With so many fabric choices, which one is right for my application?
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Natural Look & Feel
High Performance Mesh
Stainless Steel Mesh
ESD Static Fabric
|Pure Copper Taffeta
Nickel Copper Ripstop
|Hook & Loop
Copper Wire Mesh
Conductive Fabric Tape
Extremely Fine Shielding Mesh
Need light to penetrate your RF shielding? This Nickel and Copper anti-radiation coated polyester mesh offers fairly good transparency and excellent corrosion resistance. Better than 50dB of attenuation makes this the perfect choice for indoor window screens and shielding which requires air circulation. Flexible and light weight, cuts easily for custom sizing. Can be used indoors or out. Tested to >50dB over 10MHz-3GHz. By weight: Cu 23.4%, Ni 10.9%. 54 inch wide.
When you need the conductivity and shielding performance of Silver with the strength of Nylon, ArgenMesh is the material to choose. At nearly 50 dB from 100 MHz to over 3 GHz and surface conductivity of <1 Ohm per square this material is great for high level grounding, static discharge, electric field shielding, and radiofrequency shielding. Safe for skin contact, it can be used in garments, or bedding. Also an excellent curtain or wall covering. 55% Silver, 45% Nylon. Silver color, some light penetration. 59 inch wide.
Thickness: - 0.3mm
This fabric feels great against the skin, is hand washable, conductive, and offers exceptionally high RF shielding performance. It is perfect for making microwave shielding anti-radiation pajamas, shirts, hoods, curtains or sheets. Easy to make a ground connection because the surface has high conductivity (<1 Ohm per sq). Made with a unique blend of natural materials: 70% bamboo fiber and 30% Silver. Silver gives Soft&Safe anti-bacterial and anti-odor qualities. Greater than 50 dB attenuation too! Cuts and sews like ordinary cotton fabric. 135g/m². Pale rose color. 59 inch wide.
Polyester/Cotton blended with microfine stainless steel fibers creates a low cost, tough fabric similar to khaki. Perfect for grounding applications. 1000 Ohm per sq on the surface, so it is great for static discharge and easy to make ground connections. Washable and easy to cut and sew. Nice crisp feel against the skin. Nearly 40 dB tested up to 10 GHz. 230g/m². Light green color. 60 inch wide.
Mesh So Fine You Can Barely See It!
VeilShield is a high performance mesh style shielding fabric designed to be highly transparent. Combining high performance (40 dB or better), ultra light weight, and flexibility. 70% light transmission. 0.1 Ohm/sq resistivity. 58 inch wide.
Woven 132/inch mesh polyester fibers coated with Zinc-blackened Nickel over Copper for better corrosion resistance. Very easy to handle, but not suitable for prolonged skin contact if you have a Nickel allergy.
Thickness: .057 mm
High Quality Silver for Performance
Good microwave/radiowave shielding. First developed as an antibacterial fabric for general use (wound healing and odor control) so you know it has consistent high quality, Ripstop Silver Fabric is a very conductive, high shielding performance fabric. Pure Silver coated onto nylon RipStop for strength. Can be used for garment liners. Also great for static control. Comfortable and safe against the skin. Resistivity is less than 0.25 Ohm/sq. Light gray color. Light weight too: only 1.1 ounce per sq yard. -30°C to 90°C temperature range. 59 inch wide. Hand washable. Made in USA.
30 den Nylon; 121 threads per inch Thickness: 2 mil
PURE COPPER POLYESTER TAFFETA FABRIC
(Compare to Flectron®)
Shiny, smooth fabric with pure copper. Light weight and flexible. Easy to cut and sew like ordinary fabric. Better color stability due to tarnish resistant finish. High conductivity and shielding performance. Use it for drapes, wall covering, garments, pouches and more. Great price too! 42.5 inch wide
High Performance and Non-Corroding
Same high shielding effectiveness as Pure Copper Polyester Taffeta (above), but vastly superior tarnish and corrosion resistance due to Nickel plating. Polyester ripstop base fabric for toughness and light weight. Only 0.08mm thick. Surface Resistance: 0.01-0.03 Ohm/sq. Because Nickel may produce skin allergies, this material is not intended for direct contact with skin. Protective gloves are recommended when handling this material. 42.5 inch wide
Now with plastic coating for easier handling
Carbon is conductive in some forms, and a very good microwave absorber. Using non-woven nearly-pure carbon fibers, to achieve both good microwave shielding and high absorption, this unique material has the following specifications:
Carbon base material (without plastic laminate):
We are pleased to offer this improved version of our very low cost microwave absorber sheet. This version is plastic laminated on both sides. This gives better durability and easier handling. Dust is reduced and skin contact is not a problem.
