There’s a wealth of places to find raw materials and components in Singapore, if you know where to look. Not many shops here have a huge online presence, so often you’ll need to make a physical trip down to get what you want.
Sim Lim Tower
10 Jalan Besar
Too many electronics shops to count! Mostly concentrated in the basement and on the third floor. One of the more interesting shops is Kaichin Industrial on the third floor, with a wide selection of salvaged parts from industrial machines, eg stepper motors (floppies to NEMA23s and above), linear stages, etc.
RS Components Singapore
Online electronics suppliers for the not-so-common components like AVR chips and kits. RS also has a selection of hardware tools and stock.
Tools and Hardware
Ubi/Changi/Jurong/Toh Guan locations
Power tools, hand tools, taps, dies, drill bits, nuts, bolts, adhesives, paints…
Acrylic and other plastics
Bras Basah Complex,
Blk 231 Bain Street #02-99
Tel: 6382 3232
For ready made acrylic things like cases.
Ubi Road 3, 01-98/99
Tel: 6743 6100
For acrylic, PC and PVC stock. They provide a cutting service as well.
Kelantan Road & Kelantan Lane
A number of shops in the area sell aluminium/copper/iron/brass rods/sheets, as well as nuts, bolts and screws of various sizes.
Ubi Industrial Estate
A number of shops sell aluminium, iron and steel stock in this area.
Sungei Kadut Industrial Estate
All the wood suppliers in Singapore seem to be concentrated in this area.
Lots of fabric shops, although most deal only with cotton and silk. Gim Joo Textile (90 Arab Street) sells pleather and other usual fabrics however.
Daiso has practically everything. Well, almost. Wood blocks, MDF, engraving bits, cutting knives, polymer clay, velcro, nichrome wire for building your own foam cutters…
Nearly every major HDB residential estate has at least a sundry store. While their selection varies with location, phase of the moon, and so on, they’re generally a good place to look for things such as cheap laser pointers, interchangeable tool driver sets (with Torx and other weirder bits), POV minifans, radios, stopwatches and other household electronics products.
Just cruise around HDB void decks and landed housing residential areas. Singaporeans have a habit of upgrading their consumer electronics frequently (and unnecessarily, but just because they need to have the latest whatever), so it’s often trivial to pick up thrown-out computers, printers, toys, golf bags and other things. You only need to get there before the karang guni guy does.
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I’ve been looking for this info for a while, and not been getting anywhere. Thanks, this is exactly what I needed. Like your other posts too, keep hacking!
Glad you have found it useful. Wish I had more time to do and post more cool stuff!
Thank you for sharing this article, it’s really informative…
Do you know where to get high-density styrofoam (the ones for RC planes), apart from Art-Friend?
@ joel u could get em from styrofoam boxes and cut them out and thin em with nichrome wire stretched across a piece of wood using rubber bands and hook a 9 volt battery to it
Thanks for sharing your resource online,
I wonder you know of any shops that sell 9vdc mini-motor and pulley parts for small children project like building a toy car. Thanks you in advance.
Sim Lim Tower has many electronics shops that sell DIY electric car kits, gears and other components. You can either buy your own components, or purchase all-in-one kits there.
For custom acrylics go to “Good Strong Gum” on Ubi Ave 2. (Yes, that’s really the name)