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PAPERduino’s design

This is a fully func­ti­o­nal ver­sion of the Arduino. We eli­mi­na­ted the PCB and use paper and card­bo­ard as sup­port and the result is.. the PAPER­duino :D

This is the the first ver­sion of the layout design, next we will try more designs, and other mate­ri­als. You just need to print the top and the bot­tom layouts, and glue them to any kind of sup­port you want. We hope that you start making your own boards. If you do, ple­ase share your pho­tos with us, we would love to see them ;)

There is no USB direct con­nec­tion, so to pro­gram the paper­duino you will need some kind of FTDI cable or adap­ter. One of this pro­ducts will be fine:
FTDI cable from Ada­fruit Indus­tries
FTDI adap­ter from Sparkfun

Down­load PDF

Com­po­nents list:
1 x 7805 Vol­tage regu­la­tor
2 x LEDs (dif­fe­rent colors)
2 x 560 Ohm resis­tors (between 220oHm and 1K)
1 x 10k Ohm resis­tor
2 x 100 uF capa­ci­tors
1x 16 MHz clock crys­tal
2 x 22 pF capa­ci­tors
1 x 0.01 uF capa­ci­tor
1 x but­ton
1 x Atmel ATMega168
1 x soc­ket 28 pin
Female and Male headers

Ins­truc­ti­ons:
Use a nee­dle to punc­ture the holes for your components.

Don’t rush, place one com­po­nent after another and do all the sol­der work carefully.

Fol­low the con­nec­tion lines.

And this should be the final look of your paper­duino connections.

more photos of yesterday evening

We had a great time buil­ding this electronic/paper pie­ces, and more are to come pretty soon .)

openMaterials :: research project

openMaterials
My dear fri­end Kisty Boyle and I recen­tly laun­ched open­Ma­te­ri­als — a col­la­bo­ra­tive rese­arch pro­ject dedi­ca­ted to open inves­ti­ga­tion and expe­ri­men­ta­tion with DIY pro­duc­tion methods and uses of mate­ri­als. In the spi­rit of the open source soft­ware and hard­ware move­ments, we hope to pro­mote mate­ri­als to be rese­ar­ched and deve­lo­ped in a public, col­la­bo­ra­tive man­ner. We see mate­ri­als as an open resource, and wish to esta­blish an open pro­cess for explo­ring and sha­ring kno­wledge, tech­ni­ques and appli­ca­ti­ons rela­ted to mate­ri­als science.

I’ll be con­duc­ting most of my hands-on rese­arch right here at AltLab. We’d love for you to be invol­ved if you are wor­king in these areas or inte­res­ted in lear­ning more about smart materials.

Paper and cardboard circuits

papercircuits_01
A cou­ple of years ago i found out on the “inter­nets” that you don’t really need a pro­to­bo­ard or a cir­cuit board to make your cir­cuits come to life, the idea was to fold a piece of paper with the cir­cuit design in it (com­po­nent side and cir­cuit dia­gram side) and then inser­ting a piece of card­bo­ard in the middle.

The main idea was the eco, recy­cled “thingy” since cir­cuit boards are not so eco fri­en­dly and take a bunch of time to get recy­cled by our mother earth, also the eco­no­mic side (paper and card­bo­ard are almost free), ins­tead cir­cuit boar­ding takes a long time and it’s hazar­dous for the environment.

papercircuits_02
So here’s what i do :

1– print the sche­ma­tic you want (be sure to include on the sheet of paper both sides of the sche­ma­tic (com­po­nent side and schematic)

2-fold it (the idea is to fold where the com­po­nent side meets the schematic)

3-cut a piece of card­bo­ard and insert it in the mid­dle of the sheet of paper

4-glue both sides on to the card­bo­ard (now you must have a beau­ti­full cir­cuit board made of cardboard)

5-with a nee­dle pierce (com­po­nent side) all dril­ling holes into sche­ma­tic side

6-insert the com­po­nents (resis­tors, ic, capa­ci­ta­tor etc..)

7-turn it back (sche­ma­tic side) and start to sol­der (be sure to folow the tra­ces on the paper), the best way to do this is to sim­ply bend the leads of the com­po­nents and sol­der them together, if you have a large area were the lead is not long enough just use a wire or something similar.

8-have fun

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