8x8x8 LED Cube Kit Instructions (Kits on Ebay)

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About: I enjoy tinkering life. Most of my videos come from a place of necessity. I have have no idea what comes next - we will have to wait to see.

I bought this cube kit from ebay - noticed that they are all alike. Well of course it came with no instructions so I did what I had to do and figured them out for myself. HERE THEY ARE.....

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These are different views and stages of the project. However the best way to fully understand how to put this kit together is by watching the video above.

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    RichH45

    7 weeks ago on Step 1

    It says: "by watching the video above". Sorry, I don't see a video anywhere.

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    cowboybilliardsYonatan24

    Reply 8 weeks ago

    Hi, the problem with WAAY too many 8's, is that most of them are from China. Due to this fact, the instructions are very hard to follow, nevertheless, understand. What he has done, with a project that is sold via Amazon and Ebay, is taken something to the next level, a level we all need to duplicate. There are many projects with 4's or 8's out there, but unless you have the instructions and/or code, so be it. I bought a 8 on Ebay...no instructions...and the link to the code did not work. Bad experience. What he has done is impressive. I have 3 of these of my Xmas gifts I bought via Ebay. They were all different sellers and it was the same product. What he has done is given me enough to build all 3 in time for the Merry Day. I thank him highly for that. The effort is amazing. USN(Ret) 73-95

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    brightled

    3 years ago

    Hello ,The round orange colored things with 2 legs are capacitors ,the value is marked on them , also all resistors have a color code ,the color code tells the value. Radio Shack or any book store has books that teach basic electronics if you like building electronic kits its best you learn, very good video also please learn to solder you do a good job but once you learn the secrets of old you will be much better,now that I am retired maybe I will make some instructional videos.

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    cowboybilliardsbrightled

    Reply 8 weeks ago

    I agree that he stated that the ceramic caps were resistors but he just got done referencing those 8 resistors (510 ohms). Normal whoops. His solder in the video is fine for the kit. He more than likely would not pass an IPC cert but as long as he is not shorting/bridging, then no big deal. Not too many people these days have discrete soldering experience, I do and it has helped immensely with SMT. I am certified. Miniature and Microminiature certified USN 73-95, and IPC cert through Space. Been there, done that. I would like to see your videos.

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    cowboybilliards

    8 weeks ago

    Hi, Sometimes the pin cups will be very crooked. You are given more resistors than is needed for the build. The resistor leads are a perfect fit inside the cup. Bend one at a 90 degree angle, insert it into the cup, and then reheat the connection. The cup will not be straight in the beginning but it will be straight as you can feel it leveling out. Once cooled, take out the resistor and move on to the next one. You can also do this in the beginning to have it straight in the first place. Takes more time, but appearance is everything. It is amazing the the board has places for 10 ceramic caps and you are given 3, but only 2 are used. Notice, that the back side next to U10 (the large IC), the designations are C2 and C3. On the other side, they range in order from C1-C8, Normal board development software will not allow you to use C2 and C3 twice. However, since the kit is an arduino, you can program it yourself once you learn the arduino programming language and how the cube works, i.e.; addressing, etc.

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    stetreault

    1 year ago

    Is this kit programmable at all? anyone know if I could use this as a base or foundation to implement an arduino so I can upload my own sketches?

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    Tomicar

    1 year ago

    When he tells about bending the leads (NOT connectors) of the LEDS, he says to bend the longer one "down" and keep the other one "straight" However, he actually bends BOTH leads at a 90 degree angle. One lead is bent "away" from the other, and the 2nd lead is bent into the same plane as the first and at 90 degrees to the first. However, it is impossible to tell which is which now and whether the 2nd (shorter) lead is bent to the right or to the left. The video is worthless because you can't see any detail and he manipulates the LED as if he were a magician practicing his slight of hand. Please help.

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    thestipTomicar

    Reply 1 year ago

    The video is not worthless, watch and listen. Nowhere does he say to bend both of the leads at the same time. Bend the longer lead (+/anode). Place the LED in the hole/jig with the short lead (-/cathode) straight up. Repeat. NOW bend the cathode so it makes contact with the LED next to it and solder. Repeat. It's clearly explained at 2:45

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    tbarr1

    2 years ago

    Hi. When you made your jig for the leds, how far apart did you drill the holes on center?

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    keenbfbtbarr1

    Reply 1 year ago

    I'm in the middle of doing mine to make the jig I placed the pcb (the blue board) onto a sheet of mdf and used a 0.8mm drill through each hole to mark out where the leds go, then drilled each hole with a 3mm drill (my leds are the 3mm ones).

    I did this before I started to solder the components on the pcb.

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    brightled

    3 years ago

    Hello ,The round orange colored things with 2 legs are capacitors ,the value is marked on them , also all resistors have a color code ,the color code tells the value. Radio Shack or any book store has books that teach basic electronics if you like building electronic kits its best you learn, very good video also please learn to solder you do a good job but once you learn the secrets of old you will be much better,now that I am retired maybe I will make some instructional videos.