Build Your Own 4x4x4 RGB LED Cube

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LED Cubes are awesome. The first one I created was a 8x8x8 blue led cube. It still works like a charm. But being able to display every colour in the spectrum is much more spectacular. Let's start with a small and simple 4x4x4 RGB LED Cube.

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Step 1: Watch Part 1 of the Video Series!

As you might have noticed, part 1 concentrates on the cube itself and the case. No electronics yet. The video should already give you plenty of details. But I will give you a short list of parts that you will need to build the cube itself.

Step 2: Order the Parts for the Cube!

Step 3: You Finished the Cube and Case!

Congrats on your finished cube and case. It should now look a little bit like mine in the picture. Go ahead and test all connections with a power supply. If everything works fine you can go ahead and build the electronics in the next steps.

Step 4: Watch Part 2 of the Video Series!

The video gives you plenty of info on how to build the controller for the cube. In the next step I will give you the schematic for the circuit and the part list.

Step 5: Order the Parts for the Controller and Solder It!

Step 6: Upload the Arduino Code and Test the Cube!

Download the code for the LED Cube. This is already my updated version of the code which I showed in part 3 of the video series. Be sure to watch this part as well to get an idea how the code works.

Step 7: Watch Part 3 of the Video Series!

This time it is all about optimisation. You may get a better understanding of the code if you watch the video carefully.

Step 8: New Animations!

Here you can get some new animations which were created by a viewer.

Visit his channel here:

Step 9: Success!

You did it. You just finished your own 4x4x4 RGB LED Cube. Feel free to develope the code in more creative ways than I did. And feel free to share those new creations.

Feel free to check out my Youtube channel for more awesome projects.
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121 Discussions

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Bluestreekcustoms

Question 3 months ago

i made a rgb led matrix cube, i downloaded the charliecube code but can't get it to work, it has many different types of .h files, when i try to compile code it gives me, (whichever .h file) an error of, " ---.h file, no such file or directory,,, I've tried downloading many.h file readers I've tried downloading all the files themselves, I've tried rearranging them in my Arduino file, i just cant get it to work, what am i doing wrong or missing? how do i get my IDE to find the file or directory?

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mr.botche

Question 4 months ago

this is my first time using an aduino and when i ran the code it had errors compiling. can you help with setting up the aduino maybe i did something wrong

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Bigcity1960mr.botche

Reply 3 months ago

Hello, can you give me your e-mail address so. I can send you the instruction to compile the code

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Aviyoyo

9 months ago

hey scott can you help me my cube is not working

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Bigcity1960Aviyoyo

Reply 4 months ago

Hello Aviyoyo, I can help you, what’s Your problem.

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Electronicsguyharry

5 months ago

Hey greatscott! I was wondering, do you have a Gerber file of this schematic? If so, could you please provide me with it? It's urgent.

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adrianalin

Question 1 year ago on Step 5

Scott i'm fallowing your gidlins and i'v don a scheci but dont realy know if this is rowat or not ? can you pls take a luck at the wiering ?

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gmadx

1 year ago

Hello GreatScott! First thanks for the videos and content you provide us, keep on! I have almost finished the cube but when I turn it on I see a dim flash and that is it. The animation is running but no brightness... I used IRF9530 mosfet, there is the apeshit, right?

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Aviyoyo

1 year ago

HEY IS TARTED TO MADE IT BUT CAN U TELL HOW THE 0 AND THE 16 IN THE IC OUTPUT ARE TO BE PLACED .

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tomi942

2 years ago

Lovely thing GreatScott. I just started to do this :D

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JoshF79

2 years ago

Has anyone made a 3D (qube) infinity mirror with from this concept??

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andyosoriol

2 years ago

It would work if I do it with arduino uno? instead of the arduino nano

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KasHoogeveen

2 years ago

is there a way to do this with common cathode rgb leds? I've got some of those here.

Keep up the good work, love the channel.