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Wire Glue, Solder Free Fun. Answered

Well, I'm not very good at soldering, for one simple reason, I've not done alot of it since my school days.

This kind of solution is perfect for someone like me, who often only needs a simple led circuit to hook up inside a prop.

It would save me having to get the soldering iron out, and could easily be an advantage when getting circuits into strange shapes.

Carbon is one of our favorite elements. It makes diamonds, it makes all known life possible, and it makes pencils (and who doesn't love pencils?) Also, it seems that carbon fullerenes (buckeyballs, nanotubes, etc) are going to do a lot in our future. Time to bring a little of that microcarbon goodness into your home and make it work for you now. "Wire Glue" Conductive Glue uses microcarbon technology to make a glue that also conducts electricity.

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Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2009-09-22

allelectronics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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kelseymh (author)2009-02-26

I've seen this stuff mentioned elsewhere in I'bles. I'm still curious as to how it's different from standard two-part conductive epoxy. I gather they're using carbon dust (whether ground graphite or fullerenes from soot) rather than powdered metal, but is that the only difference? If you've used this stuff, how does it compare in terms of mechanical strength, conductivity, etc.?

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NachoMahma (author)kelseymh2009-02-27

. All a quick web search turns up is that it uses "microcarbon technology" (called "nanocarbon" a few places) and it's flexible. Sounds like carbon in a binder with a volatile solvent, IE, conductive paint. As such, I'm guessing it's not as strong (or as brittle) as most two-part epoxies. Probably dries (solvent evaporates) instead of cures. . It says "low voltage" on the package, which indicates to me that it does have a "fairly high" resistance and is meant for signal level voltage/current. Didn't find any specs.

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kelseymh (author)NachoMahma2009-02-27

Right. So you found exactly the same Web pages I did :-) Oh, well. It's probably fine for things like LEDs (as pictures), but not for "real" solder-less applications.

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gmoon (author)kelseymh2009-02-27

Yep, it probably works best when the target wires are actually touching, or are fractions of a millimeter apart... I.E., not as a wire "trace."

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chinnerz (author)2009-02-27

i highly recommend this stuff! srsly needs to be in any craftsman kit,

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11010010110 (author)2009-02-26

cool. this glue probably has a bit higher resistance than metals. i just can imagine the smoke that will be if you make a track of it on something and apply voltage to the ends for connections there are few other technologies that i like pressed tubes - its like the terminals where you connect the wire by pressing with a tool but its just the tube part of it. it can be applied by just pliers without need in the tool sheet metal - cut conductive parts from sheet metal and cut an H shape in it. then you push the component in the - of the H and the sharp edges of the 2 flaps hold it stuck in place wire wrapping - it works well and stands vibrations better than soldering. there is tool (like screwdriver) that makes very high quality wire wrap connections

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Lithium Rain (author)2009-02-26

:O This is perfect! I'm hopeless at soldering too. Ohboyohboyohboyohboy!

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gmjhowe (author)Lithium Rain2009-02-26

yey! were hopeless together..

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comodore (author)gmjhowe2009-02-26

Haha... I love soldering, I love the smell of solder and the hotness of the iron.... :D I love soldering but that doesn't mean I am good at it, I am not hopeless but can use up lot of solder and make the circuit a bit ugly... This glue would come in handy! Thanks!

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Kiteman (author)2009-02-26

"via ThinkGeek"

Sounds like a way of getting around the "something from ThinkGeek" rule in the up-coming contest!

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gmjhowe (author)Kiteman2009-02-26

Indeed! i actually happened to post this before noticing that contest also..

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=SMART= (author)2009-02-26