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Fritzing Fab now powered by AISLER

Your trusty PCB production service is taking a big step! Effective today, Fab is powered by AISLER, a smart and affordable electronics manufacturing service.

Fritzing Fab powered by AISLER

Yes, Fab has always been that, but with the support of our new partner, this will improve on all levels:

  • Smart: Fab now automatically renders high-res previews of your Fritzing files, so it’s much easier to check for mistakes. Plus it acts as a repository for your projects, enabling you to revise and share.
  • Affordable: The prices per cm2 are radically lowered, the checking fee is gone, shipping is free from 30€ – and you will get 3 copies per default. (Example: 1 Arduino Shield with the old Fab used to cost 42€ when ordering from Germany, now it’s 31€ and you’ll get 3!)
  • Manufacturing: The PCB is of even higher quality (three times as precise and with gold contacts) and still proudly made in Germany. Very soon you’ll be able to order parts alongside the PCB, and more services are on the roadmap.

The guys at AISLER made this an easy choice for us. Not only do they offer these excellent specs, but they also share the same friendly maker attitude all the while putting quality first. They are also based in Germany, in the up and coming Euregio area at the Dutch border.

And they’re on a mission to build the production service we always wanted: The PCB is only the first step, next is parts, and eventually you’ll be able to order full projects – even assembled if you like. The ultimate goal is to create a maker market where you will get a share when somebody else produces your designs.

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A live preview of your board (Thanks to NITOS for providing these beautiful board designs)

With every change one has to say goodbye to a couple of things one has come to love. The black on white design will be replaced by the more standard white on green (aka “professional looks”). We made sure it’s beyond what you get elsewhere, with matte green finish and golden pads!

Give it a spin at fab.fritzing.org – we hope you’ll enjoy the new service!

It’s Fritzmas! New Fritzing “Code View” release, and a little present

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Dear Friends of Fritzing!

It’s the time of the year again and we are happy to announce a new release featuring a brand new “Code View” that allows you to program and upload to your microcontroller straight from Fritzing.

To celebrate this, we give you a nice discount on the perfect christmas gift, the Fritzing Creator Kit. Use the discount code FRITZMAS14 to get the kit for 89€ (instead of 95€) and make someone (or yourself) really happy this year. 🙂

Read  more on the release below. code-view This is the new “Code View”! It lets you write your code directly inside Fritzing, and even upload it from there to your microcontroller. It even has a serial monitor. 🙂

We love this, because it makes it even easier for beginners to get started with interactive electronics. And for more advanced people it’s great because you can now keep your code together with the matching circuit–no more confusion!

You can also link to files somewhere else on your hard drive, for example in your local Arduino folder. When the link gets broken, or you just send someone your Fritzing file, don’t worry, because there’s always a backup stored in the Fritzing fzz file. Right now the upload functionality supports Arduino and PICAXE, but more can be added as long as the platform’s IDE has a command line upload option.

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The new release also brings with it many new parts, many kindly sponsored by their respective makers. Now you can easily document your circuits and fabricate shields/caps/hats etc. for:

Last but not least, the new release fixes a couple of annoying bugs and generally makes it easier for you to contribute to the code. Setting up your build environment is now just a few easy steps. See the full release notes here.

Download Fritzing 0.9.1b from here, and think about a Fritzmas donation on the way to it.

Happy Fritzmas to everyone!

Das Fritzing Creator Kit im Schulunterricht

Mit dem folgenden Rundschreiben wenden wir uns an alle Schullehrer in den MINT-Fächern (Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaften und Technik). Das Creator Kit hat sich mittlerweile im Unterricht an vielen weiterführenden Schulen bewährt.
Falls Du selbst ein Schüler oder bist, kannst Du Dich mit diesem Schreiben an Deine Lehrer wenden.

Liebe MINT-Lehrer und -Lehrerinnen,

mit dem Fritzing Creator Kit auf Basis von Arduino haben wir ein Lernpaket entwickelt, das Schülern auf projektorientierte, unterhaltsame und motivierende Weise das Programmieren näher bringt.