Super light weight. Can be used to line walls and containers, make drapes or partitions. Does not permit air circulation, minimal light penetration.
48 inch wide, but surface is non-conductive due to laminate. Request roll shipping if you need to avoid creases from folding.
Like soft? Like the idea of cotton against your skin? SaniSilver is a reversible fabric- one side is highly conductive (<1 Ohm per sq) pure Silver, the other side is pure cotton (~100 Ohm/sq). Nice to touch. About 55 dB shielding for common RF frequencies, and groundable.
Great for drapes, bedding, grounding and clothing. Use multiple layers to increase shielding! Easy to cut and sew. Use it facing either way. One side is gray/silver, the other side is light tan. Weight: 164g/m². 59 inch wide
Pure 100% surgical stainless Steel (AISI316L), 0.004 inch diameter, knitted into a shielding fabric that’s as strong as steel! Tight knit pattern yields good shielding. 26 dB at 800 MHz, 15 dB at 1900 MHz. Permits good air flow and light transmission too. Resists corrosion, and it’s fully washable. Edges are hard to fray, even when cut. Trims easily with scissors and can be sewn. Use it for grounding, shielding, and conductive surfaces. Nice for indoor/outdoor shielded window screens! Easy to ground. 190 gr/m², 40 inch wide.
A light weight, durable conductive fabric. 87% polyester, 13% gray BASF Resistat (carbon) fibers woven right into the fabric in an attractive diamond pattern providing surface resistivity of 105 Ohms per square. Very comfortable, only 3 oz per square yard, it cuts, sews, and washes like any polyester fabric! Conductivity will hold up to 50 or more low heat washings. Can be used to make grounded surfaces, appliance covers, clothing, drapes, room dividers, and anything else you can sew. One woman we know wears it on her head as a scarf and swears it reduces EMF noise for her! 64 inch wide. Color is White with Gray diamond pattern.
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Blue EX-STATIC CONDUCTIVE FABRICSame Great Fabric in Pleasant Blue Color
See specifications above.
"60dB in a Mesh Your Can See Through"
For maximum shielding performance in a mesh fabric. Surface resistivity is <0.5 Ohm/sq. And look at this: shielding effectiveness is >50dB from 30 MHz to 3 GHz!
Can be used over a wide range of temperatures (-30° to 90°C) to shield electronic components, make draperies, tents, garments, mobile phone shields, and more. Used in medical applications also. Good tear strength and attractive Silver color. Very soft and comfortable to touch. 0.0045 inch thick, weighs only 40 grams/m². 58 inch wide.
Thickness: 0.0045 inch
"With Hot Melt Adhesive"
High quality flame retardant fabric for radiofrequency and microwave shielding. Rugged rip-stop polyester substrate (for superior strength and handling), Nickel and Copper plated (for excellent shielding and low corrosion), then coated on one side with a non-conductive hot melt adhesive (activates at 130ºC = 266ºF) so you can iron it on to cotton, wood, glass or paper, or roll it into a tube and heat seal the seam! Maximum temperature is 200ºC (=392ºF). Can also be cut and sewn like ordinary fabric.
This fabric offers an amazing shielding performance: >60 dB from 10 MHz to 3+ GHz. Will also block virtually all ELF & VLF electric fields when grounded. Great for shielding extension cords and computer cables. Connect strips of it to make a sheet shield under your bed, or hang it on the wall. Makes a great liner for drapes too! Line a vest or a hat to protect your vital organs from radiowaves and electric fields. It doesn’t breathe well, and Nickel may cause skin irritation, so plan to line it with cotton if you will be using it against the skin. 230 g/m², 0.17 mm thick. UL 94V-0 level flame retardant. RoHS Compliant. Gray, 13 inch wide.
Thickness: 0.0045 inch
Now With Corrosion-Resistant Acrlyic Coating
"All The Conductivity Of Silver With Lycra-Like Stretch"
This medical grade Silver plated 76% Nylon, 24% elastic fiber fabric offers the unique ability to stretch in both directions. Can be used as an antibacterial wound dressing (note: our material is not sterile) but it also makes a great material for electrode contacts, stretchy hats, socks, gloves, or other garments. Highly conductive, and conductivity increases as it stretches in one direction, and decreases as it stretches in the other direction. Silver coating is 99.9% pure. Silver/gray color. Very unique! 52 inch wide
"Near Field Magnetic RF Shielding"
This is a very unique multi-metallized fabric. Of course you get good far field RF shielding: 65-80 dB tested over 30MHz to 1GHz.
