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Three-Dimensional Light Source

Programmable LED matrix with 125 LEDs

Three-Dimensional Light Source
Here we present a 3D display of LEDs, each of which can be controlled individually.
This magnificent cube has at its heart an Atmel AVR microcontroller. These controllers are easy to obtain and superb open-source tools are available. Not only for Windows, but also for the Linux and Mac operating systems.
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Gerber file

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Hardware specifications
- 125 LEDs in a special 3D matrix
- ATMEGA32 microcontroller running @ 1 MHz internal clock
- 10-way ISP-connector for reprogramming
- 5 transistors for switching the layers
- 25 transistors for switching the columns
Component list
R1 = 100kohm
R2-R6 = 330ohm
R7-R14, R31-R38, R47-R55 = see text
R15-R30, R39-R46, R56 = 1kohm8
C2,C3 = 100nF
C4 = 1uF 100V
IC1 = 7805
IC2 = Atmega32
D1 = 1N4001
T1-T5 = BC337
T6-T30 = BC547
125 LEDs for cube
10-way boxheader (2x5), 2.54mm lead pitch
10-way SIL pinheader (IC socket)
Heatsink, TO-220, 5°K/W for IC1
4 off M3x5 bolt with 10-mm long hex spacers
Mains adapter socket for 2.5mm pin diam.
PCB, order code 080355-1 from the Elektor SHOP.
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