Sourcing the LED Cube

I built an LED cube that runs off a ATMega16 chip to experiment with these types of chips and have a bit of fun!

This was my first experience with sourcing my own materials for a project without the use of a kit, but I still did follow direct instructions from this Fantastic Instructible

I decided to undertake this project after exams and as such didn’t want to spend weeks waiting for parts to arrive from international sources. I bought the LEDs early from eBay well in advance but I did not want to spend time on sourcing parts instead of my studies so the remainder of the parts were sourced locally from a physical JayCar Electronics Store, online with extremely fast shipping from RS Components and OpenLab which are all Australian sources.

The following table shows my BOM, this was by no means the cheapest way to gather the materials but my number one concern with this project was to get the parts ASAP for a good winter project after exams when I had some time to dedicate to it.

Component Qty Price Total Notes Jaycar RS Components OpenLab eBay item No
Protoboard 1 $4.50 $4.50   med proto board      
Atmel AVR ATmega16 microcontroller 40 pin 1 $10.90 $10.90     628-0000    
3mm 2pin Blue Round top Diffused LED 8K MCD 64 $15.60 $15.60 Lot of 1000!       151122481039
Programmer for ATmega16 1 $27.95 $27.95 7.95 Shipping     ADA-46  
Status LEDs - Red and Green 2 Owned            
Max232 rs-232 chip, or equivalent 1 $4.95 $4.95   ZK-8824      
Resistors for leds 220Ohm 16 $0.46 $0.92 220 ohm 220 Ohm      
Resistors for status LEDs 470Ohm 2 $14.95 $14.95 Get Mini size metal film pack Get Mini size metal film pack      
Resistor 10K 1              
Resistor 2.2K 1              
NPN Transistor BC338 4 $0.42 $1.68   ZT-2116      
10uF Capacitor 1 $0.30 $0.30 25V RE-6070      
1000uF Capacitor 1 $1.05 $1.05 25V RE-6230      
0.1uF Ceramic Capacitor 6 $0.32 $0.96   RC-5360      
22pF Ceramic Capacitor 2 $0.32 $0.32   RC-5316      
Crystal 14.7456 MHz 1 $0.78 $0.78     693-8816    
Tactile Switch 2 $1.25 $1.25   SP-0609      
Power Switch 1 Owned            
7805T Voltage regulator 1 $1.50 $1.50   ZV-1506      
9V battery clip 1 $0.40 $0.40   PH-9230      
Rubber feet 4 $2.50 $2.50 Pack of 4 HP-0815      
10 pin male IDC header 1 $0.95 $0.95   PP-1100      
PCB Mount Screw Terminals 1 $1.20 $1.20   HM-3172      
    TOTAL: $87.61          

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