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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    E-Textile Tailor Shop by KOBAKANT
    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    Since 2020, Hannah is guest professor of the Spiel&&Objekt Master's program at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin

    From 2013-2015 Mika was a guest professor at the eLab at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee

    From July - December 2013 Hannah was a researcher at the UdK's Design Research Lab

    From 2010-2012 Mika was a guest researcher in the Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles

    From 2009 - 2011 Hannah was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab's High-Low Tech research group led by Leah Buechley

    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab

    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
    We support the Open Source Hardware movement. All our own designs published on this website are released under the Free Cultural Works definition

    Flux Test

    I had hard time soldering DIP pin legs to conductive fabric. It becomes always crumbly and does not stick to the fabric good. (Also I am using lead free solder, that makes it look crumbly too)
     Nadya Peek gave me a nice tip to use “more Flux”.. so I tried with Flux Pen  and Flussmittel (bottled liquid).

    The result is “ok”, not perfect but with practice it will get better. Here is some pictures.

    conductive fabric used here are Flectron N from LessEMF, and strips are 1mm/1.5mm/2mm/3mm from top

    detail of the wire/fabric connection. Flussmittel makes a brown stain, and it is not suitable for use on light color fabric. I have not tried to wash it to see if it comes out with washing. 

    Test on soldering DIP pin legs to conductive fabric. Right side is with Flux Pen. It is much easier to solder with flux than soldering without (left side)

    1 Comment so far

    1. skyzalimit on December 13th, 2010

      Instead of soldering, you should try conductive epoxy or other conductive adhesives and even some conductive inks might work.

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