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Hardware Resources

This page provides basic information on places to get your hands on hardware and tools, including a short comment on notable items a supplier provides. We've grouped the suppliers under major categories of interest, so you may see the same supplier listed under more than one category. The lists are provided in alphabetical order to aid navigation and management. If you are editing this page, please help us manage the content by including additional entries in sequence, local suppliers first, followed by overseas and in alphabetical order.

If you cannot find what you are looking for here, want more information on where to find a specific item, or are interested in recommendations from the group members regarding a specific supplier, please see the discussion page or search for or post your question to the mailing list.

Arduino Boards and Shields

SupplierLocationNotes
TronixlabsMelbourne, VICAustralia's widest range of Arduino boards, shields and products - plus Raspberry Pi, electronics and much much more. We have local stock of a wide range of gear from suppliers such as adafruit, Altronics, DFrobot, Freetronics, Jaycar, Seeedstudio, TinySine and add more every week. Also part sourcing available. $5 delivery anywhere in Australia
Australian RoboticsCanberra, ACTArduino starter kits and a range of boards, shields and associated gear. Both “official” Arduino and compatible custom designs. Australian distributors for various brands including: Emartee, Freetronics, Modern device, SeeedStudio, Sparkfun.
FreetronicsMelbourne, VICCustom design Arduino compatible boards and shields. Notable items: PoE (Power over Ethernet), Wireless shield, Practical Arduino (Book).
Core ElectrtonicsNewcastle, NSWA leading online retailer for Arduino and maker electronics. Powered by a team of full time makers in the heart of Newcastle.
Littlebird ElectronicsSydney, NSWArduino starter kits and a range of boards, shields and associated gear. Both “official” Arduino and compatible custom designs. Australian distributors for various brands including: async_labs, Freetronics, Modern device, SeeedStudio, Sparkfun.
Ocean ControlsSeaford, VICArduino starter kits and a range of boards, shields and associated gear. Both “official” Arduino and compatible custom designs. Australian distributor for various brands including: Freetronics, Sparkfun. Notable items: Relayduino
PakronicsMelbourne, VICStarter kits, modules, shields and sensors for DIYers and Makers. We also provide technical support to make your project faster and better
RobotGearPerth, WAArduino boards, shields and associated gear. Both “official” Arduino and compatible custom designs. Australian distributors for various brands including: Freetronics, Pololu, Solarbotics, Sparkfun, WingShield Industries. Notable Items: Pololu platforms, Screwshield.
Adafruit IndustriesNew York, US“official” Arduino and custom design Arduino compatible boards, shields, kits and PCB's. Notable items: Motor Shield, Protoshield Ethernet shield, Mintyboost kit, MONOCHRON Clock kit
DF RobotShanghai, China“official” Arduino and custom compatbile boards and shields. Notable items: Arduino clones, Romeo-All in one Controller, Power Shield.
Evil Mad ScienceCalifornia, USCustom design Arduino compatible boards, shields and kits. Notable items: Diavolino, Simple Atmega breakout boards, Interactive LED panels
LiquidwareMassachusetts, USCustom design Arduino compatible boards and shields. Notable items: Illuminato:Genesis, Touchscreen shield, Antipasto Arduino IDE
Modern DeviceRhode Island, USCustom design Arduino compatible boards and shields. Notable items: BBB (Bare Bones Board), JeeNode Wireless Arduino, Synthesizer, Wind sensor
SparkfunColorado, USLarge range of Arduino boards, shields and associated gear. Notable Items: Arduino Starter Kits, Arduino Pro, LilyPad Arduino, Ardupilot, Xbee modules
Toys Down UnderMaylands, USArduino starter kits and a range of boards, shields and associated gear. Both “official” Arduino and compatible custom designs. Australian distributor for various brands including: Adafruit, async_labs, Freetronics, Sparkfun. Notable items: LCD Backpack boards,
YourDuinoChinaArduino, robotics and components.

