This is a curated list of resources that will be most helpful to our students, colleagues and collaborators.
Makerbot Thingiverse: Free 3d models for 3d printing - a massive repository including gears, rack and pinions and much more. Download and/or share your work!
Wolfram Alpha: massive collection of computational knowledge including material science, physics, geometry, and much more.
Visual Introduction to Machine Learning: Great link to visual collection.
http://507movements.com/ - understanding how various mechanisms work. Useful for inspiration as well.
Machines & Tools
Adafruit Industries - Mail-order electronics with amazing tutorials and other resources. Located in Brooklyn, NY.
Sparkfun - Mail-order electronics with amazing tutorials and other resources. Located in Colorado.
Robot Shop - Mail-order electronics. Located in Vermont and Quebec, Canada.
Inventables - Mail-order electronics. Located in Chicago, Illinois. Much of our hardware comes from here, so if you see something you like and want to know what it's called and where to get it, check out Inventables.com under Machine Components.
McMaster Carr - Amazing all-in-one source for prototyping supplies big and small.
PBC Linear - selection of high precision linear bearings, shafts, rails
Oddwires - Mail-order electronics. Located in San Ramon, California. *This where we get our kits made.
Makershed - Mail-order electronics. Located in Sebastopol, California.
Pololu - Electronic modules, motors, and mechanical fixtures like bearings, hubs, and motor mounts
Seeed Studio - Mail-order electronics. Located in Shenzhen, China.
Nordson EFD: automated dispensing systems, syringes, injectors and more
CUI Encoders - Optical encoders in a handy kit form - Absolute, Capacitive Modular Encoder Kits
Firefly - plug-in Grasshopper that connects Arduino and various inputs, to Sensors, Motors and Computer Vision tools to Grasshopper & Rhino.
3d Printing Related >>>
Repetier - Open source slicing software
Meshmixer by Autodesk Research:
Makerware for slicing and g-code
Replicator G Open Source
Silkworm - Silkworm is a plugin that translates Grasshopper and Rhino geometry into GCode for 3d printing.
McNeel / Rhino 3d Printing Wiki focused on creating .stl files using Rhino softwares for 3d printing
Monolith - voxel based topology optimization, coloration and many other functions for analysis and mesh gen. related to multi-material 3d Printing
Local Hardware Stores
Misc Local Materials
A great link that details easy ways to make snug acrylic joints: http://blog.ponoko.com/2010/06/17/how-to-make-snug-joints-in-acrylic/