Revision as of 15:49, 26 April 2011 by Zipzit (Added link to Project Ideas and Designs)
- Metal Mart USA 
- Located at 13mile & Dequindre. Sells all kinds of metal stock in small quantities. Even open on Saturdays, very hobbyist friendly.
- Factory Steel 
- Close to I75 & the Davison. Open on Sunday.
- Motion Industries 
- Loads of mechanical components, in stock. Several locations around town.
- Armstrong Mill Works 
- Located in Highland, MI. Sells domestic and imported hardwood in board feet. Open Saturday Mornings.
- Frentz & Sons Hardware 
- 1010 North Main Street, Royal Oak (about 10 minutes by car). A real hardware store, with metal stock, bins of everything, and staff who know their stuff.
- ASAP Source 
- Located in Ann Arbor, a source for metal & plastic stock.
- Alba Plastics 
- 30029 John R, Madison Heights. Sheet plastic, bent and formed into all sorts of neat stuff. (Display cases, bulk food bins, etc.) Also sells full sheets if you ask. Surprisingly good website for a local place.
- Laird Plastics 
- 26403 Groesbeck Highway Warren, MI 48089
- (800) 873-8403
- Matzka Pneumatics & Hydraulics 
- A candy store for moving fluids, from vacuum to 10,000psi. 10 mile & Mound.
- The Electronic Connection
- Electronic Components like chips, resistors, transistors, etc. and all the tools to assemble them
- 37387 Ford Rd, Westland, MI 48185-2282 (734) 595-6655
- RS Electronics 
- Retail outlet for electronic components, connectors and tools.
- Hours 8-5 M-F
- 34443 Schoolcraft Livonia, MI 48150
- Digi-Key 
- 95% of the electronic components you need.
- Mouser Electronics 
- Another electronics store.
- Spark Fun Electronics 
- Yet another electronics store.
- Good for male/female adapters and plugs (iphone/ ipod).
- Marlin P. Jones & Assoc, Inc. 
- Electronics and tool shop. Cheap and decent quality computer and electronics.
- Good soldering equipment.
- Jameco Electronics 
- Electronics parts, some robotics parts.
- Good source for hard to find "older" electronics parts, esp small EPROMS.
- All Electronics Corporation 
- Discount and surplus electronics, parts, accessories
- Known for having strange and odd items in stock
- Electronic Goldmine 
- Similar to All Electronics
- Also has cheap grab-bag boxes of parts for stocking the junkbox
- FutureLec 
- Lots of fun parts, alcohol sensors, random bits
- Small Parts, Inc 
- The hardware store for R&D, not just miniature hardware, but also lots of nylon, teflon, etc.
Project Ideas and Designs
- Yahoo Groups junkyard_projects 
- Free online plans for lots of tools and project ideas. Requires registration to the yahoo group.