Flowerboard LED cube

Here’s a neat 4x4x4 LED cube made with an ElecFreaks Flower Protoboard.

A few days ago, we posted a neat new prototyping board made specifically for SMD work. Instead of the usual ‘holes-with-circles’ protoboard layout, the ElecFreaks team decided to go with a flower-shaped pad. This makes it especially easy to deal with SMD components when building whatever. To demonstrate their new protoboard, ElecFreaks built an awesome-looking 4^3 LED cube. Just look at those solder traces.

The LED cube itself is nothing we haven’t seen before, but the construction of this thing is amazing. The entire build is on the Arduino Mega Flower shield, meaning there are no wires at all. Everything, from the resistors to the transistors, is an SMD component. The only problem now is bending and soldering all those LED leads.

This Flower Protoboard is starting to look more and more interesting; check it out in action after the break.

Comments

  1. kuhltwo says:

    I am waiting for mine to get here. Can’t wait to try it out.

  2. signal7 says:

    Don’t know about anyone else, but solder bridging is still a wasteful (and expensive, if you’ve priced solder lately) way to wire a prototype circuit.

    I usually just grab a length of Cat5 cable and strip it for the inner wires. The individual wires can be stripped down to bare copper and tacked in place using tiny bits of surface mount solder paste. No need to solder the whole length of the wire either.

  3. HackJack says:

    $7.90 a pop + $5 shipping? It does not look like something that can be reused. Traditional protoboard can be reused relatively easily.

    • Richard says:

      Hi Jack, thanks for your suggestion.

      First, this is our first released flower board, and there are high cost of R&D test. We will effort strive to reduce costs in the future series.

      Second,the price is reference such as Sparkfun’s ProtoBoard – Bandicoot($9.95) and adafruit’s Perma-Proto(9.95) etc.

      Whatever thanks for you suggestion and remind us the price problem. We will provide more lower price in next version.

      New version Flower ProtoBoard Series support SOIC under our testing. Pease Stay turn !

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