Electronic Paper & origami

This presentation show some examples of project combining electronic and paper.

Tutorial for simple paper circuit.

This tutorial gives an overview of paper engineering with resources and sample projects for inspiration.

The Fine Art of Electronics

Folding pattern examples

Light Up Pyramid by Ice, Lanie, and Sheena

So this past week, we decided to create a three-dimensional light-up paper pyramid. This group was made up of Sheena, Ice, and Lanie. We originally thought that a pyramid would be a simple shape to create and add an electronic component/circuitry to, but it was much more complicated than we expected! However, we figured all of our problems out and completed the project very successfully.

First, we started by creating the pyramid template to ultimately fold into the 3-dimensional pyramid shape. We researched different sizes and designs, but we decided on a simple, small three-dimensional pyramid template. We researched many different sizes online, and then copied one we found onto paper, measuring so the lines would all match up as you can see below:




We also decided to print out an already created template, and use that as a practice pyramid to see what ours would look like in the end (you can see Sheena cutting that out in the first image). However, we created our own template from our research, and I traced it out in Illustrator, so someone could recreate it again with the vinyl cutter if they wanted to.

We cut out a geometric pattern to add a little flair to the simple pyramid, and here you can see Sheena cutting out the shapes:


And here is the Illustrator (screenshot) of the reproduce-able template I created in Illustrator with fold marks in purple:Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 10.36.28 PM


So, after we sketched out our pyramid design, we created the circuit pattern to connect the battery to light up our LED in the pyramid. We used copper tape in the interior of the pyramid, connecting the power source (battery) to the light (LED).

Here’s Sheena and Ice figuring out where everything should be placed:


Once we figured out a successful design for the LED, we soldered:


So we soldered the LED and the battery onto the copper tape in order to complete the circuit. You can see this above and below Sheena is soldering the copper tape together to complete the circuit.


So, we soldered the copper tape together, and created a switch with the copper tape and the battery was then soldered on the left side (where there are two pieces of copper tape sticking up in the picture) and then the LED was attached where it says “LED”.

So in the end, after soldering and folding it back to the three-dimensional pyramid shape, this is the final pyramid (in the dark to emphasize the LED aspect):


ePaper and Origami – Black Lighting Diamond – Eden

This is the process I’ve been through to create this Black Diamond ePaper.

First step: The realisation of the origami as a test to check if the idea I had in mind could work.

I’ve laser cut it to get perfect lines.

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Second step: Do the same with the actual paper which is thicker and black.

I added these illustrations in order to let the light come out from the origami.


This is the materials I used to create the circuit.


Third step: Solder the circuit

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Forth step: connect the generator to check if the circuit is correctly done


This is the final result :







3D LED circuit. Dasha

For my 3D circuit, I decided to make an origami vase, so i used a tutorial and this is what I ended up with:





When I started thinking about how I’m going to create a circuit in the vase I realized that it would be very difficult to do what I wanted with just one vase. I could do it but it wouldn’t look good because the copper tape would be everywhere, so I decided to make another vase and put it on top of the first one, so that one vase would have the copper tape and the battery, and another would just have the LED.


So the bottom piece had the battery in it and I had solder all of the copper tape:


This is what the top part looks like from the inside:


Here is a picture of the bottom part, where you can see the space in which the battery went:


How it works:

All you have to do is push two sides of the bottom part of the vase together to make the top part light up!



Making a table tealight

Materials: paper, copper tape, small battery,


I drew where I would place the circuit on the inside of the paper



placing the copper tape — the LED will go in the middle


I cut a slit to the outside of the tea light so that I could make a switch with one of the folds on the outside, because you cant turn the switch on the inside

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looking at how I’m going to place the LED before soldering


soldered the LED


taped the battery in place and finished soldering the connections

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it works!

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the switch on the outside


Epaper And Origami——Shinning star By Lin Teng& Summer

This week,Summer and I became a team. And we decided to make a shinning star for the Electronic Paper& origami Project.

1 We researched different sizes and designs of the pyramid shapes. Then decide to make a clean but 3D star.

2 Then we printed out the pyramid model and cut off the star shape. Glue the different part together to make a star shape.


3 Put the battery on the middle of the backside and find the best position to glue it.

4 Try several ways to connect the light and the battery, then find the best way and connect it.

5Created a switch with the copper tape.



6 After make sure everything works well inside of the star. We started to connect the outside part…

7 Before we glue the front side back side together. We made little angel patterns on the front side, so the light will come through.

8 Make sure leave a part of the copper tape outside. And buy pull the copper tape in and out we got a switch on and off button.


8 Then by pull the copper tape in you will turn on the  light. We have a shinning star!