Hardware for NeoPixel Mount
You'll use the following hardware to secure the NeoPixel sticks to the 3D printed mount.
- 2x M2 x 12mm long screws
- 2x M2 hex nuts
- 4x M2 washers
Install Cable to NeoPixel Mount
Insert the 3-pin JST through the center opening of the 3D printed mount and pull it all the way through.
Place both NeoPixel sticks onto the 3D printed mount and line up the mounting holes.
Insert the M2 screws through the NeoPixel sticks and 3D printed mount with the washers fitted in between. The washer will allow airflow to help with heat dissipation to prevent the 3D print from warping.
Fasten M2 hex nuts onto the threads of the screws and use a screwdriver to secure them together.
Assembled NeoPixel Holder
Take a moment to inspect the NeoPixel holder assembly and ensure it has been properly secured.
Install NeoPixel Holder
Locate the bottom side of the 3D printed star core. It's the surface that touched the 3D printer's bed.
Insert the NeoPixel holder through the bottom side of the star core and firmly press it through the edges.
Install Bottom Spike
Insert the JST cable through the hole on the side of the 3D printed bottom spike and pull it all the way through.
Orient the bottom spike so the protruding lips are lined up with the NeoPixel holder.
Firmly press the bottom spike into the star core until the surfaces sit flush.
Install Top Spike
Insert one of the eleven spikes to the top side of the star core. Firmly press the spike into the star core until the surfaces are flush with each other.
Install Another Spike
Proceed to install one of remaining spikes into another side of the star core ensuring the surfaces are flush.
Install Spikes (Continued)
Continue to install spikes by press fitting them into the remaining sides of the star core.
Connect JST to BFF
Grab the 3-pin JST plug from the NeoPixels and connect it to the NeoPixel Driver BFF.
Plug the other end of the USB cable into a 5V 1A (minimum, higher current rating is fine to use) USB power supply to turn on the circuit.
Simple Case Setup
Use the simple snap fit case if you prefer to use the star fragment off the stand.
Insert the JST plug from the NeoPixel through the smaller hole on the side of the case.
Insert the USB cable through the bigger hole on the side of the case.
Lamp Stand Setup
Insert the USB-C extension cable through the hole on the side of the lamp stand base. Use the included hex nut to secure the cable.
Lamp Base Bottom Install
Line up the snap fit edges of the bottom cover with the lamp base. Firmly press bottom cover to snap fit them together.
Hardware for Lamp Stand
Use three M3 x 6mm long machine screws to secure the stand to the lamp base top cover.
Secure Lamp Stand to Top Cover
Place the lamp stand over the base top cover and line up the three mounting holes.
Insert and fasten the M3 screws through the bottom of the top cover to secure the stand to the top cover.
Install NeoPixel Cable to Lamp Stand
Insert the NeoPixel cable through the lamp stand and pull it through the other end.
Connect NeoPixel and QT Py
Proceed to connect the 3-pin JST cable to the NeoPixel Driver BFF and the USB-C extension cable to the QT Py.
Install PCBs into Lamp Base
Place the QT Py and NeoPixel Driver BFF into the lamp case with the extension cable neatly coiled.
Install Top Cover to Lamp Base
Line up the snap fit edges of the top cover with the lamp base and firmly press to snap fit them together.
Install Star Fragment to Lamp Stand
Pull on the cable from the NeoPixels through the openings on the bottom cover until the star fragment can rest on the lamp stand.
Orient the star fragment so it can rest over the tapered edges of the lamp stand.
Optionally use glue to permanently adhere the star fragment to the lamp stand.