But in addition, because of the Cobalt alloy top coating, this material offers remarkable radiofrequency magnetic shielding in difficult near field conditions.
Thickness: 0.08 mm
Great material for RF, E-field shielding at room temperatures. Cover walls, cables, electric panels and more. Polyester coated, very lightweight, tough & flexible, yet easy to cut with scissors. 39 inch wide, conductive on one side. Apply to walls, ceilings, and other surfaces to achieve ~60dB at cell phone frequencies, and at least 40 dB from 100 MHz to 18 GHz.
Use ordinary spray adhesive on wall, then apply AL60 and press into place. Leave conductive side exposed for easy grounding. Apply 2 inch wide Aluminum tape over the seams. Non-conductive side will hold latex paint fairly well.
In addition, this material makes VERY effective shielded pouches, wallets, and sleeves. Will tolerate 32-122°F. 18 micron metal. 39 inch wide.
Scotch Foil Tape 3311 is 2 mil thick aluminum alloy foil with a pressure-sensitive synthetic rubber adhesive and paper liner. The aggressive rubber adhesive sticks well to most surfaces and the paper liner makes for convenient and reliable use. Great for shielding small areas, or wrapping cable. Two inches wide and highly conformable, total thickness is only 3.6 mil. Can be used under all weather conditions. Resists water vapor, odor and smoke transmission. Application/use temperature range: +10°F to +180°F. Each roll is 30 feet long.
Strength of Steel, Softness of Fabric
This is an interesting mesh material. Very fine (0.08 mm) rustproof 316L Stainless steel wire is knitted with 40% polyester yarn to create a stretchy fabric that is easy to touch and wash, but wears tough. Highly conductive in transverse direction (2.2 Ohm per sq) and ample 1000 Ohm per sq conductivity longitudinally. Great for static control. Make computer covers, overgarments etc. 152 gr/m². 39 inch wide. Gray.
Thickness: 0.08 mm
Can also be used to make great looking medieval chain mail costumes by professional manufacturers and hobbyists alike. Easy to cut and sew, with minimal unraveling at the edges. Washable too. Not for combat applications, but a great costume material for museums, Renaissance fairs, theatrical productions, Halloween and school plays.
Highly transparent and conductive. Woven pure copper, fine wire mesh is useful for RF and electric field shielding, Faraday cages and grounding. Mesh is flexible and cuts easily with scissors. Will conform to most shapes or lay flat easily. Can be soldered. Easy to connect a ground cord.
Also very decorative, but susceptible to tarnish. It will turn brown, then green, when exposed to the environment, so definitely not for exterior use.
- 16 wires per inch
Swiss Shield® RF Shielding Fabrics
Three excellent skin compatible fabrics for radiofrequency shielding (cellphones and cell tower radiation, cordless phones, wi-fi, radar, microwave oven leakage, TV broadcast etc). Extremely thin silver coated copper wires are spun with cotton or polyester yarns, then woven into washable, comfortable, and durable fabrics with the look and feel of normal fabric.
OKEO-TEX 100 certified to contain no harmful substances, and independently tested for shielding performance. Low conductivity surface, no grounding needed. Does not contain flame retardant.
NATURELL is a translucent, unbleached ecological cotton fabric. Typical application as canopies, clothing, curtains or drapes.
WEAR is a tight weave cotton fabric with an extraordinarily pleasant look and feel. Woven from cotton fiber with a gossamer-thin 0.02 mm silvered and PU-coated spun-in copper thread. Tested up to 30 washing with almost no loss of performance.
Typical application for sewing all articles of clothing, bedding, mobile phone cases, etc. More durable than Naturell. Can be dyed with ordinary cotton dyes.
Daylite is a highly transparent, open mesh fabric with excellent air and light penetration. Very light weight and perfect for canopies, window curtains, and head coverings. Using polyester for strength, with 7.5% copper, 0.5% silver filament in the yarn. Washable, white mesh, 8.2 feet wide.
Machine wash (gentle cycle), cold water. Hang dry. Iron without steam, low heat. No bleach. Do not dry clean.
Special recipe detergent preserves the shielding performance, saves the environment and is suitable for many allergy sufferers.
After many years of experience with shielding fabrics we found out that some laundry detergents are bad for the shielding attenuation. In addition, customers who suffer from MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity syndrome) reported some brands cause an undesirable odor. This new laundry detergent, developed in cooperation with a prestigious manufacturer of eco-detergents, will not react with our Silver or stainless steel shielding fabrics which are washable.
