IFD:Printed Interfaces

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Printed Interfaces
Instructor: Clemens Wegener
Credits: 6 ECTS, 3 SWS
Capacity: max. 12 students
Language: Deutsch/English by preference
Location: Marienstrasse 7B, R002
First Meeting: TBA


Printed Electronics can turn everyday objects into interfaces for the digital world. We will use screen printing with conductive ink to print our own designs on paper, leather, or glass and use them as buttons or slider with the help of microcontrollers such as Arduino. This way we we create objects which serve as input devices for digital functionalities. We will first take a look at the basic qualities and possibilities of printed electronics, as well as the characteristics of the tools we are going to use. Here we focus on the screen printing methods and the concept of capacitive sensing with Arduino. Students will design their own objects which we will print on and connect to an Arduino.

Admission requirements

Knowledge in Hard- and Software would be appreciated, but is not a requirement. For buying electronic components, a little budget of 20€ to 30€ is neccessary. Of course you can keep your manufactured works. Please send a motivational letter to clemens.wegener (at) uni-weimar (dot)de.


Successful completion of the course is dependent on regular attendance, active participation, completion of assignments, delivery of a relevant semester prototype and documentation. Please refer to the Evaluation Rubric for more details.

Eligible participants

Qualified BA Medienkunst/-gestaltung, BA Media Art and Design

Syllabus (subject to change)

  • introduction to inkjet and screen printing
  • Materials and links

inkjet printing

  • materials and inks
  • simple moisture Sensor + led
  • capacitive Sensor + arduino

screen printing

  • materials and inks
  • screens and
  • carbon ink + capacitive sensing
  • carbon ink + force sensing
  • silver ink

Course Material


Florian Wittig's Course Results in Printed Electronics

Further Reading

Suganuma, Katsuaki: Introduction to Printed Electronics. New York: Springer Science+Business Media, 2014.

Y. Kawahara, S. Hodges, N. Gong, S. Olberding and J. Steimle, "Building Functional Prototypes Using Conductive Inkjet Printing," in IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 30-38, July-Sept. 2014.

Murray-Smith, Roderick & Williamson, John & Hughes, Stephen & Quaade, Torben. (2008). Stane: Synthesized surfaces for tactile input. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. 1299-1302. 10.1145/1357054.1357257.

Simon Olberding, Nan-Wei Gong, John Tiab, Joseph A. Paradiso, Jürgen Steimle. A Cuttable Multi-touch Sensor. Proceedings of UIST'13.

Lengwiler, Guido: Die Geschichte des Siebdrucks: Zur Entstehung des vierten Druckverfahrens. Sulgen: Niggli, 2013. ISBN 978-3-7212-0876-4