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Raspberry Pi Pico’s RP2040 Gives Brains to This Custom Lego Brick

Grab and drink, sit back and relax for just over 12 minutes of pure pleasure. It merges Lego with our favorite microcontroller RP2040, just like it powers the Raspberry Pi Pico. The creator of the project, his Ancient James, is familiar with these pages, having made his STM32 version in mid-2022. The goal was to integrate the RP2040 board inside a replica of a LEGO Space series computer terminal, but AncientJames went far beyond that goal, making the build process a lot of fun.

AncientJames’ video begins with a series of RP2040 based PCBs being removed from the panel. It remains to sand lightly to remove any burrs and solder the panels that make up the terminals. AncientJames expertly creates 3D printed jigs (easily printed on our best 3D printers) to hold parts in place while soldering. Their soldering iron of choice seems to be the TS80P. This is what I reviewed as part of my guide to the best soldering irons and stations. The TS80P is a decent soldering iron, but our review found the new TS101 to be a much better choice if you’re looking for a smart soldering iron. is a .42 inch OLED display with a flat flex connector and a razor-sharp 72 x 40 pixel resolution. The resolution may be small, but the quality is crystal clear. Another custom jig is used as a means of securing the screen to his PCB while the epoxy resin mass dries.

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