Introduction: DIY EL Screens

Based on information and material provided by John Sarik from the Columbia Laboratory for Unconventional Electronics Manuel Kretzer led a short workshop with the CAAD MAS class 2010/11 to produce selfmade electroluminescent displays as an introduction to a larger EL project. 

necessary equipment
- 2 screens for screenprinting: (150 threads/ inch and 190 threads/ inch)
- craft robo cc 330-20
- hot plate or hair dryer
- wire, copper tape, electrical tape, etc...
- ulanocut green knife cut film 
- sponge, squeegees
- EL experimenter's kit including:
 1 vial of DuPont Luxprint phosphor ink
 1 vial of DuPont Luxprint dielectric ink
 1 vial of DuPont Luxprint silver ink
 3 indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates
 1 surplus EL power supply

step 1: design simple shape according to glass substrate 
step 2: apply thin layer of phosphor
step 3 and 4: apply two layers of dielectric insulator
don't forget to dry your substrate in between each step
step 5: apply silver electrode. avoid holes in dielectric layer to prevent short circuits and resulting frustration.
step 6: attach wires to silver layer and glass substrate. fix with copper tape.
step 7: POWER


solemnraven (author)2011-06-16

This is great, can it be done with plexiglass or a flexible material?

DanM6 (author)solemnraven2014-09-26

no, it needs to be a conductive surface

AmpOwl (author)2014-03-22

I wonder if it would be possible to put the phosphor, dielectric, and electrode inks in spray cans...

snotty (author)2011-12-26

It would be great to use some kind of conductive, elastic face material. I'm pretty sure that's how the tron costumes work; they're pretty expensive though.

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