Electronics components

SupplierLocationNotes
AltronicsMelbourne, Sydney, PerthSimilar to Jaycar, wide range of things, they sell a few interesting things Jaycar doesn’t.
DigikeySydney, NSW
DontronicsMelbourne, VicSell a lot of interesting goodies including XBee RF comms modules, FTDI chips and cables, little OLED screens, amongst other things.
Electronic ConnectionsBeaconsfield, VicA Jaycar and Altronics reseller
Element14 (formerly Farnell)World wide. Warehouses in Sydney, Singapore, Malaysia, UK and US.Not always the cheapest option, but they stock a lot of stuff. Shipping is free for orders over $45 AUD.
FuturlecNSW and World wide.Large selection of all kinds of electronic components, from small level stuff (resistors, caps, etc) to full development boards. Shipping is cheap.
JaycarAustralia wideQuite a number of stores and carries a lot of basic components and parts.
Modtronics AustraliaAustralianPIC24 / PIC32 Development boards and HopeRF (RFM69HW) wireless breakout boards.
MouserWorld wide. AU ships out of Thailand.
Oatley ElectronicsOatley NSWOccasionally they stock a few interesting odds and ends, they sell industry surplus stuff mostly, so they have a constantly evolving range of stock.
OretronicsClayton, Victoria
RockbyClayton, VicSurplus components. Random and varied range of stuff.
RS ComponentsAus wideLike e14, not always the cheapest option, but they stock a lot of stuff. Shipping is free however.
CrystalfontzWashington, USHuge range of component LCDs for virtually any application. For virtually any combination of size/colour/characters/interface you can imagine, they will have it.
Jameco ElectronicsCalifornia, US

Note
Component Search, FindChips, Octopart, and All About Circuits Parts Search are all good resources for finding sources of parts. Put in a partial chip number, and they’ll list suppliers and prices.

Motors & Servos

SupplierLocationNotes
AusXmodsWAStepper motors, controllers, gears, belts, etc. Specialises in 'build your own' CNC components. Carries a limited range of Pololu & Gecko motor controllers.
PololuUSADriver modules for motor controllers of all sorts, but particularly stepper motors. The A4988 carrier is used in a lot of 3D printers.
Gecko DriveUSADriver modules for large motors of all sorts, but particularly steppers and DC spindles. Used in many CNC Mill/Lathes and Laser cutters.
Hobby KingAU, EU, US and UK warehousesMotors & servos, plus controllers and electronics suitable for Hobby/RC control projects. Plus lots of RC frames and kits.
Sedonia TechnologiesDandenong, VICLots of robotic parts, including DC motors and servos plus controllers.


Robotics & RC

SupplierLocationNotes
AuroboBrisbane, QLDLots of robotic stuff, specifically cleaning robots. Affiliated with the people behind AR-Drone.
Sedonia TechnologiesDandenong, VICLots of robotic parts, including DC motors and servos plus controllers.
World of RoboticsGeelong, VICDomestic robots, humanoid robots, toys and kits of all types.
Hobby KingAU, EU, US and UK warehousesMotors & servos, plus controllers and electronics suitable for Hobby/RC control projects. Plus lots of RC frames and kits.
Robot PartsWynnum North, QLDRobotic parts and controller electronics.
BotBitzQLDLots of bits for combat robots. Apparently run by one of the QLD Robot Wars guys.
Robot MarketplaceFlorida, USHuge range of robotics parts. Seems focused on combat robots but also lots of generally useful robotic bits.

