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ShadowLight8
06-19-2017, 06:04 PM
This weekend I completed my Raspberry Pi Zero W powered 64x32 Matrix-in-a-box for this year's Halloween display. It's mainly for the FM station information and providing 4 5v power pigtails for some additional leds in the front yard.

Major parts

BUD Industries NBF-32422 Economy Box with Clear Door (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005UPC7Y2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00)
64x32 P5 Matrix (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/64x32pixel-P5mm-Indoor-SMD-3in1-full-color-LED-Display-Screen-unit-panel-module-size-320mm-x/32667937844.html)
Raspberry Pi Zero W (http://www.microcenter.com/product/475267/Zero_W)

Running beta version of FPP to support the Zero W's wireless chipset (http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,7277.0.html)
Will run as a slave to the main FPP eventually

Raspberry PI Matrix Adapter Kit (http://renard-shop.com/home/48-raspberry-pi-matrix-adapter.html)
350W 5v Rain proof power supply (Similar to https://www.aliexpress.com/item/5V-300W-rain-proof-switch-mode-Power-Supply-AC120V-or-AC230V-input-DC5V-300W-output/32694466089.html)

Wiring Parts

Universal 32V 12 way Fuse Block (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Universal-32V-12-Way-Fuse-Box-Block-Fuse-Holder-Box-Car-Vehicle-Circuit-Automotive-Blade-Car/32644840364.html)
Standard Blade Fuses (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/100pcs-Assortment-Car-Standard-Blade-Fuses-2A-3A-5A-7-5A-10A-15A-20A-25A-30A/32764090268.html)
6 Position Terminal Block (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/IMC-Hot-5-Pcs-6-Positions-2-Rows-Barrier-Screw-Terminal-Block-Strip-w-Cover/32634884066.html)
6 Position Fork, modified since it was the wrong size (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Fork-6-Postions-Pre-Insulated-Terminal-Strip-Block-Red-600V-25A-10-Pcs/32810363191.html)
Left over acrylic sheet to mount all this

Panel for Matrix

BUD Industries Hinged Panel Kit (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005T76594/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00)
Black Polycarbonate Sheet 16"x16" (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GQHA6UE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01)
Dremel 409 Cut-off Wheels to cut up the polycarb sheet (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004UDGX/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00)

Random parts

3 Core pigtails (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/10pcs-lot-3-Core-BLACK-Waterproof-pigtail-50cm-long-each-male-and-female-male-connector-s/32739097740.html)
Nylon Hex Standoffs M2.5 for Raspery Pi Zero W and Pi Matrix (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/200pcs-M2-5-Nylon-M-F-Hex-Standoff-Spacers-Screw-Nut-Assortment-Kits-with-Plastic-Box/32776007542.html)
PG9 Water proof cable glands (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/CNIM-Hot-12-Pcs-Water-Proof-PG9-Plastic-Cable-Glands-Fasteners-Black/32759336842.html)
Dual row header pins for RPi Zero W
Extra power cable
Multiple random screws and nuts to fit all the different parts

ukewarrior
01-15-2018, 10:35 PM
Did the Pi Matrix adapter fit right on top of the Pi Zero?

ShadowLight8
01-21-2018, 09:26 PM
I soldered on the headers to the Pi, then they fit together great. Used a few nylon offsets to make sure it wouldn't move, but that's overkill :)

DaleP
01-22-2018, 09:28 AM
Wow, that's really cool. I like that you can tell the crowd the number of songs and which one your on.

Very neat project, thanks for sharing! I would love to re produce this someday for my house.

Dale P.

Flashination
01-22-2018, 10:10 AM
A build video would be awesome


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ShadowLight8
01-29-2018, 12:42 AM
A build video would be awesome


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While it's not a build video, there is a section about the sign box in my behind the scenes video about 1:30 in

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSO9DRM1eSY&t=95s

algerdes
01-29-2018, 01:45 AM
First, I need to tell you something. Usually I have to speed up videos to watch them without falling victim to slow speech and the associated nap time on this end. Your's is the very first one, in a lot of years, that I actually had to SLOW DOWN the speed to see and hear everything. I am not kidding, the very first one!

Second, the setup is great. Don't be surprised if you come to my area in November and see those eyes looking down at you. Nice.

Thank you for taking the time to do the walk-through. I enjoyed it.

ShadowLight8
01-29-2018, 09:43 PM
This made me laugh :) I always knew I talked fast. I scripted out what I wanted to say so that I would cover it all since I wanted to keep it fairly short. Maybe I got a bit aggressive :wow:

Glad you like the eyes. I hoping to do more with them this year, but still have a lot to figure out to integrate them with the show.


First, I need to tell you something. Usually I have to speed up videos to watch them without falling victim to slow speech and the associated nap time on this end. Your's is the very first one, in a lot of years, that I actually had to SLOW DOWN the speed to see and hear everything. I am not kidding, the very first one!

Second, the setup is great. Don't be surprised if you come to my area in November and see those eyes looking down at you. Nice.

Thank you for taking the time to do the walk-through. I enjoyed it.

DaleP: I added the song number and total to the display so folks watching could determine where they are at and gives some idea of how long the show is. I'd love to see more shows have this. We drove around this year to see quite a few and it's tricky to know how long the show is....especially with a 3 and 8 year old :)