I spent most of the last week doing research and ordering parts samples and testing equipment, trying to get everything set up for this project.
Things I have ordered.
- $75 USD - 100x Superflux "Piranha" RGB LEDs common-anode ($50 for the LEDs + 25 for shipping). From evilmadscience.com. Definitely not the cheapest place for RGB LEDs but they had the "Piranha" style ones that I wanted in a common-anode and had good reputation online. I selected the Piranha style LEDs after getting a great answer to my question. What makes a good RGB LED.
- $0 - Sample chips from Texas instruments. World class sales team, when I called them to talk about the particulars of their chips they offered to send me a few samples. 12hr later the chips where in my hand. Thank you Texas instruments. They also explained to me what a sink driver is and how it is used on these chips use.
- $33 USD - 1x, OctoBrite DEFILIPPI ($20 for the board and $13 for shipping). Got one for testing before I buy the rest of the boards. This is one of the most expensive parts of this project and if it doesn't work right it will be the most costly mistake.
- $40 CND - ~1750 RPM AC motor with 1/4 shaft. Found a junkyard and priced by its weight. Tested and it works great comes with a pulley as well. Going to do more extensive testing this weekend.
Things I still need to get
- A slip ring, I want to house the power supply in the base below the spinning right. But I need a way to transfer the power up the pole to the electronics and LEDs. You do this with a slip ring. I have contacted a few different distributer in Vancouver asking what they suggest. Waiting on a response. If all else fails I can alway make my own.
- Flange Mount with Bearing. I need a way to mount the main pole in to the box. I'm looking for a rather large one as the pole will have quite a lot of stress on it.
- A few pulleys. For the belt between the motor and the main pole.
- The main pole. I am looking for a hollow 6 foot pole with heavy walls. I plan to run wires up the center of the pole and distribute them across the spinning ring.
- A wooden box to house the motor, power supply and other electronics below the spinning ring.
- Micro-controller, Still deciding what one to use.
- Cables and connectors, I will decide this after I do testing on the OctoBrite boards.
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