Introduction: How to Connect Conductive Thread Ribbon Cable With Flexible Flat Cable (FFC) Connectors
Conductive thread ribbon cable from R4R, LLC is the perfect material for wiring wearables because it can be attached just like normal fabric ribbons -flexible, sewable and washable.
You can easily use conductive thread ribbon cable by connecting it with FFC connectors.
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Step 1: Components & Tools
- conductive thread ribbon cable (can buy from Adafruit / SparkFun / Etsy.
- FFC connectors (0.100’’ pitch, 4pins, male or female)
(can buy from Digi-Key. Part number: 609-2178-ND/ 609-4477-ND/ 609-2160-ND)
Step 2: Understanding the Components
Understanding about conductive thread ribbon cable and FFC connector.
Step 3: Preparing Ribbon Cable
Cut the conductive thread ribbon cable into a length you need.
Step 4: Preparing Ribbon Cable
Cut out the four corner ends of the ribbon cable into little rectangle shapes so that it will fit into a FFC connector.
Step 5: Crimping Ribbon Cable With FFC Connector
Place one end of the ribbon cable between metal crimping parts of a FFC connector.
Step 6: Crimping Ribbon Cable With FFC Connector
Crimp the FFC connector with pliers.
Step 7: Crimping Ribbon Cable With FFC Connector
Lock the FFC connector by pressing side edges of the top cover.
Step 8: Crimping Ribbon Cable With FFC Connector
Repeat the same to connect the other end of ribbon cable.
Step 9: Finished & Troubleshooting
Enjoy the conductive thread ribbon cable!
If no current flows through the ribbon cable, check the connectivity of the pins and crimp again.