CSC 297 Robot Construction: Suppliers
Some Suppliers of Robotically Useful Materials.
2350 Marketplace Drive and several other locations.
Wood; some steel and aluminum; iron, copper, and PVC pipe and fittings;
nuts, bolts and other fasteners;
telecom wire and connectors, some other wire;
glues, goos, and finishes; power and hand tools;
and basically anything else you might need to build a house.
453 W. Commercial St., East Rochester.
They've got what Lowes doesn't in small hardware.
Huge selection of fasteners, pipe fittings, springs, O-rings;
taps and drills in sizes the big box stores don't carry.
Southtown Plaza, Jefferson Rd, Henrietta.
Tools from China (mostly). Lots of them. Cheap.
Quality varies from pretty good to crap. Caveat emptor.
If it fails, throw it out and get a better brand (at 3 times the price).
It's probably made in China too.
They have tools here you can't find at any other local
retail outlet, including some metalworking machinery.
They have replacement electric motors from fractional to a
couple horsepower. Small gasoline engines.
I once got a 110 lb. anvil here (made in Russia).
And a 2-stage vacuum pump.
Worth browsing through, even planning a visit.
Radio Shack. OUT OF BUSINESS -- BANKRUPT
Marketplace Mall and Jefferson Road Henrietta Plaza locations.
Some wire, lots of audio and video connectors;
low to mid-grade electrical tools;
a limited selection of discrete components
(resistors, caps, LEDs, transistors, a few ICs, switches, relays,
etc.) at relatively high price, but if you just need a couple
and you need them now, it's the place; a small selection of
perf board; some arduino and other project kits,
700 South Goodman.
A bit like the original Radio Shack. Privately run. The owners
sometimes like to chat. Quite a bit of wire; video surveillance
equipment; a very miscellaneous assortment of components,
some quite old, some unusual, some surplus, worth a look
before you go online.
Dan's Crafts and Things.
352 Empire Boulevard.
A 20 minute drive, but a rather well stocked hobby shop.
RC aircraft and other vehicles along with associated motors and servos;
model rockets, trains;
support materials, including a selection of rather high-tech
and unusual materials for building RC airplanes (small Al and
brass stock, ultra-thin plywood, carbon fiber rods,
small-guage metal tubing); stained glass supplies.
Buffalo Rd. South end of Mt Read Blvd.
The place to go for aluminum and steel stock. They'll sell
you practically any amount. You'll often find RIT engineering
students there getting materials for their projects.
Klein Steel Direct (Rochester Steel Outlet).
Moved to 105 McLaughlin Rd ? (1029 Lyell Ave.)
Surplus outlet for Klein Steel. Mostly hot-rolled steel stock, plus
small assortment of aluminum, and stainless cutoffs.
Surplus is by the pound, $20 minimum, drops from about $1/lb
for small amounts to less than half that if you want hundreds of lbs.
Also a selection of prime stock (20-foot lengths).
You might get a better price than SMC if they have what you want.
(This was also the place that I once found surplus 1-1/4 titanium
bar stock for $2.00/lb, though that's never been repeated).
2710 West Henrietta Rd.
Screws, nuts and bolts of all kinds. In quantity.
If they don't have it in stock, they can get it in a couple of days.
Full packages only, but often at a fraction of hardware store price.
For small hardware, this is usually 50-100.
If you need 20 or more of an item, this is the place to get it.
100 Aviation Ave (off Paul Rd.), Gates, 426-1690.
Mainly a commercial supplier, but they have some solid plastics in stock,
including larger stuff. Give them a call before you order something big
from McMaster-Carr. A bit out-of-the-way, and you need to go around to
the back door of the warehouse to pick up materials.
VP Supply Corp.
3445 Winton Place
Source of commercial plumbing supplies. In particular they have
large PVC pressure pipe and fittings, not available at Lowes etc.
Flower City Glass.
188 Mt Hope Ave.
Custom cut window and plate glass in a variety of colors and
thicknesses at reasonable prices. Also clear polycarbonate sheet
(fairly expensive anywhere). They can order custom
tempered stock from a manufacturer in Syracuse (no local
General Electronics and Engineering Supplies
Professional electronic components supplier 1.
Professional electronic components supplier 2.
Everything under the sun. Sometimes overpriced, sometimes reasonable.
You might want to compare. Delivery times are generally excellent.
Professional quality (and often expensive) optical components.
Aluminum, steel, stainless in reasonable-for-small-projects quantities.
Aluminum, steel, stainless, also brass, bronze,
and some other metals in reasonable quantities.
Professional source for machine tools (drills, mills, taps, etc.),
accessories (chucks, collets, indexers, turntables, etc.),
measurement instruments (calipers, micrometers, parallels, gauge blocks etc.),
machines (mills, lathes, bandsaws etc.);
basically everything you need to set up a metal shop.
