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  • Conductive Fabric Substitute
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  • Conductive Pen
  • Conductive Play-Doh
  • Conductive Tapes
  • Conductive Threads
  • Conductive Velcro
  • Conductive Wool
  • Merino Wool conductive yarn from Bart and Francis
  • Conductive Yarns
  • Conductive/Piezoresistive Leather!
  • Elastic Conductive Thread
  • Fine Steel Wool
  • Graphite Powder
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  • Multi-Conductor Fabrics
  • Perfboard
  • Resistive and Piezoresistive Fabrics
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  • Shopping List: Basic E-Textile Materials
  • Sparkfun finally selling Eeontex!
  • stretch conductive fabric comparison
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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

    Shopping List: Basic E-Textile Materials

    New manufacturers and distributors are always popping up and disappearing again. In this post we try to list some of our most used e-textile materials and where we purchase. Since we are based in Berlin/Germany we try to order as much as possible from local manufacturers and distributors/redistributors. We even started a list of super local electronics shop that stock some of these items, see here: http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?page_id=3205

    General online shopping info:

    In the USA I think the main producers/distributors these days are still:
    LessEMF: http://lessemf.com/
    Sparkfun: https://www.sparkfun.com
    Adafruit: http://www.adafruit.com/
    Digitkey: http://digikey.com/

    Seeedstudio invent and manufacture in China and ship worldwide:
    >> https://www.seeedstudio.com/

    In Europe you can search for Sparkfun distributors here:
    >> https://www.sparkfun.com/distributors

    Germany & Austria
    http://segor.de (local shop in Berlin!)
    >> http://conrad.at and http://conrad.de (local shops all over Europe!)
    >> https://www.exp-tech.de
    >> http://www.watterott.com
    >> https://physicalcomputing.at
    >> http://amazon.de

    Pincushion with components

    Basic E-Textile Materials

    The following are a selection of materials for getting started in e-textiles. Depending on what you are ordering and where you are ordering to, check to see if you can get everything at one supplier to save on shipping. Bellow I have listed some specific links, but you will likely also find them at the other places.

    Conductive Threads

    Karl-Grimm copper thread with synthetic core (also comes silver plated)
    thicker: 4355 7×1 fach verseilt
    thinner: 3981 7×1 fach verseilt
    >> http://karl-grimm.de/

    Stainless steel thread – this thread is not nice to work with! We do NOT recommend buying it:

    Conductive Fabrics

    Non-stretch conductive fabrics:
    >> https://www.exp-tech.de/en/accessories/other/7034/woven-conductive-fabric-silver-20cm-square
    >> https://www.exp-tech.de/en/accessories/other/7034/woven-conductive-fabric-silver-20cm-square
    or directly from manufacturer: http://statex.de/

    Stretch conductive fabric:
    >> https://www.exp-tech.de/en/accessories/other/7799/knit-conductive-fabric-silver-20cm-square
    or directly from manufacturer: http://statex.de/

    Sensing fabric:
    >> https://www.exp-tech.de/en/accessories/other/8264/eeontex-pressure-sensing-fabric
    Manufacturer: http://eeonyx.com/


    Sewable Arduino Flora:
    >> https://www.exp-tech.de/en/platforms/arduino/4665/adafruit-flora-wearable-electronic-platform-arduino-compatible

    Sewable Arduino LilyPad:
    >> https://www.exp-tech.de/en/platforms/arduino/5223/lilypad-arduino-usb-atmega32u4-board

    ATtiny microcontroller (ATTINY85-20PU)

    ATtiny programmer
    >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11801

    Or: use Arduino as IPS programmer!
    >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=3742
    ATtiny Breadboard Programming Piggyback Extension: http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6556
    ATtiny: Programming: http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=3996


    Bare LEDs:
    for package sizes see: http://dangerousprototypes.com/wp-content/media/2012/01/smt22.jpg
    recommended for beginner hand-soldering: 1206 or larger

    Sewable SMD LEDs

    LilyPad sewable inputs and outputs

    Fiber Optics:

    Sewable Breakout Protoboards (can also be made from regular protoboard!)

    USB flat credit-card size powerbank

    Metal Snap Fasteners (Druckknöpfe)
    local textile shop


    Fusible Interfacing
    local textile shop

    Good Lighting for soldering and sewing!

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