethan / epoxy resin would certainly work well also (though might not be aviable or affodable to some). It might be possible to paint the cement before the wax / glue / resin is added in the gaps, and to includ some craps things (struts, metal wire, ...) in it. I like this design, and I'd like two see what can be done by spending 10 hours of work on the making :) Anyway, I really like the (simple) idea of doing it with soda can. Amazinf how many things can be done with soda cans :)

blckthng (author)treg2008-08-22

go soda cans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blckthng (author)2008-08-20

srsly u guys are grossly over-estimating how much work i did for this..... i just made two cubes from acetate connected them with cello-tape and glued the premade circuit right in the center and then covered it with a pepsi can.

atombomb1945 (author)2008-08-20

Any shots of the inside, or the multi-led circuit that you built for it?

blckthng (author)atombomb19452008-08-20

Unfortunately my camera is really f...ed right now so i just took as many pictures in one go as i could so no insides as yet, however there is nothing there worth seeing its just a matchstich holding the led near the center and an other stabilising it. also i didnt make any circuit i got it from a pen torch thing i had lying around.

I also made one. i had a super bright Led and a standard blue, just ran them off 2 button cells nothing complicated what i wanted to do was get a photo cell so it would turn on at night but i never finished that circuit.

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