When your building a project, you'll often need a few bits and pieces of hardware such as heatsinks, screws, standoffs, or other materials such as copper tape.

Couplers / Collars

If you're connecting shafts of two different sizes or even two of the same, you'll need a coupler to join them. be sure to pay attention to the Imperial vs. Metric sizes.

This is a small selection of our maker favorites, if you're after more options, check out our full range of Couplers and Collars.

  1. Aluminum Flex Shaft Coupler - 5mm to 8mm
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    100% of 100
    SKU: ADA1176 Brand: Adafruit
    Connect this to that with a set-screw coupler. These couplers are made of machined aluminum and have a spiral cut that makes them slightly flexible so they can be...
    $10.35 AUD, inc GST
    As low as $9.63 AUD, inc GST
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    16 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th

Gearboxes

We've got different configurations of gearboxes to suit any project, however, bear in mind that these are plastic gear boxes, perfect for high speed, low torque, but for high torque applications where a lot of strain is being placed on the gears, you'd be better off with a metal gear motor.

  1. Tamiya 70168 Double Gearbox Kit
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    100% of 100
    SKU: POLOLU-114 Brand: Pololu
    Tamiya’s double gearbox packs two independent gear trains into a compact and affordable package that is great for small mobile robots. Each side can be assembled to have one of four gear ratios: 12.7:1, 38:1, 115:1, or 344:1.
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    0 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Available with 4 to 7 day lead time
  2. Tamiya 70167 Single Gearbox (4-Speed) Kit
    SKU: POLOLU-118 Brand: Pololu
    The single gearbox is perfect if you like the gear ratio options of the 70168 double gearbox but need just one motor or added flexibility in positioning multiple output shafts. Available gear ratios are: 12.7:1, 38:1, 115:1, or 344:1.
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    3 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th
  3. Tamiya 70097 Twin-Motor Gearbox Kit
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    100% of 100
    SKU: POLOLU-61 Brand: Pololu
    Tamiya’s twin-motor gearbox consists of two independent brushed DC motors and gearboxes in one compact housing, making it perfect for small robots. You can assemble the gearboxes to have a 58:1 or a 204:1 gear ratio.
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    3 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th

Screws & Nuts

Smaller screws are common in electronics for securing components together, mounting standoffs, or assembling your world dominating robot.

  1. Mounting Kit (Screws and Nuts)
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    100% of 100
    SKU: FIT0224 Brand: DFRobot
    This mounting kit provides you different types of screws and nuts which are most commonly used in DFRobot's projects here at DFRobot. We use them to mount circuit boards and help build robots.
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    3 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th
  2. 10 sets M3x20 screw low profile hex head cap screw
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    SKU: FIT0274 Brand: DFRobot
    These are M3 hex head cap screw, which provides a more secure way to install circuit boards, sensors and mechanical mounting.
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    9 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th

Spacers & Standoffs

Standoffs are useful for mounting circuit boards, hardware, and anything that has holes for standard screw sizes. Be sure to choose nylon if they'll make contact with electrically sensitive components.

  1. 10 sets M3 * 10 hexagonal standoffs mounting kit
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    100% of 100
    SKU: FIT0063 Brand: DFRobot
    Suitable for all kinds of circuit boards, sensors, mechanical support of the installation. They are great for building a multi-level robot chassis. This 10-pack of standoffs includes 10 sets screws and nuts for securing the top of the standoff to your project.
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    18 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th

Structural

No matter how fancy your motors and electronics are, every robotics project still needs some quality hardware to bring it all together.

This is a small selection of our maker favorites, if you're after more options, check out our full range of Structural Hardware.

  1. Pololu Stamped Aluminum L-Bracket for NEMA 17 Stepper Motors
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    100% of 100
    SKU: POLOLU-2266 Brand: Pololu
    This black anodized aluminum bracket lets you securely mount typical NEMA 17-size stepper motors to your project. The bracket features several slots and holes for a wide variety of mounting solutions, and four M3×6mm screws are included for securing the motor to the bracket.
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    2 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th
  2. Angle Bracket - 4-40
    SKU: PRT-10228 Brand: Sparkfun
    These are very handy. They are simple angle brackets with one threaded and unthreaded hole. Use them for connecting PCBs at 90 degree angles, mounting accelerometers, gryros, etc. They can also be used on the universal plate set for mounting all sorts of sensors and such.
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    12 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th

Heatsinks

Heatsinks are used to dissipate heat from components which generate heat that might affect its performance or lifespan. Be sure to grab some heatsink compound or thermal tape to ensure maximum efficiency.

