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Where to buy materials & parts

Electronics, componants

Bigger Shops - large and often complex catalogues
Supplier Material Website Note
RS electronics, componants, tools Fast delivery, huge selection. Free delivery. Collection also possible from Bow
Rapid online electronics, componants, tools Fast delivery, huge selection, student pricing + free delivery over £30
Mouser electronics, consumer stuff Fast delivery, some items overpriced, Free delivery over £33
Farnell electronics, componants, tools Free delivery over £20 (ex VAT)
CPC electronics, componants, tools Free delivery over £8 + VAT
Smaller Shops - stock products locally, so not shipping from the EU/US
Supplier Material Website Note
Proto-Pic electronics, componants Offers 10% student discount
Cool components electronics, componants
Pimoroni electronics, robotics, kits
Robotshop electronics, robotics
Active Robots electronics, robotics
Hobbytronics electronics, componants
Hobbyking radio controlled electronics RC control, BLDC motors, battery packs etc
SKPang electronics, componants
#DigitalMeans electronics, componants
Oomlout electronics, componants
Spiratronics electronics, componants
Bright Components electronics, componants
Kitronik electronics, robotics, kits
US/EU based
Supplier Material Website Note
Arduino kits
Adafruit electronics, componants, kits
Sparkfun electronics, kits
Seeed studio pcb and electronics components
Digikey (USA) electronics, componants, kits
China based
Supplier Material Website Note
Seedstudio (China) electronics, componants, kits
DF Robot (China) electronics, componants, robotics
DealExtreme (China) electronics, componants
Ali Express (China) electronics, componants

Machine Elements

Supplier Material Website Note
Motionco Machine elements Great source of gears, pulleys, belts, chains, bearings etc
Model Fixings Machine elements Poorly made website, but a great range of mechanical fixings and bearings
HPC Gears Gears Gears and power transmission
RS Machine elements
Spring Masters Springs
On Drives Gear boxes Med - Heavy duty gearboxes
Cross Morse Transmissions
SDP-SI Transmissions Massive range, USA delivery only, but great for finding 3D CAD models of parts
Simply Bearings Bearings Specialise in bearings, wide variety: miniature, loose, bushings, etc.
Igus Plastic Bearings All things sliding, rolling and polymer. Expensive
Bearing Boys Bearings
S3i Wire ropes Wire rope and attachments

Model shops

Shop Material Website Address Phone Number Note
4D Model Shop General Model Making and laser cutting services 4D modelshop Ltd, The Arches, 120 Leman Street, London, E1 8EU 020 7264 1288 Best shop for model parts in London. Can be expensive
London Graphic Center General Model Making
Charles Cantrill Cork
Atlantis Art Supplies ‘Europes Largest Fine Art Supplies Retaile Britannia House, 68-80 Hanbury Street,London E1 5JL
EMA Model Supplies modeling shop
Blueprintmodelshop model shop and laser cutter really cheap but not good quality (20% off on material for students)
Cassart modelshop 10% for students. Lots of shops in London
Canonbury art supplies art shop

Raw materials


Vendor Material Website Address Phone Number Note
Dore Metals Aluminium Aluminium and non-ferrous metals.
Aalco Metal
Park Side Style Steel Rod, tube, bar, sheet, plate, steel
Smiths Metal Metal College has account
Fays Metals Unit 3, 37 Colville Road, South Acton, London, W3 8BL 020 8993 8883 A traditional metal warehouse situated a 10min walk from South Acton tube or on the 440 Bus route, Fays stock all different types of Steel, Aluminium, Brass etc in various forms of extrusion, sheet and billet. They're reasonably priced and if you talk to them nicely they'll let you look around for what you need. They also have a large shelf of various offcuts you can obtain for reduced prices.
Aluminium warehouse Aluminium Metal cut to order


Vendor Material Website Address Phone Number Note
Moss&Co. Wood 020 8748 8251
Capital Crispin Wood Veneer Amazing stock of veneer, and cheap


Vendor Material Website Address Phone Number Note
Hamar Acrylics arcylic, laser cut services Sell cheap offcuts in shop
Amari Plastics large acrylic sheets 2 Cumberland Ave., Park Royal, London NW10 7RL 020 8961 1961
Hobart acrylic and plastic


Vendor Material Website Address Phone Number
John Purcell Paper card and paper 15 Rumsey Rd., London SW9 0TR Tel: 020 7737 5199
PSG Group Various Sheet Material incl. Nomex (Fire Retardent Paper) Polymex House, 49-53 Glengall Road, London, SE15 6NF


Vendor Material Website Address Phone Number
Pentonville rubber Foam (upholstery) 104-106 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB 0207 837 7553
Foam supplier foam cut to size and other type of foam 26-27 Shepherds Bush Market London W12 8DF 07429 212 415 or 07411 653 301


Vendor Material Website Address Phone Number Note
Margaret Mills 48 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4QT Small hardware store on Gloucester Road who carry a suprising amount of stock in the locality of Imperial. They carry the usual household items as well as tools, basic wood stock and PVC tube. They are however the most expensive for these items, so best used if convenience is a premium.
Leyland SDM Wood Leyland are a large chain of hardware stores all over London


Vendor Material Website Address Phone Number
Tiranti resins, molding, sculpting 27 Warren Street, London W1T 5NB 020 7380 0808
Notcutt resins
Mold life resins and silicone
John Burn Resins


Vendor Material Website Address Phone Number Note
Arthur Beales ropes, chandlery 194 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JP
Inoxia Wire Mesh
Metamark vinyl
Clerkenwell screws Screws 020 7405 1215 Really good screws wide range


Vendor Material Website Address Phone Number Note
Alma Leather leather offcuts/ leather supplier (apparel & upholstery) 12-14 Greatorex St, London E1 5NF 020 7377 0762
Gold hawk road (many shops) fabric, pvc sheets Gold Hawk Road Price can be negotiated if you are canny, and its cheaper than Berwick street
Berwick Street (many shops) Fabric, sewing supplies 16 Berwick Street, W1F 0HP 020 7437 2180/0520 Nice fabrics, buttons, thread, sewing materials. This is just one store but there are some nicer places on the same street.
MacCulloch + Walis haberdashery (high quality) 25-26 Poland Street, London, W1F 8QN
Bag of Love Digital print
Fabrika pattern cutting and toiling
London pattern bureau Design/product development, CAD sketches, Pattern cutting, Toiling, Fittings, Sampling, Design & manufacturing consultancy, Womenswear, Menswear, Outerwear, Tailoring, Separates, Sportswear, Childrenswear, Wovens & knits
The sampling studio ​​Pattern Cutting, Toiles, Sampling, Grading, CMT, Production, Design
William Gee Haberdashery 520-522 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AH

Glass & Ceramics

Vendor Material Website Address
Dixon Glass Borosilicate Glassware
London Glasswork Ltd 545 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4SR
Ceramic studio co-op Ceramic work 14, 17, Block C, Juno Way, New Cross, London, SE14 5RW
Stephen Ramsey glass blower Imperial College


Vendor Material Website Address Phone Number Note
Stockwell Motor Accessories cellulose paint 226-236 Clapham Road London SW9 0PZ 0207 582 3666
Colorite paint 169 Boston Road, London, W7 3QJ 0208 579 3381
Armourtex Ltd. -powder coating 16 Rowe La, London, E9 6EL 020 8986 2028
Purpose Powder Coating powder coating Old Kent Road Pick up and drop off in person. Can drop your parts into existing production runs if small, and you're OK with standard colour (white or yellow) and charge the minimum cost. Say you're a student.