Build Party

This page contains links to all the items you will need to participate in the multiple builds that will be presented over the course of the summit. Please have all of your items ready before class and be sure to prepare all items ahead of time.

Build a K16 Controller Box
12:00-2:00 PM Saturday 10th

Bobby Galeza - Gilbert Engineering Room

Build a K16 Controller Box

Create Dancing, Moving Props for your Display
2:30-3:30 PM Saturday 10th

Keith Peffer - Gilbert Engineering Room

Create Dancing, Moving Props for your Display
  • 1 × 3/4in EMT Pipe (at least 6ft long)
  • 1 × 1/2in PVC Pipe (at least 3ft long)
  • 1 × MattosDesigns Motor Mount
  • 1 × MattosDesigns Motor with Cam Arm
  • 1 × MattosDesigns Cam Arm Extension
  • 2 × M6-1.00 x 25 Screw
  • 2 × 3/4in U-Bolts
  • 1 × 1/4in x 3/4in Machine Screw/Bolt
  • 1 × 1/4in x 1-1/2in Machine Screw/Bolt
  • 1 × 1/4in x 3-1/2in Machine Screw/Bolt
  • 3 × 1/4in Lock Nuts
  • 1 × Box 1/4in Washers (or hard pex pipe)
  • 1 × Prop to Rock

Mattos Designs Spiral Tree Build
3:30-5:30 PM Saturday 10th

Dave Breiland - Gilbert Engineering Room

Build a Panel Enclosure (not for outdoor use)
5:30-6:30 PM Saturday 10th

Nathan Miller - Gilbert Engineering Room

Build a Panel Enclosure

Required Hardware:

  • Panels
  • Colorlight Card 75B
  • Ribbon Cables, Network Cables, and Power Adapters
  • Raspberry Pi 3b+ or Pi 4
  • Cheap Cutting Board
  • PVC Trim Board
  • Plexiglass or Polycarbonate
  • 1" Angle Iron 2" Flat Iron
  • Misc Screws, Eyelets, and Caulk
  • Pc with xLights
  • A Phone or Tablet.

Optional Additional Items:

  • Spray Paint
  • Pass Through Dongle
  • Small Mig Welder
  • Steel Studs

How to Make a Dipole Antenna for your FM Transmitter
7:00-8:00 PM Saturday 10th

Bill Alley - Gilbert Engineering Room

How to Make a Dipole Antenna for your FM Transmitter
  • 1 × 8' Length of 1" PVC Pipe
  • 1 × PVC 1" T- Connector
  • 2 × PVC 1" End Caps
  • 1 × PVC 1" 90-Degree Corner Connector
  • 2 × 8" Zip Ties
  • 2 × 1" Diameter Washers (same diameter as PVC pipe. The hole in the washer must be smaller than the locking end of a zip tie yet large enough for the flat zip tie to fit through)
  • Television coax extension cable (with connectors) in the length you'll need from your transmitter to the antenna.
  • Optional: 2-3" of Shrink Tubing
  • Optional: 2 × Pipe Clamps (to fit around the PVC pipe)
  • Optional: 1 × Choke Core Balun to Fit the Coax Cable
  • Optional: PVC Cement
  • 1 - 6' length steel cable. (Romex cable or other stiff copper

Build a Snowflake Tree That Can Withstand Strong Winds
1:00-3:00 PM Sunday 11th

Brian McVay - Gilbert Engineering Room

Build a Snowflake Tree That Can Withstand Strong Winds
  • 2 × Rugged Pole Stand Alone Base
  • 2 × 2" × 2" × 24' 0.180" Wall Steel Tubing
  • 4 × 1" × 1" × 24' 0.180 Wall Steel Tubing
  • 2 × #14×2 1/2" Hex Washer – Self Drilling Sheet Metal Screws
  • 1 × 3/16" Drill Bit
  • 1 × 1/4" Drill Bit
  • 1 × 25' Tape Measure
  • 1 × Carpenter's Speed Square
  • 1 × Sawzall (Metal Blade)

Quick Class on Converting Props into Pixel Props
3:00-3:30 PM Sunday 11th

Keith Peffer or Brian McVay - Gilbert Engineering Room

Converting Props into Pixel Props
  • 1 × ReallyBigLight or HolidayLight or Pumpkin
  • 1 × Strand Bullet Pixels (5v or 12v does not matter)
  • 1/2" Drill bit and power drill

Build a Mattos Medium Tree
3:00-4:00 PM Sunday 11th

Brian McVay - Gilbert Engineering Room