Current as of May, 2004. Best to double-check all addresses and phone numbers before use.
The Convenience Stores of the Metal Industry
rod and bar, aluminum, brass, steel, copper
12060 Vulcan Way, Richmond,
604 244 7626
Adhesives, Safety Supplies
120-5726 Minouru Blvd
Very Very good supplier of plastic+ acrylic + some foams. They
have sheets of different thicknesses + rods of different diameters.
They also have a variety of glues and bonding materials. In
addition, they have materials to build molds for rubber + silicone
3637 West 16th
Power tools, safety equipment.
1180 S.E. Marine Drive
Power tools, foredoom accessories (dremel), some prototyping
materials, woodworking tools, blades, saws, hardware.
Foam for Shaping and Machining
Allfoam (Richmond, BC)
Surrey PlasticWorks Ltd. (Surrey, BC)
Foam for Shaping
Now, the details. The company I acquired the foam from (IDEO)
orders a special density (7lb), not listed. This apparently
has better properties for machining, hand working and painting
than those listed.
General Plastics knows it as 7107.
I called them and a sheet of 6 x 48 x 48 inches would cost you
$273.28 They have a minimum order of $250. Shipping that would
cost approx $65
IDEO orders it in 48 x 24 inch sheets - easier to handle. As
you can see from the webpage you can get it in any thickness
up to 12 inches. I suggest 6 inches because you can easily cut
it down to thinner from there. Maybe get a 2 inch sheet too,
as larger pieces can bow when machined thinner.
The guy I spoke to was called Larry - very helpful.
Phone (604) 710-5646
Stocks locally, and takes a genuine interest in helping students
as well as
New England Wire Technologies
130 North Main Street
Lisbon, New Hampshire
p. +1 (603) 838-6625
f. +1 (603) 838-6160
Wide assortment of specialty cables (e.g., flexible, shielded cables)
2060 Rosser Ave
Burnaby, BC, Canada
AC/DC adapters, A/V cables & connectors, Cooling fans, EPROM
& flash programmers, Experimenter kits & modules, Networking
accessories, Test equipment, Tools & Tool kits
(online downloadable pdf catalog)
Electronic components, Circuits and building materials and supplies
Buzzers, motors, electronic devices.
Surplus cheap parts
Computer I/O boards + accessories
4554 Main St.
Motors, circuits, KNOBS, circuit elements, fans, building and
3695 E. 1st Ave
Electronics supplies, circuits, prototype boxes.
982 Granville Vancouver
Lee's Electronic Components Ltd
4522 Main St.
electronics supplies, buzzers.
2865 W Broadway
Nothing really...but close by.
Mechatronics + building materials:
(aka hobby shops)
8441 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby, BC V5A1X3
one of the best supplies for both building materials + radio
control bits (rc/ servos)
5451 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X2C7
(604) 273-8916 (fax)
(877) 273-4427 (toll-free)
2845 Grandview Hwy, Vancouver, BC V5M2E1
Team 1 Hobbies
42 Begbie St, New Westminster, BC V3M3L9
3779 Sexsmith Road 2132, Richmond, BC V6X3Z9
Hours: 14:30-18:30 M-Sa
good supply of linkages, rods, and other mechanical bits + vibration
isolation FOAM (as seen on Mario's experiment)
Jet Hobbies Ltd
1175-8888 Odlin Cres, Richmond, BC V6X3Z8
Magic Box Hobbies
2105 W 37th, Vancouver, BC V6M3W4
Hours: 10:00-18:00 M-R,Sa; 10:00-20:00 F; 11:00-17:00 Su
(a lot of train and modelling stuff!)
Electro-Active Polymers Website
Listing of vendors of artifical muscles. For example, I would
could be used to form fabrics.