Building the Diodome...

Building the Diodome…

For the past couple of months I've been working on an art project for a certain dusty art festival this year. We're building an 18ft diameter geodesic dome with hundreds of LEDs lighting up a cover to make lots of triangles of color. Inside we'll be having a 3 foot wide multi-touch dome surface that participants can interact with to play with the animations being shown all around them. We're also having people from around the world write animations in JavaScript to run on the dome.

Because of some miss communication with our suppliers in China we didn't get the LEDs made up the way we needed them to be. So we now need to make up lots of small wires, and connect everything up with screw terminals. This is obviously a major undertaking and I really needed some help. So on Friday we decided to run a little build afternoon in our Hacklab. We got some food in and began the long and arduous process of cutting, stripping and tinning hundreds of wires. Nearly everyone pitched in at some point throughout the afternoon and we managed to knock out almost 1/3rd of the parts we needed.

I have to say a big thanks to everyone who pitched in, amazing stuff!

This is what we're making the parts for

This is what we're making the parts for

We've got a huge reel of cable...

We've got a huge reel of cable...

Snip snip, cut cut

Snip snip, cut cut

Ryan's a tinning master now...

Ryan's a tinning master now...

Jasmine keeping a watchful eye...

Jasmine keeping a watchful eye...

Adam, Jasmine, Felix and Ryan

Adam, Jasmine, Felix and Ryan

Xinkai, Jasmine, Minh and Chungwei having a good time...

Xinkai, Jasmine, Minh and Chungwei having a good time...

Stringing up the terminal blocks

Stringing up the terminal blocks

Lots of terminal blocks...

Lots of terminal blocks...

The fruits of our labour!

The fruits of our labour!

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