[dorkbotsea-blabber] Local Electronics Suppliers

Eric McNeill ecmcn at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 29 19:48:48 EST 2004


Don't forget the plastic supply store in Fremont for plexi. Don't remember the
name but its around the corner from the Triangle. And I must say an afternoon
wandering around the aforementioned Pacific Industrial Supply is heartlifting
indeed.

I encourage people to buy from local stores if possible but I thought I'd
mention a few web retailers because sometimes you don't have a local option
(especially with RADAR moved to where?!? like I'm gonna trek out there...).
There are tons of options but these pretty much always have me covered for
electronics:

www.digi-key.com
www.jameco.com
www.mouser.com

And the granddaddy of industrial supply:
www.mcmaster.com

Go to their web sites and order the free catalogs. Pretty much all of the big
electronics sites are still stuck in print catalog hell, so their web sites are
pretty lame for finding what you need. You usually end up paging through PDFs
of the print vesion, so you might as well just get the real thing.

Oh yeah, and Radio Shack's still around. If its Friday night and you've just
gotta have that 555 timer right away...

eric

--- Kevin Hilbiber <kscience at qwest.net> wrote:
> other than Ballard Hardware, Hardwick's in the U district, and Hardware
> Specialties on Harbor Island as part of the second list, no more that I can
> think of.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Steve Safarik" <ssafarik at speakeasy.net>
> To: "A discussion list for dorkbot-sea" <dorkbotsea-blabber at dorkbot.org>
> Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 10:18 AM
> Subject: [dorkbotsea-blabber] Local Electronics Suppliers
> 
> 
> > And I guess as long as we're talking about suppliers... how about a list
> of
> > all the local ones?
> >
> > * House of Science (Ballard; lots of misc surplus, electronics parts,
> > motors, tesla, oddities, way more than I can list, something in every
> > category).
> > * Vetco (Bellevue, in the back of the Fred Meyer bldg; surplus & new,
> > elecronic parts, IC's, cable/connectors, wi-fi, power supplies, test
> equip,
> > telecom, etc).
> > * Radar (Canyon Park)
> > * Frye's (Renton; mostly new computer gear, but also a half dozen aisles
> of
> > tools & equipment, electronics parts, surface mount parts, etc).
> > * Westlake Electronics (on Westlake ave.; mostly cable & connectors &
> other
> > hardware, don't mind the "wholesale only" sign on the door).
> > * Supertronix (Tukwila; misc parts & some test equip).
> > * Boeing Surplus (Kent; surplus misc including tools, electronic gear,
> > office furniture, computers, etc).
> > * RePC (6th & Holgate; surplus computer parts of all eras).
> >
> > For mechanical stuff & metal, I suppose I should also mention...
> > * Pacific Industrial Supply (on 4th S; metal surplus, hydraulics, tools,
> > wheels, chain, etc, but nothing comes in a size smaller than a "large").
> > * Pacific Iron & Bldg Materials (on 4th S; metal surplus, and lots of
> > doors).
> > * Alaskan Copper & Brass (on 6th S; metal, new and surplus).
> > * Metal Shorts (on 6th S; I haven't had good luck here, but from the name
> > you'd think metal surplus).
> >
> > Am I missing any?
> >
> > Steve.
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "k u r t" <kurtisaurus at spacenv.info>
> > To: "A discussion list for dorkbot-sea" <dorkbotsea-blabber at dorkbot.org>
> > Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 2:25 AM
> > Subject: Re: [dorkbotsea-blabber] neophyte technical question
> >
> >
> > > and for what it's worth Radar is still around, but they've moved to the
> > > eastside.  When I went to check it out the retail section was pretty
> > meager,
> > > nothing like the old days.
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > > From: "rob campbell" <rob at phemp.com>
> > > To: "'A discussion list for dorkbot-sea'"
> <dorkbotsea-blabber at dorkbot.org>
> > > Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 1:47 PM
> > > Subject: RE: [dorkbotsea-blabber] neophyte technical question
> > >
> > >
> > > > http://www.goldmine-elec.com/  has all kinds of stuff, good deals on
> > > motors.
> > > > I buy a lot of small dc motors at http://www.bgmicro.com/ as well.
> You
> > > > might want to consider a stepper motor for actually pulling something
> > like
> > > > that, but in that case a simple circuit is required to run it.  If you
> > can
> > > > find a cheap/broken RC car at value village or similar, they often
> have
> > > > great high-torque motors which don't need a special controller, but
> take
> > a
> > > > fair bit of juice (9-12v on the ones I have collected).
> > > >
> > > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > > From: dorkbotsea-blabber-bounces at dorkbot.org
> > > > > [mailto:dorkbotsea-blabber-bounces at dorkbot.org] On Behalf Of scott
> > > > > Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 1:32 PM
> > > > > To: dorkbotsea-blabber at dorkbot.org
> > > > > Subject: [dorkbotsea-blabber] neophyte technical question
> > > > > Importance: Low
> > > > >
> > > > > I have a -really- basic question.. I have long loop of
> > > > > ribbon, kind of like 16mm film, that I need to pull in a
> > > > > continuous fashion (like a film projector). I figure I can
> > > > > get a motor and two rubber wheels and drive it like a fan
> > > > > belt or something. Does anyone know where I can find a small
> > > > > motor to do this? It doesn't need to be that powerful. If I
> > > > > don't have to gear it down that would be great but I'm sure I
> > > > > could make do.
> > > > >
> > > > > I thought Radar electronics might have something like this
> > > > > but they're gone, and I don't have any other ideas of where
> > > > > to get something like this.
> > > > >
> > > > > thanks
> > > > > scott
> > > > >
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