Introduction: How to Try and Get Free Components

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sometimes you dont have money, but you want to build something nifty. here is a guide to help you

Step 1: Look at Your Parts List and Find the Part You Want to Try and Get

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Step 2: Find the Part on Digi-key

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other sellers usually have the manufacturer on it

Step 3: Go to Manufacturers Website

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Step 4: Write Them an Email

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it is usually good to make aup a convincing story, such as a school project

Step 5: Wait

sometimes, you might have to have a dialog with the people at the company.

more often than not, you will get the part you want


chibby0ne (author)2007-08-25

I"ve tried several tiems to place a sample order in microchip's site but it says that a need a university email or a company email. i have neither nor i know where to find one. Can somebody tell me where to get one free company/university email?

get an irishnation email account.

phillyj (author)2009-07-24

Microchip charges $7.50 for samples

binnie (author)2007-05-08

maxim are also sukers for this if you work at maxim i 100% love you hehe

DavidRobertson (author)binnie2009-05-22

Yeah maxim is awesome for their samples.

andorphin (author)2006-08-02

Yeah, let's try not to lie OK? If you really are a student who is using parts for a class say so, otherwise don't claim to be such. Some companies are fine with sending samples to hobbyists, but there are many companies out there (such as that won't let students sample their parts anymore because the system got abused. So, for the sake of the student you have either been or may someday be, don't ruin things up for everyone.

why make up a convincing story wen you can say you are going to use the part in a project to be thoroughly documented on just frase it in such a way that they will think they are getting free advertising and include a link to there page on the project. then its good for every one we get more instructables the companies get free advertising and the students that cant afford to buy the parts don't get boned.

Would you then have to follow throught such a claim though?

well why wouldn't you?

i was just thinking if you just wanted the part for your course (student) but you didn't plan to make an instructable, you wouldn't really be able to use that alibi

Well my comment was primarily aimed at people pretending to be students to obtain free samples, if you really are a student just say so.

Arrgh406 (author)2006-08-03

ti has some nice people, i got $100 worth of op-amps for free @gigman: i tried and failed, but am working on getting free parts to try again

CameronSS (author)Arrgh4062007-11-10

So how hard is it to get an IC sample from TI? There is an IC that I want to build little BEAM robot, but a TI sample is the only place I can find it with under 100 minimum order--I need five.

chr (author)CameronSS2007-11-21

I ordered four samples from TI yesterday. Got the fedex tracking number today. I live in Norway, and shipping here by fedex is probably expensive. TI has some nice people, indeed :)

rotflxcore (author)2007-11-19

what would you write in the company field? none?

bmlbytes (author)2006-12-01

You can also go to and click samples and get up to sixteen ICs at a time (four orders of four)

binnie (author)bmlbytes2007-05-08

its now 2 orders a month and depending what u order it could be 2-5 parts of one ic or what ever and 4 different ics

bmlbytes (author)binnie2007-05-08

Now you can just put your sample part right into . They will give you free samples. If you choose to pay the shipping, it will get there faster.

sysadmn (author)2006-12-08

First, when you have the vendor, use Google to go directly to the pages telling you how to get samples. For example, the phrase "request samples evaluation kit" takes you to a list of pages that have links to the "request sample page". Include the part number or family to narrow it down. Some manufacturers have distributors handle the sampling. If so, you'll get links to the distributor's "request free samples page". The distributor usually gets free product or a credit for handing the requests. Second, don't lie. Do you really want to look in the mirror and see someone who'd lie to get a $2 part? If you're a student, beg away, and include a phone number for a teacher or professor who'll vouch for you. An email address that ends in ".edu" can work wonders. If you're not, but would like the part for self-teaching, hobby, or neat hack, fess up. Either way, a paragraph describing your project or idea helps sell the request. Most companies are pretty liberal, especially for "bare" parts. You're not going to score a $350 evaluation kit, but I've gotten $50 ADC chips. You might also build a relationship with a distributor, but again, tell the truth. Lots of times, they have application or support engineers that are hams, hackers, or hobby builders themselves. Request a catalog or manufacturer's application note to get a foot in the door.

You all (except andorphin) are asses. Students (like me) need the stuff, as we have no money. You just jet joy from screwing over hard working people because you are too lazy to work for your stuff. It is people like you that are dumping crap down the eternal drain that is science.

raz (author)2006-08-05

WOW! Great idea im going to do this straight away now, ill get back tp you if i get anything.

gigman (author)2006-08-02

Did you make the CMOY? How was it?

leevonk (author)2006-08-02

microchip gives out free PIC microcontroller samples. They arrive incredibly quickly in the mail too. Not that PICs are all that expensive, but it gives me a warm feeling inside.

TheCheese9921 (author)2006-08-02

very very cool

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