RUG/Australia/Suppliers

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Australian Suppliers

We've broken up the page into a number of sections to make it easier to find stuff. Feel free to add suppliers as you find/purchase from them.

Notes
  1. Some of the suppliers here are not "Australian owned", but they all have offices in Australia. Some places may ship parts from overseas to fill an order. Most places deliver anywhere in Australia, unless otherwise noted.
  2. Any prices listed here are indicative only, and should be checked for correctness before ordering.
  3. Cheaper prices at overseas websites may be announced in IRC (see also wikipedia's entry on IRC), however shipping costs may eclipse any savings. While you are in IRC, you can ask if 'whatever website' is a reputable retailer. Caveat emptor should still apply when shopping online.

Reprap/3D Specific Suppliers

These suppliers specifically sell to the 3D printing community, usually targetting Reprap or related 3D printing systems. They may not always be the cheapest, but what they do carry is specifically targetted at our community.

Full kits

  • TAS Emblem Robotics - Complete Prusa Mendel kit with modifications, free shipping Australia wide!

Printed Parts

  • NSW Create3D - Prusa Iteration 2 kit with substantial modifications and substitutions to improve ease of build and robustness. Also happy to print any other random part.
  • VIC Oz3Dprint - Prusa i3 printed parts, (Single or Box frame versions). Also happy to print any other random part.
  • SA [http:/ /stores.ebay.com.au/MorelliTech MorelliTech] - Prusa i2 kit including modifications for ease of assembly and reliability, choice of extruders. Also happy to print any other parts.

Hot Ends/Extruders

  • VIC Extrude3D - Hot ends using their own derivative of a J-head design, with nozzles from 0.25mm to 0.5mm, for 3mm and 1.75mm filament, and 12V or 24V setups. Also sell printed herringbone gears to suit a Wades extruder.
  • NSW Create3D - Genuine Mk V-B J-heads (3mm) and MakerGear Hot End pack (3mm)
  • NSW BilbyCNC - MkII design J-heads (3mm) and various bits for all sorts of hot end designs.
  • QLD Robotronics - Genuine J-Head Mk V-BV hotends (3mm), Magma all metal hotends (3mm).

Heated Beds

Bearings/Belts/Gears

Motors

  • VIC 3D Printer Bits - NEMA17 Stepper Motors.
  • NSW BilbyCNC - NEMA11, NEMA14, NEMA17, NEMA23 and even NEMA34 Stepper Motors. Also carry a NEMA17 with metal gearbox already attached.
  • NSW Oz Reprap Supplies - NEMA17 Stepper Motors.
  • QLD Robotronics - NEMA17 Stepper Motors.

Electronics

  • VIC 3D Printer Bits - Stepstick stepper drivers.
  • NSW Oz Reprap Supplies - RAMPS 1.4 PCB's.
  • NSW BilbyCNC - RAMPS 1.4, Gen6, Pololu A4988 stepper drivers, Arduino Megas.
  • QLD Robotronics - RAMPS 1.4, A4988 stepper drivers, Arduino Megas, Thermistors, Cartridge Heaters, Fans, Wiring, Micro Switches.

Mechanical

General

Bearings

Fasteners

Allthread/Studding

AKA "Threaded Rod" or "Booker Rod". Also check Fastener suppliers. Note that any Studding used as a drive rod should always be Stainless Steel. Some people have used Galvanised rod for the frame.

Rod/Round Bar

T-Slot profile

This is used in the MendelMax design, as well as in the Ord Bot and many Lulzbot designs (eg: TK-0).

  • VIC SES Linear Bearings - Aluminium Building System is their 20xNN Extrusion variant, however their T-slot nuts have M4 holes. Have offices in VIC, NSW, QLD, WA, SA & NZ.
  • NSW 80/20 Australia - All sorts of Alu profile, not just 80x20.
  • VIC Modular Components - Profile 5 is their 20xNN Extrusion variant.
  • VIC Capral - Lots of extrusion types available. Offices around Aus.
  • VIC RoboUnits - 14mm wide slots on their standard Alu extrusion will suit custom jobs but may prove useless for standard designs. Also have rails designed specifically for linear motion.
  • NSW Australis Engineering - Fairly standard extrusion profiles, however they also carry adjustable joints and connectors.

Belt

Springs

  • QLD Small Parts and Bearings
  • VIC CSW Products Will sell in small quantities at the door. Currently testing C9 and C20 springs for a wades.
  • VIC Whelans Springs May need to place a largeish order.
  • Bunnings Currently testing "Utility Comp Spring C-608" with Adrian's Geared Extruder and spring loading. These springs are somewhat expensive, costing just under $5 for a pack of 3 (the updated nozzle design requires 4). The smaller C-582 springs just manage to fit an M4 bolt but the wire itself is so thin that it occasionally slips through the very narrow gap between an M4 bolt head and its washer; there's also a greater chance of them catching the threads.

