Who would not want to have a cool headgear inspired from a techno-music legendary duo Daft Punk?!
So, I decided to build one. Because I am not an experienced 3D modeler to form organic shapes. I just searched for download-ready 3D model. Then, I found DimitriK42 version of Thomas helmet. You can find his thingiverse link here.
I never had the plan to put this project online since I'm quite a busy person. I've been busy making other projects. Haha. The truth is, I was invited to a Christmas party with a neon theme settings. I made this project last November 2019 and finished before the due date on December. Thus, I can't show the complete step-by-step photos.
- Download DimitriK42's model of Thomas Helmet. See this link.
- Print it using a FDM 3D Printer. I am using Creality Ender 3 Pro.
- Stick them together using your preferred plastic adhesive. I am using a two-part epoxy.
- Then, download the 3d part that I created to hold your RGB LED strips. NOTE: It's not so rigid part, but it can get the job done. You can use hot glue or epoxy to reattach when it breaks.
- You can now place your RGB LED strips on this part. Use the image below as reference.
- For this step, it really depends on your experience tinkering with Arduino. You can download the code, change the designated pins and upload on your Arduino board. Unfortunately, I am using a custom Arduino board with Attiny85 microcontroller. I'll make a separate project guide and link it here.
- You can power the strips and Arduino board using a phone powerbank. After uploading the program, you should see your LED blinking and lights moving.
- If everything work as expected. We can proceed on sanding, adding fillers and painting the helmet. Unfortunately, I have a very short patience, thus, print lines are still visible.
- You may now install the LED strips with visor guide.
- For this helmet, I did not use a black semi-transparent acrylic since I don't have a free access to a laser-cutter. Thus, I need to find another way. Then, I figure out to just use clear book-bind cover. The key part here is using a car window tinting film. I applied 3 layers of film to achieve a darker look.
- Before we forgot, earpieces are also included when you download the helmet 3d model. I applied non-dripping superglue to attach the earpieces. As you can see, I'm pressing the right earpiece so I can change the light effects.
It is so cool. It is like you became a different person, or robot? I get to dance a Daft Punk song in front of colleagues. It was a mess but I had the confidence since they don't know it was me. Haha
a. I will manually code a light effect sequence that corresponds to specific Daft Punk song and beat.
b. Create an automated effect sequence that will react to any song and beat.