Mechanical components

SupplierLocationNotes
Maker StoreVIC - 03 8060 9656 - Aust Wide Fast ShippingDistributor for OpenBuilds V-Slot (2020, 2040, 2060, 2080 in 1m and 1.5m lengths), Brackets, Low Profile & Button Head Screws, OpenBuilds Plates, wheels, bearings, 8mm ACME Threaded rod, couplers, Tee Nuts for V-Slot (& T-slot), precision shims, couplers, spacers, timing belts and gears, pulleys.
All Things StainlessNSWThreaded and unthreaded rod, plus other stuff. Deliver aus wide.
ASAP Engineering Supplies204 Mason St, Newport. Telephone: (03) 9391-7800Nuts, bolts and fasteners
Bell Springs373 Settlement Road, Thomastown VIC 3074Makers of custom springs or reproducing springs.
Bolts Nuts Screws OnlineHelensvale, QLD
BunningsAus wideStandard hardware store. Useful if you need generic stuff, but not always cheapest.
Cost Less Bolts (Moorabbin/Cheltenham)3 Ebden St, Moorabbin, VIC 3189Bolts, nuts and related supplies. No web store (unfortunately).
Cost Less Bolts (Ringwood)13 Molan St, Ringwood, VIC 3134Bolts, nuts and related supplies. No web store (unfortunately).
CSW Products25 Power Rd, Bayswater, VIC 3153Springs, Eye bolts, Threaded rod. Will sell in small quantities at the door.
Fastener SalesQLDSome of their threaded rod is VERY cheap, but some is off the scale (eg: 316 grade steel will be cheaper than 304 in some cases, etc). Worth a look though.
Hearns HobbiesCorner of Swanston and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne, VIC 3000LiPo batteries and connectors … and, of course, lots of RC models !
Home HardwareAus wideStandard hardware store. Useful if you need generic stuff, but not always cheapest.
Inter Alloy SteelAus WideSteel in all sorts of forms. $50 minimum, cheaper over the counter in cash.
Keables Pty. Ltd.185 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000Nuts, bolts and fasteners. $25 over the counter minimum (from memory)
Metro Bolts329 Swan Street, Richmond Telephone: (03) 9429-3099Nuts, bolts and fasteners
Micro Fasteners Pty. Ltd31 - 35 Longview Court, Thomastown, VIC 3074Fasteners of all types
Mitre 10Aus wideStandard hardware store. Useful if you need generic stuff, but not always cheapest.
Newlands Fasteners & Engineering Supplies89 Newlands Rd, Coburg North VIC 3058Telephone: (03) 9354-1461Great range of stuff, including less well stocked gauges of rod.
Small PartsUSAThe hardware store for researchers and developers (well worth a look)
Small Parts and BearingsMansfield, QLDNot related to the store above, but lots of things like bearings and the like. Note: Online version of H.E. Supplies Pty Ltd.
Vicstate Industrial Supplies479 Victoria St, Brunswick West, VIC, 3055Not a lot of stuff on the shelf but a huge range of bearings and bolts out the back. They’ll be friendly and helpful if you know what you are looking for and respect their time, otherwise don’t bother.
Whelans Springs22 Corporate Bvd, Bayswater, VIC 3153Springs, spring parts and wire forms. May need to place a largeish order

Fibreglass

If you are just getting started, you are best to get a fibreglass repair kit from an Auto part store. otherwise try the speciality stores. A repair kit will provide you with 0.5 square metres of Fibreglass Matting, 500ml of Resin, 500ml of Acetone for cleanup and 20ml of Catalyst. Also provided is a paintbrush for applying the resin. This will set you back about $50 and contains just about everything you will need.

Auto Stores

SupplierLocationNotes
AutobahnAus wideGood range of fibreglass keys and filling compounds
Supercheap AutoAus wide & NZ

Speciality Stores

SupplierLocationNotes
BarnesRichmond, VicAcross the road from the Richmond train station. They are a retailer of other materials such as Fibreglass, latex and plaster. Also sells various books on different subjects. Good range in stock.

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Network Cabling and Connectors

SupplierLocationNotes
4cablingWaterloo, Sydney, NSWVery large range of data cabling (both copper and fibre) and associated connectors. They also stock various tools and networking products, including racks.)

