IFD:Printed Interfaces WiS18

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Fachmodul als Blockmodul / Subject Module as Block Module
Printed Interfaces
Instructor: Florian Wittig
Credits: 6 ECTS, 3 SWS
Capacity: max. 8 students
Language: English
Date: 24-25 November 2018, 10:00-16:00; presumably 01-02 December 2018, 10:00-16:00
Location: Marienstraße 7b, Room 002
First Meeting: 24 November 2018


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 different material and use them as buttons or sliders 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 method and the concept of capacitive sensing with Arduino. Students will design their own objects which we will print on and connect to an Arduino during the second part of our class.

The subject will be connected to Prof. Jens Geelhaar's class: »IDMC - Interface Design Masterclass / Moholy-Nagy Machines.« There will be an introduction to the machines of the Bauhaus Form & Function Lab at Marienstr. 7b, focusing on the 3D MID technology. In our workshop we will then think of possibilites of connecting printed electronics and 3D MID to create a completely new kind of interactive objects.

Admission requirements

Basic knowledge regarding microcontrollers and electronics components is helpful, but technical pre-requisites are not required. We encourge you to also take part in Prof. Jens Geelhaar's project module. Students who are not taking part in the Interface Design project module are requested to first consult with Jens Geelhaar about the projects which they would like to work on during this class.

Registration procedure

Please register at the faculty's module registration. Students who are not able to take part in the faculty module registration, please register until November 4th by email with the Subject Printed Interfaces WiS18 to: f.wittig (at) gmx.de. Your email should contain the following information:

  • name, surname
  • program and semester (Studienprogramm und Fachsemester)
  • matriculation number (Matrikelnummer)
  • valid email address @uni-weimar.de (no other mailing addresses will be accepted) Why?
  • short sentence on why you want to participate in this course.


Active participation; planning & fabricating an object containing a printed circuit, documentation.

Eligible participants

Graduates enrolled in the Faculties of Media, Art and Design, and in the MediaArchitecture program.
Open to students of other departments, please ask the staff at your department wether the credit points can be taken into account.


November 24 - First meeting, Overview, Introduction to printed electronics, Brief introduction to the BFFL & 3D MID technology, Arduino basics & capacitive sensing
November 25 - Introduction to screen printing, Collecting ideas, Designing circuits

December 1 - Printed electronics & inkjet, Prototyping, Individual project work
December 2 - Test prints, Arduino keyboard library, Project work continued, Student presentations

January 18 - Screen Exposure (optional) January 19 - Screenprinting sessions 1
January 20 - Screenprinting sessions 2, Project work discussions, Information on the write-up

January 26 - Screenprinting sessions 3, Individual project work
January 27 - Final presentations


Printed Electronics:

  • Suganuma, Katsuaki: Introduction to Printed Electronics. New York: Springer Science+Business Media, 2014.
    ISBN 978-1-4614-9624-3 (Print) ISBN 978-1-4614-9625-0 (Online)
    (E-Book accessible via a link in the catalogue of the university library)
  • Nan-Wei Gong, Jürgen Steimle, Simon Olberding, Steve Hodges, Nicholas Gillian, Yoshihiro Kawahara, and Joseph A. Paradiso: PrintSense: A Versatile Sensing Technique to Support Multimodal Flexible Surface Interaction. CHI 2014 Toronto: ACM, 2014.


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