Blinky LED Snowflake Kit on the Othermill

Greetings and Happy Holidays! My name is Diana, and I am the Retail Manager for Other Machine Co. That means I find products and make cool kits for our store! In this beginning Othermill tutorial you will learn to make your own Holiday Snowflake Ornament.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Blinky LED Snowflake Kit on the Othermill
Blinky LED Snowflake Kit on the Othermill

Things you will need:

Materials:

· FR-1 single single-sided board, (1)

· Double-sided tape

· RGB LEDís, (6)

· 220 ohm resistors, (6)

· CR2032 battery, (1)

· CR2032 holder, (1)

· Ribbon, string, or baker's twine

Tools:

· An Othermill

· A 1/32" end mill

· Soldering gun + solder

· Scotch Brite pad

· Wire clippers or flush cutters

Step 2: Attach your material

Blinky LED Snowflake Kit on the Othermill

Affix your FR-1 to the bed using double-sided tape. If the aligning bracket is in place, remove it and make sure the bottom left corner of the FR-1 is flush with the edges of the bed. I like to leave some extra tape hanging over the edges for easy removal later on. In Otherplan, click Setup Material. Choose the standard single-sided FR1. Click Continue and Align to Bed Origin if not already, and then click Done.

Step 3: Mill!

Blinky LED Snowflake Kit on the Othermill

First, set up your file in Otherplan:

  • Download the zip file. The extension name may change, so look for it in your downloads and then open the folder, where you will see snowflake.brd
  • In Otherplan click Import Files and select Snowflake.brd
  • Select a 1/32" tool

    Click Start Cutting. If a 1/32" tool isnít already inserted, youíll be prompted to insert one prior to cutting. This design takes about 40 minutes to cut out, so knock out some of that gift-wrapping, or make some delicious eggnog.

    When itís done milling, wipe or vacuum off the dust, then remove your board and the rest of the FR-1 from the machining bed. Peel off all the tape, remove the snowflake, and clean up the edges with a Scotch Brite pad.

    Blinky LED Snowflake Kit on the Othermill
    Snowflake.zip6 KB

    Step 4: Solder

    Blinky LED Snowflake Kit on the Othermill
    Blinky LED Snowflake Kit on the Othermill
    Blinky LED Snowflake Kit on the Othermill

    Now itís time to solder. Hooray! If youíre not familiar with soldering, Adafruitís guide is a great place to start. I like to add my own personal touch by adding lots of expletives during the process, but itís probably best to leave this out if youíre doing this project with your little ones.

  • Solder the LEDís first. Make sure the flat, or negative lead is facing towards the outside edges of the snowflake.
  • Solder the resistors.
  • Solder the battery clip.

    Insert your battery into the clip. Does your snowflake light up? Great! Does it not? Expletives! Check to make sure you LEDís and battery clip are in the correct orientation and that all of your solders are solid. If youíre a beginner like me this might take you a few times, so learn from my mistakes and be extra careful!

    Step 5: Make it pretty

    Blinky LED Snowflake Kit on the Othermill
    Blinky LED Snowflake Kit on the Othermill
    Blinky LED Snowflake Kit on the Othermill

    Once your snowflake is working clip the ends of all of the LEDís and resistors as close as to the FR-1 as possible. Insert the thread or baker's twine through the thread hole, and tie a knot. And voila! Youíre done. Now you can sit back and enjoy that eggnog.

    If you make this project or something similar, show us your creation! Or if you you have questions, contact us at support@otherachine.co, we're here to help!

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