Labeling Panels

We strongly recommend adding labels to the edges of each panel.

Use a label printer, silver marker or whatever method you prefer. Ideally the labeling is visually identifiable and won't wash or rub off easily. 

We suggest adding both alpha and numeric labels to each edge.

The six matrices should be labeled as follows, as seen from the back:

Double-check your work when finished. There should be exactly two of each letter A–L. Two A’s, two B’s and so forth. Getting the numbers and letter positions right is vital to correct assembly later.

Magnets for Brackets

Get magnets ready to install into the brackets.

A total of 24x magnets are needed for 8x brackets.

Install Magnets to Brackets

Begin press fitting magnets into the flat cavities on each bracket.

Polarity of the magnets on the flat tabs should be all the same.

Begin press fitting magnets into the vertical tabs on each bracket.

Polarity of vertical tabs should be all the same.

Brackets and Side Mounts

The magnets on the brackets should attach to the corner mounts.

Take a moment to test the polarity between the two parts.

Bracket Sets 

Proceed to install magnets onto all 8x brackets.

Double check each tab and magnet to ensure polarity is consistent.

Brackets Placement

The brackets are secured to the two heat set inserts on the corners of each panel.

Place a bracket over the heat set inserts and line up the mounting holes.

Install Brackets to Panels

Use M3 x 6mm long screws to secure the brackets to the panels.

Secured Brackets

Proceed to install 4x brackets to Panel #5 and Panel #0.

Magnets for Side Mounts

A total of 16x magnets are needed for 8x side mounts.

8x side mounts are secured to panels #1, #2, #3, and #4 only.

Install Magnets to Side Mounts

Press fit 2x magnets into each side mount.

Double check the side mount properly attaches to the brackets on panel #5 and #0.

Side Mount Set

Proceed to install magnets to all 8x side mounts.

Install Side Brackets to Panel #1

Get panel #1 and begin placing the side mounts onto the frames.

Reference the photo for correct placement.

Secure Corner Brackets

Use M3 x 6mm long screws to secure the side mounts to the frame.

Secure Panel 2 to Panel 1

Get Panel #2 ready to secure to Panel #1.

Match the labels on the edges. In the photo, the edge with the labels "K" will be joined together.

Installing Panel 2

Lay panel #2 flat on your work surface.

Hold Panel #1 over Panel #2 and line up the mounting holes.

Ensure the edges "K" are perpendicularly fitting together.

Secure Panel 2

Insert and fasten M3 x 6mm long screws to secure the side mounts to the panel.

Installing Panel 1 to Panel 4

Get Panel #4 ready to secure to Panel #1.

Orient the two panels so the edges with the label "E" are joined together.

Secured Panel 4

Use M3 x 6mm long screws to secure Panel #4 to Panel #1.

Install Side Mounts to Panel 3

Get Panel #3 ready to secure the remaining side mounts.

Use M3 x 6mm long screws to secure the side mounts to the panel.

Installing Panel 3 to Panel 4

Lay Panel #3 flat on your work surface. 

Bring the 3x panel assembly over to Panel #3 and match the edge with the label "G".

Secure Panel 3

Place the panel assembly over Panel #3 and line up the mounting holes.

Securing Panel 3 (Continued)

Use M3x6mm long screws to secure the side mounts to the panel.

Assembled Panels

Take a moment to inspect the four panel assembly are secured correctly.

Install Cables to Panel 5

Get the IDC and power cables ready.

Connect two IDC cables to the data in and out connectors.

Connect the power cable to the power port on the panel.

Install Pi to Panel 5

Place the Pi mount over the panel with the magnets attaching to the brackets.

Double check the various USB cables are connected to the Pi.

This guide was first published on May 04, 2022. It was last updated on 2022-05-04 10:43:22 -0400.

This page (Frames for Bigger Cube) was last updated on May 28, 2022.

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