Does anybody know where to get cheap parts in lakeland florida?

Posted by evilboy9494 10 years ago

Were do you get your parts

Hey guys what is your favorite place to find electronic parts.  Here is my list, I have ordered parts from every site below without any problems.  Im always looking for more places to check out, let me know what I missed. goldmine-elec-products

Posted by justinc41 2 years ago

Swevil part for swing arm lamp

I need help in finding a replacement part for a swing arm magnifying lamp. I have search far and wide online but could not find any. I have also tried the company that I had purchase from (2 Years ago) they do not carry replacement parts. The lamp is a Alvin lamp desk clamp, the lamp is in excellent and working condition. The only problem is the swevil part that connects the lamp head to the the swing arm. ( see pics)  Any alternative idea or sudsititude would be helpful.  Thanks

Posted by RamonC2 2 years ago

How to order parts for this circuit?

I'm a new to building circuits and trying to help my son with a school project.  Here is the circuit to hack the wireless doorbell into snail mail notifier (  I'm lost here though it appears to be a simple circiut.  (attached the circuit as image file) Please help me with ordering parts and the proper sequence to solder them. Thanks in advance. - Al

Posted by thousandeyes 4 years ago

Broken washing machine and DIY parts

Hi, Unfortunately our washing machine stopped working the other day… It’s a seven years old Upo TL1200D for those who cares. It’s quite small and old, so my wife and I have decided to buy a new one. My question is, are there any valuable/notable parts I should disassemble for future DIY projects, before we throw it out? I know I could always open it up my self and have a look (plan b). Since our apartment is a bit space constrained, the idea of having lots of parts laying around is not so popular… :) I have overlooked good quality parts in the past when I have throwned stuff away, and I thought maybe someone in here have any ideas of what to toss and what to keep?

Posted by papirkopi 7 years ago

What the hell is this?

I have taken apart my projector and found the part that has been giving me problems but i have no idea what it is called or anything.. any help? it came out of a hannstar K MV-4  94v-0  underneath it it says E89382 091 6 see picture of blue piece  the third and forth picture is the part i want to identify and replace

Posted by phunky_phantom 6 years ago


I got a new knex set today. I got the double-sawblade ride. Now I get a whole **** load of blue rods, yellow rods, gray rods, and especially red rods (I only had 6 red rods before I got this set.)And I get much more yellow, white, blue, green, and gray connectors too. I think I may be able to build the sear rifle I have been hyping up in the chatroom for some time now. but This isnt really an end to my part limitations. I did not get a whole lot of short green rods, and the connectors only took one bag. Now my 550 tub is overflowing with the knex parts I have.Double sawblade is a good part booster.

Posted by DJ Radio 9 years ago

Building a PC

I am trying to build a computer with more knowledge than last time i was trying to do it, here are my parts listProcessorMotherboardHard DriveCD/DVD DriveMemoryCaseI have a Gateway computer company Vista OS from my old gateway computer, will this work with a non Gateway interface computer? If not, then i will probably download linux to my usb and upload it to the computer. P.S. i already have a monitor

Posted by Caveman477 9 years ago

Flat Wall Plug Adapter? (for DIY extension Cords)

There is an extension cord (3 wire) which has a flat wall connector - great for tight spaces.  I've bought some over the years (about $12 each at Amazon) - but want a supply of the plugs so I can make my own custom/length cords.  I looked at a few electric parts places but no luck.  Any ideas/sources for a less expensive flat plug adapter? One option  is to replacc the wall outlet with a recessed outlet - but that does not work for me. thanks

Posted by 222fbj 7 years ago

Scrapping electronics, What should I look for???

       When I was like 10, I would take apart all of my electronics that were broken, or not broken. Then I would play around with the parts with great curiosity. I once rigged alarm to my bedroom door, by fixing a string from in front of the door. When Someone broke it, the string would loosen a weight that would connect a wire to a motor, which would set off an old fashion alarm clock. It was tough to make, and as you know i would have to re string everytime someone came in my room. Recently while in a forum, someone mentioned Robomaniac`s tutorial of the beatle-bot. And this tutorial resparked an old intrest lying deep within.. Well my question is: Whenever I am taking an electronic object apart. What should I keep?? And what should I ditch?? 

