Materials

Need to purchase materials to work with in the Thingspace?

Local purchasing options (closest to farthest, see map below for locations):

Blick Art Materials (261 West 125th): Mostly paints and painting supplies, but some craft items and sculpting tools as well

Dykes Lumber (124 East 124th St): Good source for lumber and hardware, mostly used to bulk orders, but can do smaller sales

Michaels Craft Store (808 Columbus Ave): Good source for craft materials, but can be pricey

The Home Depot (980 Third Ave): Lumber, foam, tools, hardware, various other craft materials

Mood Fabrics (225 West 37th St): Iconic fabric store with a wide range of materials

BeadKraft (1231 Broadway): Great source for jewelry making supplies

Compleat Sculptor (90 Vandam St): Excellent store for molding and casting supplies and sculpting tools, very knowledgable staff

Tinkersphere (152 Allen St): One of the only stores left that sells electronics components for tinkerers since Radio Shack closed

Canal Plastic Center (345 Canal St): Great source for laserable plastic, wide range of styles, sizes and colors available

 

Online options:

McMaster Carr: http://www.mcmaster.com – Variety of materials including metalworking and laser.  Some items may not be laser appropriate. Check with supervisor before purchase.
Adafruithttps://www.adafruit.com/ – DIY electronics components and kits
Sparkfun: https://www.sparkfun.com/ -DIY electronics components and kits
Johnson Plasticshttps://www.johnsonplastics.com/  – Laser engravable materials
Micromarkhttps://www.micromark.com/ – A company specializing in small tools and materials for scale models
Hobby Kinghttps://hobbyking.com/ – Tools, components and 3D printer filament

 

Buying Tips:
Always look for safer, non-toxic, environmentally alternative options when applicable.  (i.e. low-VOC content for aerosols and other fume producing materials, using glue gun instead of epoxy for light work).

Informational Charts

Glues

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Sources: http://lifehacker.com/5875781/this-glue-chart-guides-you-through-which-glue-to-use-where
http://lifehacker.com/find-the-right-glue-for-any-diy-project-with-this-chart-1767046521
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