Parts and Materials Experience

The following is a list of parts and materials I’ve worked with in designs over the years. This experience is very useful when creating new products because of existing knowledge about specifying parts or materials; the costs, advantages/disadvantages, etc. “Fingerspitzengef├╝hl” (practice) is very important when working with these aspects, but also the ability to perform technical calculations on the parts and materials (theory). This list is not exhaustive, and I’m always looking for new possibilities.

Parts (Onderdelen)

Mechanical Components (Mechanische Onderdelen)

  • Linear Guides and Slides [igus, Misumi] (Lineare Geleidingen)
  • Ball Bearings (Kogellagers)
  • Slide Bearings (Glijlagers)

Fasteners (Bevestigingsmaterialen)

  • Rivets (Popnagels)
  • Machine Screws
  • Velcro (Klitteband)
  • Circlips
  • Tension Pins

Semi-finished Products (Halffabrikaten)

  • item Rapid Construction Materials

Electromechanics (Electromechanische Onderdelen)

  • Switches; tact, momentary, rotary (Schakelaars)
  • Connectors [RF, Board-to-board, Power]
  • LED’s
  • Displays and Screens [LCD, TFT, OLED, VFD, LED matrix]
  • Encoders and Potentiometers
  • Batteries [NiMH, Li-Poly]
  • Antennas
  • Ventilators
  • Sensors [Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Hall, Temperature, Light, Force, Load Cell]
  • Motors [Brush, Brushless, Stepper, Synchronous, Servo]
  • Actuators

Materials (Materialen)

Metals (Metalen)

  • (Stainless) Steel (Staal, RVS)
  • Aluminium
  • Copper

Plastics (Kunststoffen)

  • Polypropylene [PP, E-PP]
  • HD/LD/HM/UHM-Polyethelene [PE]
  • PVC, E-PVC
  • Polycarbonate [PC]
  • Polylacticacid [PLA]
  • SEBS (“rubber”)
  • PMMA
  • Epoxy
  • Trespa


  • Wood
  • Rubbers


  • Carbon Fibre (Koolstofvezel)
  • Glass Fibre (Glasvezel)
  • Aluminium Sandwiches [dibond, alubond]