Posted by fight4gipper1 7 years ago

Twist open plastic balls

Hey all, I'm looking for milky/fogged/hazy (I'm not sure what the right term) twist open plastic balls, like the one on the first picture. My plan is to put some LEDs in them to make glowing balls, but all I can find is clear plastic, as in the second picture. Any suggestion where can I get something like this? The size should be about  2" (diameter). -Greg

Posted by shinjin 3 years ago

UK based WEEE recycler - do you want any bits and pieces?

Hey there instructables fans. I've been reviewing your site for a while now, loving all the cool projects. I saw one project that was using some disused IDE connectors from a PC and it got me thinking.... part of my day job is running a WEEE recycling company in the South West of the UK. We process an awful lot of computers and although we re-use as much as we can of the computer stuff we recycle there is still a lot that goes to be shredded for material recovery. I'm always looking for new ways in which bits and pieces could get themselves a second life. Would this community be interested in any old computers bits and pieces? I'm not asking for money just enough to cover postage, perhaps some brave soul in the UK would like to take on a 'bulk order' and then distribute around? It's just a thought and my apologies if I've stepped on any toes or forum rules, I have no interest in making money from this just simply to get make a few small bits and pieces useful once again :) Please message back if interested!

Posted by yakboy 10 years ago

What is the best package for what type of knex?

Say for instance i need a lot of tan clips, what knex set supplyes a lot of these without going into too much expense? PLeas elist all that you can so we can all have a good loock, im always short one some pieces XD ( i know about ebay but i want to buy from scratch) ( i know about the singe buy from the knex book but i want to buy in a small package) Thanks

Posted by deanlaing123 8 years ago

Broken Parts

Well i've had knex for a long time and i've broken alot of parts... This is most of my broken parts.

Posted by The Nomlack 7 years ago

Wanted computer parts

Hi if you have any computer parts lying around such as a motherboard, CPU, cooling fans ect... I can take it off your hands for you free of charge. If so please send me a reply telling me what you have and is it working or not working  and I will be happy to come pick it up thanks.

Posted by theitnerd_withnomoney 6 years ago

What do ya think??

I finally went out and bought some pins today, push pins, for the wall of course. When I figure out how to steady a tripod on top of a matress, and I find the rest of my junker parts (these are just old parts or stuff needing repair), I'll bring more pics.

Posted by Punkguyta 9 years ago

Where can you buy laser diodes and circiut drivers ?

Laser DIY didn't send the parts we needed do you know where else to get  laser diodes and circiut drivers for the cheapy lighter laser burner ?

Posted by saltwaterfarmtoo 8 years ago

Online supplies?

Hey guys, question for you guys. Im looking for a good online sotre for electronics parts. Ive looked at a few but it seems i can't find a store that has everything. LED's, resistors, tools, capacitors, etc. Plus the cheaper the better. Anyone have some ideas? EDIT: Can someone also suggest a good size of LED's for general building and work. Thanks

Posted by BraedenNaylor 9 years ago

"Organ donors"... or: sources for tube project parts...

The "Vacuum Tube" group needs a first forum topic. Here it is... Sorry 'bout the pun... but I could have used Time to get Organized... Be thankful ;-)Vacuum tubes and parts tend to be rather expensive these days. But there's a good source for parts, and it's often free: old tube organs.I picked up a working 1960 Wurlitzer a couple days ago. It's got:-- full complement of tubes (the mother lode!), including9 (nine!) 12AX7 preamp tubes.2 6L6-GC power tubes1 5U4-GB rectifier(there were other tubes: (28!) 12fq8's but they're not so useful for audio...)-- Huge power transformer-- Large (20-25 watt) output tranformer-- two 16 ohm speakers-- lots of carbon-comp resistors, sockets and other reusables.Total cost--just gas, and a sore back.Even the non-tube organs are a good source of speakers, reverb tanks, pedals, etc. The tank, bass pedals and the volume pedal were from a solid-state Conn organ left on the curb...The bass pedals could be made into a MIDI project, and the volume pedal would be a nice start of a wah, or left as-is. Yeah, they are grungy, but that's easy to fix....

Posted by gmoon 10 years ago

weird question - online source for smallish mechanical parts

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! - Tom

Posted by praxisaxis 5 years ago

How do I make a touchscreen that requires a stylus?

