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I decided to post this project to enter the Instructable Design Competition and the Make It Glow Contest. This is a logo that my friend designed for his band (Rhyme & Reason). He gave me the opportunity to bring his band logo to life. The logo is made out of plywood covered with black vinyl, 380 RGB LEDs, 28 feet of EL Wire, and 16 feet of RGB LED strip. This LED sculpture is controlled via a wireless controller and will sit on stage just behind the drummer.
 
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Step 1: Getting The Measurements

To get the correct dimensions I sketched the design using Google Sketchup then I transferred the measurements to the plywood. I used a jigsaw to cut the design out, then drilled out the holes for the 5mm LEDs. After a good sanding to smooth out the edges, I spray painted it black and covered the front face with vinyl using adhesive spray.

Step 2: Making The Boards

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I have more time than money so I decided to make my own WS2801 boards. I used Seeed Studio pcb service and Eagle to design the board. I panelized 10 sub-boards to one 5cm x 10cm board and I purchased 40 boards for less than 100$ plus shipping. I got the WS2801 chips and the RGB LEDs from Ebay, the resistors and capacitors were purchased from Mouser. All 40 boards were hand soldered then cut with a band saw and finally sanded down smooth. After a full day I ended up with 400 boards. There is nothing special about my boards I just wanted to save money and get experience using Eagle and a pcb service. I have supplied the schematics and board files if you want to check them out.

Step 3: Adding The Boards To The Sign

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Since I glued vinyl to the face of the wooden logo I had to cut out the holes for the LEDs.
cub5261 year ago
I think I figured it out after some research ... this is done with the WS2801's??
cub5261 year ago
Hello. This looks incredible, and I'm trying to do something similar. I just bought an Arduino Uno, and some LED strips (These specifically http://www.amazon.com/LEDwholesalers-Changing-Controller-44-button-3215/dp/B0040FJ27S/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1359604841&sr=8-4&keywords=RGB+LED) My question is, how were you able to control each "board" one by one, if they are all connected together?

Thank you
Schief071 year ago
Very nice outlay of the logo! I voted for you on the glow contest! Would you happen to have schematics of how you tied all the components together?
boeietoch1 year ago
it looks very nice,
but you could create the same effects with less parts though
amartinez39 (author)  boeietoch1 year ago
Thank you and yes I mentioned that it was overkill at the moment under step 8.
doxsys1 year ago
Holy crap! That's amazing! Great work. :)
amartinez39 (author)  doxsys1 year ago
LOL... thanx!
hqmhqm1 year ago
very nice!
amartinez39 (author)  hqmhqm1 year ago
thanx!
kewrw281 year ago
Wow, This looks better than anything I've ever seen. Keep up the good(great) work!
amartinez39 (author)  kewrw281 year ago
thank you very much
CarlS1 year ago
very nice!
amartinez39 (author)  CarlS1 year ago
thanx!
CelticLock1 year ago
You are my hero sir, amazing job!!
amartinez39 (author)  CelticLock1 year ago
haha... thank you!
ChadRM1 year ago
I'm so excited by this project! It contains the last thing I needed to realize a project I'm working on -- the PCB! I'm new to reading schematics -- what SMD resistor did you use? Once I get that information I can start sourcing my project! Thanks so much!
amartinez39 (author)  ChadRM1 year ago
Thanks a lot! I used 27 ohm 1206 smd resistors
onlinebeat1 year ago
woa! I really like this. well done :)
amartinez39 (author)  onlinebeat1 year ago
thank you!
AtomRat1 year ago
This is crazy! Go completely overkill I say, cRRaziest display I've seen for a while!
amartinez39 (author)  AtomRat1 year ago
thank you!
hexalog1 year ago
nice project
just your video is private
amartinez39 (author)  hexalog1 year ago
thank! just fixed it