- Wikifactory | The All-In-One Product Development Platform - Welcome to the product development platform built for engineers, designed for everyone on the extended team
- ESI.info has been helping busy professionals create better environments for 25 years. We believe that whether it happens to be outdoors, indoors, commercial, industrial, public or residential, every great environment is based on sound decisions about who to work with and what materials to use. We’re here to support that decision-making process.
- http://www.instructables.com/id/CD-Art/ - paint black then pencil art on then scratch for shiney
- FLOPPYTABLE.com - http://i.imgur.com/OCxwL.gif
- This to That (Glue Advice) - Because people have a need to glue things to other things
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adhesive - also known as glue, cement, mucilage, or paste, is any substance applied to one surface, or both surfaces, of two separate items that binds them together and resists their separation. Adjectives may be used in conjunction with the word "adhesive" to describe properties based on the substance's physical or chemical form, the type of materials joined, or conditions under which it is applied.
The use of adhesives offers many advantages over binding techniques such as sewing, mechanical fastening, thermal bonding, etc. These include the ability to bind different materials together, to distribute stress more efficiently across the joint, the cost effectiveness of an easily mechanized process, an improvement in aesthetic design, and increased design flexibility. Disadvantages of adhesive use include decreased stability at high temperatures, relative weakness in bonding large objects with a small bonding surface area, and greater difficulty in separating objects during testing. Adhesives are typically organized by the method of adhesion. These are then organized into reactive and non-reactive adhesives, which refers to whether the adhesive chemically reacts in order to harden. Alternatively they can be organized by whether the raw stock is of natural or synthetic origin, or by their starting physical phase.
Adhesives may be found naturally or produced synthetically. The earliest human use of adhesive-like substances was approximately 200,000 years ago, when Neanderthals produced tar from the dry distillation of birch bark for use in binding stone tools to wooden handles.The first references to adhesives in literature first appeared in approximately 2000 BC. The Greeks and Romans made great contributions to the development of adhesives. In Europe, glue was not widely used until the period AD 1500–1700. From then until the 1900s increases in adhesive use and discovery were relatively gradual. Only since the last century has the development of synthetic adhesives accelerated rapidly, and innovation in the field continues to the present.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanoacrylate - a family of strong fast-acting adhesives with industrial, medical, and household uses. Cyanoacrylate adhesives have a short shelf life if not used, about one year from manufacture if unopened, and one month once opened. They have some minor toxicity. Cyanoacrylate adhesives are sometimes known generically as instant glues, power glues or superglues. The abbreviation "CA" is commonly used for industrial grades.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epoxy - either any of the basic components or the cured end products of epoxy resins, as well as a colloquial name for the epoxide functional group. Epoxy resins, also known as polyepoxides, are a class of reactive prepolymers and polymers which contain epoxide groups. Epoxy resins may be reacted (cross-linked) either with themselves through catalytic homopolymerisation, or with a wide range of co-reactants including polyfunctional amines, acids (and acid anhydrides), phenols, alcohols and thiols. These co-reactants are often referred to as hardeners or curatives, and the cross-linking reaction is commonly referred to as curing. Reaction of polyepoxides with themselves or with polyfunctional hardeners forms a thermosetting polymer, often with favorable mechanical properties and high thermal and chemical resistance. Epoxy has a wide range of applications, including metal coatings, use in electronics/electrical components/LEDs, high tension electrical insulators, paint brush manufacturing, fiber-reinforced plastic materials and structural adhesives.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refractory - materials are used in linings for furnaces, kilns, incinerators and reactors. They are also used to make crucibles and moulds for casting glass and metals and for surfacing flame deflector systems for rocket launch structures
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crucible - a container that can withstand very high temperatures and is used for metal, glass, and pigment production as well as a number of modern laboratory processes. While crucibles historically were usually made from clay, they can be made from any material that withstands temperatures high enough to melt or otherwise alter its contents.
- http://www.modroc.com/tips-on-using-modroc-modrock-plaster-of-paris-bandage-for-modelling/ - inside fake leather so greatly reduced melt risk
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_craft - the collection of art forms employing paper or card as the primary artistic medium for the creation of three-dimensional objects. It is the most widely used material in arts and crafts. It lends itself to a wide range of techniques, as it can for instance be folded, cut, glued, molded, stitched, or layered. Papermaking by hand is also an important paper craft. Painting and calligraphy though they are commonly applied as decoration are normally considered as separate arts or crafts.
- Fold N Fly ✈ - A database of paper airplanes with easy to follow folding instructions.  US Paper size, not A4. One can simply cut 2 cms from the tall end and have the same ratio as US paper.
- ClassicReload.com: Greatest Paper Airplanes
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fused_quartz - or fused silica is glass consisting of silica in amorphous (non-crystalline) form. It differs from traditional glasses in containing no other ingredients, which are typically added to glass to lower the melt temperature. Although the terms quartz and fused silica are used interchangeably, the fundamental structures and creation of each glass differ. Fused silica, therefore, has high working and melting temperatures. The optical and thermal properties of fused quartz are superior to those of other types of glass due to its purity. For these reasons, it finds use in situations such as semiconductor fabrication and laboratory equipment. It transmits ultraviolet better than other glasses, so is used to make lenses and optics for the ultraviolet spectrum. Its low coefficient of thermal expansion also makes it a useful material for precision mirror substrates.
