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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

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Step 1: Starting the Build

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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

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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

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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

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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!
bipsendk2 years ago
Nice! Could you tell me the size of each field where you put a LED pixel - and maybe the height between the mounting-base of the LED and the top plate ?

Would you mind sharing the code for controlling the LED modules ?
hpfev3 years ago
Nice build! I was planning to build something similar and would like to know where did you get the leds and what's the model. Thanks!
cwilliamson8 (author)  hpfev3 years ago
hpfev, Thanks! It was a lot of fun to build. The LED Modules I picked up from as their 33mm square module, I think they're around $4-4.50/each (There were 121 modules on the floor!). Ben also has some simple Arduino code there to help get them up and running!
I would really like to see the code!!
Hey, could post the code you used with the arduino for tht rgb base?? and the connections? Im a mechanical engrr, so not all well versed with programming n elecs.
acaballero33 years ago
Hi there... I´m impressed with your job but I have a question,
Do you have a diagram where shows how you connected the Arduino connections to the LED's, what power supply you use to feed this 121 modules, and how do I do if I want to use like 400 modules or more?? what voltage amperage do I need?

I really apreciate!

Thank you
abbtech3 years ago
Wow, cool project and great documentation! Looks like a ton of fun.
newroger3 years ago
isso ia fazer um maior sucesso no brasil pode ter certeza!!! Muito bom...
Krimm3 years ago
Whats the name of that song!!! Me Likz!
aalmodovar3 years ago
I saw this at the Con too and I must say this is one of the most impressive things I've ever seen there. It had a great sturdy build and I was amazed at how many people could dance on it at one time. Great job!
cwilliamson8 (author)  aalmodovar3 years ago
DJJules3 years ago
Where did you get the LED modules, those look like a great find.

cwilliamson8 (author)  DJJules3 years ago
I linked them a few comments below,
sutek3 years ago
Ok I have to ask, does the pole move up and down with the floor or is it fixed to the bottom of the drive section? In the test video it seems to move up and down but I can't see how it can be mounted at the bottom if this is the case
cwilliamson8 (author)  sutek3 years ago
The pole actually does move up and down. In one mount, it is attached to the stage frame. In the second mount, its acts like a linear bearing allowing the pole to slide with the stage. This 'bearing' is mounted to the drive frame. This adds together to help stability. When in the down state, the bottom of the pole touches the ground just like the edges of the stage frames.
metqa3 years ago
Wow, HOW HOW HOW did I miss this at the Con! I've been going to the wrong events! LOL
That's pretty darn impressive. I've got a stupid question. I see it's portable cause it has a motor, but it's not intended for movement while it is mounted correct? I just imagine someone dancing on top and some joker with the remote rolling it right from underneath her! LOL.
Really, that's a cool dance floor, I hope I see it at the 2012 Con!
cwilliamson8 (author)  metqa3 years ago
You gotta hit the late night raves! And you are correct, we drive to a location, thrmen lower the floor. With the floor down, the bottom rails touch the floor, and it is unable to drive.
sutek3 years ago
This is awesome, it would definitely be the hit at any party
EvaMarie3 years ago
Fantastic Instructable... add some piezoelectric generators and you're all set for the never ending Dance party and burning man
jobard3 years ago
Congratulations! This is one of the best instructables I've ever seen.
jgueydan3 years ago
I had the privilege of seeing this at Dragon*Con this year, and was absolutely amazed! I actually saw the guy (yes...a tall guy dressed as a's D*C...what'd you expect :-) ), jump onto the pole and couldn't believe how well-built and sturdy this setup was. I'm very glad to see this up on instructables as I know you couldn't have covered all this in the short amount of time alloted in the 1 hour D*C block. Great job! :-)
cwilliamson8 (author)  jgueydan3 years ago
Thanks! There is a lot involved and just having one hour, about all I can do is show it off, lol.
I have an X-Pole, which I love, but a lot of places I want to bring it, I don't have the proper structure to mount it. I need to make me one of these, though I would probably add some more weight to the base just because I always go kind of wild and swing out my weight.
cwilliamson8 (author)  LilithAvalon3 years ago
If you build something exactly like Rave Rover you'd be surprised at the weight you can throw around. The base weighs close to 300 pounds with the motors and batteries installed. With the system locking to the floor it makes it a ton more stable! Thanks for commenting!
Nicholin3 years ago
the attention to detail is impressive. folding up the sides is brilliant!
affyx3 years ago
this is the most important instructable ever! thank you for making the world a better place
mikeasaurus3 years ago
I want one for my next party!