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Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab


Parts and Service Vendors

3D-printing services

  • Kemeera, high-tolerance plastic and rubber parts made on Objet printers.
  • Shapeways, plastic, ceramic, and metal (including stainless steel and silver) parts.
  • QuickParts, 3D-printing, injection molding, and urethane-casting, among other services.

CNC sheet-metal and laser-cutting services

  • TLTL laser cutter @ Stanford - good enough for most things 18'x24'x0.25'
  • Coherent Inc., supplier of industrial-grade laser-cutters.
  • Protocase, cheap and fast sheet-metal prototyping and metal laser-cutting.
  • Pololu, online laser-cutting services.
  • PRL laser cutters @ Stanford

Local CNC machine shop

Machine shops at Stanford

Local hardware stores, raw material suppliers

  • Palo Alto Ace Hardware
  • Home Depot
  • Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH)- Great supplier for cheap 1/2" and 3/4" MDF.
  • TAP Plastics

Mechanical Components

  • Misumi, just about every mechanical component ever made, all customized-to-order.
  • McMaster, many mechanical components and general fabrication materials. 2-day shipping non-negotiable.
  • SDP-SI (Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument), hard-to-find mechanical components.
  • Sava Cable, steel cables and teminations/fittings for cable transmissions.
  • K&J Magnetics, every size and shape neodymium magnet made.
  • VXB, excellent selection of low-cost and hard-to-find ball-bearings.
  • Black Diamond Sports, local source of inexpensive skate-bearings (8 x 22 x 7mm) and rollerblade wheels for friction drives.
  • Framing- 80/20, industrial erector set.

Electronics for Robotics

  • Phidgets, plug-and-play USB motor drivers, sensors, and analog/digital in-out.
  • Sparkfun, electronics for robotics. Many plug-and-play motor drivers, sensors, etc.
  • Pololu, electronics for robotics. Many plug-and-play motor drivers, sensors, etc.
  • US Digital, low-cost optical encoders. Can get 5000 CPR encoders or better.

General Electronics

  • Digikey, every electronic component ever made.
  • Jameco, many electronic components only 15 minutes away!


Computer Aided Design (CAD)

  • Solidworks
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