Tuesday, 29 December 2015 20:44

DIY 8x8x8 RGB LED cube


Build a custom jig

Making an 8x8x8 RGB LED cube from the ground up involves a variety of tasks, therefore I need to build a custom jig in order to maintain the spacing between LEDs while soldering. Figure below shows the design of my jig, it is very unique and modern.

Setup a jig

I made this jig using my CNC laser cutter, the Autocad drawing file (filename: Layer building tool.DWG) is available here.


Prepare the LED

The LED cube is arranged into 8 layers of 64 LEDs each, therefore you need 512 RGB LEDs. They are all common anode LEDs.

Prepare the LED


Bend the LED leg like this. It will take approximately one minute to make one of this.

Bend the LED


Build the First Layer

Aligning and straightening the bare copper wire with two pliers as figure below.

Aligning and straightening the bare copper wire


The LEDs will then fit snugly into the holes as shown in figure below.

LEDs fit snugly into the holes


Solder the anode of the LED to the bare copper wire.

Solder the anode pin of the LED


Test the LEDs, make sure all the LEDs are working before continue next step. A current limit resistor is required.

Test the LED


Solder the rest of the LED pins  to the bare copper wire which including Red pin, Green pin and Blue pin.

Solder the rest of the LED pins


It took about one hour to complete this layer.

First layer of LED cube


Trim away the excess leads. Congratulation! First layer of LED cube is completed!

Trim away the excess leads


You need to make seven more of this for a total of eight layers.

Each layer of LED cube


Stack the layers

I'm using my CNC laser cutter to make one more tool which helps to stack the layers.

Stack the layers


Stack the second layer

Stack the second layer


Stack until the last layer.

Stack until the last layer


Done! All layers completed!

All layers completed


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  • Comment Link Shawn Sunday, 08 April 2018 12:24 posted by Shawn

    How did you bend the LED leads perfectly the same? Did you have a jig to bend them?

  • Comment Link mandragora21 Monday, 02 April 2018 05:18 posted by mandragora21

    hola exelente proyecto una duda que tengo cual se supone que es el led nº1 si miramos en cubo de frente.?????
    creo que podria ser el primero de detras de la derecha ????
    es para poder centrar el con1

  • Comment Link admin Sunday, 11 March 2018 10:08 posted by admin

    This LED cube was made by my friend, he modified the hardware only, leaving the source code untouched.

  • Comment Link Grigirii Saturday, 10 March 2018 16:05 posted by Grigirii

    Good afternoon. Please tell me how you managed to start the danu version of the cube on the code Kevin Darah, because his code is designed for using the register 74ch595, and you have a completely different register. Have you changed anything in the code to use this register?

  • Comment Link admin Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:12 posted by admin

    We only make the hardware, software getting from Kevindarrah

  • Comment Link Cyrille Sunday, 07 January 2018 02:52 posted by Cyrille


    congratulation for this very nice cube !
    Is it possible to share the source code for the arduino board ?

    thanks a lot !

  • Comment Link Rizwan Thursday, 02 November 2017 16:41 posted by Rizwan

    How the Cathode be provided the ground as in 74595 IC it will give you 5 volt we can use hex invertor to make it 0V so cathode is provided the ground and it will light up how MBI5026 works to provide cathode ground ? Please help me in this regard.

  • Comment Link anup shekhar Friday, 03 June 2016 04:54 posted by anup shekhar


    i hope you have received my email

  • Comment Link anup shekhar Tuesday, 31 May 2016 06:28 posted by anup shekhar

    thanks for the Quick reply. I have sentyou an email please check and let me know the details.

    Anup Shekhar

  • Comment Link Siew Goh Monday, 30 May 2016 22:00 posted by Siew Goh

    Hi, anup shehkar
    You can send request to my email [email protected] I only created and design hardware part, the software, the way to blink LED and the arduino is copy from other website. If you really wan the Driverboard you can email me, but the parts on the board I think not much I left.

  • Comment Link anup shehkar Sunday, 29 May 2016 07:54 posted by anup shehkar

    I am highly impressed with the way you have explained everything about how to make 8x8x8 rbg led cube. I am an arts student and struggling for almost a month that someone can explain this in lay man language that how to make it and how to connect it together .I am really interested in the printed circuit board you have created .Please let me know if I can buy it from you.

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