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    Thanks, darth_chasm - much obliged. Would an...

    Thanks, darth_chasm - much obliged.

    Would an Arduino Uno from a Starter Kit work?
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    Thanks! We have arduino kits, but I want to...

    Thanks!

    We have arduino kits, but I want to avoid any more complicating steps - she's looking at it more simply.

    The neopixel strips haven't been soldered to the PCB (she just has the two...
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    Thanks, Darth. What's the voltage? I'm not...

    Thanks, Darth.

    What's the voltage? I'm not sure what load to use ...

    Best regards,
    - Mike
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    Testing Neopixel Strips

    Hello from Seattle!

    My students and I have begun building a neopixel saber.

    We've assembled the paired neopixel strips, as Madcow demonstrates in his excellent video, Plecter Pixel Blade...
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    Thanks, Light Bringer! - That would be very...

    Thanks, Light Bringer! -

    That would be very useful.
    The topic needs the back and forth of a conversation. I'll drop you a note this weekend, if that's OK.

    -Mike
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    More comments to come, FJK, but first: do you...

    More comments to come, FJK, but first: do you have another link to the Clan X video?

    "Video unavailable
    This video contains content from SME, who has blocked it in your country on copyright...
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    Wiring Strategy / Internal Design

    Ahoy from Seattle !


    1. My students are struggling with wiring.
    Problem: many of their wiring looms won’t fit inside a hilt without damaging a connection or component.


    2. Our...
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    Thanks, Darth Chasm! Excellent point - the...

    Thanks, Darth Chasm! Excellent point - the extractor fan is a must.
    And as I mentioned in my post to Light Bringer, please look for a new post from me - soon, I hope - with student questions on...
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    Thanks, Light Bringer! I appreciate your advice!...

    Thanks, Light Bringer! I appreciate your advice!
    And please look for a new post from me - soon, I hope - with student questions on wiring strategy ... your input would be invaluable.
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    lead-free vs leaded solder?

    Ahoy from Seattle!

    Any preferences between leaded (60/40) vs. lead-free solder?
    I hear leaded solder works better, but haven't looked into it.

    Parents ask that I don't use leaded solder...
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    Thanks, Jay-gon Jinn and jbkuma! I knew the wise...

    Thanks, Jay-gon Jinn and jbkuma!
    I knew the wise and experienced masters would come up with something. I'll ask X-wingband for a pic for reference.

    There's a plastics fabrication company here in...
  12. Thanks for the wisdom! It all makes sense,...

    Thanks for the wisdom!
    It all makes sense, especially the part about repairing mistakes.

    Not that we make mistakes in the classroom, of course.
  13. Why Solder to Top of Pad Rather Than Inserting Wire Through the Pad Hole?

    Hello from smoky Seattle.

    Student question that I can't answer:
    why solder wires to the top of a pad rather than inserting the wire end into the pad hole and soldering like that?
    To save space...
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    I never thought of that - thanks for the...

    I never thought of that - thanks for the reminder!

    Being able to view the innards is the idea, and that would work fine. And it's cheap!
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    Clear Plastic Main Body?

    Hi from smoky Seattle-

    Anyone know of a source for a clear plastic main body, of the same dimensions as TCSS MHSV1 hilts?
    I want to show students how you want wiring and connectors to coil inside...
  16. Thanks, Light Bringer! I nabbed a diamond tip...

    Thanks, Light Bringer!
    I nabbed a diamond tip attachment and that works great.
    Much obliged!
  17. Thanks, Light Bringer. I have a 1/8" grinding...

    Thanks, Light Bringer. I have a 1/8" grinding tool thingy for my Dremel, but that still seems a bit too big. What attachment would you recommend?
  18. Thanks again for the sage advice, jbkuma. Much...

    Thanks again for the sage advice, jbkuma. Much obliged.
    I endeavor to keep teenage students and horribly wrong as far apart as possible.
  19. Modifying an an Acrylic Chassis Disk for a NB Pre-wired Module

    Hello from Seattle!

    Has anyone tried adapting an acrylic chassis disc to hold a pre-wired NB sound module?

    Looks like it may work, but I recall reading somewhere on TCSS site that the module...
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    Makes sense. Thanks, as always!

    Makes sense.

    Thanks, as always!
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    Thanks, FJK! But does that mean he should use...

    Thanks, FJK!
    But does that mean he should use the Deep Sleep pad, or the 3.3V pad?
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    Thanks, Darkmatter73! We only want the LED in...

    Thanks, Darkmatter73!

    We only want the LED in the AV switch to be on when the blade is on.

    But we're not clear on how to interpret the parameters in the manual.

    The 3.3V pad (NB4 Manual,...
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    Best AV Switch power connection pad on NB4?

    A student of mine asked me if the best power connection on the NB4 for a 16mm AV w/LED, is the Deep Sleep pad (NB4 Manual, p. 16), as opposed to the 3.3V pad (NB4 Manual, p.15).

    I said the Deep...
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    Thanks!

    Thanks!
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    Mac OS and R.I.C.E. Interface

    Hello again from Seattle!

    Any issues with the R.I.C.E. interface and Mac OS?
    Do you need to be plugged into a sound board for the interface to open?

    Again, thanks for the shared wisdom!
    ...
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