YAMC (Yet Another M___c____ Cube)!

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YAMC (Yet Another M___c____ Cube)! by Dershum Jul 24, 2015
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Full instructions on how to build, photos, etc., can be found on my blog: http://trippingthenerdcurmudgeonly.blogspot.com/

And to see it in action!

This project started back around December of 2014. I was poking around on the various 3D printing sites, looking for a printable gift for a friend’s daughter for Christmas. There were tons of M___crafty things out there, and I thought “ohhh...one of those ore nodes that has lights in it is kinda cool”. So I printed a couple, played with them, and decided it just wasn’t fancy enough.

But I’m definitely not the first.

There’s lots of them out there - most of them use LED tea lights or simple LED lights connected to coin cell batteries. In typical “Phill” fashion (as my wife likes to call it) I decided to over-engineer a solution that has way more functionality than necessary, while at the same time letting me play with lots of electronic components and microcontrollers in the process.

I went through several prototypes during the development of YAMC. A couple of different microcontrollers, a couple different kinds of LEDs, switches, power connectors, potentiometers, etc. I even at one point tried to include a microphone into the design.

So I eventually scaled back, decided on a final set of functionality (the three modes you see in the cube now), and limited the electronics. Mostly to cap things like “cost”.

That said, I really hope you make one of these and enjoy it. It was a lot of fun to design, a labor of love to force myself to complete, and a real challenge to stay “focused” on.


Full instructions on how to build, photos, etc., can be found on my blog: http://trippingthenerdcurmudgeonly.blogspot.com/

The Diffuser should be printed in clear (natural) PLA, and the Cube Top, Cube Base, and Knob should be printed in whatever color you desire. I highly suggest printing the Cube top with the built-in supports, and printing all pieces at 100% infill to keep "light leakage" to a minimum.

Arudino Libraries:


(5) Adafruit NeoPixel

(1) Rotary Encoder

(1) 1000uF Electrolytic Capacitor

(1)330 ohm through-hole resistor

(3) M2x6mm Hex Cap Screw

(2) M3x8mm Hex Cap Screw

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Great work!
I´m building the cube and i can't find the schema for the electronic components connections. Could you upload it?

Sorry I didn't get around to this sooner - was away this week for work. I didn't have a circuit diagram, but I was able to whip one up in fritzing that should be pretty close. The encoder part doesn't have the pinouts labeled, and there isn't a part that can be used for a single Neopixel that I could find - so I used a strip. You'll just need to connect the Dout from the first pixel to the Din on the second pixel, and repeat on down the line.

I've got a pretty comprehensive build documented in my blog - check it out!

That's exactly what I needed! Thanks! :)

Awesome. Let me know if you need any more help!

Is it possible to put IKEA dioder inside?

It might be? I'm not sure how big the dioder is, but if you print the base and just cut off the center pillar, it's pretty open inside. The total volume of the cube is 10cm cubed or so, as long as the dioder can be formed inside to fit you should be ok.