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January 10, 2014 AT 12:37 pm

NEW PRODUCT – 3M Z-Axis Conductive Tape 9703 – 2″x6″ (50mm x 150mm) Strip

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NEW PRODUCT – 3M Z-Axis Conductive Tape 9703 – 2″x6″ (50mm x 150mm) Strip – When Bunnie showed up at Adafruit with the prototype for his Chibitronics Circuit Stickers we were all like “How on earth does that work?” and he was all like “Z-Axis tape – Its amazing!” And we agreed, so we decided to get some in our Materials section since its so cool.

Z-axis tape is made by 3M, and is used to bond two conductive surfaces together and allow a small (we’d say keep it under 100mA) current to flow through the tape. But here’s the cool part: its only conductive across the thickness of the tape itself, not along the length or width. Mindblowing, right? We took a macro shot of the tape above so you can see how it works. Its a regular adhesive tape with little chunks of conductive material every 0.1mm or so. The adhesive does the bonding, the little chunks do the conducting.

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This tape goes great with our other interesting conductive materials, such as copper tape, ITO glass or plastic, conductive inks, etc. For a quick fun project we put some tape on a Gemma and Neopixels: remove the white cover first, then stick the circuit board onto the brown paper+tape. Cut out the shape around the circuit board, then carefully peel off the brown paper. Repeat for the neopixels. Make traces on a piece of paper and stick the Gemma and Neopixels down: ta-dah, paper circuit!

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Each order comes with a strip of 2″ x 6″ tape. Its big enough you can use it for a bunch of projects. Just cut out the size you need and save the rest.

In stock and shipping now!

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