Soft-Feeling Conductive Textiles

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Soft-Feeling Conductive Textiles
Price Part Number Description
$20.00 One sq ft of soft-feeling polymer coated 170 gram/sq meter conductive nonwoven fabric in the color black.

Product Details

The two pieces of fabric pictured in the sample look and feel just like regular fabric, but they have a special coating that conducts electricity. This coating can be applied to any fabric, and has virtually no effect on the fabric’s strength, feel, flexibility, and (for certain formulations) color. You could never tell this fabric had any special coating just by feeling it.

These conductive textiles are currently used to make pressure sensors, antennas, flexible heaters, and static control clothing. Use this coating on sweaters or automobile upholstery to eliminate static in winter.

This coating contains no metal and no carbon – it is a polymer that is inherently conductive. How conductive the coating is can be tuned within a huge range, anywhere from 10 ohms to 100,000,000 ohms per inch. Typically, the more conductive coatings give the fabric a slight colored tint, but a transparent coating is available for low conductivities. Also, this coating can be applied uniformly across a surface, in patterns, or in tapered resistance. This coating is non-toxic and non-irritating so it is easy to use in clothing.

Imagine engineering wall coverings with this fabric—you could simply insert push-pin light bulbs. It is also possible to use this fabric to generate heat by using a high resistance; incorporate this into an ultra-thin ski jacket to keep people warm.

Almost any type of fabric can be coated in any pattern, and with any level of conductivity.

Technical Data

Filament blend

PES/PA 6 (70/30)

Web bonding


Mass per unit area

170 g/m²


0.65 mm ±10%

Tensile strength measured

> 450 N

Elongation at break


Tear resistance measured

12 N

Surface resistivity

20 ohm/sq +/- 10 %

Files & Attachments




Conductive Textile Datasheet.pdf


How does this coating affect color?

If customers care about color, we use a formulation that is transparent. For an application like static-control seats for cars, you don’t need a lot of conductivity, so color will be unaffected. If you need great conductivity, say 10 to 50 ohms, and don’t care about color, we will use something dark. We can make fairly conductive samples that are not black, but in order to achieve higher conductivity, we need to apply a thicker conductive layer. A thicker layer will lead to more color. Static-control applications use about 10 million ohms. If you wanted 1,000 ohms, they layer would be darker blue.

How do you tune the conductivity?

We increase conductivity by applying a thicker layer of the coating.

How thick is the coating?

It could range from a few microns to about 10 nanometers.

Can you treat only fabrics--what about solid materials?

We can treat solid materials, but there are other options if that is what you need. Fabrics are difficult. Fabrics are flexible, they can combust if you get them too hot. Also, fabrics have a much higher surface area than films. If you coat 12 square inches of film, you do not deposit that much conductive material; but with fabrics, each of the individual fibers is coated — there are a lot of pores.