When it comes to creating finishing touches, the structural integrity or even an enclosure for your project, materials of all sorts can be used. At ECE, we maintain a stock of materials to help our students/ faculty and staff with their project creation. To better help you with your projects and your endeavours, please take a look at the list of commonly stocked materials we have and use it to figure out the exact material, quantity, and size you need. Please take into consideration that materials cost the department money so please ONLY request materials after you have tested you design through. Should you have any questions about the feasibility and realization of your projects, please feel free to contact the machinist or the technical services manager for tips.
* This is a complete list of materials we typically have in stock, availability varies depending on the project courses.
Important Terms to Know:
ID – Stands for “Inner Diameter”. Applies to Pipes as they are measured using the ID.
OD – Stands for “Outer Diameter”. Applies to Tubes as they are measured using the OD.
Gauge – A standardized measurement of thickness for steel sheets
Thou – Stands for “thousands of an inch”
*NOTE – Because many materials are made in the USA, the units of measurements are often in Imperial.
Please DOUBLE CHECK your units as there might be confusion between Metric and Imperial.
Sheets of Aluminum are available for project fabrication. Aluminum is a softer material compared to steel and more malleable. Aluminum comes in "thou" measurements. At ECE, we usually carry the following thickness material:
|thou (thousandths of an inch)||thickness (approx. in inches)|
Width and length can usually be custom requested (however, when requesting, please make sure that you include all dimensions and are specific about the thickness, width and length.
For more information about aluminium sheets please click HERE
Pipe stock and tubes are available from the machine shop and these are the usual dimensions we carry for. Please note that pipes are measured by INNER DIAMETER while tubes are measured by OUTER DIAMETER . These are nominal sized, which means the numbers are rounded off, hence there are rooms for error with the measurements.
Pipes comes in 1 inch, 1.5 inch, 2 inch measurements and in both plastic and steel materials.
Tubes comes in 0.5 inch, 0.75 inch, 1 inch, 1.25 inch dimensions.
Because pipes and tubes aren't as often used, additional dimensions can be requested and the machinist can try to source it for you. Please request your materials via via the "request materials page".
Plastics (primarily acrylic) sheets are available for order for projects and these are the sizes/thicknesses they come in:
1/16 inch, 1/8 inch, 3/16 inch, 5/16 inch, 5/16 inch, 1/4 inch.
The values have nominal values, meaning that there are room for error. The largest width and length they come in is 4 feet by 8 feet. However, the machinist cut the size you would like. You can do so by placing an order the "request materials" page on this site.
Mild steel sheets are available for project production and at ECE we generally carry them in 2 Gauge increments from 24 to 16 Gauge. Gauge is a common form of measurement for thickness of mild steel sheets and below is a table that gives the conversion of steel sheets.
|Gauge||Thickness (in inches)|
At ECE 3 main types of wood is available for projects. Each different type has its own dimension and thickness.
Door Skin - this is a type of plywood but not as sturdy. This comes in one thickness size and that is 1/8th inch.
Dimensioned Lumber - these come in nominal dimensions of height x width (measured in inches). 2x4; 2x6; 2x8 while the length can be customized up to 8 feet. For more information about dimensioned lumber, please CLICK HERE
Plywood - 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch, 1/2 inch, 5/8 inch, 3/4 inch (measured in thickness). For more information about plywood, please CLICK HERE.
To order lumber for your project, please submit a request with your desired dimensions of your materials via the "request materials page".