I am looking to connect sewn conductive 4 ply threads to wires (in a close proximity layout along an elastic) for an assistive device I am designing, and cannot find any hardware out there that specifically suits this purpose.
It seems to be the big stumbling block in using conductive thread technology: soft to hard connection.
Permanent, durable and clean interfacing that is scalable for manufacturing? As well, there is risk of shorting/crisscrossing with exposed thread/jingling metal bits within a confined space. (There is also a blog on this: www.openmaterials.org
I know there are some types of thread that can be soldered (www.kobakant.at
), but not the silver plated thread I am using for any long-term, consumer application.
Any suggestions? I have found lots of info on tying on thread to eyelets, crimps and related jewelry hardware. But is there some other way that is more "market ready", manufacturing friendly and foolproof?