Materials and Supplies
The PRL sells certain materials for use in the lab. Please visit the lab to check current prices and inventory. If you are looking for something that we do not carry, speak with a CA or look under the Suppliers below. We are happy to help you find what you need.
- Duron sheets for laser cutting
- Bronze and aluminum alloys for sand casting
- Machinable blue wax
- Electronics components
- Sheet wood and plastic for laser cutting
- 3D printing materials
- Adhesive and heat transfer vinyl
- Cardboard and foam core
- Pink foam
Looking to buy materials, get services or get something done that isn't available at the PRL?
Here is a list of suppliers and service providers.
P.O. Box 54960, Los Angeles, CA
(562) 692-5911, (562) 641-2800
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Saturday 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Even if you don’t buy your metal, plastic, tools, screws, fasteners, etc. from McMaster, definitely use it as an encyclopedic reference. Sells and tells you about nearly everything you’d want to use in the machine shop or welding room. Pros: has an amazing selection and is a good material reference. Cons: Takes time to ship, kind of expensive.
505 East Bayshore Road, Redwood City, CA 94063
Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nearby metal supplier, has stacks of material of all kinds. They sell by the pound, it’s expensive by weight but being able to have it cut to just the right amount often makes it cheaper than McMaster-Carr. (Closing at the end of Summer 2023)
875 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Monday - Friday 7:30 am–8:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Great for small quantities, last-minute purchases, and easy access. Basic wood, small pieces of sheet metal, hinges, and fasteners sold by the box or by the screw. (don’t buy your hinges, clasps, or other hardware there) 7 minute bike ride from the PRL.
606 S B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Plastic, plastic, plastic. In all forms, colors, shapes, sizes. They cut to size, so like Alan Steel they can be cheaper than McMaster-Carr.
40 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (open till 8:00 Th), Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am -5:00 pm.
Great for small chunks for turning or single planks of interesting wood. Expensive in large amounts. Also sells wood tools.
2550 El Camino Real Redwood City, CA 94061
Monday, Friday, Saturday 9:30am - 5:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday 9:30am - 7:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Carries all sorts of art supplies, drafting equipment, markers, paints, picture frames and framing supplies.
METAL AND METALWORKING
2413 Zanker Rd., San Jose, CA, 95131
Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday 8:00am to 12:00pm
436 South Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
They also do sand and beadblasting. Very nice guy.
2140 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA 94577
Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
One of the best all-around places for aluminum and steel. Their prices are good, but they're a little far away. They have a ferrous and nonferrous yard as well.
30551 Huntwood Ave, Hayward, CA 94544
Huge electronics parts company, with live online help in case you can't find something you need.
1355 Shoreway Road, Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 592-8097 or (800) 831-4242
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm.
Call in your order and pick it up an hour later... or show up, place your order, and wait 15 minutes while they fill it. They carry pretty much everything electronic.
308 Walnut Street, Redwood City, CA 94063
Monday - Saturday 9am - 9pm, Sunday 10am - 6pm
Fabric, sewing supplies, thread, notions, buttons. Huge.
146 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm
This is it in terms of fabrics around here. These folks have it all. And we mean ALL. The staff is super helpful and will cut swatches of any fabric.
3722 SE 21st Ave.,Portland, OR 97202
Sells a huge variety of glass and supplies. One of the best glassworking resources in the country.
1781 E Bayshore Road,East Palo Alto, CA 94303 and 1125 Old County Road, San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 462-6800 or (650) 592 - 9200
Monday - Saturday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sunday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
now only online
P.O. Box 796, 126 Second Street, Oakland, CA 94604
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, closed 12:30-1:30 for lunch.
Clock and watch parts, too.
360 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301
Monday - Friday 7:00 am -5:30 pm, Saturday 8:00 am -5:00 pm
House paints, wood finishes, spray cans -- krylon. Somewhat expensive, but close and complete.
1177 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA 90407
Monday - Friday 8:00 am -5:00 pm
Automotive lacquers, fillers, sandpaper, tools. Great selection, will mix colors
255 E Brokaw Road, San Jose, CA 95112
Seals, O-rings, Oilite Bushings, Plastic Bushings, Snap Rings, Rubber tubing, thread adhesive (locktight) Sometimes not too helpful, and frequently enforce minimum quantities.
1190 Kern Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085-3907
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Huge catalog and great web site for just about any part you could need.
210 Phelan Avenue, San Jose, CA 95112
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Saturday 8:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Wood - hardwood and softwood. Great selection, good prices, nice people.
134 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040
Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 5 pm, Saturday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Decent selection of woods, and wood finishing supplies (oils, sandpapers, etc.). If you're looking for hardwood, drive the extra few miles to Minton's Lumber down the street.
78 Lindbergh Ave., Livermore, CA 94551
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
5316 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm Central
Lots of miscellaneous science stuff. Cheap. Look here for any random kind of stuff. Great website with hilarious descriptions.