View Full Version : Anyone got a spreadsheet of all (or a lot) of the parts available on the internet?

02-05-2008, 04:04 AM
I'm quickly finding that lots of sites sell servos that are sold for less on other sites (thankfully haven't encountered that here, I'll alert you guys to any deals I find on competitors sites.)

Anyway, I'm putting together a spreadsheet of available servos, controllers, sensors, and other bot parts. I decided I'd start with servos, and also keep a link repository of all the various hobby shop and robot stores I find online. RC plane and car communities are out there with lots of goodies that can be used in robotics.

I'm keeping tabs on specs like torque (metric and american,) weight, speed, dimensions, costs, link to product, quantity discounts, and shipping.

Has anyone done this already? This would allow newbies like myself to create cheaper bot designs. Also, a simple optimizer would be great, by specifying things like required parts for all bots, with a simple, customizable fill in the blanks form.

And, if anyone hasn't done it, is anyone else interested in helping to compile the data? I've got a nice long list of parts sites and google queries to find others, and I wouldn't be averse to splitting the list up ;) (Regular Tom Sawyer shakedown, eh?)

Anyway, after I get a list, I'll post an attachment here :)

02-05-2008, 05:18 PM
Actually jrowe47, I'm glad you mentioned this. We've been tossing the idea around lately to integrate a Links Directory in the community. Basically it is a repository of links everyone in the community has found relating to robotics and the community would have control over what gets added to it. Would you (and the rest of the community) be interested in helping the community out and loading it up with all of the sites you've found? In addition to creating links, members can rate and comment on each link.

02-05-2008, 05:50 PM
That sounds like a solid idea! I'm all for this, and have a ton of links that might prove helpful. We should be able to categorize them however.

02-05-2008, 06:05 PM
Absolutely. I'll send the list as soon as I'm done with work :)

02-05-2008, 07:10 PM
Yep, Matt, Dave and myself sat down for about a half hour today to figure out what top level categories we should have in the Links Directory. We wanted to organize these in the best way possible to avoid a potential mess of links.

The top level categories we came up with (from memory, I got it all written down at work) is:
Competition Sites
Club Sites (with possibly sub-level categories for each state)
Hardware Sites
Software Sites
Informational (Tutorials, Wikis, etc.)
Expos/Trade Shows/Fairs/etc. (not competition sites)
ProjectsI think that's it, but I'll have to look at my list at work. Basically the reason why we choose these top level categories is because they're the ones that best cover the larger aspects of robotics, while still keeping the number of links in each category to a reasonable and navigable amount.

We wanted to approach this with a "let's see what the links will demand" attitude for creating any additional categories, instead of creating a whole crapload of categories and only ending up with a handful of links in each one. So, basically we start with these, and when further categories introduce themselves as a necessity to be added, they'll be added:)

We're open to suggestions most def., but we're pretty set on the categories I mentioned above. If anyone thinks of ones that we may have missed that just plain don't fit in any of the categories above, post here. We can't guarantee that we'll add them in at the start, but we'll definitely discuss it.

BTW, any member of the TR Community will be able to add links to the Links Directory. We (the TR Team) would love to add links to the directory, but we're just swamped trying to put together this awesome store & community. We'll be adding some links of course, but we're depending on everyone here to help out the community with building the directory:D

02-06-2008, 07:40 AM
Great idea:

These are the common denominator submissions I'm sure all will agree with (Asside from Trossen:

Sparkfun .......................... http://www.sparkfun.com/
Parallax .......................... http://www.parallax.com/
Pololu ............................. http://www.pololu.com/
Servo City ....................... http://servocity.com/
HVW Technologies ............ http://www.hvwtech.com/
Robot Power .................... http://www.robotpower.com/
Dubro ............................. http://www.dubro.com/
Dimension Engineering ...... http://www.dimensionengineering.com/
Basic Micro (Basic Atom) ... http://www.basicmicro.com/
ERE (Cheap ATMEL) .......... http://www.ere.co.th/(qzfsutydsqub2v45x3fzpy55)/default.aspx?RedirectPage=Home
Wicked Lasers ................. http://www.wickedlasers.com
Texas Knife Makers Supp.. http://texasknife.com/store/s-pages/TKS_MainframeStore.htm (Kydex - Yes! Ask me how cool working with Kydex is, and all you can do with it in Robotics)



02-06-2008, 08:36 AM
These are the common denominator submissions I'm sure all will agree with (Asside from Trossen:

Yep, those sites are exactly what we're looking for to be added to the Hardware Sites category. Also, under software Sites places like:


and any other software oriented sites relating to robotics.

I got quite a bit going on today, but hopefully I can integrate this Links Directory today and we can all start filling it up:)

02-07-2008, 02:02 PM
Hey Everyone!

I just finished installing and integrating the TR Community Links Directory! It's pretty sweet! There's even a favorites list that allows you to save links to your account:)

As with any new integration there may be a few bugs, so if you find any bugs or have questions on if something can be added/modified or anything else, just post about it in the Feedback & Suggestions (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=66) forum, or contact me directly.

Oh yeah, to access the Links directory just click "Community Links" in the left hand navigation bar.


02-07-2008, 04:19 PM
Hey Guys,

Just an update. I'm working on trying to turn off that stupid validation so that your links show up right away. If bad links become a problem I'll have to turn it back on though, so just be sure that the link you enter is valid and correctly entered:)


02-07-2008, 05:22 PM
I take it I should keep my pr0n collection off of the "Hardware Sites" section?

02-07-2008, 06:31 PM
No, those are fine too :) (Until girls crash our robot party)

02-07-2008, 07:02 PM
lol... it's hard to find women interested in this stuff, or at least willing to admit their interest.