Here's just a few images from Dragon*Con 2011, for more, check out our website at http://www.raverover.com You may notice some of our friends in the ...
Rave Rover was designed and built to be a portable dance platform for parties, raves, and any other trouble we can get into! I will go into as much detail as I can explaining the entire build process, and where to find parts and other accessories. Be sure to check out more information, including party galleries on our website at www.raverover.com
Before doing any work on putting something together, I always like to sit down and think about the development and how something should go together. CAD is a great resource for this, so I designed most of the layout before spending any money.
Step 2: Cutting Parts
After designing and seeing how things were going to start to fit together, I decided it'd be a good idea to start cutting parts. Luckily at work, I have access to a 5 foot by 10 foot CNC router, where I'm able to cut any types of plastics up to 2" thick.
From the CAD models, I was able to cut out the exact frame so that everything slides together and locks. I was also able to cut the top out of very thin ABS plastic sheet, which will give the 'rounded square' look once the LEDs are installed and lit up.
The reason for using black plastic is to try to keep this project as light as possible, while at the same time not allowing any light to go between boxes.
Step 3: Fitting the floor
Once all of the floor pieces were cut out, assembly began of all the rails to check fitment and make sure enough pieces were cut. There are three main sections, the center of the stage, plus the two pieces that fold up.
Step 4: Getting LEDs ready
After cutting all of the parts, it's time to assemble LED modules for the floor. These specific LED modules have three SMD5050 RGB leds per module, and they are able to be controlled over an SPI interface. This makes for being able to change any module to any color at any time, and allows the most control for some really cool displays!