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Material Vendors

Below you will find a list of Material Vendors with a short description of each one. 


Wood
  • Owl lumber - best for all of your lumber needs for the woodshop or fablab. If you are buying plywood from here to laser cut make sure that it is 1/8" birch plywood. Try to stay away from buying any laser cut materials from Home Depot. 
  • Wood World , best for furniture grade lumber. 
  • Home Depot - Last resort, Do not buy anything from here for laser cutting!

Metal
Natalie's email: Nataliem@uic.edu




Industrial supply
  • McMaster-Carr   
    • Everything from hardware to cleaning supplies
  • Grainger

    • Industrial supplies, hand tools, everything
  • Inventables.com 

    • Hardware store for designers, we suggest that you buy all your acrylic from here or from



Plastics 
    • Hardware store for designers, we suggest that you buy all your acrylic from here or from Petersen Brothers Plastics

    • Chicago's oldest Custom Acrylic Fabricator and Plastics Distributor, we recommend you buy all of your acrylic (cast only) from here. 






Paint



Electronics/ Tech
  • Adafruit.com, all things nerdy and tech related. LED's, stepper motors, ardunio's, rasberry pi's, instructional kits, robots, 3D printers, CNC, etc...
  • SparkFun Electronics, Similar to Adafruit.com, not as user friendly but normally cheaper, not as reliable of parts as adafruit. 
  • Seeedstudio.com, Similar to the previous two, except more variety in buttons, and basic components. 

Paper/ Sticker paper





     
    Composites / Mold making
    • Eager Polymersis your one-stop source for all mold-making and casting projects. You will find that our Web Site is the most comprehensive in the industry, filled with hundreds of pages of How-To information, technical data sheets, and helpful hints.   Double check with a projectlab/fablab specialist before getting anything from here. Make sure that it is ok to use materials in the labs. 
    • Smooth-On



    Salvaged
    • Rebuilding Exchange , Do not use anything from here in the shop or fablab without first checking with Nathan, Natalie or Nick. Everything here is salvaged meaning that there will most likely still be nails, screws, stain, etc.. still in material. 


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