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    Conductive Materials

    Multi-Conductor Fabrics

    This post summarizes various conductive fabrics and narrow-fabrics that have separated areas of conductivity. This can be a useful property to have when looking to make multi-wire connections or matrices.

    Also see: conductive fabrics, conductive threads, thin flexible wire

    Zebra Fabric

    Manufactured by ???
    Distributed by HITEK >> https://www.hitek-ltd.co.uk/fabric-evaluation-kit

    Wide-Stripe Zebra Fabric (Pitch – 31.5mm(c)/6.5mm(nc)
    Narrow Stripe Zebra Fabric (Pitch – 8.125mm(c)/7.5mm(nc)
    c = conductive

    Narrow Stripe Zebra Fabric:

    Wide-Stripe Zebra Fabric:



    Beautiful multi-stranded conductive bands!
    >> http://amohr.com/englisch/doc/leitfaehige_baender.php


    Width: 18 mm
    Description: PET + Elastomer + 3 CU-Strands in wavy shape,
    app. 0.06 OHM/m, can be ironed-on, elastic


    Width: 18 mm
    Description: PET + 7 CU-Strands in wavy shape, app. 0.05 OHM/m, can be ironed-on, slightly stretchable


    Width: 12,5 mm
    Description: PET + 5 CU-Strands, app. 0.04 OHM/m,
    can be ironed-on


    Width: 21 mm
    Description: PET + 11 fine CU-Strands, app. 0.05 OHM/m,
    can be ironed-on




    Offray is a company that makes narrow fabrics and some of these include conductive traces.
    Offray >> http://www.osnf.com/ (USA)


    This German company makes stretchy conductive traces inside narrow fabrics, but I have not been able to obtain any samples.


    Include stripes of conductive thread in their knit fabrics.
    >> http://www.heathcoat.co.uk/ (UK)


    Integrate X-Static fibers in their woven fabrics, running like needle-stripes.
    Toray – Innovation by Chemistry >> http://www.seeitsafe.co.uk/ (UK)

    Plug and Wear

    This Italian textile company is knitting conductive textiles from thin metal wires.

    >> http://www.plugandwear.com/ (Italy)

    Plug and Wear’s knit perfboards >> http://www.plugandwear.com/default.asp?mod=cat&cat_id=89,103

    Three-Conductor Ribbon

    Sparkfun >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10172

    Conductive Thread Ribbon Cable

    It’s a 100% polyester grosgrain weave ribbon with silver plated nylon thread. The ribbon is insulated so it’s foldable and washable. It has 4 conductors and about 16 ohms of resistance per foot. (thanks Yolita!)

    Adafruit >> http://www.adafruit.com/products/1139

    How to connect conductive thread ribbon cable with Flexible Flat Cable (FFC) connectors by Haeyon:
    >> http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-connect-conductive-thread-ribbon-cable-with/?ALLSTEPS

    2 Comments so far

    1. Pravinbhai H Patel on May 25th, 2013


      I am Pravin Patel from Ahmedabad (India).

      I want multi conductor fabric code no. 3365. At how i can get it at India.

      Please send sample for the same if possible.

      Please reply as early as possible.

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      N.H.-8, NARODA,
      AHMEDABAD: – 382330. (GUJARAT -INDIA)
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    2. Charles Barnard on April 25th, 2014

      Pravin, go to the link http://amohr.com/englisch/doc/leitfaehige_baender.php and ask the manufacturer.

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