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    also: chloroprene

    Neoprene is the trade name used by DuPont Performance Elastomers. A synthetic rubber that is produced by polymerization of chloroprene.

    Sedochemicals produces sheets of Neoprene in the following qualities. For most of our sensors we use 1.5 mm (1/16 inch) thick HS quality neoprene with standard polyester jersey fused to either side.
    Check the Sedochemicals website for details on the different qualities, which mainly differ in softness and stretchiness. LS, S, HS, HHS, NF, W.

    Super thin 0.5 mm thick neoprene with fabric fused to either side is hard to find, but extremely nice to work with. Foamorder stocks 0.5mm thick neoprene, though not in all colours, so be sure to ask what their current stock is, otherwise they might tell you that they don’t have what you are looking for.
    >> http://www.foamorder.com/neoprene.html
    >> http://www.sy95.com.tw/

    Instead of purchasing neoprene sheets, an easy way to get your hands on some of this material is to go to a local shop and look for: laptop cases, wetsuit products (including tops, gloves, socks and hats), drink insulator sleeves…
    socks >> http://www.watersportswarehouse.co.uk/shop/wetsuits/footwear/gul-0-5mm-neoprene-socks-858455.html
    vest >> http://www.wetsuitoutlet.co.uk/billabong-girls-equator-neoprene-vest-05mm-blackpink-r4eq07-p-3111.html
    cap >> http://www.boardshop.co.uk/product/0747-blk.asp

    5 mm thick neoprene from Sedochemicals with polyester-jersey fused to either side

    1.5 mm thick neoprene from Foamorder with polyester-jersey fused to either side

    0.5 mm thick neoprene taken from a wet-suit top with polyester-jersey only fused to one side

    0.5 mm thick neoprene taken from a pair of surfing socks with polyester-jersey fused to both sides

    Thin neoprene socks found in bike shop


    >> Local surf shop, ask for wetsuit repair kits or leftovers
    >> http://sedochemicals.com/ (Berlin, Germany)
    >> Modulor (Germany)
    >> http://www.hookloopoutlet.com/neoprene-sheets.html (USA)
    >> http://www.foamorder.com/neoprene.html?gclid=CIPh8q6lqZ0CFUdM5QodCDmYiQ (USA)

    1 Comment so far

    1. Anna on October 25th, 2012

      Where can I obtain suppliers of very large quantities of U-loop neoprene 1.5mm


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