Fritzing ist eine Open Source-Initiative, die interaktive Elektronik als kreatives Material für jedermann nutzbar macht. Mit über 200.000 Nutzern hat sich die freie Fritzing-Software als Standard-Werkzeug im Kontext von Arduino und Raspberry Pit etabliert.

Mit diesem Rundschreiben möchten wir die Vorzüge der Fritzing-Umgebung im Schulunterricht kurz für Sie zusammenfassen.

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5 Gründe für das Creator Kit

1. Der spannendste Weg, Programmieren zu lernen

Eine simple Programmiersprache, aber mit großem Effekt: Mit dem Creator Kit lassen sich LEDs zum Leuchten bringen, Motoren steuern und die Umwelt wahrnehmen. So werden if/then & co. begreifbar gemacht.

2. Entwickelt zusammen mit Lehrern und Schülern

Das beiliegende 144-seitige Buch führt die Schüler durch aufeinander aufbauende Beispielprojekte, die durch kleine Aufgaben und Theorie-Einschübe ergänzt werden. Die Verpackung ist robust und taugt für den Schulalltag.

3. Eine populäre, offene Plattform

Mit Arduino setzt das Kit auf eine weit verbreitete Plattform, zu der man online wie auch in der Bibliothek viel weiterführende Unterstützung findet. Die Fritzing-Software bietet mit ihren anschaulichen Darstellungen zu Code und Schaltplan eine integrierte Lehr- & Lernumgebung.

4. Umfangreiche ergänzende Lehrmaterialien

Neben dem Buch und den unterhaltsamen Bastelfiguren gibt es zu dem Kit eine 22-teilige Videoserie, die durch alle Inhalte führt. Darüber hinaus erhalten Lehrer eine Bildschirm-Präsentation, die sie im Unterricht für die Lehre verwenden können.

5. Ansprechende Gestaltung

Das Erscheinungsbild trägt sehr dazu bei, dass das Kit bei den Schülern akzeptiert wird. Die freundliche Ansprache und liebevolle Gestaltung von Dino, Roboter und Wahrsager hilft auch technisch weniger interessierten über die Hemmschwelle hinweg.

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Spezielles Angebot für Schulen

Speziell für Schulen haben wir die Fritzing Teaching Bundles zusammengestellt. Sie enthalten neben einem Satz Kits inklusive Arduinos das umfangreiche Arduino-Kompendium von Erik Bartmann, sowie die Unterrichtspräsentation. Wir empfehlen das Kit für den Unterricht ab der 9. Klasse.

Die Teaching Bundles erhalten Sie zum reduzierten Preis nur für Schulen und Universitäten bei uns im Shop: http://shop.fritzing.org/arduino-schule

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Bei weiteren Fragen nehmen Sie gerne mit uns Kontakt auf.
Vielen Dank für Ihr Interesse!

Herzliche Grüße,

Ihr Fritzing-Team

Fritzing
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39/40
10999 Berlin
+49 (0)30-69519400

http://fritzing.org
http://shop.fritzing.org

Fritzing ist eine Initiative, die die Demokratisierung des Technikwissens vorantreibt. Die freie Fritzing-Software ist ein populäres Werkzeug für Erstellung und Teilen von elektronischen Schaltplänen. Das Fritzing Creator Kit ist das ideale Arduino-Einsteigerpaket mit vielen Projekten zum Selberbasteln auf Basis der Fritzing-Philosophie. Für fortgeschrittene Bastler bietet Fritzing Fab eine günstige und einfache Möglichkeit, eigene Platinen fertigen zu lassen.
Fritzing ist 2007 an der FH Potsdam im Rahmen eines Forschungsprojekts entstanden, und wird heute vom Friends-of-Fritzing e.V. und dem Designstudio IXDS weiterentwickelt.

A fresh new Fritzing shop

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We have just released a fancy new online shop at shop.fritzing.org. This finally gives the Fritzing Creator Kit, the awesome beginner pack for everyone getting started with Arduino and Fritzing, an adequate stage.

