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weird question - online source for smallish mechanical parts Answered

Hey, I'm new here.
I'm an established musician (composing is my focus).  I've gradually decided I'd like to work on a new composition project which involves electro-mechanical instruments of my own design.

I have a decent understanding of electronics, and I don't think the mechanical designs will cause me too many problems.  I've had plenty of experience in building hobby stuff - remote controlled planes, etc.

What I don't know much about is where to source mechanical parts.  Electronics, no probs.  But things like wee little cranks and levers, hinges, etc, etc... stuff I'd rather not build from scratch but you can't exactly find in a hardware store.

Any ideas?  (I know this is off the wall).

Many thanks!
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Tom

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praxisaxis
praxisaxis

8 years ago

Cheers for the ideas. I'm probably looking a bit more "macro" than VCR parts... bit more heavy duty. Probably hobby stores will have bits and pieces but they tend to be expensive... I'm wondering if there's some online store that catalogues weird crap like this.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Reply 8 years ago

There are companies like "smallparts", mcmaster-carr etc (US based)

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praxisaxis
praxisaxis

8 years ago

I guess I'm after something like meccano... but I don't actually want to get meccano! :)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

8 years ago

Try the same places you got your RC parts - they will very likely sell small levers etc as linkages for transferring the action of a servo to a control surface.

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oldmicah
oldmicah

8 years ago

You might try grabbing an old broken VCR and cracking it open. The parts will be plastic, but a little krypton (for plastic spray paint) + some metallic paint might be just what you need. That will get you a grab bag of part.

If you are looking for specific parts, do you have a friend with a 3d printer? Open scad (a free ad type program) has a customizable system for gears, for instance...

Good luck, and post the results!

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oldmicah
oldmicah

Reply 8 years ago

Not krypton, though that is amusing... Krylon.... Stupid spell check helping me out....:)

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oldmicah
oldmicah

Reply 8 years ago

And a free cad program...not ad program. Signing off and getting coffee.