Where to obtain Materials
Photo copyright Michael Menkin 2008
Although leather aviator type hats work the best because they cover the whole head and enable tape to secure the Velostat, almost any type of hat that holds eight sheets of Velostat over your head will work.
You can also sew the Velostat to a cloth hat by using a sewing needle for leather which can be purchased at a fabric shop. Large hats with a band on the inside make good thought screens because all you have to do is cut and insert the Velostat into the inside hat band. You can then sew or tape the Velostat to the hat band.
Contact this website if you need directions for making thought screens from other types of hats.
Amazon.com: search under leather aviator helmet or leather aviator hat.
Ebay: search under leather aviator hat, leather aviator helmet, or leather motorcycle hat.
Try to purchase hats from Amazon or Ebay without zippers, straps, or pockets because they are easier to work with.
The Motorcycle Rider Hat by Napa Glove Co. : NG100MRH or the Trax Hat – Black - by Wolftrax - Second : wt1300s are recommended. Remove the fleece lining from the hats before inserting the velostat sheets. Avoid hats with zippers and buckles which make them uncomfortable to sleep in and more difficult for securing velostat with tape.
Photo copyright Michael Menkin 2008
Michael Menkin holds a 150 foot long, 70 pound roll of Velostat which costs $200. He uses a roll about every nine months. Some suppliers sell Velostat by the yard for a good price. Shop around for the best deal.
Michael Menkin is 6 feet two inches tall and weighs 210 pounds. He is a college graduate, honor student, former military officer, and a technical writer.
Velostat is now sold by DESCO products.
Most suppliers only sell Velostat by the 150 foot roll. Some suppliers may sell Velostat by the linear foot or yard. You must contact individual suppliers to determine if they sell Velostat by the linear foot or yard.
DESCO sells velostat but they still use the 3M part number 1704, 1706, or 1708.
Purchase a minimum of 3 linear yards if you are using 4 mil Velostat. It's a good idea to purchase an additional yard of Velostat just in case you make mistakes. If you use 4 mil Velostat, part number 1704, you must use 12 sheets for an effective thought screen. If you purchase 6 mil Velostat part number 1706, you need two linear yards for 8 sheets. If you purchase 8 mil Velostat, part number 1708, you only need a yard and a half for 6 sheets. Part number 1708 is thicker and harder to work with - and to sleep with.
To purchase Velostat in your area search the internet by entering DESCO Products into a search engine or look in the yellow pages of your local phone book under Electronic Equip & Supls - Whsle & Mfrs (Electronic Equipment and Supplies, Wholesale and Manufacturers). You cannot purchase velostat in a hardware store or an electronics store.
You can get different sizes, lengths and thicknesses. Part 1706, 36" X 150' is recommended.
The 2017 link is: http://staticcontrol.descoindustries.com/Search/velostat-SPACE-1706/
Ebay and Amazon.com are not recommended suppliers of velostat.
Listed below are some suppliers of Velostat
Adafruit Industries sells thin velostat, part
number 1704, for $3.95 for an 11” X 11” sheet which is not large enough to
line a thought screen helmet.
Sells Velostat by the foot
776B Watervliet Shaker Rd.
Latham, NY 12110 USA
Order Toll Free in USA: 1 (888) LESS - EMF = 1-888-537-7363
Outside U.S.A. : +1 (518) 608-6479
Fax: +1 (309) 422 - 4355
NeutronCanada (American Company)
220 Reese Road
State College, PA 16801
U.S.A. Telephone Numbers:
Tech Support and Returns: 1-814-231-3292
California Integrated Solutions, Inc.
556N. Diamond Bar Blvd; Suite#301A
Diamond Bar, California 91765
Call Sales: (909) 860-3005
Fax Orders: (909) 860-5030
Industrial Electronics of Wisconsin
(414) 276-9778 (FAX)
(800) 242-7204 (within Wisconsin)
In Canada contact:
Joli Dist. F. Hendel, Inc.
In the UK contact:
Blois Meadow Business Centre
Haverhill, UK CB9 7BN
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Makersify for purchasing Adafruit sheets of velostat.
Cool Components Ltd, Unit 208, 250 York Road, London,SW113SJ, United Kingdom Phone: 0871 288 7685 Email: sales @ coolcomponents.co.uk
https://www.coolcomponents.co.uk/ Search for Velostat
Note: The two English companies above sell the same Adafruit small pieces of velostat (11" X 11") for a high price. You will need about 16 sheets to make a thought screen helmet.
Letchworth, Hertfordshire, SG6 2TD
Phone 44 (0) 1462 672005
http://www.vermason.co.uk Search for Velostat
The company above sells velostat by the roll.
You may also purchase a similar material made in Canada. However, it is only available in thin sheets equal to SDS 1704 and thick sheets, equal to SDS 1708.
Linqstat Electrically Conductive and Antistatic Plastic Film
Note: Select Linqstate that is <500 ohm-cm.
If you have trouble obtaining materials for the thought screen helmet, email the inventor at contact. All requests for information will be answered.
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