Adafruit Industries logo, appearing in an article on Industrial Automation Monthly

Adafruit Industries

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Adafruit Industries, based in New York City, was founded in 2005 by MIT engineer Limor “Ladyada” Fried. The company aims to create the industry’s best online marketplace for electronics learning and the best-designed products for electronics makers of all ages and skill levels.

Photo of the Adafruit STEMMA Analog SPDT Switch - MAX4544 12V - JST PH 2mm Appearing in an Article on Adafruit Industries in Industrial Automation Monthly.
The Adafruit STEMMA Analog SPDT Switch by Adafruit Industries is one of the company’s many innovations in the electronics industry.

Over the years, Adafruit has expanded its product portfolio to include tools, equipment, and electronics. Each item is personally owner-selected, tested, and approved before being added to the company’s ever-growing online store. With over 100+ employees, Adafruit operates from its 50,000+ sq ft. factory, where many products are designed, developed, and manufactured.

Adafruit is also a 100% woman-owned and woman-led manufacturer, a certified Minority and Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE), a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), and a U.S. government-certified Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB).

With its skilled production line and wide range of product offerings, from printed circuit boards to loading pick and place machines to printing, soldering, testing, debugging, and other functions, Adafruit has the necessary agility to conceive an idea and get it out to customers in a mere matter of weeks from the initial concept phase. The company’s pick and place machine has produced over 3 million boards in just three years. In addition to our product manufacturing, many of Adafruit’s shows and videos are produced and broadcast live from the factory, including the long-running Ask an Engineer and Show & Tell programs, which air every Wednesday evening.

Adafruit not only manufactures its own line of open-source embedded hardware but also retails popular platforms like the Raspberry Pi. Above all, the company is steadfast in its commitment to serving as a resource for STEM education for electronics enthusiasts of all ages and skill sets. It continues to grow and diversify its thriving online technical education community.

For more information about Adafruit Industries and its product, technology, and STEM education offerings, please visit