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This Arduino-powered machine folds your shirts at the push of a button

Arduino TeamJuly 21st, 2020

Inspired by an old FlipFold TV ad, YouTuber Ty Palowski decided to make his own automated shirt folding machine.

Palowski’s device is made in four folding sections, which lie flat to accept the unfolded piece of laundry. When the shirt is properly placed, a capacitive touch sensor starts the process, which is controlled via an Arduino and motor drivers.

Two motors bring in the sides sequentially, then a third motor flips the bottom up. Activation is based simply on timing, with no sensor feedback. As seen at the end of the video, the project does save folding time and it works even better once Palowski gets some practice with it!


One Response to “This Arduino-powered machine folds your shirts at the push of a button”

  1. gtpenn24 Says:

    I am building this with an arduino mega and 6 small steppers with uln2003 driver. Can you help with the code? Each flap will have 2 motors opposite of each other powering the flap from each end. We would like two photo resistors to start a timed sequence 3 seconds after activation.

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