For designers of all disciplines, includes information about over 4,500 material, including fabrics, ceramics, metals, and polymers. Material Connextion includes images of the materials and contact information for manufacturers.
Grainger is one of the larger Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) businesses. (You can find others by searching the Web for MRO.) Like McMaster-Carr, it has many of the things you would find in a hardware store plus more specialized parts and equipment.
Published by the same organization as ThomasNet, this resource includes information about suppliers both inside and outside the United States. Contact information is included to request price information.
VCU Libraries Innovative Media (third floor, Cabell Library) has state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and a cross-platform editing lab for video, sound and graphics as well as large-format printing. Staff can help you create and illustrate your designs.
This book covers the basics of selecting materials for prototypes and of buy / build decisions. Examples are interspersed throughout the book. Despite end-of-chapter questions, this book reads more like a practical handbook for beginners than a textbook.
Written from an engineering perspective, this book describes the process and challenges of moving an idea into a manufactured product. The ramp up from design to production is described using a step-wise process, with outlines of GANTT charts and descriptions of the risks and costs to consider at each step.
Coving such topics as machining processing, press work, manufacturing estimating, and material management, this handbook gives readers ready access to information on specific subjects in manufacturing engineering.
From concept development to final production, this comprehensive text thoroughly examines the design, prototyping, and fabrication of engineering products and emphasizes modern developments in system modeling, analysis, and automatic control.