  1. 3pc Heatsink Kit for Raspberry Pi 4
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    97% of 100
    SKU: CE05645
    A low-cost pack of heat sinks that are perfectly sized for the Raspberry Pi. Attach each heat sink to the Pi using the attached self-adhesive layer, and get your Pi running 10 degrees cooler.
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    467 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th
  2. Pure Copper Heatsink Pack for LattePanda (5 pcs)
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    100% of 100
    SKU: FIT0506 Brand: LattePanda
    This tiny little orange heatsink is a perfect solution for cooling off small surface-mount components such as stepper motor drivers, CPUs on LattePanda or a similar mini PC. It is made of pure copper to increase heat dissipation and transfer for your machine running cooler in summer. A total of 5 pieces in this pack can cover all heat sources to ensure your LattePanda working at a stable temperature.
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    4 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th
  3. Aluminum Heatsink Cooling Fan for LattePanda
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    96% of 100
    SKU: FIT0504 Brand: LattePanda Guides (1)
    This fan is low noise and has a thermal pad on the back that can stick on the metal shield on the board. With its aluminum casing, heat from CPU will be absorbed fast, giving you better performance. This is a simple and effective way to make the LattePanda cool!
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    3 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th
  4. Raspberry Pi 4 Heatsink
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    92% of 100
    SKU: CE06512 Brand: Pimoroni
    This sizeable (40x30x5mm) heatsink in Pirate black will let you eek out some extra thermal performance from power-hungry tasks. Perfect for the Raspberry Pi 4!
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    155 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th

Materials

For all those bits and pieces that you might need for a project such as copper tape, ITO glass, or conductive paint, we've put them here.

  1. Copper Tape - Non-Conductive Adhesive 5mm (50ft)
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    100% of 100
    SKU: PRT-10561 Brand: Sparkfun Guides (1)
    Copper tape has countless applications in electronics from creating low-profile traces for electrical components to RF-shielding and antenna-making. Copper tape is even used to join things together using solder, like the stained glass on Tiffany lamps.
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    2 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th
  2. Bare Conductive - Electric Paint 1L
    SKU: CE05661 Brand: Bare Conductive
    Design, discover, create. Your design and electronics projects are about to change forever. Paint and print circuits and sensors or use as a conductive adhesive on almost anything including paper, plastic, textiles and conventional electronics. For permanent applications, or to create multi-layer circuitry, Electric Paint can be insulated using standard acrylic or water-based paints.
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    0 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Available with 4 to 16 day lead time
  3. Copper Tape - Conductive Adhesive, 5mm (50ft)
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    100% of 100
    SKU: PRT-13827 Brand: Sparkfun Guides (1)
    Adhesive Copper tape is a staple of any modern, STEM classroom. This roll of copper tape has conductive adhesive on one side, separated by a paper backing to the rest of the roll meaning you can cut it down, break it up and use it just as your classroom requires. It's one of the best DIY tools you can have at your disposal.
    $10.15 AUD, inc GST
    As low as $9.64 AUD, inc GST
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    50 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th
  4. Bare Conductive - Electric Paint Pen (10ml)
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    83% of 100
    SKU: CE05659 Brand: Bare Conductive
    Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint is just like any other water-based paint… except that it’s electrically conductive! This means that you can actually paint wires onto things like models, clothes, furniture, walls, almost anything you can think of. Standard acrylic or water-based paints can even be used alongside Electric Paint to act as insulation or to create multi-layer circuitry!
    $16.50 AUD, inc GST
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    33 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th

Mounts & Hubs

Attaching moving parts together can be challenging in a robotics project due to different mounting methods, and having the correct hubs and mounts can help immensely.

  1. Pololu Universal Aluminum Mounting Hub for 3mm Shaft, M3 Holes (2-Pack)
    SKU: POLOLU-1996 Brand: Pololu
    These universal aluminum mounting hubs allow you to mount custom wheels and mechanisms to 3 mm diameter motor shafts. The set includes two hubs, two M3 set screws for securing the hubs to motor shafts, and one 1.5 mm Allen wrench for use with the set screws. Each hub has four threaded mounting holes for M3 screws (not included).
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    2 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th
  2. 688zz 8mm Ball Bearings (10 pcs)
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    SKU: FIT0238 Brand: DFRobot
    These are 8mm ball bearings. They will fit on 8mm rods.
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    14 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th

Pulleys & Belts

When gears are too cumbersome or heavy, pulleys and timing belts are often used to transfer power from a drive shaft to another mechanism.

  1. Timing Belt GT2 Profile - 2mm pitch - 6mm wide 1164mm long
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    100% of 100
    SKU: ADA1184 Brand: Adafruit
    Timing belts are a fantastic way to transfer rotational motion (from a stepper motor) into linear motion (along a rail) and these GT2 belts are excellent for the...
    $19.80 AUD, inc GST
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    2 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th

Wheels

The wheels on your project go round and round, and we've got a selection of wheels perfect for any project big or small. Be sure to grab the correct mounting hardware to connect the wheel to your motor/drive shaft from the hardware section.

  1. Tamiya 70100 Track and Wheel Set
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    93% of 100
    SKU: POLOLU-106 Brand: Pololu
    The Tamiya 70100 Track and Wheel Set allows for a large degree of adjustability and creativity in designing your own robot. The set includes a variety of track lengths, sprockets, and wheels that are compatible with multiple Tamiya products.
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    2 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th
  2. Metal ball casters
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    80% of 100
    SKU: FIT0007 Brand: DFRobot
    Metal ball caster, 1mm thick steel plate from the machine stamping, it has the capbility to support 15KG payload.
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    6 from local stock, 1 supplier stock; your order will dispatch between Dec 1 to Dec 10. And yes, stock levels and lead times are accurate!

    Delivered by Jul 5th

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