How do I get materials, fasteners or supplies?

Fasteners are currently available from MECH’s shop stores during Student Shop hours (typically 10:00 am – 4:30 pm).

ECE Stores in MCLD 112b is setting up a supply of mechanical hardware items which all students in MECH and ECE will be able to access during regular business hours. Stay tuned!

ECE’s machine shop (MCLD ) has agreed to offer MECH access to its limited stock of fasteners during times when the MECH student Shop is closed. ECE shop hours are typically 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily.

There are 4 general options for getting materials::

  1. For small amounts, please look in the free scrap bin in the machine shop (near the Johnson vertical band saw). This is for Eligible Student Shop Users Only.
  2. Buy materials from our shop with a UBC Speed Chart code by coming to the Student Shop during open hours. Get the code from your faculty supervisor/instructor or student team captain. (Shop material prices can be found here.) This is for Eligible Student Shop Users Only.
  3. Order materials through ECE’s purchasing and receiving department.
  4. Order materials directly from a supplier such as Metal Supermarkets*, Industrial Plastics and Paints, McMaster Carr, etc. (please follow the posted shipping procedure if you are having items shipped to the department).

*Metal Supermarkets (Richmond) offers free shipping to UBC Campus every Wednesday.

As of October 22, 2018, we are no longer able to offer small order purchases from McMaster Carr.

Please contact Purchasing (ECE Purchasing, Stores and Receiving MCLD Room 112b)

***We do not sell materials for personal use or to persons from outside the department.***


The shop normally stocks the following



mild steel

C1018   sheets 24 gauge to 12 gauge, plates 1/8″ – 1/2″,  12″ x 12″, 12″ x24″, “24” x 48″




plate 3/16″- 1/2″ thick 12″ x 12″, 12″ x24″, “24” x 48″

rounds 1/4″ dia – 5″ dia. x 12″ lengths


5052-H32   sheets 24 ga. – 12 ga. 12″ x 12″, 12″ x24″, “24” x 48″ (good for bending)


music wire (spring temper) 0.009″ dia to 0.080″ dia x 12″ lengths


spring steel (stainless annealed PH17-7) strip form ~2″ widths, thicknesses 0.032″ – 0.09″(heat treating oven is available in shop)




sheet 1/16″- 1/2″ thick 12″ x 12″, 12″ x24″, “24” x 48″



sheet 1/4″- 1/2″ thick 12″ x 12″, 12″ x24″, “24” x 48″


Delrin (black)

rounds 1/4″ dia. – 2″ dia.  x 12″ lengths



fir structural grade plywood

1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″ – 24″x 24″, 24″x48″