Put Together Your Own Arduino Board (For Half The Price Of Buying One)

You can make a lot of cool DIY electronics with an Arduino board, but you can actually make your own Arduino for a fraction of the cost — with a bit of room for customizability, too.

Obviously, it's easier to just buy an Arduino, but if you feel like doing a bit of extra tinkering — and saving a few bucks — Instructables user Higgs Boson has you covered with a step-by-step tutorial for creating your own Arduino. It's about half the price of the Arduino Uno ($US15 compared to $US30), and you have room to do away with any stuff you don't need on the board for space savings.

Check out the link below for the full how-to, and be sure to check out all of our favourite Arduino hacks if you're short on inspiration.

How to Make Your Own Arduino Board [Instructables]


    I've used atmels quite extensively.. and all you're doing here is setting it up how you're supposed to. For some reason I dislike the whole arduino idea as people arent really understanding what's going on. Although I suppose people could say the same thing about me programming them in C instead of op codes. The data sheets written by atmel for their 8 bit controllers are awesome and avrfreaks dot net isn't a great resource.

    cool, but an arduino board (or leostick etc) is ultimately nicer for a permenant install. Naturally, this is just my opinion

    Or you could buy cheap compatible board: https://www.dealextreme.com/p/arduino-uno-2011-atmega328p-pu-atmega8u2-usb-board-with-usb-cable-118043?item=12

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