Tools

SupplierLocationNotes
Belic ToolsBox Hill and Dandenong, VICVery large range of tools and accessories.
BunningsAus wideStandard hardware store. Useful if you need generic stuff, but not always cheapest.
Cost Less Bolts (Moorabbin/Cheltenham)3 Ebden St, Moorabbin, VIC 3189Tools and accessories related to bolts and nuts. No web store (unfortunately)
Cost Less Bolts (Ringwood)13 Molan St, Ringwood, VIC 3134Tools and accessories related to bolts and nuts. No web store (unfortunately).
Dick SmithAus wideSadly, these days carrying less and less tools.
Hare & Forbes Machinery HouseVIC, NSW, QLD, WACNC's, mills, lathes, presses, wood-working, block & tackle, etc. Not always cheap, but a very good reference of what is available.
Home HardwareAus wideStandard hardware store. Useful if you need generic stuff, but not always cheapest.
JaycarAus wideCarry a fair range of electronics tools.
McJing ToolsNSWEngineering and Woodwork tools
Mitre 10Aus wideStandard hardware store. Useful if you need generic stuff, but not always cheapest.
MyToolStoreQLDOnline sales of Dremel, Proxxon, Bosch, Kincrome, and other tools. Also sells CNC's and mini-lathes.
Small Parts and BearingsMansfield, QLDSells a lot of tool accessories including drill bits, burrs, bits, etc. Note: Online version of H.E. Supplies Pty Ltd.
Sydney ToolsNSWLots of tools. $20 flat shipping fee for multiple tools.
Canberra Diamond BladeMitchell, ACTAffordable and high quality diamond cutting blades, trowel machines and construction machinery suppliers.

Note
Many suppliers of electronics and mechanical parts also sell tools, usually related to their field of expertise. It's always worth checking them out, even if only for ideas, as the cost can sometimes be much more expensive.


PCB Manufacturers

SupplierLocationNotes
Breadboard KillerAustraliaAustralian automated PCB manufacturing and design sharing. Upload and visualise designs before ordering.
WellpcbAustraliaWELLPCB is focusing on online prototypes orders, to meet the requirement of Low cost, Fast delivery, Easy order for customers around the world.
ITead StudioChinaVery cheap two layer prototype service.
Seeed StudioChinaCheap two layer prototype service with thickness and surface finish options. Prototype PCB assembly provided.
PCBwingChinaSimilar to PCBcart online proto service. A bit expensive. Expedited options available.
PCB CartChinaLong established Chinese supplier, with wide range of options at decent prices.
PCBZoneAu/NZOz/NZ based panel sharing proto service.
ShenZhen2UChinaCheap two / four layer prototyping service, various options.
OurPCBChinaa multi-national PCB Manufacturing and PCB Assembly company


Other Resources, Tips and Suggestions

Datasheets

ResourceDetails
Datasheet4UFree online database of data sheets for chips/components.
Datasheet ArchiveOnline archive of data sheets.
Datasheet CatalogFree online resource of data sheets for many chips/components. Links to multiple manufacturer spec sheets if available (useful to see differences in manufacturers).
The Giant Internet IC MasturbatorStupid name, very useful resource. Pin-out info on lots of IC's, all rendered as TEXT - no pics or PDF's.
Pinouts.ruHandbook of hardware pin-outs, cables schemes and connectors layouts. Great info for interfacing projects to other hardware.

Free Samples

You can get free samples of a whole range of diodes, transistors, IC’s and other parts from some of the major semiconductor manufacturers. I’ve used OnSemi, Freescale and TI for samples of production pcb parts and prototyping, they are great, you usually get your free delivery within a few days by FedEx or DHL from an overseas automated warehouse.

Most of the available parts are surface mount since that’s the most common nowadays. You can order some free samples online, but not all components, so look for the “Sample” link or similar. Some can be bought alongside the free sample parts, I’ve done that before where a MCU or large part has a price on it and the rest are free. It’s good to follow a “use it and don’t abuse it” method, include your technical related company name and as much proper information as you can.

The other trap of the free sample lure is that they may not arrive as quickly as the parts will through the usual channel. Dave L Jones (aka @eevblog) did a “drive time rant” called the Free Sample Falacy

On Semiconductor - so many parts here you’ll be browsing for a while! eg. See the Sample link on this little 3V6 Zener - https://www.onsemi.com/PowerSolutions/product.do?id=NZ9F3V6T5G Texas Instruments - Regular specials on development kits/boards. Freescale

More places offer free samples. A google search should turn up a number of places. If you find other resource pages for free electronic component samples, please add links back here.

Other Hackerspaces

There are lots of Australian HackerSpaces, and some of them have great lists of links like ours that you should also check-out. While there will most likely be lots of duplication, there's bound to be some great stuff that isn't listed above.

Hackerspace Name/Link
HSBNE

Recommendations

See the discussion page, or search for or post questions to the mailing list for discussions on specific parts and suppliers.


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