I want to either make a touchscreen or install one (though I don't know where I would source the parts for that).  Basically I don't want the touchscreen to pick up on my hand.  I have a Wacom Bamboo tablet which requires a stylus and that's essentially what I want here.  That would most likely be an inductive touchscreen, so I'd be interested in making something like that.  Preferably mostly see-through if possible. Basically: How would I make that (or where would I buy a raw element for something like that), and how difficult would it be to interface with that (i.e. via microcontroller). Thanks.

Posted by thatgamesguy 1 year ago

SMB Connectors

Does Anyone know where I can get a single right angle SMB Connector. This is the type of connector that the satellite radios use for antenna connectors. Digikey and others have bags of them but I only need one. Thanks, Jason

Posted by capt-capsaicin 10 years ago

Hanging Bottle Lamp

Hello! I am try to make a pendant bottle lamp, but want to do it as professionally as possible. I found this picture online with a great polished cap and a bushing for the wire at the top of the bottle but cannot figure what or where to get it from. Any help?? Thanks Paris

Posted by PM Glass 4 years ago


I have dismantled a CRT monitor and I was wondering what I should with a UC3842B (HIGH PERFORMANCE CURRENT MODE PWM CONTROLLER) that was on the mains power side of the PCB.Here's a link to the datasheet for it.Any suggestions on what I should use it for and how to wire it up?

Posted by thermoelectric 9 years ago

advice on what these are

I have 6 of the silver ones and 1 of the gold but i cant work out what they are anyone have any advice as google is not helping gold  -  Ancom 741 silver -  rc 743 d ray 7231 also i have found little black ones with 4 legs on each side with 7244  sn72741p thanks for any advice you can offer 

Posted by aafit 3 years ago

3d printer/ rapid prototyping machine guts... motherboard, hd, controllers, etc

I had to decommission a working Z Corp Z 406 printer today, here are some parts that are left over:-Main board: has motherboard, hard drive, 5v/12v ps, 24v ps, and a couple of controller boards motor with an encoder, and a belted cog gear complete, multi-colored head with Y motor assembly. This is where the magic happens. And by magic, I mean this is where the color jets and binder liquid are dispensed.'m not super familiar with the workings of the Z corp machine, but these would make great spares or the beginning of a great project! The machine was a runner before it was disassembled and I have booted the mobo/hd/ps here on my desk to check. There are wiring pigtails includedfor all the mobo/ controller connections. There are more pics here: should be able to find suitable packaging for this soon, I will put it on ebay after I do. Since I have been lurking on this site for about 4 months now, I think you folks need first crack... ;)The parts for these machines are wildly expensive from the MFR, but I'm thinking $100+ shipping for the lot. That is where I'll start the auction as well.

Posted by vortexblue 9 years ago

Sourcing Components in Canada

First post, while everything's feeling all shiny and new. I was wondering if anyone knows the best place for sourcing electronic components (basic stuff like resistors, capacitors, relays, basic counting chips, motors all that good stuff to instructable with) in Canada (Ontario preferably). I used to use Rapid Electronics in England ( and have never found anything to match (in price or quality). All / Any suggestions welcome. Look out for a couple of instructables coming later in the month!

Posted by AluminumFalcon 10 years ago

cake + machanics

Hi everyone one i need help im making a cake for my little boys birthday. he would like a dragon cake but he wants the wings to move up and down. ive never made a moving cake and i cant find anywhere that tells me how to achive the wings going up and down. i know how to make them go round but not up and down. so i was wondering if any u kind people can tell me exactly what i need to achive this. thank you so much for taking the time to read my post. 

Posted by epaton1 3 years ago

DIY Electronic Salvaging Database / Website [team needed]

