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Here you will find profiles of some of our customers, who explain why they buy from Rapid, what they design, manufacture and sell themselves. You could feature too - if your story is worth telling please get in touch below.
If you thought that making music involved tinkling at the piano or strumming a guitar, think again. Sticking some electronics components and jumper wire into a breadboard, twiddling some
There is damaging guitars and there is damaging guitars. For the likes of Jimi Hendrix or Pete Townshend, smashing up a Fender Stratocaster or Gibson Les Paul was just part of the show.
David French doesn't just make headphones (although that would still be quite impressive). Under the name Muamp, he makes electrostatic headphones – the holy grail of the headphone world
When we sell 100 units of an OLED display, we are always a little intrigued about what they are being used for. Perhaps something more than a display in a PLC, or an output for a home-made electronics project? So it is always interesting to discover
Marlec Engineering – the oldest renewable energy company in the UK – is helping to keep the lights on, the laptop charged and the fridge working for boat owners around the world. Rapid helps to keep the blades of its low voltage wind turbines turning.
Rob Hammond is the third generation of his family to head up Hammond Manufacturing, the enclosure and power solutions company founded by his grandfather Oliver S. Hammond in Ontario, Canada in 1917. But his forebears were English – and also entrepreneurs by nature.
Security is paramount on construction sites. It is vitally important for site managers to control who gains entry and exit, as well as obtain accurate data on timekeeping and attendance, without slowing down productivity. This is where the work of construction software specialist Biosite comes in.
It is one of the great challenges of being an OEM. You've designed a product for a client. You've tested the prototype for usability, build quality and ingress protection.
While Rapid does business with customers from all over the UK and the world, it is always a pleasure to supply successful local businesses or start-ups: the well-known faces we see regularly in our trade counter, collecting their latest order or just popping in to pick up some essential components.
Fuzzboxes – where would rock 'n' roll be without them? Almost since the dawn of the electric guitar itself, musicians have been devising ways to distort the sound the instrument makes.
Paul Freshney is certainly a multi-tasker. A software developer since the early 1990s, he also produces microcontroller-based electronic kits that provide instruction at all levels of programming and circuit-building, as well as coding gaming and educational apps...
Ever thought of having a vintage multimeter on your mantelpiece, which provides the time rather than a voltage reading? Or a beautifully made clock containing nixie tubes?
David Edgar is an inventor and consultant engineer whose latest enterprise exploits the unique properties of graphene, the conductive 2D material championed as one of the most versatile new substances in electronics.
There is nothing amateur about amateur radio. It is full of highly skilled, passionate people like Nigel Booth whose hobby is also a way of life.
If you thought dolls houses were a relic from Edwardian childhoods, perhaps the work of Jennifer Smith can persuade you otherwise.
In a workshop in East London,
Dave Cranmerdesigns and builds all kinds of remarkable, bizarre
and beautiful machines.
Pete Griffiths is well known in the electronics world for Picprojects, a website on which he shares microcontroller projects, programs and circuits.
Staffordshire University student Edward Holmes has designed an electronic toy piano using a 555 timer chip as his base component. All the components were sourced from Rapid.
When Steve Jones founded BrightSparks4Kids in 2010, his aim was to produce a safe, fun and stimulating resource which would bring electronics alive for primary school children.
Not many cable professionals get their own blog on one of the most influential websites in the electronics trade. But then not many have the passion for their product as Nick Locke.
If you are paying overboard for PCB designs, there is an alternative. Robin Mitchell is a Masters of Engineering student who has launched his own business producing low-cost PCB boards for students and consumers alike.
If you spent your formative years mashing the arrow keys on a ZX Spectrum, or going through the levels on a Nintendo Gameboy, chances are you will have played a game developed by Tiertex Design Studios.
Musician, developer, lecturer, game designer, animator, teacher, hacker (in a good way), author, Matthew C. Applegate is one of those people whose talents defy traditional labels or boundaries.
Who would not want their very own lightsaber? Your boss would never mess with you again.
Most people are too young to remember those old evocatively decorated tins that used to hold tobacco, foodstuffs or other consumer goods, as they were at their peak in the first half of the 20th century.
We have all dreamed of being the lead guitarist in our favourite band, playing signature riffs or solos in front of thousands of adoring fans. But the reality is rather different from our tennis racket fantasy in front of the mirror.
An American manufacturer of bespoke guitar effects equipment goes to great lengths to source his components from Rapid Electronics.
Behind the doors of a workshop in Falmouth Sam Lanyon creates weird and wonderful interactive objects, all stunning to look at and even more interesting to operate.
What do you do with the products you buy from us? Whether hobby or business, if you have a story worth telling, contact us here and we will be in touch. Tell us more.