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Nice! Pretty cool to see the different solutions you came up with to some of the same issues. I like the lead pellets idea - no bulky knob on the end!
As I mentioned in step 3, I used the standard tricycle hubs from Husky Bicycles - they change their URLs around from time to time so I didn't bother posting a link but here is the current address for the hubs: http://www.huskybicycles.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=hb&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=363-115They are mated to the axle on one end via the standard tricycle flange that comes attached to the rear axle assembly (again from husky bicycles - I'd suggest looking through their trike parts section; that's where I got most of my stuff) and on the other end the axle slides through the bearings in the hub and is free to turn (i.e the trike is on--wheel-drive). Hope that helps!
Practice Contact SaberView Instructable »
RGB Led Color Mixer
Hey, thanks for the kind words. I've actually made quite a number of these now, along with some improvements - mostly through practice of technique and being able to buy parts in bulk. Check out facebook.com/flowsaberz for some more info/videos/updates. Really the basic idea hasn't changed much, but I started using steel instead of lead (for obvious reasons) and higher quality switches, drivers, and higher output LEDs. Buying components in bulk allowed me to do things a bit better without breaking the bank. Let me know if you've got any specific questions or issues you run into trying to make your own! I will have to update this instructable at some point once I finish some of my other pet projects and have time to come back to it.
Thank you. The final weight is 1100g, and I believe around 450-500g of that is from the lead counterweight. Newer versions I have made come in lighter with less of a counterweight due to using a lighter blade material.
Tiny Color Mixer - a constant-current, 3W RGB LED with low-battery indicator and polymorph diffuser
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Making Fractal Art With High Voltage
Do you have a link to that video with the polycarb panels?
Oops... thought I included that, sorry. I've updated the instructable with the information above. I bought it on ebay from seller "junkyrustybikes" for around $70.
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Awesome! I want to play with those addressable strips in the near future so i'm intrigued. I've gotten into flow arts and building flow props so I'm thinking you could do some very cool things with an arduino and the addressable strips on an LED flow toy. More ideas than time.
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I believe the strips in the link are correct - at the time only 150 emitter and 300 emitter light strips were available and I went with the higher count. I think you can now get 600led strips but they are quite expensive. A good way to work out power consumption is if you have a cheap ammeter or an adjustable power supply - hook up the lights and actually measure it. Because of the adjustable brightness, and different power consumption rates in different modes of flashing/fading, the actual number may vary quite a bit from the advertised value.
Sorry about that, my build sheet says 20AH but I switched which batteries I was going to use at the last minute. You are correct - I am currently using two 10AH packs. The ones in the link are the ones I am using.
Sadly missing this year, unless some things get turned on their heads, but I will be back, maybe in 2017. Please keep me in the loop with your project - if you're using the awesome new addressable strips, the potential is really fantastic - thumbs up for leveling things up a notch, and thanks for your kind words ;).
At full brightness I get between 2 and 3 hours out of each battery pack, so between the two of them I get a full night worth of wandering around. I generally don't keep the coat switched ON continuously, as it gets very warm, and sometimes you want a break from the constant attention.
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