It contains no fragrances, coloring agents, complexing agents, preservatives, enzymes, genetic engineering, petrochemicals, and all ingredients are 100 % biodegradable.
1 liter is enough for 20 loads. The dosage is independent of the water hardness. Pour 50 ml TEXCARE per load in the detergent drawer or put it straight in the drum. Select delicate cycle with washing at 30°C. Can also be used for hand washing. Please take note of the fabric care label, respective to washability, ironing and drying!
"Soft and Stretchy as a Cotton T-Shirt"
Take Rayon and silver. Make a super soft yarn, then knit into a beautifully soft fabric which is a delight to wear. That’s Silverell! Because it’s knitted, it has a nice stretch in one direction. Because it’s Silver it has good conductivity, anti-static properties, and shielding (and odor control). It’s comfortable and hand washable. A great material for making garments and bedding. 90% or better RF attenuation from 20 MHz to 8 GHz. Machine washable. Fabric will pill if abraded. Light gray color. 62 inch wide.
"Knocks the Stuffing Out of Static"
High Tech meets homespun! What could you make with conductive yarn? Static won’t stick, and grounding is a breeze. Microwave shielding is a natural benefit! This American-made all natural cotton yarn spun contains pure Silver. The Silver content in SilverSpun makes it both therapeutic and conductive. Silver kills a number of bacteria, including those that cause odor, has excellent thermal properties, is nontoxic and is perfect for those suffering from diabetes, arthritis and sensitive skin. Silver also allows Smartphone or other touch screen use while wearing gloves knit from the yarn. The silver is permanently adhered to the yarn and will not wash out. Can be used to make smart textiles and simple circuits. Highly conductive, about 10 Ohm per inch. Light gray color.
"Conductive Silver Plated Nylon"
Need to sew with conductive thread? Want to add a conductive stitch to a non-conductive fabric? Only need a little bit?
With this conductive thread, you can add conductivity to any fabric, make conductive traces as easily as sewing, even use it as un-insulated low voltage wiring. Great for embroidery too.
You get 2 bobbins: one large and one small, to fit most sewing machines. Can also be hand sewn. Approximately 20 meters of thread per bobbin. Hand wash, no bleach. Hang dry. Do not dry clean. Needle and thimble not included.
Nylon 6.6 filament yarn plus 99% pure Silver
"Silver Plated Nylon, bulk"
Need to sew with conductive thread? Want to add a conductive stitch to a non-conductive fabric?
With conductive thread, you can add conductivity to any fabric, make conductive traces as easily as sewing, even use it as uninsulated low voltage wiring.
66 Yarn 22+3ply 110 PET.
"Conductive Adhesive Too!"
High conductivity, high flexibility fabric tape with conductive adhesive. Nickel, Copper and Cobalt coated nylon ripstop fabric (with anti-fray) offers excellent RF shielding properties (70 dB at 1 MHz, 100 dB at 1 GHz) and electrical conductivity (surface resistivity of less than 0.1 Ohms/sq). Use it to seal gaps, seams, and edges of shielding fabrics, paints or plastics. Also can be used to create conductive pathways on surfaces or add shielding to cables and flexible conduits. Cuts easily with scissors. Extremely corrosion and tear resistant, -10 to 80°C. Only 0.005 inch thick. 1 inch wide, 25 feet per roll with paper release liner.
"Conductive Temporary Hold"
Similar to Velcro™ but conductive. One inch wide. Excellent holding power and RF shielding. Use it to create re-sealable flaps, tubes, and seams in shielding fabrics, plastics and foils. Will conduct along its length and across the gap. Silver coated. Can be sewn in or glued, no adhesive supplied. 1 inch wide. Very unique!
Need large quantities? Order master rolls and save! 150 feet long.
Give your body a chance to rest! Attractive and functional canopy can be used over beds or other similar sized areas to reduce radiofrequency radiation. Made from very light weight Swiss Shield Daylight fabric (100% polyester net-knit, with 5% silver-plated copper fiber content) which stops over 80% (16dB) of microwave radiation energy penetration (over at least 200-3000 MHz).
Nice veil-like appearance (plenty of air and light penetration), and has the conductive components on the inside of the threads, so no metal coating to flake and no need for grounding! Canopy covers the top and sides of bed. Easy to get in/out of bed and lots of head room.
Can be washed in gentle cycle, with mild detergent. Even frequent washing seems to do no harm to the shielding power of the fabric. Comes with swag hooks and an easily detachable hoop for easy mounting. Very transportable too.
