Well even though I haven’t posted in awhile, I have been busy! I designed, ordered, and received custom machined brass parts that solder to the LED boards so I can mount them. These brackets allow me to mount the display boards without having anything that passes through the board or anything like that- this is important of course if you want a matrix that looks good.
I spent about a week looking for brass U channel stock to make the brackets, but I came up empty. The “legs” have to 1/16″ thick and spaced 1/2″ apart. This seems to be unobtainum. While I found plenty of U channel, it had 1/8″ thick legs, which wouldn’t work. It *has* to be 1/16th of an inch or else they’d hit chips and routes and stuff which is definitely Bad(tm).
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Brackets as received, and how they will mount on the PCB.
I soldered one on the board and it fits perfect.
Aaaand, all 5 installed.
After soldering 5 brackets to all 13 boards I have (12 good, 1 for parts and testing), it was time to mount them. I went to Lowes and bought all the materials needed. plexi, 1 by 6, and two kinds of plywood. The board that everything mounts to is 1/2″ thick plywood. It’s 48*32 inches which is in the “friggin’ huge” category! The entire unit will be about 34*54 inches when done, and under 5 inches thick. Inside will be 12 LED boards, 12 power supplies and the controller along with a blower I salvaged from a microwave oven. I designed the unit so I could mount 16 boards, if 4 more ever show up (anyone got extras? please? 🙂 but I will only stuff 12 for now. I have one more board than this, but it’s missing alot of LEDs and has tons of problems. I used it for fixing the other 12, and for testing stuff so I didn’t screw up the good boards.
Anyways, enough of that. here’s the pics that everyone wants to see I’m sure:
What 192 LEDs wide looks like! (did this so I could get the holes all drilled right)
All holes for displays drilled, and this is the 6*2 array of boards that I will be using.
Another view of it propped against a wall.
Finally, a pic of the blower I will be using to cool the works.