Hello, I am a web developer by trade and have fallen in love with physically computing things. I use Instructables regularly to gain inspiration for my out projects here at home.  The magic of Instructables, for me, is the sheer massive amount of ways to re purpose our electronics. Some articles here document devices more thoroughly than the manufacturers themselves. When I was following TinkerNut's Instructable to make a 3D printer I had a spark of an idea, and I've never bought electronics the same since. While deconstructing DVD drives, and regular paper printer I was playing the stepper motor lottery. This printer has a stepper, this one doesn't. Well, I can basically walk into a Goodwill now and pick up a stepper motor any time I want now that I know what to look for. When I was following an Instructable to make a joule thief I knew that somewhere in my head of dead tech I had to have a NPN transistor. I just had to! But I had no clue where to begin looking. There were transistors of all shapes and sizes, some with text some without. I learned a lot of different transistors this way.  I am currently working on a Beta for a website I want to make. I don't want to buy the domain just yet until I get some feedback. This is a content driven database so I am looking for some help. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work! The Idea Well, the idea is to create a website / database that you can go to and type in Stepper Motor and be presented with a list of different stepper motors. When you click on a type of stepper motor you will see a list of products that contain this or similar stepper motor. Then you can hit a thrift store (my local Goodwill always has a ton) and grab the right thing, the first time. On this list of stepper motors there will be a list of Instructables using this part. In this way the site will work alongside Instructables to enhance and instruct the community. (note: I hope this isn't seen as a threat by Instructables, because its not) Also, now when buying tech I am able to analyze the product for its value, resale value, and re-purposing value. I can snag a cheap LCD from the Dollar Store or even NPN transistor if need be. Possibilities Users can salvage and sell themselves? Partner with Instructable community? Horde salvaging - (user 1 wants C02 cartridges, (user 2, 3, 4, 5 send cartridges to us (free box) and we send them to people putting them to use. Looking for some people to help me nail down the idea and beta test database functionality. Let me know if you have any ideas or want to join the effort. I really think this could be extremely useful to us who don't like to waste, especially precision instruments such as stepper motors and NPN transistors. This is for way more than just those though. Cheers! 

Posted by AlphaNomad 2 years ago

Laser cut parts

I'm looking for help getting some new smaller drafting tools cut. The cut area is no bigger then 9"x6", I was hoping to get the part cut out of .04" clear Lexan, I can supply if needed. I'd also like to have the parts etched as well if that is possible as well. I have the rough drawing done in AutoCAD so far.

Posted by BogDog 6 years ago

i want a big gun with less parts! no rbg(rubber band guns)

Does anyone know a gun thats not a pistol thats big but doesnt use a ton of parts. i just got started. any suggestions??

Posted by land o cows 10 years ago

What parts to salvage from detectors?

Hey all - at the place I manage I have 15 defective Kidde smoke detectors coming back - now obviously there's something wrong with them but it won't be every part that's garbage. It IS however a good opportunity to get some multiples of same parts.  SO - if this was you and they are in the garbage otherwise..which parts would you salvage?  I'm willing to invest  maybe 2 hours of desolder time.  Other than the resistors and the LEDs, i'm not as familiar with the components used on these boards. suggestions appreciated, This looks like the closest model:,8062,pageId%3D28537%26siteId%3D463,00.html

Posted by Golftester 6 years ago

Useful parts in mini fridge?

Hi folks, ive got a small, fully functional mini fridge that I have no direct use for. I am either going to donate the thing via Craigslist or free cycle, but was wondering what parts and things might be salvaged out of the thing and re-applied towards other projects? What has been your experience with things like this?

Posted by WayneEarl 5 years ago

I need help locating watch parts

For years I have had an old Elgin pocket watch in my possession, given to me by my dad since it was broken. After some thought I have taken it to pieces to see how it worked, since it was definitely broken. Upon inspection I now know which parts are no longer functioning.  I can find most of the parts on the Internet but unfortunately I can't find a hairspring for it... It needs to be for an Elgin size 18 pocket watch, if anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Tom

Posted by thomas9666 6 years ago

Free Computer Parts Needed!!!

Hello Instructables community!!! I am in Desparate need. i need some computer parts free preferably that you want to get rid of. Specific parts that i am looking for are 8GB sets of RAM, Laptop HDD's of a 500GB+ Capacity, Desktop HDD's of 500GB+ Capacity, Joysticks (For MFS9) modern if possible, and for those flight simmers out there, i need a set of Rudder Pedals, a Yoke, and a Throttle quadrant (twin engine if possible)...the important things i need for flight sim is the rudder pedals, and yoke however if i can only get rudder pedals i will consider myself blessed. Yall can expect a few 'Ibles from these things i am asking for. i am willing to pay for shipping. just PM me if you have anything that can help!!!

