Supply Order Tips

First, you should take an inventory of what you have in stock.  Put these into an excel document.  Then, using the different supply websites (below), find part numbers and prices.  Set up columns and equations such that when you type in a number of each part to order, a cost is calculated automatically.  This will help with the next step, which is deciding how much of each thing to order.  Have a loose idea of your overall budget when you do this.  Go through the most important items first, and then see how much money you have left to order the things that aren’t absolutely essential.  Another way to save money is to wait to order things until there is a sale happening.  Many of the supply companies have great sales on different types of items every few days that can help save your team lots of money!

Main Supply Sites:

McMaster-Carr: Good for raw materials and some tools.

MSC Supply Co: Good for general supplies and tools.

BoltDepot: Great selection of screws and bolts at good prices.

SmallParts: Raw materials, general supplies, etc…

Innovation FIRST Inc.: Wheels, electronics

J&L Industrial Supply: Tools

Other Supply Sites:

andymark.com

igus.com

legoeducation.com

pitsco.com: for tetrix parts

newark.com: electronics

antonline.com

jespares.com

Domino’s Pizza: for fueling the humans

NewEgg

PowerWerx: Anderson Pole Connectors

banebots.com: motors and gearboxes

oldtrailfabric.com cloth for bumpers

Bimba.com | Pneumatics

Rosebrand.com | Gaffers Tape

Hitechnic.com | Motors for FTC

Harborfreight.com | Tools

Diigit Robotics

http://first.logolocltd.com/ | FIRST Store