Here’s what a full LED board looks like. Yes… it does look like a little glowstick dancer
I got a quote today for etching the leaves that looks good. Their laser is six times the power of the Epilog I have been using and the etches are much deeper and whiter. Their bed is much larger too. So even though the speed is about the same, the process will take less time. The picture below shows what the etch looks like with the full LED board that has two white LEDs in addition to the Red, Green and Blue LEDs. I’m really happy with this white… neutral/warm and even.
Monday the tree finally settled into it’s final form. Here’s a picture of what it is going to look like. Next is the adding the leaves.
Steve Brown was over to help build the tree and work on the LED boards and took this nice picture.
The original can be found here:
Kiwi came over today and we made a tree base.
Tomorrow we should have the whole tree built.
Wednesday was a day of stacking, sorting and knocking out the nodes between all the cells to help prevent splitting.
Thurday was the first day a real tree stood on it’s own three feet.
Where are things at the moment? So far nearly all the electronics that’s going to the playa is either finished, in manufacturing or waiting for final assembly. The LED Controller boards are done except for soldering in the LEDs… this is the biggest electronics task left to do. The Director boards are done and the Power Supply boards should be back from manufacturing in a few weeks. The LVDS Extender prototypes have been tests and it won’t take long to make the final boards. I’m skipping the USB Controller hub for this first version of the trees.
Software is another story. The manual control app has been done for a while but the fancy software hasn’t even begun to be worked on. That’s what July and August are for.
The materials to make the tree sculptures is mostly bought. The nuts and bolts will be expensive but are easy to get at the great surplus place down by the shipyards. The leaves are all cut and the brackets are all fabricated. Drill jigs are already made for drilling the holes for the LEDs and bolts. Etching the pattern on the Plexiglas is the last major task.
It’s time to focus on making big trees!