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 Post subject: Resources
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:56 am 
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Location: Downtown/Campus - Madison, WI
Here's my (short) list of local resources you may or may not know about:

Tools/furniture/old electronics/motors/"junk" :-)
UW SWAP
1061 Thousand Oaks Trail, Verona, WI 53593 - they're only open Fridays and 2nd Sat of every month

Cheap Tools
Harbor Freight Tools
4617 Verona Road, Madison, WI 53711-2736

Plastics (sheet/stock), plastic glue, plastic services
Midland Plastics
6360 Copps Avenue, Monona, WI 53716-3761 - Only small plastic supply place in town, if you need pieces of plastic (large or small) or glue/etc they have it all

Anybody else have any well kept Madison secrets?


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 Post subject: Re: Resources
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:33 am 
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Location: Madison Wi
weidenbeck metal
Metal wholesaler.
Cost is usually less than half of hardware stores.
Most of what they sell is 20 foot plus, but they rough cut to fit in your truck for 6 dollars.
http://www.wiedenbeck.com

Restoredane
Hardware- wood- electrical
habitat for humanity's used building materials and donations.
-Kinda the goodwill of hardware.
They have Lots of items for setting up a workspace.
http://www.restoredane.org/maphours.cfm

McMaster Carr- and Newark electronics
Both warehouse in Chicago so ground shipping arrives next day.
Not technically a local resource but useful to know.
www.mcmaster.com www.newark.com

Does anyone know a local supplier for electronics other than radio shack?
I miss having Midwest or Superior electronics.


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 Post subject: Re: Resources
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:02 pm 
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I've read about Restoredane before but haven't made it out there yet, sounds cool :-)

Regarding electronics, I've got a pretty good supply of stuff ordering from Digikey over the years, unfortunately Radio Shack is the best place locally that stocks anything.


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 Post subject: Re: Resources
PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:37 pm 
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Is there any interest in putting together batch orders from suppliers? Occasionally I need $5 in stuff from Digikey, but you get free handling over $25, so I try to get parts for other people in the same order. clearly it would work only with local Sector 67 members, but that shouldn't be a big deal.


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 Post subject: Re: Resources
PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:17 pm 
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Sure, I order pretty often from Digikey. The joy of having a university address is that you get free shipping on every order :-) Shoot me an e-mail or a PM next time your ordering and I'll do the same.


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 Post subject: Re: Resources
PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 2:38 pm 
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Just got back from the ReStore. They also have lots of little nuts/bolts for a buck a pound, drawer slides, hinges, brackets, etc. I just got a very exciting bag of parts for $18. I'll start a project page once I have pictures. Thanks for the tip on local resources.


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 Post subject: Re: Resources
PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:32 pm 

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Chris - what was the link to the place where you get your Arduino boards and other parts from ?


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 Post subject: Re: Resources
PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:38 pm 
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I posted this the other day on my website, it's a good list of my favorite stores:

A Few of My Favorite Stores. . .

The website I usually pick up all my Arduino stuff from is Adafruit, if you need the Pro Mini boards or anything then you have to go to Sparkfun


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 Post subject: Re: Resources
PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 7:36 am 

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Argent Data has a small GPS for $36
https://www.argentdata.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=137[/color]


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