Posted by sokamiwohali 6 years ago

Service that automates ordering all the parts for your Instructable?

Hey everyone, Sorry to spam the forum; just had a quick question. I am thinking of building a web-based tool that would allow you to drop the bill of materials from an Instructable in, and then other people could order everything at once when they wanted to build your kit. Do you think you would use something like this? What if it didn't have that feature, but it was just a web-based bill of materials builder where you can keep a nice-looking list, with sources, of all the parts? Thanks! Justin

Posted by justindunham 6 years ago

Animals from old electronic parts

While browsing earlier I came across this gorgeous collection of animals made from electronic parts which features, among others, an owl, a deer, a horse, a flamingo, and a theropod (my guess is T. Rex, but who am I to say?). Gears become joints, springs become necks, wires become hair, chips become feet. The attention to detail and overall construction is incredible. I wish I could track down the creator, but I haven't been able to find out who made them or when. Anyone? EDIT: the author is Ann P. Smith. Thanks, Andib!Link via Arts design blog

Posted by Lithium Rain 9 years ago

microwave "anagram"

I have that maker-ish compulsion to disassemble any and every broken or otherwise defunct appliance, gadget or device. For example, my microwave just "went to sing with the choir invisible", so I have begun turning it into a pile of parts. I got to thinking- as many of you must have doe before- "what can I do with this stuff?". Just like anagramists take words and shuffle their parts (i.e., letters) around to make something(s) new, different and/or clever, I'd like to try to do the same thing with my old appliance. But more generally, I wish there were a database of appliance "anagrams"- a list of clever projects classified according to the appliance from which the parts come. Anyway- if anyone has an idea what could be done with an old microwave (I've got my eye on that big capacitor...), please hold forth!

Posted by Bom6at 9 years ago

Need a little help with a survey

Hi Folks, I'm putting together a concept paper as part of starting a business, and I could use a little help with a market survey. If you have an interest in electronics and have a couple of minutes to spare, please check it out below. I am an electronics hobbyist myself and I know what I would want in a parts store, but if you could help me find out what you would want, the I can make it better for everyone. Thank you in advance, Tim 1) Where do you normally buy electronics parts? a - online retailer b - online wholesaler c - local store 2) Is electronics your main hobby, or part of your main hobby such as: a - Scale model R/C b - Scale model trains c - Electronics d - Kinetic art (or similar) e - Other __________________________________ 3) How often do you buy parts: a - Weekly b - Monthly c - Every few months d - As needed 4) Do you normally buy parts... a - all at once for a particular project. b - for the component, and then chose a project that uses it. c - as you come across a need for it. 5) Do you normally buy: a - Finished products (ready to use) b - Parts kits (needing assembly) c - Individual parts (your own design or other) d - Sub-assemblies (ie: radio links, motor controllers, etc) 6) What level would you say your ability is: a - Beginner (I know what a capacitor is) b - Intermediate (I know what a microcontroller is) c - Advanced (I could build my own time machine if I could just get a flux capacitor) 7) Please rank the following in order of importance, with 1 as most important: a - Customer service b - Price of components c - Ease of use of website d - Projects and tutorials e - Other ________________________________ 8) Would you purchase products from a website in Canada? Y__ N__ 9) What is your location: a - Canada b - USA c - Europe d - UK e - South America f - Other _____________________ 10) What age range are you a part of: a - Under 20 b - 20 to 30 c - 30 to 40 d - 40 to 50 e - Over 50 11) Which option below best describes you: a - Student b - College/University student c - Working hobbyist d - Retired 12) Are you: Male __ or Female __? And finally...What would you like to see in an online electronics store?

Posted by mrbill33 8 years ago

Major Parts KIT for 8X8 CUBE LED - from Furturlec

I don't have the time to tackle this project but I already ordered the major electronic components including the boards from Futurlec. This includes the processor.  As you can see (if compared with the Instructables list)  it is not totally complete and also they ran out of #10 ribbon cable. They are likely back in stock now or you may be able to get one locally. But this should certainly get you on your way.  The total is just over $40. I will ship it out Priority anywhere in the US for $30. That will beat the 20+ days from Asia.  I have not opened the bundle, but if anything major is missing beyond a 10c resistor I will contact Futurlec myself.  (This is NOT the Tindle KIT)

Posted by DaleB13 2 years ago

Dell Inspiron (works...ish) for raspberry pi

Will trade a working black dell Inspiron for a working raspberry pi of any kind.the dell runs windows Xp but has no keyboard and is unhinged.Pictures by request.

