Video: Touring the Arduino factory in Italy

As we’ve previously discussed on Bits & Pieces, Atmel microcontrollers are the MCUs of choice for the Arduino platform, both in their AVR flavors and ARM varieties.

Essentially, Arduino has democratized hardware in a way that allows anyone – young or old, engineer or not, rich or poor – to create anything they can imagine.

As Arduino’s founder, Massimo Banzi puts it, “You don’t need anyone’s permission to create something great.”

Indeed, as every Maker knows, unboxing an Arduino board marks the beginning of a great DIY journey limited only by imagination. But where do the versatile boards come from? And just how are they made? Well, today we are take a closer look at where Arduino boards are “born,” allowing readers to get up close and personal with some of their favorite DIY components.

Recently, the official Maker Tour was in Torino to join the Arduino Camp organized by Officine Arduino and hosted by Fablab Torino.

During the tour, Enrico Bassi, president of the Fablab, was interviewed by Maker Faire (Rome). Bassi talked about his experience in the Maker Movement, while providing some background about the first fablab in the city.

The Maker Faire video crew also visited the factory where Arduino boards are manufactured, with Davide Gomba revealing the origins of the name “Arduino.” So there you have it: Arduino from start to finish!

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