The Creator Kit contents and variants are well explained, and we now offer free shipping for Germany and reduced international rates. Also check out the special deals for schools and universities.

Besides our own shop, you can also purchase the kit through our fine resellers.

As usual, the profit goes towards the continued development of the Fritzing ecosystem.

ZUtA Labs: The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer

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Ever needed to print out that one document very urgently but a printer was nowhere near to be seen? No more hectically running around to find the closest copy shop because here it is: a tiny mobile print robot! Yay! Finally.

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Unsurprisingly it is not (yet) as fast as your average giant home printer and the resolution of 96 x 192 dpi has still room for improvement but this is a promising start.

To use it, you simply place it on a sheet of paper with the tip pointing at the spot where it should start the printing process. It will then roll over the paper by the help of a wheel system.

Even without mobile use I’d be happy to call that little printer my own – who wants those big and ugly printers anymore, filling up our rooms, constantly getting clogged with dust far too quickly and going haywire way too soon and too often? And those cables!

Agreed? Check out ZUtA Labs Kickstarter campaign!

 

littleBits Cloud Module

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“Make everyone an inventor” was littleBits mission, when they started their project in 2011. For far too long have only large companies, programmers and engineers been able to use technology in a creative way and whereas 3D printing and software development have made a big step forward in the last years, tools to build complex electronics weren’t as quick to come by. For two years littleBits worked on their attempt to “democratize electronics” and enable makers, artists, students and designers to build their own gadgets easily.

So far they have developed several, colorful modular kits to tinker with; let yourself get inspired by the project ideas on their website. They created for example the Synth Kit, an analog synthesizer with different modules that you can simply stick together like Legos.

This week they announced the release of the Cloud Module for later this year which will be, as they say, “the easiest and fastest way to create internet-connected devices” and also to connect them amongst each other (keyword here is of course the Internet of Things) without any soldering or programming. Sounds yummi, right?

You can get more infos here.

 

Fritzing Fab 100

Fritzing Fab 100 PCB in goldOur Fab-Run 100 just came back from our Berlin based manufacturer. It looks so awesome that we are really tempted to keep all the great PCBs for ourselves. Sorry guys, we can’t send them out and all of you will get refunded 😀

No, as scheduled, we will send your orders out, tomorrow. If you have any feedback, please let us know. Thank you for flying with Fritzing Fab and we hope to see you soon back on Fritzing Fab!

Fritzing Fab Run 100!!!

Fritzing Gold

No, not a hundred years but next week, we will send the production number 100 to our factory. Thank you very much for your beautiful boards!

To celebrate it, all PCBs will be produced with gold plating.

Wikipedia: «Gold plating is often used in electronics, to provide a corrosion-resistant electrically conductive layer on copper, typically in electrical connectors and printed circuit boards.»

Yes and: It is beautiful! So if you want it, order until Tuesday morning (10 o’clock CET).

Order now: Fritzing Fab

The MicroSlice – A Mini Arduino Laser Cutter & Engraver on Kickstarter

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The MicroSlice is a DIY-at-home mini laser cutter & engraver and right now up for backing on Kickstarter. It is able to cut paper and engrave wood & plastics on a working area of 5 cm x 5 cm.

The MicroSlice works with an Arduino UNO, which is included in the full kit together with all the other necessary parts. The software is open source and free to use for personal usage.

 

Hopefully in the future there will be the possibility to not just engrave but so cut wood and plastics with it at home…how cool would that be?

Check it out!

Fashiontech by Anouk Wipprecht

What does fashion lack? “Microcontrollers” – this states dutch fashiontech designer Anouk Wipprecht on her website. And if you have a look at her portfolio, you will most certainly agree.

Intimacy for example is the name of a dress which thanks to smart e-foils becomes transparent based on personal interactions.

Another one is the Pseudomorphs dress: At first an innocent white, it soon becomes unique  and quite colorful, when ink trickles out of diverted medical equipment and tubes to find its way down the dress, creating a new pattern every time.