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Daan

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wauw, so nice [smile]
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Your work is amazing. Thanks!
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I missed the last one - cause of lack of knowledge - but it sounds awesome!!!

And again, I wish I would live in America...

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update:

I got some work done on the main controller, so I thought I would share a little of what I am doing. For debugging, programmability, future-proofing, and general fun-factor, I decided that the main controller should have a full-function keypad, function keys, and data output. The whole thing is done in the same 2285 style, so it will fit with the other panels. Per my earlier post, it also has a pair of RJ45 jacks to place the controller on the linear bus.

The design has 16 buttons and 40 LEDs, 21 of which form a 3-character, 7-segment display (definitely doing this project the hard way!). Given how close the pins are together, plus the number of wires required, I decided to try out some copper foil tape to see if I could make the wiring a bit more manageable.

I am now done with the copper foil part. Here is how it looks:
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The LED leads are really close together! Here is a closer view of the display wiring:
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Next up is the remainder of the wiring and initial testing.

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I'm not 100% sure what I'm looking at, but I love the idea of using CAT5 as a signaling method.  The stuff is so cheap and ubiquitous, it almost seems stupid not to use it if you need 8 wires or less over long distances.

Also, you said my favorite series of words in the english language... "LED 7-segment display".  I've been meaning to build myself an 7-segment based clock based around an Arduino or something, but I don't posses the requisite knowledge yet, so it tends to stop there.  Looking forward to seeing this in person next April!

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Update:

Wiring on the main controller is nearly complete. Programming will take some time after that. I've got a few other things to work on these days, so the project has been on the back burner. I look forward to sharing some video of the display once it's programmed.

The following photos show the panel illuminated by the static LEDs only. The dynamic lights will be programmed later.
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Very nice design work and well done. Congratulations ...very nice....
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Update:

I have most of the DMX channel reading code done. Per an earlier post, this controller's job is to read the active DMX channels output from Artemis and then tell the other lights, status boards, control panels, etc. what to do in response.

To make the most of the information coming from Artemis, the script on the PC is streamlined to indicate whether each one of the 71 cues is either active or not. That means I am using exactly 71 DMX channels from Artemis to carry the required information. The main controller then determines which states have changed and orders the appropriate animations in response.

To check how Artemis and the main controller are getting along, I have programmed the display to let me know which channels have changed and animate the data lights to roughly indicate which game cues are active (I have data light animations for about 1/3rd of the cues, which is enough for what I am doing right now).

Here is a short animation of the main controller data readout at work (I used xlights to transmit some dummy DMX cues to see how the connection is working):
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I also have many other commands and gameplay modes in mind to program, so the controller has a keypad to input the desired program:
VIDEO0061A - Copy.gif 

Next steps will be to complete the frame and install the RS485 converter to connect to the other modules.

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Saw your animation on facebook, tsn Artemis Canada.
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This is amazing! I lack the skill, tools, and knowledge to pull this off. Do you take commissions to create a set of controls for a full bridge or sell them as diy kits?
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Your bridge build is very exciting. Great work!
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Saw your animation on facebook, tsn Artemis Canada.


Interesting! I guess others liked my animation as well.

A little attribution wouldn't have hurt, but it's nice to see my work appreciated.

Thanks for the heads-up.


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This is amazing! I lack the skill, tools, and knowledge to pull this off. Do you take commissions to create a set of controls for a full bridge or sell them as diy kits?


Thanks!

Given the amount of time it took to make these consoles, I don't think commissions would be all that practical. I am more than happy to share my design files and to explain how to make the controls.

On that note, I really appreciate how the Artemis community has shared and cross-pollinated bridge ideas. I have no doubt that the next Armada will have even more outstanding workmanship on display!
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Originally Posted by Mike Substelny
Your bridge build is very exciting. Great work!


Thanks!

I appreciate all the kind responses to this thread while I've been off doing other things. Not to fear! I've got many projects cooking in the workshop:
https://artemis.forumchitchat.com/post/angel-of-rust-workshop-2017-8934166

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Thanks!

Given the amount of time it took to make these consoles, I don't think commissions would be all that practical. I am more than happy to share my design files and to explain how to make the controls.

On that note, I really appreciate how the Artemis community has shared and cross-pollinated bridge ideas. I have no doubt that the next Armada will have even more outstanding workmanship on display!


Thanks so much for the offer. I would like to get a copy of you design files and any tips that you might have for putting it all together!
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