Here's a source of 3mm standoffs, like the ones under my GPS module. They are available at any computer store that sells PC parts. Fry's and Microcenter come to mind.
Simple...but a great idea Mr. Stephen.
Thanks for share..
You can get them in any length you want at McMaster Carr, if you live in the US.
Pololu Robotics and Electronics has a complete selection for reasonable prices: http://www.pololu.com/catalog/category/25
Ditto McMaster. They are white (natural) nylon color. I also have 4mm that I use instead because my stack begins with McMaster's anti-vibe mounts. Neoprene, 1/2" tall, 3/8" dia., female 4mm x2. They're handy. I use 1/2" dia. for camera iso. And I get cheap standard UPS overnight delivery here in Indianapolis since they ship for Chicago. Nice!
McMaster also has lots of dandy small hardware parts like SS socket head 3 and 4mm screws.
Unfortunately they will not ship to Canada unless you have an existing commercial account. Luckily I can order through work. I have a game I like to play "How late can you order, and still have it show up the next day?" My current record is 5:07 PM, and it arrives next day, in Canada, and the shipping charge is like $11!!! I don't know how they do it! Most amazing company ever!
Another time they blew me away, I had been building an order on the website, and then I had a question about one of the items. So I called, I got a customer service guy right away, no menu to go through. And the guy said "Hi, is this Robert Lefebvre? What can I do for you?" I was taken aback... how did he? Then I realized, they've just put all the modern tools together in a way that nobody else has ever done. Caller display told them who was calling, and I'm the guy that does a lot of the orders... So they must have popped it up on his computer. Then he already had the order that I was building up on his screen! So I asked a question about one of the parts, and they carry over 200,000 different items, and the guy gave me a knowledgable answer right off the bat! It was amazing. Then he says "So do you want me to put this order through?" "Ok sure." "Alright, done, you'll have this tomorrow." "Don't you need some shipping information, billing info?" "Nope, you guys are all set up in the system already."
McMaster is amazing. I've ordered on Sunday afternoon and it STILL gets here on Monday afternoon UPS. The items are packed in baggies labeled with their matching number from the packing list.
The standoffs are available in nylon for less weight and more RF transparency. And they're metric.
Other hard-to-find items I found at McMaster: self-fusing tape (epoxy), Wiha hand tools like metric ball drivers and socket drivers, neoprene vibration damping mounts, acrylic bullseye level (level the quad).
McMaster has a permanent bookmark in my drone list.
For those in Canada, consider digi-key for metric standoffs/hardware. I've ordered at around midnight and had stuff before 10AM the same day (amazing! since it comes from U.S.), $8 shipping IIRC, and no minimum. "Standoffs" and "metric spacers" are your search terms.
Yeah, had an MC account at work, and their huge printed cat is one of my prized books...but retired so the cat is my "what's out there" dream book.
^ Really? I didn't even know they had one, last time I asked about how they got stuff here so fast they said they didn't have a warehouse in Canada...but that was some years ago. I'm in Toronto, and everything says Thief River Falls MN as return address, but I've never returned anything...probably just corp. address by default.
digi-key is a great place that's way too convenient and fast to get parts from for those late-night ideas that might not seem so hot after a sleep...
Really? I've been wanting to order from digi-key, but I'm always afraid of the shipping charges. You just never know. Buy $5 worth of stuff and pay $50 for UPS shipping...
Does it matter if I'm at Digi-Key.ca or .com?
I would throw the MC book out, because their website is amazing. The search function REALLY works, and there's so much info.
You can search for something and, not only does it return *everything* with that word in it (unlike this Ning search... <cough>) but they also often come back with basically "are you actually looking for this?" because sometimes you don't know the word for what you're looking for, but they seem to have figured out what the common wrong searches are.
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