including laminated foam and plastic
sheets (foam board, corrugated plastic
Art supplies: craft boards (such as
foam board), plastics, and adhesives,
and lots more. Their online store lets
you browse by category or search for
specific products by name or brand.
Now you can go to the hardware
store using only your computer.
CornerHardware.com is like the
neighborhood hardware store, except
it’s open on Sunday.
Crafts, including knitting and
needlepoint. Use the plastic needlepoint “canvas” for making grilles,
bumpers, and other parts for your
robot. Local and online stores.
and local stores in many areas.
General source for robot parts, as
well as a lengthy list of Erector set kits
of all shapes and sizes.
Online outlet for LEGO products,
including spare parts (when available).
The site bills itself as the “World’s
largest online discount art supply
store.” Looks to be true — they have a
lot of stuff! Quite a bit of supplies for
paint artists, as well as foam core,
precision tools, and adhesives.
Wide assortment of cable ties and
cable management supplies. Heavy
duty ties up to 1/2”.
Only TOYS carries metal Erector
sets; most are for building vehicles
and some (like the Steam Engine) are
quite elaborate. The company also
sells Rokenbok radio controlled toys.
Retail stores and online site. Both
offer great deals in clearance items.
Make it a habit of regularly checking
the website for clearance items.
Online retailer of foam board,
corrugated plastic sheet, and similar
Uline provides shipping boxes in
various sizes and densities. They sell
mostly in quantity, but offer some
specialty heavy-duty cardboard shipping containers in smaller packs. SV
Dick Blick Art Materials
Complete line of craft materials
and art supplies. Also local stores
(predominately in the Midwest and
Great Lakes areas of the United States).
Cable ties and cable management
Gordon McComb can be reached
Nelco specializes in cable ties and other cable management products, useful for
building quick robot test prototypes.
Online seller of all types of toys,
including construction toys.
Online mail order. Check for
discounts on LEGO, K’NEX, and
Dedicated to fasteners, including
Velcro, cable ties, double-sided tapes,
Industrial supplier with a large
variety of cable ties and other cable
management products. Mail order