Some owners say using this product to reduce RF has alleviated their symptoms associated with electrosensitivity, such as ringing in the ears, headaches/migraines, insomnia, confusion, irritability, nausea, circulation problems, etc. 2 sizes:
This mesh makes a nice Faraday Canopy or use it for other shielding projects. Very transparent. Interlock weft knitted for high performance, flexibility, and durability. Tin coated 4 mil copper wire, with an average hole size of less than 1 millimeter provides a whopping 40 dB (99.99%) or better reduction of RF signals from 1 MHz to 2.5 GHz and beyond. Excellent low frequency electric field shielding also. Surface conductivity is 0.1 Ohm per sq. One meter wide. Cuts easily with scissors, sew with ordinary thread. Can be soldered.
This flexible polymer exhibits extraordinary electrical resistance change when deformed by squeezing, pulling or twisting. In practice, QTC™ can be connected in quite simple ways to create anything from switches to force sensors. In its normal, uncompressed state, QTC acts as a near perfect insulator, but as it is gradually compressed it will allow more current through until it is nearly a perfect conductor. Fun to experiment with and great for turning anything with a screw-in battery compartment into an effective dimmer switch! Can also be used between layers of conductive fabric to make variable switches and variable resistors or capacitors.
It is claimed that electrons ‘pass’ through the insulation by a process called quantum tunneling. In classical physics, the electrons cannot pass through an insulating barrier, but according to quantum theory a wave can – and this is what happens in QTC™. Another way of describing the quantum tunneling effect is to say that a non-zero probability exists of electrons one side of the insulation barrier appearing on the other side.
QTC™ can be used as a solid state switch - in the "off" state it is a good insulator and in the "on" state it is as good as a metal conductor. It can be used to detect even very small changes due to compression, tension or other stresses and it can carry significant currents allowing for the direct control of loads.
Rated for over one million compressions.
Here is a very unique switch. Knitted from polyester and stainless steel fibers, an electrical contact is made when the 4x4 cm patch is compressed. Use it for robotic applications, occupancy sensors (in a seat for example), or intrusion alarms (when stepped on). Also great for artistic purposes: put it in a shoe, or attach it to a garment (glove tip or elbow patch for example) to control lights or sounds when you move. Kit includes 2x3 inch fabric switch, LED bulb, conductive thread, instructions, one CR 2032 3V coin battery with battery holder. Just add your own sewing needle, to make the simple educational project shown.
Knitted pressure sensitive fabric made of three layers. Two layers of stainless steel are separated by one layer of acrylic fabric. When pressed, the two external layers touch, allowing current flow. This basic sensitive fabric has a functioning equivalent to a push button switch. When you press it you close an electrical circuit. This fabric is compatible with the Arduino platform, and it can be connected to an Arduino controller without any additional hardware.
As simple as playing with your zipper. This soft 39 inch fabric potentiometer is perfect for controlling the brightness of an LED or the changing the tone of a buzzer to make cool sound effects. Can also be used as a position sensor. Resistance of this component is changed by sliding the position of the ring.
Compatible with Arduino inputs. Very easy to connect. Kit includes 1 meter of knitted conductive tape, instructions for a simple circuit using a Lilypad Arduino (not included), and a metal ring.
"Fits Like Skin, Blocks Radiation"
Skin-Blok is a super thin shielding film that is semi-transparent. Incorporates a high performance shielding mesh material providing 40+ dB of attenuation with the simplicity of a peel and stick film. Very conductive on adhesive side. Just trim to size for a custom fit, peel off the backing and stick it in place. Woven 132/inch mesh polyester fibers coated with blackened copper for excellent corrosion resistance. Very easy to handle. Great for windows or any application where you want to see through the shield.
Cover your alarm clock, windows, microwave oven door, or other wireless devices. 11 inch wide. Sold by the linear foot. Specify length. (Note: Moire patterns may occur with some applications due to mesh size)
"Get Samples of All Our Fabrics"
Can't decide which fabric is right for your application? Want to see and feel the fabrics before you decide? In this booklet you get swatches of each fabric, along with specifications and application suggestions. Swatches are approximately 2 inches. Ni/Cu/Co tape, Threads, Hook & Loop, and Copper Wire Mesh not included in standard sampler, so if you need these, be sure to specify. If you need larger pieces for your testing, you can order as little as 1 linear foot of any material (see above).
Booklet includes a coupon worth $25 towards any fabric from our line. Good for 1 year.
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