One magical day, at the Tech Museum in San Jose, my life changed when I was asked to demo a wearable tech coat on "Make" day. Whammy, all at once I found out about 1) Arduino 2) Make and Makerfaire, and 3) Wearable Tech. Being friends with smart people, always a passion of mine, finding this not-so-secret maker culture - combining it all with art - these are my people!!! It has been an amazing journey and I'm still on the road. I can't even wait to tell you all though! It's been 3 years with Arduino - and I finally toured all the factories in Italy!!!! The owners were so sweet and gave me PCBs and I am so inspired. Did you know that men and women put SO much attention and care and hand soldering and so many processes with the PCB and copper - whew!! I was blown away. The quality of Arduino is really in all these smart, detail-oriented Italians who make it happen!
Hackaday is amazing, thank you for such a wonderful contribution to the Arduino community and beyond. Well, helllllooo hackers! My name is Tenaya Hurst and I am from Berkeley California. I am a Geo-anthropactress - part Geologist, part Anthropologist, part Actress.
@Tenaya Hurst pictures from the trip/factories? ;-)
I have toured a local PCB plant and they are incredible places. Highly recommended.
We have one factory - making PCBS. Then we have 2 facilities that turn those PCBS into Arduino boards. Then we have a 4th group working on putting the tested and beautiful Arduinos into boxes...and they have the whole Starter Kit assembly line!
wow... can anyone tour the Arduino factories?or make an rsvp?
is there a height requirement?
@Greg Kennedy :-D
We should definitely make a Pirates of the Caribbean experience ;-)
At least if you post some pictures here, we will feel like we have toured ;-)
maybe there should be quarterly "open house" tours
Or at least some Virtual Tours ;-)
a virtual tour would be awesome!
that's a great idea -- record for a VR tour
This is a real life tour of pick and place machines and copper PCB baths!
even better would be a VR tour from the perspective of a board being built, as it travels from chip through PCB through board into a box...
@Kathy Giori Really cool idea!
@Kathy Giori would love to see that!
Yes, I will certainly post some photos and be writing a blog, I want to make sure to reveal some more fun things while I have you ;-)
@Tenaya Hurst Please do ;-)
adesso parli italiano? (now you speak italisn?)
We will have Otto boards at Makerfaire! We are creating a new board with the number...Cinque....
And of course, I am working on some amazing initiatives for education.
Tell us more about Cinque first!
like everyone in the studio audience today will be taking home a free sample. :)
(if you can share)
Well, even Kathy knows more about this board - we will be sharing just some samples at Maker Faire with the real board of course to follow. Have you heard of Sig-5?
Where are the arduino factories located?
@Tenaya Hurst will have to see to add support for the Otto in Visuino :-) They release boards faster than I can add them :-D
The factories are in northern Italy, right where Arduino was invented in Ivrea!
Here I am at the PCB factory with the owner - by the real machine that makes Arduino teal....ooooohhhh
@Sophi Kravitz could be PWM
Here are some Arduino UNOs, just hanging out on this pallet. Don't worry, soon they will be teaching the children about Mosfets and capacitors and potentiometers. This is my kind of soldering...
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