Make. Create. Build.
Make. Create. Build.
It always fun to create things on your own. Thanks to the technology these days that bring the gap closer for everybody to create something out from your mind. Personally, I am not expert either, yes. No background, no PhD or not even a simple certificate of all that electronic or mechanical engineering etc, but passionate to MAKE.
4 years ago I can only draw things and robots on paper and now I can really make those drawing into physical objects. Once your driven by your passionate you will never know how far you can go. Have you ever had any interesting idea after watching a Sci-Fi movie or book? DO IT! Just do it. All answers are out there for you to discover.
Well, Yes and No. I do like to play with kids so Yes, I do have couple kids from neighbors around Markham area after school; and No, because I am in contract as e-Learning developer in the bank, so I don't really focus on this as full time. Be a maker is my hobby. I got a family to fees like everyone else ;)
We can keep in touch online for now and if you or your kids really interested in this fun field. You are more than welcome to be part of maker community. It's not just learned things from single person, we are actually learn from each other. Maybe some day you can bring your kid to my basement and have some fun.
Locally, HomeDepot and Canadian Tier are my favorite stores. Some electronic items or hardware you can search for Sayal and your local hardware store such as Home hardware or Concord hardware etc.
Otherwise, eBay and BrickLink are my choices online but sometime it's a bit risk to buy cheappy stuff from China on eBay. Oh, did I mention sometimes it's fun to drive around the city when garbage collecting day? or if lucky you might drop by local gar(b)age sale for a treasure hunt.
Where can I find all these things?
In local (Markham area):
I shop around local pretty often. For general hardware I go Homedepot, Princess Auto, Home hardware or Canadian Tire.
For most of Robotics needs: Canada Robotics in Markham.
For electronic needs I go Sayal in Scarborough and RIchmond Hill.
For metal supplies I go Metal Supermarket in Scarborough in 45 Ironside Cres.
Also for bearing or sprocket I go Canadian Bearing - 1200 Tapscott Rd, Scarborough
For plastic parts like polycarbonate I go Piedmont Plastic in Markham - 938 Tapscott Rd,
For LiPo batteries or other R/C needs I go Advanced R/C Hobby in Markham (Woodbine & Hwy7).
However, things are pretty expensive in local so I rather buying things online if I am not in rush.
On the net:
In general I used eBay a lot for almost everything like LEDs, wires, switches etc;
2nd choice would be Hobby King;
And 3rd choice goes to Amazon.ca.
Otherwise, you can almost find everything to build robot in Robotshop. But they are a bit pricy thou.
I also check Sparkfun, Seeed and DFrobot every week.
For LEGO parts I go Brick Link, the site is very good for you when looking for particular pieces.
I am using RostockMax, Printrbot and I3 for 3d printing and my files for 3D printed robots are at thingiverse.com and direct link to my design are here: http://www.thingiverse.com/hardmouse/designs
During the Toronto Maker Faire 2014 many people drop by and ask me for details. I apologized if I provide any incorrect resources links because I could remember the exact URL. If you still wondering some parts I didn't mentioned above and you want to know, please write me an email and I will be happy to assists you.