WS2812B Light Panels

Introduction: WS2812B Light Panels

About: Hi, my name is Andreas, I am 18 years old and I like to make stuff.

Hi, today I gonna show you how to make your LED panels like the nanoleafs.

For this project you need:

  • Some plexiglas (40% translucent)
  • 12x WS2812 LEDs & 12x 100nF Capacitor (SMD 0805(2012)) per Panel (or you can also use led strips: 60 LEDs/m)
  • 5V power supply
  • Some M3x6 screws and nuts
  • Aluminium Tape / Foil
  • Thick paper
  • Silicone & glue stick & glue
  • Some 3 pin wire
  • 3.3V voltage regulator
  • ESP-01 module
  • Some filament for the 3d printer

Tools:

  • 3D printer
  • soldering Iron

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Step 1: The Construction

As my other designs, my led panels are very simple.

You use only a few parts to build this. The Assmenly is also ver easy.

The panel itself consists of 2 3d printed parts, a piece of plexiglas, 3PCBs and a cover made out of paper and aluminium foil for a better refelction.

Step 2: The PCB

After designing my panels in SolidWorks I used Eagle to create my own PCBs.

The PCB design is very simple it contains 4 WS2812B LEDs and 4 100nF capacitors.

Here can you find the gerber files: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l3juqe3xxvhm0qd/LED_PCB....

After designing my PCB I orderd it on JLCPCB with a thickness of 1mm and with white soldermask.

I ordered the LEDs and the capacitors at LCSC for a very good price.

Step 3: 3D Printing

After the design phase I started to print the parts with 3d printer and white PLA Filament.

For both parts I used a layer thickness of 0.2mm, 30% of infill and for case you have to use support material.

Step 4: The Frontplate

My frontplates are laser cutted from 2mm thick plexiglas (40% translucent).

But you can also cut it by yourself.

I addition to plexiglas you can also use thin polystyrol panels.

Step 5: Soldering & Assembly

Coming soon!

Step 6: Controller

Coming soon!

Step 7: Software

Coming soon!

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    3 Discussions

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    Virus_3000
    Virus_3000

    Question 8 days ago

    are you planning on finishing the instructable?

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    Hyper_Ion
    Hyper_Ion

    4 weeks ago

    Just a tip. Instructables advertises your project in the time it was posted and then later as a reflection of how popular it becomes. Its better to wait to post until its done if you care about popularity. However, if you just want to share, then it doesnt really matter. Cool project though, I look forward to seeing the end result.

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    Syber-Space
    Syber-Space

    5 weeks ago

    Interesting. Your approach is very similar to one I've been considering (though I plan to use knock-off 8 led neopixel boards). I'm interested to see the final result!