How To Build Your MakeHaus

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Maybe you love the challenge to figure out the assembly of your MakeHaus all by yourself? Then do not read further!

Because in the following, with the help of a few examples, you will learn how to best assemble your MakeKit. We start with a simple device and progress to a larger MakeKit in wedge form. We have taken photographs of the most important steps so that you can easily follow them.

General notes and hints

  • We use sustainable and environmentally friendly materials for packaging wherever possible. To protect electronics we have to use plastic foam based antistatic bags - please re-use them if you can!
  • Ideally use a non-slip work surface - this will make handling during assembly easier.
  • Begin building from the front side and from the top side. Insert the base plates last so that you can do the wiring beforehand.
  • A rubber band (as we may use in packaging) is very helpful while building to keep your unit tightly together before the second faceplate is mounted!

The smallest possible MakeKit (A4-8E8B-38)

Congratulations… DHL has delivered your MakeHaus parcel...
Let's see what's inside!
Two Tiles and housing parts...
Strictly no plastic. Please re-use the rubber bands.
A screw driver tool is included.
Silver Rails, Height Adjusters, Faceplates, Bottom Tile and set of screws.
Start with the front Faceplate and one Rail...
...which forms an angle that has a stable stand.
Build up the sides using the rails and height adjusters.
Shown with the bottom Tile mounted… but we’ll take it out again.
Tiles come in their individual boxes.
RGB Button Tile still in its antistatic bag… with two UCC cables
Encoder Tile… the supplied UCC cables are “medium” and “short” length
Unpack the Tiles… and re-use the foam bags please
Slide in the first tile which sits in front.
Slide in the second tile which sits in the rear.
Note that the micro USB connectors must always point towards the rear!
Connect the Tiles using a UCC cable… here we use the short one
Now as Tiles are interconnected... We’re done already! Was that easy?
Now slide in the Bottom Tile...
This is how it should look like from the rear.
Four screws fix the rear Faceplate - and what is the sticker for?
Stickers may be used to close or reduce unused cut outs in the metal.
Test mode! Keep a button pressed while connecting to USB.

A motorized MakeKit for use with the Raspberry Pi (A6-4F8B-55)

This is in the box when you order for a A6-4F8B-55.
Strictly no plastic except antistatic material. Please re-use the foam bag.
MakeKits for Raspberry Pi come with USB cables and internal power supply.
Silver Rails, Height Adjusters, Faceplates, Bottom Tile and set of screws.
Start with the front Faceplate and one Rail...
...which forms an angle that has a stable stand.
Build up the sides using the rails and height adjusters.
Shown with the bottom Tiles mounted… but we’ll take one out again.
Let’s mount your Raspberry Pi (not included in MakeHaus)
Always use the supplied spring washers for a durable connection.
The MakeHaus 55-12V models provide 5V 2.5A and a short USB cable to power your Pi.
Note we supply suitable USB cables (microUSB / USB-C) as per your Pi model.
Note also the Faceplates for RPi Models 2/3B and 4B are different.
The Fader Tiles also comes in its individual box.
Fader Tile still in its antistatic bag… with supplied UCC and power cables.
Both Tiles for this MakeKit unpacked
Now connect the power cable to any of the two “12V” connectors of the Fader Tile
Then connect the UCC cables to the Fader Tile - it’s easier when the Tile is not mounted yet.
Slide in the first tile which sits in front.
Slide in the second tile which sits in the rear.
A rubber band helps to keep everything in place before screws are in place.
Connect the Tiles using a UCC cable… here we use the “medium” length one.
You must set the Fader Tile switch to ON position…. this here is the wrong position...
You must set the Fader Tile switch to ON position…. this here is the correct position!
Now slide in the Bottom Tiles...
Connect the Fader Tile power cable to the corresponding connector of the power supply board.
This is how it should look like from the rear.
Four screws fix the rear Faceplate - and what are the stickers for?
Stickers may be used to close or reduce unused cut outs in the metal.
 
Test mode! Keep a button pressed while connecting to 12V. On this page you can learn how to activate the test mode for the Motor Faders.
For a single-cable connection to MakeHaus, use PoE or passive injectors.
 
The RPi-12V MakeKits come with a 12V input power supply which can power the Raspberry Pi and features an external USB charge port for your mobile.
The RPi-5V MakeKits come with a breakout PCB to connect a suitable external 5V supply for your Raspberry Pi. Note that Fader Tiles require 12V and not solely be powered by 5V.
For specific requirements, both options can simultaneously be mounted in the same MakeHaus. The 5V board also offers a USB Data breakout with optional isolation of USB 5V supply.

A motorized Wedge with and without Raspberry Pi (B6-20B12E4F-W)

This is in the box when you order for a B6-20B12E4F-W
The usual housing parts… and a beautiful piece of wood!
As always, start with the front Faceplate and one Rail...
...which forms an angle that has a stable stand.
The Black Rails interconnect two segments in the same housing.
Now build up the sides using Height Adjusters and more Rails.
It’s taking shape already!
Now mount the wooden handrest… Always use the supplied washers for a durable connection!
A size 10 spanner (or tongs, if it has to be) is required to secure the fit.
Taking even more shape now!
Now connect the power cable to any of the two “12V” connectors of the Fader Tile
Then connect the UCC cables to the Fader Tile - it’s easier when the Tile is not mounted yet.
Slide in the Fader and Button Tiles….
Slide in more Tiles… always the microUSB port pointing towards the rear!
Did you know a rubber band can be a life saver…?
Showing sensible UCC connections, keeping the Fader Tile near the 12E which we use as the Bridge.
You must set the Fader Tile switch to ON position…. this here is the wrong position...
You must set the Fader Tile switch to ON position…. this here is the correct position!
Your wedge should now look like this!
Now slide in the Bottom Tiles and connect the Fader Tile power cable.
Four screws fix the rear Faceplate - and what are the stickers for?
Stickers may be used to close or reduce unused cut outs in the metal.
Test mode! Keep a button pressed while connecting to 12V. On this page you can learn how to activate the test mode for the Motor Faders.
When not using a Raspberry Pi, the 12V option for the Wedge allows to connect power to Fader Tiles.
 
There is also the 12V5V version which provides 5V to the TileChain and allows to isolate 5V from the USB data connection, allowing to use e.g. a large amount of RGB Buttons on a single TileChain.
FYI - For 38 series housings, there is also a Fader Faceplate which allows to mount the Fader Tile in the rear and plug all supplies into the Tile direct.

Closing words

Thanks for your patience…. We hope the above photo session will inspire you to build your own gear - your way!