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Conductak is an electrically conductive sticky tack. Use it to prototype circuits and mount components practically anywhere.
84 backers pledged $2,469 to help bring this project to life.

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Why Conductak?

While presenting electronics and robotics workshops as part of the quickening L.A. maker movement, I was frustrated by the lack of platforms for prototyping and creating circuits in a workshop or classroom setting.

It can be hard to solder in a library.
It can be hard to solder in a library.

Logisitcs often disallow soldering, and breadboards are confusing and expensive for large groups of people. And while the face of circuit building is changing with innovations like Circuit Scribe and Circuit Stickers, there still isn't a method to connect electronic components easily, quickly, and securely.

Early notes on scrap paper.
Early notes on scrap paper.

After an exhaustive search of conductive epoxies and adhesives I decided that what I needed didn't really exist yet. So I started messing around with mineral oil and graphite lubricant and Conductak was born!

Why Kickstarter?

I have a proof of concept, but my composition is far from complete. Up until now I've made do with improvised tools and equipment and have only used samples from chemical suppliers. That can only get me so far though, and my freebies are running thin.

Yes, that is a dollar store teaspoon set.
Yes, that is a dollar store teaspoon set.

I also see a Kickstarter project as an opportunity to get feedback on Conductak, like what cool things you could make with it!

So for this campaign, 5% of the funds go to Kickstarter, an additional 5% or so go to Amazon. Of the remainder, about half covers things like a scientific scale, new multimeter, and chemicals which often have a large minimum order. The other half would go into soft costs such as shipping and packaging, trademark, registering an LLC, and other legal fees to get the ball rolling on a final product in the future.

Several different batches.
Several different batches.

You become a part of the R&D process by pledging certain amounts. Once they're tested, various experimental compositions will be shipped out as rewards with components akin to a kit. Conductak needs proper funding and feedback to improve. You can help fill a gap in the new circuit revolution by contributing. Thanks for reading!

Conductak, Circuit Stickers, and Circuit Scribe. Thank You!
Conductak, Circuit Stickers, and Circuit Scribe. Thank You!
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Risks and challenges

Let's break them down:

LOGISTICS

First and foremost, this is my first Kickstarter project. However, I've had extensive experience in organizing and presenting electronics/robotics workshops to hundreds of Angelenos in the past year. I'm anticipating that a project of this scope should be about as logistically challenging as designing curriculum and hardware and presenting to large groups of people. I've also made sure the campaign is reasonably small, with the number of rewards backers limited to about 100. If the campaign is successful, I am confident that I can ship rewards to up to 100 unique addresses on time.

ENGINEERING

The compositions I've created so far have been promising, but they aren't yet commercially viable, at least by my own standards. I have experience working in a nanofabrication lab, specifically fabricating Titanium Oxide nanotubes and memristors, so skillset is not an issue. The project funds will allow me to purchase enough raw materials to continue work on Conductak, but there is no guarantee that I will be able to produce the 'perfect' composition. I'm excited for the opportunity to give it a shot!

CONCEPT

I think Conductak is a pretty neat idea, and I've seen a need for it in the world of Making and education. However, I haven't had a chance to get a lot of feedback yet. This Kickstarter will be the first market survey of makers, artists, and engineers to determine demand for Conductak. Tell me what you'd make with it!

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    THE SCIENCE FAN: Thank you! Your contribution is the flutter of a butterfly wing, echoing throughout spacetime despite its small appearance.

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    THE CUTE NERD: A science haiku / I will write one just for you / Then you'll be happy

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    THE ARMCHAIR SCHOLAR: Your mind is a hand grasping at the dark edges of the universe. Allow me to light a candle! You will receive a write-up from me introducing the science of conductive adhesives.

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    THE AUTODIDACT: A write-up introducing the science of conductive adhesives, a personalized science themed haiku, and a batch of experimental Conductak will be named after you and labeled as such when shipped out to other backers. (e.g. "Batch 081403-ALLEN")

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    THE CONTROL GROUP: You will receive about eight jellybeans worth of an experimental batch of Conductak with a contact resistance <10kohm. Should work with high resistance interfaces such as the Makey Makey or Touch Board. Experimental batches are just that, so no guarantees on usability.

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    THE TREATMENT GROUP: Want to stick an LED to a statue? You will receive a kit containing two coin cell batteries, an LED, and about four jelly beans worth of an experimental batch of Conductak with a contact resistance <1kohm. Experimental batches are just that, so no guarantees on usability.

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    THE DOUBLE-BLIND: You will receive about 6 jellybeans worth of an experimental batch of Conductak with a contact resistance <1kohm, along with a cheat sheet of how to assemble some beginner circuits, such as a simple touch sensor or dark detecting light. Experimental batches are just that, so no guarantees on usability.

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    THE EXPERIMENTER: Make a simple circuit with a switch! You will receive a kit containing an LED, a coin cell battery, a switch, a few inches of copper foil tape, and about four jelly beans worth of an experimental batch of Conductak with a contact resistance <300 ohms. Experimental batches are just that, so no guarantees on usability.

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    THE PROFESSOR: Want to make a circuit that lights up in the dark? You will receive a kit containing two coin cell batteries, a photocell, a resistor, a transistor, several inches of copper foil tape, and eight jelly beans worth of an experimental batch of Conductak with a contact resistance <100 ohms. Experimental batches are just that, so no guarantees on usability.

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    TENURE: I will present an intro to electronics workshop for an organization of your choice (makerspace, library, etc) in the Los Angeles area. Space must be provided. The workshop will utilize Conductak and enough materials will be provided for up to 20 participants. Details of workshop and content are negotiable.

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Funding period

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