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Conductive-Thread Ribbon Cable and FFC Connectors

You can easily use conductive-thread ribbon cable by connecting it with Flexible Flat Cable (FFC) connectors.

Conductive-Thread Ribbon Cable and FFC Connectors

Conductive-thread ribbon cable is the perfect material for wiring wearables because it can be attached just like normal fabric ribbons; it’s flexible, sewable and washable.

You can easily use conductive-thread ribbon cable by connecting it with FFC connectors.

Steps

Step #1:

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  • Prepare the components and tools.
  • Components
  • conductive thread ribbon cable (can buy from Adafruit / SparkFun)
  • FFC connectors (0.100’’ pitch, 4pins, male or female) (can buy from Digi-Key)
  • Tools
  • pliers

Step #2:

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Understanding the components.

Step #3:

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Cut the conductive thread ribbon cable to the length you need.

Step #4:

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Cut out the corners at the ends of the ribbon cable so that it will fit into an FFC connector.

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Place one end of the ribbon cable between the metal crimping parts of an FFC connector.

Step #6:

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Crimp the FFC connector with pliers.

Step #7:

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Lock the FFC connector by pressing side edges of the top cover.

Step #8:

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Repeat the same to connect the other end of ribbon cable.

Step #9:

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  • Enjoy the conductive thread ribbon cable!
  • If no current flows through the ribbon cable, check the connectivity of the pins and crimp again.

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