Source of small screws of all sorts (machine, sheet metal, wood)
and many materials (steel, brass, stainlesss, nylon)
including sizes 4 and smaller that can be difficult
to obtain from other sources.
Bulk quantities only (e.g. 100 pieces), but inexpensive.
A good start for DIY embedded computing.
Official Arduino boards to buy, Arduino software, useful tutorials,
forums, blogs, demos... An all-round cool site.
Hobbyist supplies for electronics, embedded computation, and robotics.
Arduino, Beagle, Rasberry Pi, and numerous other platforms and support;
motors and drivers; sensors, wearables;
misc. electronic components, connectors and wires;
Hobbyist electronics market. Arduino, Raspberry Pi, other project kits;
boards, cables, displays, other components.
Hobby robotics retailer with a focus on BEAM (minimalist, bottom-up)
and solar-powered automata. In other words, small, lightweight, simple,
bots of just the sort we will be constructing in CSC230.
Online store for Radio Shack's "Make" brand.
A good selection of kits, components, and
a series useful beginner guides
(e.g. Getting Started with Arduino|Sensors|Beaglebone|etc.)
and more advanced handbooks.
Pololu Robotics and Electronics.
Another hobbyist robot supplier with focus on low to medium-power
controllers and drivers, mostly their own designs.
Carriers for a variety of H-bridge driver chips from 1A-12A,
and some higher power H-bridge driver boards from 10A-25A.
Series of brushed motor controllers to 25A with Analog, RC, Serial and USB
Carriers for Allegro A4988 and TI DRV8825 stepper drivers.
Also a line of multi-channel RC-servo controllers with serial and
Retailer aimed at RC model vehicle hobbyists.
RC servos, small DC Gearmotors, RC joysticks and controllers,
wheels, gears, bearings, bushings, belts, chains, sprockets,
mounting hardware, etc.
Full-range robot retailer. Security/service/domestic/hobby robots.
Robot kits, small robotic arms, wheeled development platforms.
Parts and components.
Part of the Robot Shop group.
Supplier of large range of robot kits. Also a number of parts.
Supplier of 32 Channel SSC-32 Servo Controller.
Full-service hobby/educational robot dealer.
Humanoid, robot arms, crawlers, kits of all sorts.
Motors, wheels, sensors, communications, etc.
Dynamixel TTL serial servos.
DC motor controller boards (Sabertooth, SyRen, Phidgets, Pololu).
RC servos (Phidgets, ServoCity),
Stepper controllers (SparkFun EasyDriver, Phidgets)
British full-service hobby/educational robot dealer.
DC motor drivers (Sabertooth, SyRen, Phidget, Pololu, Own MD series)
Servo Controllers (Lynxmotion SSC, Phidget, Pololu, Polulu Mini Maestro)
Stepper Controllers (Phidget, Easystep, EasyDriver)
Retail site aimed primarily at battle-bot-type RC hobbyists.
Medium- to fairly high-power motors and drivers;
batteries and chargers; radio control gear; drive and transmission
components; robot kits and toys.
Brushed and some brushless DC motors and gearboxes from a variety of
manufacturers, up to a several horsepower.
Variety of high-power brushed motor drivers, most RC or analog control.
Supplier of power DC brushed motor drivers for hobbyists and battlebotters,
5A-60A, $50-$200. Sabertooth, SyRen, and Kangaroo brands.
Also some other radio control and power electronic components.
Supplier of products for USB sensing and control,
especially motor-driver boards and various sensors (including RFID).
Online hobby RC supplier. Planes, trucks, drones, helis, boats.
Yet another hobby RC specialist.
And still another online RC hobby store.
Online specialist RC airplane supplier. They once had more stuff.
And if you ever need individual lego parts...
Industrial Motion Control
Online vendor of industrial automation equipment.
Well organized web site is worth a look if you are thinking of getting into
Manufacturer of industrial stepper motors and drivers.
Omron. Full service industrial automation company.
Line of servomotors and drivers.
Also control components and full automation control systems.
Distributer of industrial motion control products.
MCA - Motion Control Online Industrial motion control trade association.
Drive manufacturers: ABB Inc, ACS Motion Control, AMK Drives & Controls,
Electromate, Muscle Robotics Inc. Siemens Industry Inc., Technosoft S.A.,
Elmo Motion Control, Galil Motion Control Inc. Yaskawa America Inc.
Motor manufacturers: AMK Drives and Controls Inc.,
Electromate, Muscle Robotics Inc., Yaskawa America Inc., Technosoft S.A.,
Midwest Motion Products, Maxon Precision Motors Inc.,
Parker Electromechanical Automation
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