this “z-axis conductive tape” is absolute witchcraft and I want a roll of the stuff adafruit.com/product/1656

it’s double-sided tape which is conductive only from one side to the other, conductivity is not present along the length or width of the tape!

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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!

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@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

@noiob oh no! I guess at least it’s readily available to replace?

@ticky @noiob Err, I think that may be wrong. The original Pebble used elastomeric connectors (aka ZEBRA strips.)

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elasto

@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 *need* a copious quantity of this

this is really really really really cool

@ticky Taping a chip to the pads with a single strip of tape is insane. How durable is it?

@tsturm not sure! I suspect it’s better kept to prototyping rather than mass-production use :P

@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!

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