Picture of Snapable Lilypads
My students and I love the LilyPad, but we want to be able to move theLilyPad from project to project without a lot of hassel or having to destroy our handywork. The solution? Add snaps!
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Step 1: Parts

1. 30 AWG wire
2. Sewing needle
3. Neoprene-http://foamorder.com/neoprene.html
4. Fabric scissors
5. Fabric pen
6. Fine Sharpie
7. Wire cutter
8. Wrap/Strip/Unwrap Tool; for 30AWG http://www.alliedelec.com/search/productdetail.aspx?SKU=8271431  
9. Lilypad-http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9266
10. Size 4 sew on snaps- http://www.steinlaufandstoller.com/Sew%20On%20Snap%20Fasteners.htm
11. Solder
12. Soldering iron

Step 2: Cut Out Template

Picture of Cut Out Template
1. Make a circle larger than the LilyPad. My circle is 80mm. Mark the circle on your neoprene with a fabric pen. I used a sharpie here just for the demo.

2. Cut out the neoprene circle.

3. Place the LilyPad in the center of the circle and trace the LilyPad with the fabric marker-make an inner circle.

4. Using a fine sharpie, mark the holes of the LilyPad.

5. Make lines radiating out from the LilyPad holes. Use either sharpie or fabric marker. I like the lines, but it's a personal taste issue.

6. Make marks on the radiating lines for where you want to place the snaps (make sure the snaps don't touch each other). Use either sharpie or fabric marker.
fersidhe2 years ago
Fantastic! I can see using this to build on creating an entire wardrobe that you can use to interchange components with on a daily (or hourly) basis. instead of a bulky breadboards, epoxy snaps onto small PCB's, or PCB's in custom enclosures with snaps epoxied on. That way you can remove components and still send to the cleaners!
c_vokey4 years ago
wouldn't velcro be the simpler choice?
I assume that the snaps are being used as contacts.
jomishx4 years ago
What is this thing?
mizliz (author)  jomishx4 years ago
The LilyPad Arduino is a micro-controller designed by Leah Buechley from M.I.T and SparkFun Electronics for wearables and e-textiles.
Spydamonky4 years ago
Nice, but now you have to go a step futher and make a full size breadboard and jumpers all with snaps!! now that would be cool!
but then it wouldnt be sewable anymore...
plus, to get that you could get a regular arduino for that ;)
yeah, true but still... would be cool :D
rimar20004 years ago
This innovations are created only for GENIUS! Congratulatios.
Hey you know Snap-Circuits uses those types of snap buttons too!
TOCO4 years ago
cool, the other kinds of arduino have protoshields. The lilypad doesnt have one. This is a great solution at a low cost. But I am not great at sewing type stuff. I think that I will stick with my duminove or whatever it is. The lily pad seems to be a great small sized arduino that can easily be attached to clothing or other things. But for robots size doesnt matter so something bigger is fine.
ChrysN4 years ago