Paper Man: a machine created by Arduino and NFC.

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Paper Man is a machine comprised of Arduino, NFC Shield, thermal printer and a papercraft shell—Iron Man.

Thanks to the NFC Shield, you can directly sent messages from your mobile to the paper man, and the paper man will spit it out by printing with the thermal printer.

The following video shows you the details of how Paper Man works.



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Step 2: Make a papercraft shell

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Now, we need a papercraft model. We chose an Iron Man model which can be downloaded from Of course, you can choose other papercraft shell that you like.

After downloading the Iron Man, we need to print it out. We chose A2 size paper, which makes the shell size perfect for placing Seeeduino and NFC Shield. Next, let’s cut the paper and assemble them together. Now, let’s see what it looks like.

Step 3: Connecting all components

First of all, we need to solder the power in jack and serial port  into thermal printer controller board. This is necessary if you want package all components into Iron Man.

And then, connected the NFC Shield to Seeeduino.

The last thing is connected Seeeduino to thermal printer controller.

When you done this step, the next thing is to test it. So, go to the next step.
semico4 months ago
Is Chinese characters ok for it?
xiaobo__ (author)  semico4 months ago
semico xiaobo__3 months ago
pleone5 months ago
Did you solder the jumpers on the nfc shield ?
xiaobo__ (author)  pleone5 months ago
siegel20147 months ago
Hi Just wondering would a cash register work for a thermal printer for this build . If not what would work and where could you get one?
alexprox8 months ago
where I can buy Micro Thermal Printer
elizabethD8 months ago
I'm hoping the next version of Paper Man will print out the text messages in Morse Code.
this is neat..
can it also be used for other Word / text Apps like Whatsapp, office documents creator apps, etc.. Also can it be configured to print out images, etc.. even if it is in b&w..
thanks in Advance,
Picturerazzi8 months ago
Awesome!!! :)
Pignanelli8 months ago
Great idea and implementation! A word of caution: Some thermal papers are coated with BPA, a chemical considered to be an endocrine disruptor.
n1cod3mus8 months ago
Ganoderma8 months ago
Nice instructable!
Now only to get an Arduino and NFC compatible phone...

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