Posted by Legitsmitty 4 years ago

The Shack

According to this article over at engadget, RadioShack is rebranding as "The Shack" and attempting to change their corporate culture. I wonder if this will be the end of components being available there? Not that I particularly enjoy paying $3.49 for an 8 cent LED, but sometimes you don't want to wait for it in the mail.

Posted by Tool Using Animal 9 years ago

Recycle Heaven

I would like to propose a new Contest category, if it doesn't already exist. I would love to see a contest where EVERY LAST PART of your project must be made from used recycled old junk. Anything can qualify, just as long as it came out of something that was previously used and must be at least 10 years old. Items could be grouped into sub-categories, electronics, papercrafts, automobiles, etc, etc. Maybe such a contest already exists, but it would be nice to see people using a little more of the old stuff. I'm seeing projects from 3D printers and arduino powered robots, and that is super cool, and I want to try those projects, but that kind of thing caters to only the techno-geek with half a life time of tools and knowledge. Most of the people who come to this site aren't that tech savy, and likely don't have a Raspberry Pi, or other Arduino mini-comp to program those super-cool projects. Lets Dumb it down a bit for the rest of us. I'd like to see more posts that can be done without having to go out for anything, unless it's to go to the tool shed or Garage for that old blender you were meaning to fix 20 years ago! This site rocks! I come here every day, and it inspires me even though I don`t have some of the knowledge. But if a project posted on here costs more than a retail version of it does, then I think the point of this site has been missed entirely. 

Posted by OculumForamen 2 years ago

Looking for small run manufacturers

We are interested in finding some good options for small (100s-10000s) runs of HID devices that would most likely have a few fairly simple electronics components and mechanical components Anyone out there have any suggestions? We would like to find places that are cost effective, could work well with newbies to the process, and might be interested in building an ongoing relationship for multiple projects. Cheers, Heather and Joe PS The mfg need is related to this: which leaves the door fairly wide open for wide variety of HID designs and possible related projects. B-)

Posted by parrleu 5 years ago

Moving EEEPC hardware to larger case and replacing keyboard - is there a way?

A friend of mine was recently disposing of a broken laptop and offered it to me for 20$.  I accepted it and currently I am wondering how I can go about recycling it.  I've already taken a 160 GB hard drive, a DVD+-RW drive and 512 MB of RAM out of it and put them to good use, but now I wonder what I can do with the rest of it. -Old laptop is Acer Aspire 5100 -My suspicion is that the processor died or something, but on this board it is replacable.  -Power supply is dead, however laptop won't work with new & compatible power supply (leading me to believe the processor also died). I was wondering if maybe I could put my EEEPC 701 in the body of the old laptop and use the keyboard from the old laptop with the EEEPC (however the keyboard for the EEEPC is incompatible with the old laptop keyboard so I would need to know how to interface to the EEEPC), I will try to attach an illustration that describes what I want to do better (text is probably hard to read, but basically reiterates what I have already said).  It doesn't need to look good, it just has to work.  (the keyboard would be the only thing being replaced, the EEEPC screen will remain in-tact) So, does anybody have any suggestions of how I can do this? -thank-you in advance for any help you may offer.

