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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
    Conductive Materials

    Conductive Fabric Substitute

    Aluminum foil used with fusible interfacing is a great inexpensive and super available substitute for conductive fabrics.

    !!! CAUTION: Unlike with conductive fabric you can NOT simply overlap two pieces of aluminum foil, fusing one on top of the other to make an electrical connection. The fusible interfacing acts as an isolating barrier. In the case of conductive fabric, the porosity of the fabric allows it to partially absorb the fusible interfacing so that this technique makes for a relatively stable electrical connection.

    >> See the Aluminum Foil Tilt Sensor for example application

    7 Comments so far

    1. Trevor on October 25th, 2010

      I am looking for a thin fabric like material that I can be heated by a low voltage battery. I am really only looking to get it to approx. 100 degrees F. I was told that Gorix sales a similar product? I am not able to reach them via email though. I really need a sample product. The size I need is approx. 1 inch in width by 2 feet in length. It is just a long thin piece. Also I would like to get to it come with wire leads to run into the battery as I not that handy. Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.

      Thanks and I look forward to your reply.


    2. Tobias on February 22nd, 2011

      Do you know if this can be used instead of Conductive fabric in the bend sensors you have posted instructions on? I think it should work given you don’t mistreat it too much at the ends… the fabric just seems to be there to give a solid connection to the staple.

    3. admin on February 23rd, 2011

      yes, you can make a bend sensor with alu foil instead of conductive thread or fabric. it really depends on your application and what sort of flexibility you need.

    4. tony on December 14th, 2011

      looking for cheap conductive fabric heat-able to 72 degree F that can be stapled or nailed, become wet all without risk of shorts or passing current at human sensitivity levels, I’m oblivious to what if anything is available in the market



    5. Harry on September 14th, 2012

      I am looking for a substitute for conductive fabric for my iPad as a pen. Please give me a solution as soon as possible.


    6. sharmila on February 15th, 2013

      i need to design a coat for monitoring physiological parameters( like ecg ,temperature…) of a baby. so i need conductive fabric materials which can conduct bio-potentials to electrode..please suggest some fabrics that’ll best suite the baby…..

    7. monali on February 3rd, 2015

      i am looking for a fabric weave which is suitable for the conductive coating in cotton ,polyester,and p/c blend,and their calculation,please suggest me as early as possible.
      thank u

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