Bernie Thompson -- Thursday, December 14, 2006
“Makers” are geeks who build custom creations out of more than bits. Make Magazine has popularized this, but it’s also part of the larger prosumer trend. This is more common than you’d think, and it’s easy to start with small projects like this cool Sun Jar.
When you’re looking for parts for a robotics, mechanical, or device project, it’s sometimes hard to find what you need. The part names can overlap with other common words, which then throws off a regular search (for example, try searching for an “ARM cable” when you’re actually looking for a cable for an Advanced Risc Machines CPU board). Or, more commonly, news and press releases come up in results ahead of the products you’re actually looking for.
So here’s an attempt to apply Google’s Custom Search to produce better results for anyone sourcing industrial or electrical parts for your next creation. I’ve collected the best resources on the web I know of for finding this stuff.
If you’re a Maker, let me know if you find it useful or if you know of other good sites to add. Just enter the kind of part you’re looking for into the search box immediately below.
You can also get a page to bookmark (and a google gadget, etc) with the same results at the homepage for this custom search.