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 😀

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

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.

openMaterials :: research project

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

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.

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