How do I get materials, fasteners or supplies?

Fasteners are available from ECE Stores in MCLD 112b. All students in MECH and ECE have access during regular business hours.

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 stock on hand in 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.


***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″

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  • Order Form
    Mechanical Engineering - Machine Shop

    This is what we offer:

    We try to help you with small orders from McMaster Carr
    Avoid shipping cost and enjoy easy ordering.
    Your order items will be tagged onto our weekly order which will be placed by Thursday evening.
    Typically, your order will be ready for pick-up by the following Tuesday.

    These are the rules:

    We only allow orders CAD$ 50,- or less.
    All the fields must be filled in truthfully.
    Currently, we only accept orders for McMaster Carr.
    In some cases, we may not be able to help (eg. special shipment, extra duty on the item, etc...)
    Take special care with your speed chart number, Name or student number and e-mail address - any
    loss due to inaccuracies will be carried by you.
    All form data will be used to track abuse.

    How it works:

    Place your order by filling in the following form. Your order will be tagged onto our order and we
    take care of placing the order and charging to the account specified by you.