Every year at IPM the course TMM4150 Machine design and Mechatronics is taught. It is a basic introduction to mechatronic methodology, censor technology, actuators, Arduino, etc.; basically, the foundation of any maker who wants to build more functional, mechanical or even “smart” prototypes.
The course starts with a simple challenge: Build a robot out of paper. The constraints are: use only Arduinos and at least two different censors as input, and let them result in some kind of output. It is always very entertaining to attend the Expo of this introduction challenge and I will here provide the curious reader with a few of the projects from this year’s challenge. Have in mind that the students have had only some to none experience with programming and mechatronics beforehand.
If you think these paperbots are fun and you are wondering how far you could manage to go in two weeks of Arduino, I strongly encourage you to buy the Arduino starter kit and start exploring.