Providing Engineers with Tailored Manufacturing
Materials Direct is a division of Universal Science and was founded by James Stratford in April 2002. James is a design engineer himself and has worked in the thermal management of electronics markets, consulting with many of the well-known brands in electronics around Europe and global Multinationals.
Like many engineers, James found he could not get the materials needed to be made quickly and would often face long waiting times. For this reason, he set out to find a solution.
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Custom Cut Parts
For The Lowest Price, In The Fastest Time Possible
James founded Materials Direct and set out to create a service where engineers and electricians could get the materials they needed, when they needed, without it costing a fortune.
The need for technical materials to be delivered quickly was answered by Materials Direct with its new online custom ordering system, which allows its customers to order custom-designed parts quickly, and with no extra cost.
Universal Science is the mothering company of Materials Direct and has an established history in two defined areas of operation; thermal management of electronic assemblies and LED lighting assemblies.
With 19 years in operation, Universal Science has become a global organisation. Established in 2002, their team of experts have 29 years of experience in thermal management and LED lighting solutions.
At Materials Direct, we are not only working to provide customers with high-quality and convenient manufacturing service, but we are also working hard to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
To reduce the amount of waste that occurs during production, we only send the materials that the customer requires. We then make parts from the remaining materials for other customers. This allows us to reduce the cost price to customers as they only pay for what they receive; whilst also reducing waste, as no scrap is left unused.
No Tooling Charge
There is NEVER a tooling charge for manufacturing
Parts made & shipped worldwide in as little as 24 hours
Technical expertise available from our specialists
100% Payment Secure
We ensure secure payment with SagePay
Getting You The Materials You Need,
When You Need Them
Unlike other manufacturing companies, Materials Direct Promises to get you the custom cut parts you need in the quickest time possible.
We can get custom parts made and shipped within 24 hours when the materials are in stock and will NEVER charge for tooling. This saves you both time and money on parts that made to your own specification.
Materials direct partners with top brands in the industry, ensuring that that you only receive high quality materials from the suppliers you trust.
Purchasing Made Easy
The main problem for design engineers and purchasing has been until now the quick supply of parts as often the custom pad is one of the last items to be specified in the design of an Electronic assembly.
Materials Direct not only provides an instant quote but gives the buyer the offer of uploading their custom design for it to be manufactured within 24hours if the material is in stock.
Get an online quote
for the part / gasket
Upload your design
Place and pay
for your order
Parts dispatched to you
in as little as 24 hours.
Custom Cut Materials
Materials Direct is approaching this market in a way that is easy to order and specify in Electronics across all industries. Customers who need a certain brand of material that does not appear on the site can apply for us to add this stock to the site’s portfolio based on potential usage.
We Provide Technical Materials from Trusted Brands
You’ll find a wide range of technical materials at Materials Direct. We cater for the conversion of sheet materials into custom parts such as custom pads, gaskets, and standard shapes to suit applications in both the electrical and engineering sectors. We only source these materials from trusted brands.
Very fast reply, very good order following and delivery in 24H. to recap a verry good experience with Materials Direct for a verry urgent need. I recommend a lot.
'Having the ability to be supplied with precision cut materials for prototypes within 2 days has been excellent!’
'We have the need for small to medium batch sizes of various technical materials and Materials Direct have been highly responsive to our urgent needs'
‘We have had to change our designs in the development stages three times. Materials Direct did not charge for these changes as the sizes stayed the same. Excellent!’
‘Precision and high quality of parts received have been consistently to a high standard.’
'Buying online with Materials Direct has proven to be more efficient in time and deliveries, especially when scheduling future orders.’
All of our suppliers are stakeholders as they get their products into designs in the quickest possible way. We offer their most used materials as well as showcase their new products. If you are a supplier and wish to be included on our website please feel free to contact us and apply.
Explore Our Product Range
Materials Direct offers a wide range of products to suit your electrical and engineering specifications.
Thermal Interface Materials
Thermal Interface materials allow design engineers to create better designs with more complete thermal management, starting at the device level.
Tapes & Adhesives
For a wide variety of applications including installation, repair, insulating, reinforcement, bonding, chemical and paint masking, and erosion protection.
At Materials Direct we offer a wide range of sealing gasket materials and parts, custom cut to meet a wide range of applications.
LED Optical Materials
Materials that help you to enhance the performance and durability of your LED lighting assemblies; from Light shaping to LED protection.
EMI / RFI Shielding
A wide range of our technical materials deliver high-quality EMI / RFI shielding to your applications or can be specially coated to do so.
Materials Direct Offers A Wide Range of Services
Materials Direct works to ensure that the best method is used to create your custom parts. With our extensive experience and knowledge, we ensure that the most sustainable method is chosen, whilst delivering the highest quality and precision.
Supplying Technical Materials
To a Range of Sectors
Each sector has its own unique requirements and specifications. Materials Direct works to ensure that each sector we supply to, receives the highest quality and best-performing products in relation to their industry and specific need.
The Aerospace industry demands the highest performing, most reliable technical materials to protect their electronic assemblies.
Automotive / EV
Automotive applications range from Engine management systems to motor drive controllers and custom-made gaskets and pads.
Industrial electronics are robust, have long lifetimes, are cost-sensitive, and suitable for use within difficult environments.
Sufficient thermal management in LED lighting can preserve longevity, increase reliability and optimise performance.
Materials used in military applications need to be of the highest quality and performance, often very rugged to very exacting standards.