this means you can do completely silly things like tape a chip to its pads on a circuit board or tape a ribbon cable to a memory card!
I learned about it via the latter, which is a ribbon cable you can use on a PSP Go to use normal-sized memory stick duo storage on it, and at first I thought “z-axis conductive tape” was a mistranslation or something but it turns out it’s just really clever and neat!
@astraluma yeah, it’s definitely not for high amperage applications, but some basic signalling sounds like it works just fine!
@ticky the first Pebble used this stuff to connect the display to the board, which wasn't a good idea as it didn't hold for long enoug, causing screen tearing
@ticky That said, thanks for introducing me to this Super Cool Thing. This seems really fun for making one-off projects for special events or experiments.
@ticky I am already thinking of all the amazing “I don’t feel like soldering this yet” use cases.
This is dark magic.
@toxicity yeah, not the sort of thing to base a project around unless it has a very particular set of requirements!
@ticky Now pull a strip of it off, give it a twist, stick it to itself, and... voila! Flux Capacitor! YAY! We invented time travel! ;)
@Felthry not quite! this works on both axes; the conductivity is not restricted to a particular set of stripes
@Felthry the entire top and entire bottom are conductive, without cross-talk, not in a stripe pattern like these
@ticky hmm. most of the elastomeric connectors we've encountered in our dismantling junk were entirely conductive, or maybe one layer of conductive material between some supporting non-conductive material
@ticky what you describe this 3M stuff is what we had thought elastomeric connectors were, anyway. Maybe we were wrong!
@ticky this is so cool! I'm pleased that my first "silly" guess at how it works turned out to be right ^^
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