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Where is the best to source electronic components, boards, development tools etc? Answered


I am interested in robotics and electronics and need a source of components that will allow me to complete projects with a single order.
thanks in advance

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vishalapr (author)2011-07-23

Okay I started off with these and I like robotics and all those stuff as well...

Arduino Board ( Probably the Arduino Mega )
Jumper wires( To test the circuit )
Breadboard ( To test the circuit )
Motors
Servos
LEDs
Motor and Servo controllers
A couple of sensors like the sound and ultrasound.

Here are some links that will help! :

http://www.ehow.com/how_2094084_start-robotics-hobby.html

There is a series of tutorials on the arduino on youtube :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCxzA9_kg6s ( This is part one)
There are 10 parts or more...

Hope this helps!

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astroboy907 (author)2011-07-20

I know its not probably what youre asking, but ive found Tayda Electronics to be the absolute cheapest (component) parts I know of. They have somewhat of a limited selection though (lack of relays, no motors etc.. but have a huge selection of resistors, transistors, and pots) and the shipping is long (took ~10 days from order to arrival) compared to digikey and such (3 days). To me its worth at least breaking the electronics components out of the order and doing it from there. Yeah, things are a bit flimsy feeling and feel cheap (the resistor legs are thin mostly is what ive found), but they work like anything from digikey.

Link
http://www.taydaelectronics.com/servlet/StoreFront

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rickharris (author)2011-07-20

You could do to read this and rethink your question.

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steveastrouk (author)rickharris2011-07-20

Bugger, you beat me to it.

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rickharris (author)steveastrouk2011-07-20

:-) Where do they live, what access have they to commercial suppliers, what experience do they have - I guess not tried the search facility either.

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