Make Perfect Light Paintings with an LED Robot



Did you know that you can make light paintings with a long exposure camera? Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph. We take this a step further by finely controlling the light source’s movement with a stepper motor driven rover. The results are stunning. The project consists of a Raspberry Pi 3, two stepper motors, and a Neopixel LED matrix. It can easily be recreated with a 3D printer and all of the code is provided.

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USEFUL LINKS:

Find all the 3d printable parts for this project on our Hackaday.io page: https://hackaday.io/project/20365-light-photography-robot

All the code can be found on Github: https://github.com/HackerHouseYT/Light-Rover

Raspberry Pi Neopixel library: https://github.com/jgarff/rpi_ws281x

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MATERIALS:

2× Nema-17 200 steps/rev Stepper Motors
https://www.adafruit.com/products/324

2× Stepper Motor Drivers
https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-tb6612-h-bridge-dc-stepper-motor-driver-breakout

1× Raspberry Pi 3
https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-3-model-b/

1× Neopixel 8×8 LED Matrix
https://www.adafruit.com/product/1487

1× Female Jumper Wires
https://www.adafruit.com/products/794

1× Cell Phone Charging Battery
https://www.amazon.com/Anker-PowerCore-Ultra-Compact-High-speed-Technology/dp/B0194WDVHI/ref=pd_cp_107_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0194WDVHI&pd_rd_r=6KNMRQXWWWW73HPVV7E6&pd_rd_w=XTSLf&pd_rd_wg=eT0DL&psc=1&refRID=6KNMRQXWWWW73HPVV7E6

1× 12v Step Up Chip
https://www.amazon.com/Qunqi-XL6009-Adapter-Booster-Step-up/dp/B01E4YERBU/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1489673917&sr=8-6&keywords=5v+to+12v+step+up+chip

2× Might Need a Couple USB Splitters
https://www.amazon.com/Cute-USB-2-Port-Splitter-Black/dp/B00FJG5T4W/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1489673957&sr=8-11&keywords=1+to+3+usb+splitter

MUSIC:
Joakim Karud: https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud
Andrew Applepie: https://andrewapplepie.bandcamp.com/

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