What a great and detailed write-up! I'm very impressed by your attention to details (and being a perfectionist when it comes to things like this, that's not a compliment I hand out all willy nilly)! I appreciate not only the details about the construction but also the reasoning behind why you made the desicions you did not to mention the time you took to make the diagrams. I've contimplated making an LED cube myself but haven't yet attempted it. This is in large part due to my aforementioned perfectionism and the daunting time investment I imagine it would take to get it just right. But I'm happy to see that I now have a wonderfully detailed resource to refer too, which makes the whole project that much more tempting!
>> ruggedness that will ensure its long- term survival (maybe even attacks by toddlers!)
No toddlers luckily but I do have 2 cats. Not sure which is worse lol.
>> This last point is something I have spent a large part of my career trying to get other engineers to understand how important clear, complete, and cogent DOCUMENTATION is!
I agree with you here. Personally I get little pleasure from writing procedures, which happens to be something I do as part of my day job. So I understand how important it is to try and write instructions as clearly as possible. The video blogs is new to me and I'm but a novice at it, but they do help paint a picture that words alone sometime don't convey so well (especially when I write them).
If you live in Gloucester in the UK then maybe :-)
I took a look at your video and it's not as bad as you make out. At least you have the bottle provide an audio commentary, which is something; the thought of doing fills me with dread. I did try it once and hated the result so deleted it immediately.
I too am thoroughly impressed! I've done a lot of "flywire" construction without the benefit of fixtures such as you have done, and your results look exceptionally workman-like and worthy of display (pun intended....). This design will when completed produce a fine product, with a substance and ruggedness that will ensure its long- term survival (maybe even attacks by toddlers!). The videos have been very well done, and explain the entire process in sufficient detail to enable others to reproduce it. This last point is something I have spent a large part of my career trying to get other engineers to understand how important clear, complete, and cogent DOCUMENTATION is! Bravo!
yes they do take a lot of effort to make, but worth it.
I second Max's opinion. I tried to make a quick one and the result was putrid so I really admire your results. Notwithstanding that, the result is on You Tube since I needed it to support a blog. I will have a to remake that in the future into a sort of training/marketing video (maybe two videos). Do you offer your services?
Oh and I reckon you could find a career in making test jigs- they seem to be of professional quailty with a great deal of insight and innovation.
@Max: I LOVE your videos -- I know how much time creating this sort of thing takes, so I really appreciate all the effort you've put into them -- as far as I am concerned they are invaluable when it comes to really understanding the nitty-gritty construction techniques you talk about in your columns.
Thanks Max and yes they do take a lot of effort to make, but worth it.
@Steve: Maybe I can help with some ideas for your cube being you are using different LED's to me.
I'm counting on it LOL -- but any thoughts of my cube can wait a while - -you hav eto finish yours -- I'm away speaking at ESC Brazil next week -- plus I want to put a few of my existing projects to bed before starting my cube.
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