April 2, 2009

where to find parts

Rather than re-writing another list of suppliers, I recommend that you check out:

Limor Fried @ Ada Fruit Industries and ladyada . She has a guide to finding parts that she calls
How to get stuff to make more stuff

... be sure to check out:

surplus stores

For local msp resources:

is a self-described surplus haven. Great if you need something "now" or if you generate ideas by browsing in a setting that encourages you to combine the visual with the tactile experience of exploring things that you can then hack, re-define, or otherwise transform.

If you have some lead time, surplus places like Electronic Goldmine generally offer the same electronics things only cheaper.

A coveted national resource that is local for us is Digi-Key. Generally parts arrive next day without needing to pay for next day shipping costs. They sell small quantities, are very dependable and have an encyclopedic collection of electronic components.