Learn to design and fabricate your own Arduino shields from scratch

circuito iModela

With Massimo Banzi as your guide, you'll learn to design and create your very own Arduino shield (‘shields’ are boards that can be plugged on top of the Arduino extending its capabilities). We'll start from schematics, create the layout and make real prototypes on-site: become a pro Arduino user and learn to design circuits with the Eagle PCB software and make your own Arduino Shields using the Roland iModela desktop milling machine. D.I.Y shields are the best way to move your project from a breadboard-based approach into a professional prototype.

This workshop is supported by Roland DG that will provide the iModela CNC mills that will be used for the prototyping phase.

Arduino shields are great extensions for your Arduino board's potential: just snap them on top of your board to gain the power to control motors, communicate wirelessly, connect to the internet and more.



Making your own PCBs is no longer impossible for the beginner thanks to the latest tools enjoyed by the open source hardware community. We'll learn some basic concepts about Printed Circuit Boards and electronic components in order to be able to draw schematic diagrams. From the Schematic Diagram we'll move on to lay out parts on the PCB and finally mill them on the iModela. We'll go through three examples shields from schematic to working board. If you already have a finalized design in mind and have the parts bring them to the workshop , if it's not too complex (like the main CPU of the Space Shuttle) we'll help you design and make it into a custom Arduino shield.



Massimo Banzi (@mbanzi) is the co-founder of the Arduino project and has worked for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions like: Architectural Association - London, Hochschule f r Gestaltung und Kunst Basel, Hochschule f r Gestaltung Schw bisch Gm nd, FH Potsdam, Domus Academy, Medialab Madrid, Escola Superior de Disseny Barcelona, ARS Electronica Linz, Mediamatic Amsterdam, Doors of Perception Amsterdam. Massimo is the author of the book: ‘Getting started with Arduino’.



This is not an introductory Arduino workshop. Previous experience with Arduino and the ability to build simple circuits on a breadboard is required. If you've never blinked an Arduino before maybe this workshop isn't for you.
Bring a Windows / Mac laptop and a copy of the free Eagle PCB software obtained here, don’t forget at home your own Arduino, cables and parts.


Fees and payment

Workshop fee: € 270,00 (VAT included)
Students under 30: € 180,00 (VAT included)

To participate in the workshop, please fill in the enrollment form.
When filling in the form, you will be able to choose one of the following payment methods:

  • credit card (the transaction will be handled through secure PayPal servers)
  • directly through your PayPal account, if you have one
  • bank wire transfer

We will evaluate your submission according to the prerequisites mentioned above, and email you our feedback as soon as possible.
If you are admitted to the workshop you will be notified either through a PayPal payment request (to proceed via credit card or PayPal account) or an email from our admin office (with details for your bank wire transfer), depending on the payment method you chose.

Enrollment will be confirmed only following the payment, which must be made by:

  • February, 16 for bank wire transfers
  • December, 16 for credit card or PayPal account transactions.


Better Nouveau has a deal with Tomato Back Packers Hotel ( workshop participants pay only € 30,00 per night for a single room. Contact them ( and remember to mention you are coming for a Better Nouveau workshop when making your reservation.

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