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1995

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2003

  • We acquired this object.

  • Work on this object ended.

2005

2017

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Flectron Shielding Fabric, Flectron shielding fabric, ca. 2000

This is a Flectron shielding fabric. It was manufactured by Laird Technologies. It is dated ca. 2000 and we acquired it in 2003. Its medium is copper and polyester and its technique is non-woven. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Flectron, manufactured by Laird Technologies, is a flexible, lightweight, and highly conductive technical textile used in the building industry. Its non-woven copper-coated polyester structure makes it ideal for preventing electromagnetic interference in areas which need to be shielded, such as conference rooms, offices, and MRI rooms. Flectron is meant to be used and installed like wallpaper, although it can be covered by other types of wall finishing material such as sheetrock or wood paneling. It can also be directly painted over. The textile has a highly-engineered function and technical performance, and the overall intention of concealment belies its ultimate aesthetic beauty as a fabric.
Flectron will be included in the upcoming 2005 exhibition, Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance. In preparation for the exhibition it is important to acquire a variety of technical textiles for the collection; they are extremely important as design artifacts and often relate to the historical textiles in our collection with regards to technique.

This object was donated by Laird Technologies. It is credited Gift of Laird Technologies.

Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 139.7 x 198.1 cm (55 in. x 6 ft. 6 in.)

Cite this object as

Flectron Shielding Fabric, Flectron shielding fabric, ca. 2000; Manufactured by Laird Technologies ; USA; copper and polyester; Warp x Weft: 139.7 x 198.1 cm (55 in. x 6 ft. 6 in.); Gift of Laird Technologies; 2003-21-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance.

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