VIDEO: How to draw an electric city

Posted July 19, 2016

TOKYO — Conductive ink isn’t a new product, but it becomes fresh again with a charming video about creating a 3D electric city on paper.

The company AgIC has been producing silver conductive inks since 2011. Their first project involved printing conductive circuits from a regular ink-jet printer onto special paper as a less expensive and more flexible teaching tool.

“Our mission is making electric circuits more accessible to people of all ages and levels of experience,” the company states on their website.

AgIC also developed a conductive marker, which is featured in this sweet and captivating video. In the video, you’ll see the marker being used in real time to connect circuits to light up a 3D paper city. Little paper houses emit warm light from the windows, a Christmas tree shines with festive lights and a tiny ambulance flashes lights as it rushes to the hospital. There’s even a little electric love story and a few other moving-parts surprises.

In 2015, the company also released a marker that “erases” circuits, making it even easier to test and reconfigure circuits on paper before committing to actual hardware.

To learn more about AgIC and the different way teachers, professionals and artists are using the ink, watch this three-minute overview or visit AgIC's website.

Martha Ostergar is the former Video Productions Manager of She has moved on to write elsewhere, but she can't seem to break her habit of cruising the internet for amazing videos and writing about them. Follow her on Twitter at @monstergar.


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