Let's Make Robots!


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 another materials.

You just need to print the top and the bottom layout, 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

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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.


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Why isn't it compatible with arduino sheets? :-)
compatible with what? 
oh, I mean shields, sorry :-)
if you design a pin layout similar to the Diecimila / Duemilanove you can use shields   :)

That's Great :D

Dick Smith developed a range of electronic projects for beginners. The board was just a piece of wood / plastic with screw holes in a grid pattern. The instructions and paper layouts came in a book. You'd cut out the paper layout and screw it to the board. Then set out the components on top of the paper with screws for terminals. There were about 20 projects including an AM radio that ran on beer.

I wish I had one of those when I was a kid  :)
I remember having one of those when I was about 10.

Now I was thinking about a statement HP has done some time ago about a special conductive printer ink that would allow circuits to be printed ;) Would be real nice to get some of that.

Something like that : http://www.engadget.com/2007/04/19/hp-inkjet-printer-kicks-out-environmentally-friendly-circuit/

I can´t wait for something like this printer to be released... can you imagine???
I wonder what the electrical resistance is like? Admittedly for projects like paperduino it probably wouldn't matter except if you had a short circuit. Your board would litteraly go up in flames =(