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Vendors

This page contains a listing of suppliers and other resources that may be helpful to teams as they work on their projects. If you want to recommend a company that is not on this list or report a link that is broken or incorrect, let us know by sending an email.

Teams should avoid purchasing items from eBay and from suppliers outside of the United States. These vendors are not preferred due to long lead times, excessive shipping costs, frequently defective items, etc. If purchasing from such suppliers is necessary, you must have your faculty advisor’s approval.

This list contains only recommendations and is not intended as an endorsement of any particular company’s products or services.

General Industrial Suppliers

The following companies have large catalogs with an extensive selection of components, fasteners, raw materials, tools, equipment, etc. Companies marked with a (*) have local retail stores which stock some of their catalog items. Most teams find that McMaster-Carr is the best source for project parts.

General Electronics & Electrical Equipment Suppliers

The following companies have large catalogs with an extensive selection of electronic components and related items.

Retail Stores

The following are local retail stores that stock materials and supplies useful for projects.

  • Elliot’s Hardware
      Wide selection of electrical, plumbing, and general hardware items plus tools. Their inventory of screws, nuts, bolts, etc. as well as small specialty components such as clips, springs, etc. is much larger than Home Depot or Lowe’s. Closest location to campus is 2049 Coit Rd., Plano.
  • Home Depot
      Closest location to campus is 2220 N. Coit Rd., Richardson
  • Lowe’s
      Closest locations to campus are 501 South Plano Road, Richardson and 19210 Preston Road, Dallas.
  • Frys
      Computers and electronics, with a good selection of basic components, cables, devices, etc. Closest location to campus is 700 E. Plano Pkwy., Plano.

Mechanical Components

  • 80/20 Inc.
      Aluminum framing system. Not compatible with Unistrut components. Sold locally by Shepherd Controls.
  • Unist
      Framing system available in multiple materials. Not compatible with 80/20 components.
  • Tnutz
      Alternative supplier for 80/20 compatible components.
  • Berg
      Precision mechanical parts such as gears, cams, sprockets, pulleys, belts, roller chains, bearings, lead screws, etc.
  • Timken
      Bearings, seals, power transmission products, motion control systems, etc.
  • Bimba
      Pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric actuators, air preparation, and motion control products
  • Parker
      Components and systems for control of motion and fluid flow such as pneumatic actuators, fittings, valves, pumps, seals, etc.
  • Swagelok
      Tubing and tube fittings utilizing a specialized compression connection. Also supplies hose and pipe components and fittings. Sold locally by Texas Valve and Fitting.
  • Ryan Herco Flow Solutions
      Tubing, pipe, hose, valves, pumps, and other fluid handling components. Good selection of plastic components.
  • ASCO
      Electrically operated (solenoid) valves.
  • Versa Valves
      Actuated valves for pneumatics and hydraulics.

Electrical Components, Instrumentation, and Sensors

  • Express PCB
      PCB manufacturing services. Free design software available.
  • OSH Park
      PCB manufacturing services.
  • Suntronic
  • RobotShop
      Personal and professional robot technology
  • National Instruments
      Data acquisition and automation hardware and software
  • Omega
      Instrumentation for measurement of temperature, humidity, pressure, strain, force, flow, level, pH, and conductivity. They also have data acquisition and electric heating products. Website includes extensive reference material and technical tutorials.
  • PCB Piezotronics
      Accelerometers, load cells, torque sensors, microphones, pressure transmitters, etc.
  • Watlow

Raw Material Suppliers

  • Metal Supermarkets
      Local supplier of small quantity metals. Products available on a walk-in basis. They provide good advice and recommendations and are happy to assist teams. Contact: Christine Broadfoot; (972) 422-5167.
  • Professional Plastics
      Various types and shapes of plastic
  • ePlastics
      Various types and shapes of plastic
  • Trident
      Common and hard to find metals

Machine/Fabrication Shops

  • Heavy Metal
      General machine shop. Address: 405 S. Kirby St, Garland. Contact: Ross Mills (972) 494-5956
  • Texas Tool & Die
      Machining, welding, and metal fabrication
  • MIINC
      Piping, welding, and general mechanical fabrication
  • Texas Pro Fab
      Sheet metal fabricator
  • eMachineShop
      Fabrication shop with online pricing on ordering. Includes traditional metalworking capabilities as well as various other manufacturing process such as waterjet cutting, wire EDM, and plastic injection molding. Website has a section with extensive manufacturing reference material.

3D Printing

The following companies provide 3D printing services using a variety of different materials and technologies.

Engineering Resources

  • Fasteners
      PDF document. Comprehensive reference covering threads, various types of threaded fasteners, and proper identification of these items on engineering drawings.
  • O-Rings
      PDF document. Reference on selection, design, and engineering of o-ring seals for static and dynamic sealing applications.