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Creating an 8x8x8 3D LED Cube: Straightening the Wire

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Love the video
Clive "Max" Maxfield   8/6/2014 11:17:09 AM
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@Steve: I love the video -- it makes everything so clear. I also love the simple jigs you create. I'm very much looking forward to the next blog whch will look at the various jigs and the assembly process in more detail.

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A bit of a twist
Clive "Max" Maxfield   8/6/2014 11:18:20 AM
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@Steve: With regard to straightening the wire, I understand what you are doing and why you are doing it, but I have two questions about the "twists" in the wire:


1) Are the twists visible and do they detract from the overall feel in the final cube?

2) You start with 20WG wire -- what's the SWG value after you've stretched and twisted it?

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antedeluvian   8/6/2014 11:20:38 AM
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Fascinating. I described the same technique to twist two wires together in my blog "Top 17 Helpful Hints for Constructing Electronic Systems"

You seem to have a second chuck mounted on the drill. What part do you use?

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Clive "Max" Maxfield   8/6/2014 11:43:14 AM
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@Antedeluvian: I described the same technique to twist two wires together in my blog "Top 17 Helpful Hints for Constructing Electronic Systems"

As soon as I saw Steve's video I had a flashback to your blog:-)

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Re: Love the video
Steve Manley   8/6/2014 11:48:41 AM
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@Max:  I love the video -- it makes everything so clear. I also love the simple jigs you create. I'm very much looking forward to the next blog whch will look at the various jigs and the assembly process in more detail.

Thanks for the feedback. I'm looking forward to the posting as well, I think the construction of the cube should become clearer.

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Re: A bit of a twist
Steve Manley   8/6/2014 12:00:01 PM
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@Max: 1) Are the twists visible and do they detract from the overall feel in the final cube?

Yes a darker grey spiral can be seen but only close up and is more visible if you look down the length of the wire. Looking at a panel from a couple of feet away I cant see the spirals so no it doesn't detract from the overall feel.

2) You start with 20WG wire -- what's the SWG value after you've stretched and twisted it?

SWG means Standard Wire Gauge which defines the wires diameter. I believe the American and UK standards are slightly different. The larger the SWG number is the smaller the wire diameter and after twisting the 20SWG wire I would guess it's nearer 21SWG.

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Steve Manley   8/6/2014 12:03:23 PM
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@Snap: You seem to have a second chuck mounted on the drill. What part do you use?

The chuck on my drill wont grasp the wire tight enough so I use the smaller modlers chuck held firm in the drill chuck. this smaller chuck grasps the wire much more reliably.

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Max The Magnificent   8/6/2014 12:05:35 PM
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@Steve: SWG means Standard Wire Gauge which defines the wire's diameter.

As you know, I'm from the UK, so I didn't even think about your reference to SWG in your blog -- but in the past I have run into the fact that no one here in the USA seems to know what it means. Over here, the little scamps use AWG (American Wire Gauge) -- it's so cute when they try to re-invent something and stick the word "American" in front of it as though to imply that their wire gauge is better than anyone elses LOL

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Steve Manley   8/6/2014 12:06:04 PM
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Sorry my last post should have been @antedeluvian not Snap.

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Re: A bit of a twist
Steve Manley   8/6/2014 12:12:16 PM
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@Max: t's so cute when they try to re-invent something and stick the word "American" in front of it as though to imply that their wire gauge is better than anyone elses

LOL

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