Posted by kev717 8 years ago

Suggestions for a cheap, simple robot unicorn build

My 5yo daughter has figured out that her mad-Scientist daddy can make crazy things come true.  For her birthday, she got a real unicorn and a princess crown (see picture attached).  Now for Christmas, she has her heart set on a ROBOT unicorn, and I think I'm going to try to tackle this, but I need to keep the scope tight so that when Christmas arrives, I'll have a deliverable for her. (My instinct always leap to grandiose ideas like actual quadrupedalism that would balloon the time/effort/money inputs into the stratosphere.   My biggest obstacle to make this work for Christmas is to stick with K.I.S.S. principles.  I can do basic welding, woodworking, fabricating, stitching, etc.  I'm reasonably good at electronics, and am a professional programmer with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.) Here is my rough  build plan:  (Completely open to improvement suggestions) 1)  Build frame out of 1/2" square steel tubing and weld together.  Leave large torso cavity for electronics and batteries.  Feet will have wheels concealed by a hoof shroud.  Feet will be upgradable (see tech features below) 2)  Use blue foam to rough out body shape.  3)  Cover with about 1/2" of soft foam covered with felt.  Use yarn for mane and tail.  Cover should be removable and washable. I'm trying to figure out tiers of work so that as long as I get the basic frame and covering down, I'll be able to increase/decrease the scope to ensure I'll have a deliverable for Christmas.  Here are the tiered robotic features I am envisioning: Tier 1: Make the saddle bounce at about .5Hz with an amplitude of roughly 1/2".  Possibly make head/neck bob up/down in sync. Tier 2:  Add horse sound effects Tier 3:  Build sensors for the reigns and stirrups.  Monitor if stirrups get pushed inward in a basic kick the horse motion.  Monitor if one reign or both are being pulled.  Make sounds effects based on inputs.  (E.G.  Clop, clop of hooves begins when stirrups are pushed in, and stop when reigns are pulled.)  NOTE:  Since they have access to real horses, keeping the controls reasonably close to riding a real horse will make this double as a trainer/simulator for her and her friends. Tier 4:  Upgrade wheels to powered.  Move based on reign and stirrup inputs.   Max speed will be very slow (40fps or so), so that it can be used inside safely.  Movement is mostly just to augment her imagination, not to move like a real horse. Tier 5:  (Not much chance I'll get this far prior to Christmas)  Upgrade software, sound effects, etc. Current back of napkin ideas: Frame will probably have 3 pieces: legs/torso, neck/head, Saddle/back  Saddle/back removable for electronics access. Neck/head will be joined to torso in 3 spots:  the top point will be anchored with a chain link between two eye-bolts, the other two points would be on the sides of the bottom, with compression springs pushing the neck and torso away from each other, limited by a mechanical linkage.  This should give reasonable motion ability, and allow the two base points to become the sensors for the reigns being pulled. I'm thinking a small 12V deep cycle battery, and 12v salvage DC motors powering the wheels.  Depending on the motor torque, I'll either power the back two feet and keep the front feet as swivel casters, or power all four and turn tank-style. The budget needs to stay reasonable, say $100ish.  This is a kids toy, and I've got lots of other mad-scientist projects to pump money towards. Outstanding questions: Motor selection, cheapest with high enough torque Good, cheap way to make seat and possibly head oscillate.  Mechanism needs to not break even if a 200lbs rider sits on it.  (Doesn't need to work when overloaded, just can't be permanently damaged when overloaded.) Locate inexpensive 12v charger that won't overcharge if left connected, but will charge a 3ah battery reasonably quickly.  (Or schematics to build one)  Essentially, looking for a best bang-for-buck charger. Least expensive way to play audio clips?  I've got plenty of horse-sound clips located, but I need a way to play them economically. Not sure how much force will be needed for movement.  I'm assuming a 70lbs rider/robot max and that it will primarily operate on flat surfaces, potentially on carpet.  Can't burn out if overloaded.  Suggestions on simplifying this?  Suggestions on simple improvements?  Ways to keep the costs down?  Sources for economical parts?

Posted by SvdSinner 5 years ago

Parts info please

Hi all: Does anyone know of a part that will swith  240v AC current on & off for short periods of time like a pulse effect ?. Thanks.

Posted by tezza1 6 years ago

computer parts

If you have any old pc/computer parts that you want to get rid of and you live in Brisbane just send me a message and I'll be happy to come pick it up from you free of charge.

Posted by theitnerd_withnomoney 6 years ago

computer parts wanted I'm desperate

Please I'm desperate if you have any computer parts lying around please post a comment telling me what it is and does it work or not and I will be happy to pick it up if you live in QLD Australia. Kind regards: theitnerd_withnomoney                         

Posted by theitnerd_withnomoney 6 years ago

are there any desktop pc parts that are compatiable in a laptop

hello everyone i have a unused desktop pc and  want to know if there are any parts that i can put into my laptop from my desktop examples include ram ect. i have a inspiron 1545 and a dell desktop of a unknown model if anyone can help please let me know thank you fidgety2

Posted by fidgety2 6 years ago