"Kapton" Polyimide adhesive film

  • NSW Ultrakeet Mail order Australia wide, they supply 5mm, 10mm and 25mm Tape - 33 Metre rolls.
  • NSW BilbyCNC Mail order Australia wide, Supply 6mm,20mm,50mm - 33 Metre rolls.

Electronics

General

Arduino

Arduino is an open source electronics prototyping platform. "Clones" or "fully compatible Arduino" boards may be available. Use your favourite search engine to find them. Build quality, reliability and after sales support of clones may vary. Currently (Nov 2011), the Arduino Mega 2560 board (based on the ATmega 2560) is an update to the Arduino Mega (based on the ATmega 1280). Some 1280 based boards are still being sold.

Stepper Motors

  • NSW AusXMods Sell a very powerful NEMA17 and lots of NEMA23 motors.
  • VIC HomannDesigns Currently only stock NEMA23 motors. Listed for the future Mendel Apollo makers ;-)
  • VIC OceanControls Have mix of motors, drivers and controllers.
  • WA RobotGear Only seem to carry 2 steppers, one of which is powerful enough for a Mendel or Mendel-variant.
  • WA OpenLAB Nema 17, 48mm and 34mm, both with High Torque and suitable for 3D Printers.
  • QLD Robotronics - NEMA 17 stepper motors suitable for 3D printers.

Nichrome Wire

Pololu

A4983

A4988

Feedstock

  • VIC Lybina ABS in and PLA in both 3mm and 1.75mm sizes in a variety of colors
  • VIC 3D Printer Bits ABS in 3mm with 1.75mm upon request.
  • NSW BilbyCNC PLA and ABS in 1.75mm and 3mm in a wide variety of colours and also sell glow in the dark and colour-changing filament.
  • NSW Oz Reprap Supplies PLA and ABS in 1.75mm and 3mm.
  • NSW Create3D ABS in 3mm and 1.75mm. Also used to stock PLA (not listed on their site any more).
  • SA 3DPrinterGear ABS and PLA in 3mm and 1.75mm. Also Laywoo-D3, Taulman 618 Nylon and Crysta-Line Blue/Yellow/Red/Transparent ABS.
  • NZ Diamond Age ABS & PLA in 1.75mm and 3mm. While they're in NZ, they're reasonably close enough to class as local.
  • QLD Robotronics PLA 3mm, other orders on request.

Tools

Below is a sortable table, click the icon beside the column heading to change which column to sort by.

Supplier State Suburb Notes
Belic Tools VIC Box Hill and Dandenong Very large range of tools and accessories.
Bunnings Aus wide Standard hardware store. Useful if you need generic stuff, but not always cheapest.
Cost Less Bolts (Moorabbin/Cheltenham) VIC 3 Ebden St, Moorabbin 3189 Tools and accessories related to bolts and nuts. No web store (unfortunately)
Cost Less Bolts (Ringwood) VIC 13 Molan St, Ringwood, 3134 Tools and accessories related to bolts and nuts. No web store (unfortunately).
Dick Smith Aus wide Sadly, carrying less and less tools.
H.E. Supplies Pty Ltd QLD 186 Wecker Road, Mansfield, 4122 Sells a lot of tool accessories including drill bits, burrs, bits, etc. Note: Store-front version of Small Parts and Bearings.
Home Hardware Aus wide Standard hardware store. Useful if you need generic stuff, but not always cheapest.
Jaycar Aus wide Carry a fair range of electronics tools.
McJing Tools NSW 454 Hume Highway(Liverpool Rd), Yagoona, 2199 Engineering and Woodwork tools
Mitre 10 Aus wide Standard hardware store. Useful if you need generic stuff, but not always cheapest.
MyToolStore QLD Aspley, 4034 Online sales of Dremel, Proxxon, Bosch, Kincrome, and other tools. Also sells CNC's and mini-lathes.
Small Parts and Bearings QLD Mansfield Sells a lot of tool accessories including drill bits, burrs, bits, etc. Note: Online version of H.E. Supplies Pty Ltd.
Note
Many suppliers of electronics and mechanical parts also sell tools, usually related to their field of expertise. It's always worth checking them out, even if only for ideas, as the cost can sometimes be much more expensive.

Links

There are lots of other sites on the net that have useful lists of suppliers for all sorts of things. Any of the local HackerSpaces are definitely worth checking out for this sort of stuff. You can ask in IRC if you need more information. Below are a few links that may be relevant:

CCHS Hardware Resources - Melbourne HackerSpace Hardware Resources page.