Cutting Conductive Fabric Speakers on Brother ScanNCut

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While at PIF Camp in Trenta Slovenia we tested the Brother ScanNCut with Statex conductive fabric to make eTextile speakers.
 
Denis began the project by drawing samples of the coils on his computer.
Next we fused an iron on adhesive, Pellon Heat Bond, to one side of the conductive fabric.
 
Drawings of Speaker Coils and Pellon Heat Bond Iron On Adhesive to use with the Brother ScanNCut
 
Scanning the coil samples into the ScanNCut and saving the data for future plotting.
 
Denis testing the Brother Scan and Setting to Cut a Speaker Coil from Statex Conductive Fabric
 
The first cut was too deep cutting thru the underlying mat.
 
Statex Conductive Fabric cut with Brother ScanNCut to Creat Fabric Speaker
 
We changed the pressure and speed settings but the fabric lifted off the surface of the adhesive cutting mat and twisted around the blade.
 
Statex Conductive Fabric cut with Brother ScanNCut for Spiral
 
Again the pressure and speed were adjusted in the settings menu but the fabric still twisted around the blade.
 
Statex Conductive Fabric cut with Brother ScanNCut Settings for Pressure and Draw Speed
 
Even though the fabric was twisted and did not have a clean edges resulting in thread frays and loose ends the spirals could still be used to prototype a speaker coil.
 
Statex Conductive Fabric cut with Brother ScanNCut Remove from Cutting Pad
 
A variety of samples using Statex conductive fabrics with the Brother ScanNCut.
 
Statex Conductive Fabric cut with Brother ScanNCut to Create eTextile Fabric Speakers
 
Statex Conductive Fabric cut with Brother ScanNCut Adheared to Aida Cloth
 
Statex Conductive Fabric cut with Brother ScanNCut Spiral Prototype for Audio Speaker
 
Statex Conductive Fabric cut with Brother ScanNCut Testing Spiral Cut
 
Use a hot iron adhere the conductive fabric eTextile speaker coil to Aida cloth. This holds the coil in place and allows for further audio testing with an MP3 player.
 
Statex Conductive Fabric cut with Brother ScanNCut: Sprial Iron on to Aida Cloth
 
Testing resistance of the Statex Conductive Fabric Speaker coil.
 
Statex Conductive Fabric cut with Brother ScanNCut Using a Multimeter to Measure Resistance of an eTextile Spiral
 
Denis leaning in to listen to the speakers. The resistance was too high for transmission of an audible clear sound.
 
Statex Conductive Fabric cut with Brother ScanNCut: Denis Listening to Samples
 
Images from the workbench as Denis tests the eTextile speakers with an MP3 player, magnets and standard loud speaker.
 
Statex Conductive Fabric cut with Brother ScanNCut eTextile Audio Speakers Test
 
Statex Conductive Fabric cut with Brother ScanNCut Sampler of Speakers
 
Denis Testing Speaker Coils from Statex Conductive Fabrics with an MP3 Player
 
CONCLUSIONS: More testing needs to with Statex non-woven conductive fabrics while fine tuning the pressure and speed settings on the Brother ScanNCut. Once these parameters are defined then I believe the ScanNCut will be a useful tool to quickly reproduce multiple speaker coils.
 

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