December 05, 2013

Build a tiny Arduino-powered SMD LED cube

To make an LED cube is a fun rite of passage for many electronics enthusiasts, and the differences between various models are usually illustrated by the number or LEDs, control system, colours and so on. However not many are different due to their physical size - until now. Instructables user "one49th" was inspired by a tiny Arduino-compatible board and made their cube to fit the same profile - by using SMD LEDs.

The construction of the cube was quite a challenge, considering the amount of space to work with and that SMD LEDs don't have legs. With some very delicate soldering the LEDs are mounted on short solid wire branches, with the tiny but functional result shown in the following video:

Building that must have been an exercise in concentration and tenacity, however kudos to the designer for their efforts. You can find out more through the cube Instructable pageAnd for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you're interested in building an LED cube, but would prefer something larger, easier to construct and very easy to use - check out our CUBE4: RGB LED cube kit:

It's easy to construct and use, and with an onboard Arduino-compatible board the cube can be used to display all sorts of data or create visual effects. It's easily controlled via simple text commands via the USB port - or write your own Arduino sketch. It's incredibly customisable and there's so much more. For more information and to order, visit the CUBE4 page

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