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Paper, Ink and Electronics
Instructor: Clemens Wegener
Credits: 6 ECTS, 3 SWS
Capacity: max. 12 students
Language: Deutsch/English by preference
Location: TBA
First Meeting: Thu, 20th Apr, 9:15 am


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 BFA/MFA Medienkunst/-gestaltung, MFA Media Art and Design

Syllabus (updated 14th Jun.)

  • Thu, 20.4.
    • Meet & greet,
    • Short intro
    • Needed material
  • Thu, 27.4.
    • Introduction to electronics
    • Manual circuits & Connections
  • Thu, 4.5.
    • Workshop 1: manual circuits
  • Thu, 11.5. date cancelled
  • Thu, 18.5. public holiday
  • Thu, 25.5.
    • Workshop 2: manual circuits
  • Thu, 1.6.
    • Arduino programming & libraries
  • Thu, 8.6. date cancelled
  • Thu, 15.6.
    • Presentation of project ideas

  • 22.6.- 13.7. Workshop Sessions & Screen Printing
  • 13.6.- 16.7. Summaery Exhibition

  • Thu, 20.7. Final Presentations
  • Sat, 30.9. Hand in documentation

Course Material


Additional Material

Series and parallel LEDs



  • Jackson, Paul: Vom Faltobjekt zum Werbeträger : Schneide- und Falttechniken im Papierdesign. Bern: Haupt Verlag, 2013.
    ISBN 978-3-258-60070-3 (more releases by Paul Jackson available in the University Library)
  • Klanten, Robert (ed.): Papercraft : design and art with paper. Berlin: Die Gestalten Verlag, 2009.
    ISBN 978-3-89955-251-5 (check out part 2 as well)
  • Avella, Natalie: Paper Engineering : Papier als 3D-Werkstoff. München: Stiebner, 2004.
    ISBN 978-3-8307-1292-3

Further Reading

  • Yoshihiro Kawahara, Steve Hodges, Benjamin S. Cook, Cheng Zhang, and Gregory D. Abowd. 2013. Instant inkjet circuits: lab-based inkjet printing to support rapid prototyping of UbiComp devices. In Proceedings of the 2013 ACM international joint conference on Pervasive and ubiquitous computing (UbiComp '13). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 363–372. (link to pdf)
  • 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