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How to build your own tasty force sensor sandwich in three easy steps. These 1"x1" FSRs are part of the bed_data project at ITP.

If your project needs to use many FSRs, making your own surely reduces the cost of your project.

What you'll need:

Copper PCB ($7ish from radioshack)
Conductive foam ($7+shipping from altex. $13 total)
Gaffers tape

Scissors/Shears/Wire cutters
Soldering kit

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Step 1: Cutting

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We made 1"x1" squares from the conductive foam and copper board.

A manual shear was used to cut the copper squares and regular pair of scissors for the foam.

Step 2: Soldering

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When you are soldering the wire to the copper board make sure you have enough wire to cover at least half of the square. Make sure your wire is long enough.

You need to do this for each piece.
The copper PCB is perfect for an sturdy solder.

Step 3: Sandwich

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We used gaffers tape to secure the board and foam sandwich.

Cut a 2.5" strip and wrap it around, then cut any excess.

And you are done!

Step 4: Done

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Now you can make hundreds and you should be able to read analog sensor values with your favorite micro-controller.
hyunus4 years ago
there something i would to know,what kind of application can be apply for this DIY fsr,i hardly want to know please..
bungalobob4 years ago
Are you force-sensing a bed in this picture? Because I was thinking on useing these for the very same reason
zack2475 years ago
so, these are technically variable resistors based on pressure or something else?
jam BD5 years ago
useful =D
many on them