Bildr Tutorials


Bildr is a self-described "community of makers, artists, designers, and builders focused on simplifying the world of electronics DIY by modularizing information. Instead of showcasing users’ projects, we offer bite-size, easy-to-follow articles that help you hit the ground running." In short, Bildr is awesome.


An example of Bildr's straightforward wiring diagrams.

One thing that they have been working on is offering tutorials for SparkFun products. Excellent! Adam Meyer, founder of Bildr, started by making a wish list (you know we have wish lists, right?) of all the parts he wanted to do a tutorial for and has been working on creating short-and-sweet tutorials on using each one.

The work they have come up with is outstanding! Check out these tutorials on the MPR21 Capacitive Touch Sensor, the 12 Button Keypad, the ADXL335 Accelerometer, and the Series 1 XBee. There are more tutorials going up almost every day (how do you do it, Adam?!) so keep an eye on the Bildr site for more to come. Outstanding work!


Comments 27 comments

  • That’s glorious! I’m sure other newbs are rejoicing along with me!

  • These are definitely awesome! Great job, and thank you!

  • Love the website! I’ve been using Arduino for a while, and I can still learn new stuff from these tutorials.

  • Thank you for posting this, Bildr is awesome! This will be a big help in my Arduino adventures.

  • Unrelated comment:
    To the 5 winners of the Product Post Contest: +1 if you think that SF should have said “Prize shipping may take up to 14 or 15 days” on the post.

    • It’s free stuff. There wasn’t even a written agreement outside of the email. If they wanted to, they could not send it to you at all.

    • Sorry about the delay, a couple of things happened that delayed them getting shipped out. We haven’t done anything like this. They are shipped, so you will be getting your free stuff soon enough.

  • What happen to Fritzing? http://fritzing.org/

  • I’ve bought SO much cool stuff from SparkFun over the years, that end up in the drawer because of initial quirks. Now, with your simple drawings I can finally complete my projects since I get documentation I understand, and not complicated datasheets that over complicate everything :) Thanks, site bookmarked!!

  • I really enjoy reading bildr. I have been following it for some time now. Even though they mostly use Arduino even those not using Arduino will find much useful information and hints in the tutorials.

  • Awesome! I finally understand connecting the MPR121 Breakout to an Arduino! When I get home, I’m bookmarking this on the family PowerMac G4 (ssslllooowww, it only has 768 MB of RAM.).

  • Just Awesome! I am bookmarking this page as I write this.

  • Really very nice tutorials. Love them… great for beginners. Thx for the info and thx to Bildr

  • Great for getting people started, but what actual learning is taking place? Turns electronic components into Lego’s for electronics.

    • Is there really much “learning” in connect wires between labeled pins anyway? After all, that’s what a datasheet or application notes gives you. The point is that it gives a starting point for people to connect these “Legos” in their own creative ways, like clear instructions on how to cook basic food so that you can experiment with other recipes later.

    • I’m a network engineer, not an electrical engineer. Great sites like this are prefect for us hobby minded people.

    • Learning to enjoy electronics perhaps? This isn’t university, if someone wants to just have fun then excellent. If they want to learn then the confidence they gain from this will propel them keep working at their next, more complicated, project.

  • FYI, the pin number for digital IO 10 is messed up in the picture. It should be “10” but it is “01” (compared to 11, 12, and 13).

  • Wow! I have not been to Bildr for awhile now. There are some really excellent articles up now. They are clear, concise and extremely well organized. Great work!

  • Cool,
    Any idea what they use to create the graphics for their wiring diagrams?

    • Thanks - I draw them all in adobe Illustrator. I have a ton of parts I have drawn so far. The file is available under CC SA-A if anyone is interested - Just let me know on our forum.

      • I was wondering if Bildr is self hosted and designed by you?? It’s just a really nice, simple site. Is that the Bildr Code thing CC SA-A as well, because that is REALLY cool.

        • Yeah, All the design coding, drawings - That’s me. bildrCode will be GPL when Im done. I have a big revision for it in the future.

    • Paint.net is a good (and free) graphics program

    • Looks a little to me like they are using Fritzing (http://fritzing.org/) to do the graphics.


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