Doug Domke
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5x5x5 RGB Color Cube

An easy to construct RGB cube with a fantastic light show in software.

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5x5x5 RGB Color Cube

Things used in this project

Hardware components

Arduino Mega 2560 & Genuino Mega 2560
Arduino Mega 2560 & Genuino Mega 2560
×1
Common Anode RGB LED
×125
2N2222 NPN TO-92 transistor
Could use almost any 0.5A NPN, such as NTE85
×15
180 Ohm 1/4 watt resistor
×25
330 Ohm 1/4 watt resistor
×15
9 cm x 15 cm prototyping board
×1
22 gauge tinned copper wire
×1
Hook-up wire assortment
×1

Software apps and online services

Arduino IDE
Arduino IDE

Hand tools and fabrication machines

Soldering iron (generic)
Soldering iron (generic)
Hot glue gun (generic)
Hot glue gun (generic)
BlueTack

Story

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Custom parts and enclosures

How To Build the Cube

This article has details and lots of pictures showing how to build the cube itself

Cube Base for 3D Printer

If you have access to a 3D printer, this .stl file is a base for your cube board. It safely encloses all the bottom wiring of your 5x5x5 RGB cube.

Schematics

Schematic for 5x5x5 RGB LED Cube

This is a simple schematic for interfacing Arduino Mega and the cube

Pinout Chart

This chart goes with the schematic to show the details of how the cube is connected to the Mega

Code

A Deep Dive into RGB software

Arduino
This is an article about how the code works
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Arduino Code for 5x5x5 RGB Cube

Arduino
This is a zip file containing;

TheBigShow with 24 animations, runs for 8 minutes before repeating. This is an updated version with many more animations than appear on the video.

CubeTest which tests the red green and blue in each of 125 LEDs
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Another Show

Arduino
This is a second show with 6 additional animations that are not on the original show. These are new and not shown on the video.
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Credits

Doug Domke

Doug Domke

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