Conductive Fabric - 12"x13" MedTex130

This is a conductive knit fabric for use in e-textiles. It is silver-plated nylon that is stretchy in both directions. It is highly conductive with a surface resistivity of < 1 ohm/sq. This is a great add-on to any LilyPad project. Medtex 130 Ag Nylon stretch. It is a bit thinner than our Medtex 180.

If you aren't sure what to do with conductive fabric, you have to check out the Wearable Toy Piano, as well as some of the other cool Instructables.


  • It's conductive!
  • Easily sew electronic features into your next project
  • Great for use with the LilyPad
  • 12 x 13" (304.8 x 330.2 mm)


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  • Member #848125 / about 8 years ago * / 1

    I found this tutorial interesting.

    How to make a stylus

  • I’ve been making styluses for years with this fabric and my customers are always happy. It’s stretchy and tough. It withstands the grease, abrasion and last a couple years on its function.

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  • ShapeDad / about 14 years ago / 2

    I use the MedTex130 conductive fabric for my Stylus Socks and it works gr8! See:
    It even got featured at the Cult of Mac:

  • Member #17121 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Is this fabric washable ? Can't find anything about it in the datasheet.

  • Member #647029 / about 9 years ago / 1

    If the fabric is stretched, does it changes the value of the resistance?

    • Member #803772 / about 8 years ago / 1

      Yes, I sliced the fabric into 1" strips and the resistance from end to end changes from 25Ω unstretched to 10Ω stretched to 140% it's original length. Stretching it more (to 180% original length) reduces the resistance to about 8Ω. (posting incase others are interested)

  • Mr Electrical / about 11 years ago / 1

    Odd...the data sheet you guys provided gives 5Ohm/sq...did you guys change the part and not update the description?

  • Caliber Mengsk / about 14 years ago / 1

    I know the one guy said that it works with ipad/iphone capacitive screens, but will this work with any capacitive screen? (such as a G1, or Samsung Galaxy)

    • Mr Jeffrey / about 13 years ago / 2

      Yes. This fabric will work with any capacitive screen.

  • Valen / about 14 years ago / 1

    1 ohm per square inch is alot more resistive than 1 ohm per square meter. (or even foot) From the description I cannot tel which unit it applies to. The dimensions are reported in inches, but that cannot imply the same.

    • Mr Electrical / about 11 years ago / 1

      That's not how Ohm/sq works. See Steamcastle's comment above.

  • kpreid / about 14 years ago / 1

    Er, 1 ohm per square what?

    • Steamcastle / about 14 years ago / 1

      what ever you like.
      if you have a piece there is an inch once by an inch, then you will have one ohm resistors from one side to the other if if now since only half inch, you get 2 ohms because ratio is one to two (or is it two to one).
      do you understand now? :)

      • kpreid / about 14 years ago / 2

        Er, yes. My bad.
        For anyone still confused: assuming you connect uniformly to the ends of a rectangular resistor, the resistance is proportional to the length and inversely proportional to the width (just like series and parallel resistors, respectively) ? so the scale doesn't matter; this material is 1 ohm per square anything.

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