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  • ruedli commented on diypinball's instructable Motorizing the Doctor Who Pinball Dalek1 month ago
    Motorizing the Doctor Who Pinball Dalek

    Excellent idea!!! I used a similar approach, but then I hooked up the servo to an arduino and wrote a scetch to attach it in the original manner to the solenoid circuit (solenoid25) and the switch matrix of the pinball. The pinball machine thinks now there is a real motorset in the head, just like the original. The signal for the opto is also generated by the arduino, when it is in the center position. Now the head moves also with e.g. the testmenu and "counts" the sweeps... Just like the real thing.Next I took it one step further and mounted 125 RGB LEDS in the base. They are aranged in 25 columns and 5 rows. I use another arduino with three TM1640 leddrivers to control the 375 LEDS. Animations are stored on an SD card and allow all sort of color animation sequences....Here i...see more »Excellent idea!!! I used a similar approach, but then I hooked up the servo to an arduino and wrote a scetch to attach it in the original manner to the solenoid circuit (solenoid25) and the switch matrix of the pinball. The pinball machine thinks now there is a real motorset in the head, just like the original. The signal for the opto is also generated by the arduino, when it is in the center position. Now the head moves also with e.g. the testmenu and "counts" the sweeps... Just like the real thing.Next I took it one step further and mounted 125 RGB LEDS in the base. They are aranged in 25 columns and 5 rows. I use another arduino with three TM1640 leddrivers to control the 375 LEDS. Animations are stored on an SD card and allow all sort of color animation sequences....Here is the moving Dalek with an early version, I now have added an LCD and menu to change the settings, speed, way it moves, etc. Here is it mounted in the pinball:Here you see work in progress with the 125 animated RGB Leds..

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  • Cutting and reconnecting Hue Light strip Plus segments

    Thanks for the comment, clip ons are indeed an easier to use solution, although you still should desolder to keep the best length for the contact. I looked for those, but could not find any suitable 6 pin clip on connectors. Also the spacing is 2mm and not the more current 2.54mm. I did find and order 2mm spaced header, both female and male. These can be used for making detachable connections, but they took langer from China to arrive than I wanted to wait. If you're confident soldering it is very doable. In my case I did not want to move the strips, so soldering was the most reliable solution for me.If someone found fitting 6 pin clip ons, it seems 2mm spacing, drop a link here.

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  • ruedli commented on Erriez's instructable Dupont crimp tool tutorial3 months ago
    Dupont crimp tool tutorial

    Simple, once you know how it is done. Embarrasing to say that I made many (like over 300) connections, while removing the tab and inserting the wire into the connector while holding it in the crimping device... After a while I got 100% ok connections, but the process was slower then needed and required much concentration. Nice instructable!

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  • Cutting and reconnecting Hue Light strip Plus segments

    Well done and congratulations with the result!Thanks for sharing.After de-soldering you can get rid of the tin with a tin suction device if necessary. In fact mine is shown in the first picture with the overview showing the 6 disconnected strips. You might also be able to heat it up and shake it off. Start soldering using new tin with as much of the old tin removed as possible. The flux of the new tin helps making better connections.

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