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Magnetic Triangular LED Lights (Nanoleaf)

by BiscuitsOnTheFloor Jan 21, 2019
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Hi. Nice idea with the pin connectors. If I understand your wiring right, the every leaf has ONE input and TWO outputs for the data line of the WS2812, correct? But that means if I connect two leafs at the outputs, that these are addressed as one, correct? (I would upload picture if I could...) E.g.: leaf1 -> leaf2 is the same as leaf1 -> (leaf2, leaf3), which means lighting up leaf2 with a color will also light up leaf3 with the same color, right?

The has to be taken into account when designing patterns, I guess. Maybe a possible solution could be to use these dual row 3 pin headers (male and female), where the male ones are connected i parallel and the female ones just the upper row or the lower one, depending on the side they are connected. Could this way work to build up a chain even when connecting two leafs to one?

I'm trying to print this project, but I have trouble with lid and body doesn't fit.
I printed a xyz cube to verify my printer and no problems on this side, any idea ?anybody else have this problem ?

Might be an elephant foot on the print as it works for me.

I love the project!
I'm thinking about doing it, but I have doubts about what this is:
  + 1 wire driver of the same size as a single strand of the 3 wire driver.

  • Power Wire:
         + 2 copper wire conductor. May be tricky to find in white, you can sleeve 2 strands of appropriately sized wire in white paracord to match the tiles.
  • Power Connectors:
         + Male USB A connectors that can be soldered to. Searching "USB DIY" should bring up what you are looking for.

Could you send me an aliexpress link or similar? is that by not having pictures I do not know if they are correct.
Thank you.

Thanks for posting this, it looks awesome!

Quick question about the note: "The outer wall of the tile body requires single wall extrusions to be enabled in your slicer."

I may have forgot to do this and I had already been printing it for a few hours so I just let it go. I use Cura and I have my number of outer walls set to 3, so assuming that should've been set to 1 as I didn't see anything that specifically said enabling single wall.

I was just curious the reason that single wall extrusion should be enabled. Wasn't sure if it was to make something more convenient or if it just won't work for some reason.

I'm assuming the LEDs are just bright enough to shine through white filament for the lid? Also, do you know how many panels could be connected to one controller? Looking to make 10 if possible.

Every ~6 tiles takes about 2a of current, so as long as you size your power supply correctly it shouldn't be a problem. I recommend printing two controller enclosures and only putting a controller in one, then input power from the second one on the opposite end because a long chain will probably be dimmer at the end. However, if you are not going to have the leds set to white it doesn't matter as much because they draw a lot less current.

You should take a look at this project and send yours. its another nanoleaf clone!

This is listed as a remix of that already.

Nice design. I didn't get, why you trim the 4 pin female pin header to a 3 pin header. Why not use a 3 pin female pin header right away?

Because there is no way to cut a female header without losing a pin, unlike the male headers. Try to cut one and you'll see what I'm talking about.

I really like the idea of magnets...

Is there a reason to put the controler outside a tile?

It would make a shadow in the tile you put it in, but by all means try it. Also you'd have to resolder the capacitors on the board laying flat for it to fit in a tile.

OK, I will try...


What Is the control board you are using? If it is custom can you post the instructions?

Its called a "Read the Thing Details" and you can get it from "I already put that in the thing details."