What are Metal Clad Fibers?

Fibers come in many different forms and are used in applications that range from clothing to aerospace wiring. Fibers can be derived naturally, or synthetically to obtain superior electrical/mechanical properties.

Syscom takes the amazing qualities of synthetic, metallic, or natural fibers and manufactures them into extremely conductive materials. Metal Clad Fibers contain these core fibers within conductive metallic coatings. They can have the flexibility and feel of polymer fibers paired with the conductivity of copper wire. Metallic fibers, already inherently conductive, achieve a boost in this conductivity as well as in strength. Syscom currently engineers two synthetic polymers with metal cladding, and also stainless steel fibers with metal cladding.

Metal Clad Fibers, such as AmberStrand® and Liberator®, redefine the concepts of traditional metal wire. These fibers are polymers, with each individual polymer exhibiting unique properties.  Having inherently different qualities, both polymers similarly display textile-like movements and feel. This is what separates their physical characteristics from commonly known conductive material. The core polymer is ‘yarn-like’ while still being supremely strong and durable. The ‘metal clad’ outer-layer gives these incredibly strong yarns their enhanced conductivity. Altogether, they are a highly conductive fiber with traditional feel, flexibility, and unconventional strength.

Metal Clad Fibers such as X-STEEL™ pair the qualities of 316L stainless steel fiber with even greater conductivity and thermal integrity. X-STEEL utilizes stainless steel fibers at its core with outer metallizations such as nickel, copper, or silver. Overall, X-STEEL is a stronger, more conductive version of stainless steel fiber perfect for high-heat applications.