- Animated Knots by Grog - How to Tie Knots, Fishing, Boating, Climbing, Scouting, Search and Rescue, Household, Decorative, Rope Care,
- YouTube: How to Tie the Sailmaker's Whipping
- The Worlwide List of Open Source Hardware Online Stores - MakingSociety - Latest update: October 2014.
- Secrets of the Little Blue Box - A story so incredible it may even make you feel sorry for the phone company 
- Dangerous Prototypes - blog, etc.
- Maker Pro - devoted to helping electrical makers build their skills through collaboration and expert advice
- Tindie - Buy and Sell Maker-Made Hardware Products
See also 3D printing
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerical_control - also computer numerical control, abbreviated CNC) is the automated control of machining tools (such as drills, lathes, mills, grinders, routers and 3D printers) by means of a computer. A CNC machine processes a piece of material (metal, plastic, wood, ceramic, or composite) to meet specifications by following coded programmed instructions and without a manual operator directly controlling the machining operation.
A CNC machine is a motorized maneuverable tool and often a motorized maneuverable platform, which are both controlled by a computer, according to specific input instructions. Instructions are delivered to a CNC machine in the form of a sequential program of machine control instructions such as G-code and M-code, and then executed. The program can be written by a person or, far more often, generated by graphical computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software. In the case of 3D printers, the part to be printed is "sliced" before the instructions (or the program) are generated. 3D printers also use G-Code.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canned_cycle - a way of conveniently performing repetitive CNC machine operations. Canned cycles automate certain machining functions such as drilling, boring, threading, pocketing, etc... Canned cycles are so called because they allow a concise way to program a machine to produce a feature of a part. A canned cycle is also known as a fixed cycle. A canned cycle is usually permanently stored as a pre-program in the machine's controller and cannot be altered by the user.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-code - also RS-274, is the most widely used computer numerical control (CNC) and 3D printing programming language. It is used mainly in computer-aided manufacturing to control automated machine tools, as well as for 3D-printer slicer applications. The G stands for geometry. G-code has many variants.
- https://reprap.org/wiki/G-code - tries to describe the flavour of G-codes that the RepRap firmwares use and how they work
- Maslow - a community driven open source project with the goal of making large format CNC technology available to everyone. We believe in a world where people everywhere can collaborate, share, and build amazing things together.
- https://github.com/stribor/Candle - GRBL controller application with G-Code visualizer written in Qt.
- https://github.com/JarrettR/QuickJoint - extension to help rapidly prototype 3D assemblies using a laser cutter, CNC router, waterjet cutter, or similar 2D process.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_cutting - a technology that uses a laser to vaporize materials, resulting in a cut edge. While typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, it is now used by schools, small businesses, architecture, and hobbyists. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics. The laser optics and CNC (computer numerical control) are used to direct the laser beam to the material. A commercial laser for cutting materials uses a motion control system to follow a CNC or G-code of the pattern to be cut onto the material. The focused laser beam is directed at the material, which then either melts, burns, vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish.
- Diode Laser Wiki - "Welcome to my little wiki / blog. Over the last few years I did a lot of DIY projects (mostly related to smart home, electronics, 3D printing, IoT etc.). Through all my work I searched thousands of websites, blogs, and communities for the information I needed. I could finish most of my projects successfully because of others sharing their knowledge, so I didn’t have to start from scratch. That’s why I finally started my little project here because I want to provide my knowledge and give it back to the community. Currently, I’m playing a lot with diode laser engravers, so most information you find here is related to them."
- https://github.com/ad-si/awesome-laser-cutting - A curated list of awesome laser cutting resources.
- https://github.com/drfailov/LaserGraver - PC-software and Arduino-firmware can work together to run laser engraver for englave 2D raster images.
- LaserWeb / CNCWeb - an application for: generating GCODE from DXF/SVG/BITMAP/JPG/PNG files for Lasers and CNC Mills (= CAM Operations) controlling a connected CNC / Laser machine (running one of the supported firmwares)
- LightBurn Software - layout, editing, and control software for your laser cutter. With LightBurn you can: - Import artwork in a variety of common vector graphic and image formats (including AI, PDF, SVG, DXF, PLT, PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP) - Arrange, edit, and even create new vector shapes within the editor, with powerful features like offsetting, boolean operations, welding, and node editing - Apply settings like power, speed, number of passes, cut order, brightness & contrast, dithering mode, and much more - Send the result directly to your laser cutter LightBurn is a native application written for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.
- LaserGRBL - one of the best Windows software for image Laser Engraving. LaserGRBL is able to load any image, pictures and logo and send to your laser engrave with few click. Unlike other GUI, LaserGRBL it is specifically developed for use with hobbist laser cutter and engraver and could be a good free and easy alternative to picengrave, benbox, T2laser, lightburn for who don’t need more then a simple and effective tool.
- AIC WIKI Main Page - The AIC Wiki is sponsored by the American Institute for Conservation of Art and Historic Works with content created by the various AIC Specialty Groups, Networks and Committees. Several of the Specialty Groups had "AIC Conservation Catalogs," compendia of working knowledge on materials and techniques used to preserve and treat works of art and historic artifacts. The series, begun in 1985 in print format and still in active development, was intended to be updated on an ongoing basis as techniques, technologies, and modes of practice evolve. Placing this content on the AIC wiki platform allows for easy and timely collaborative editing and also provide much broader access to these resources, ensuring that innovative methods and materials are documented and widely disseminated to practicing conservators and conservation scientists. Other groups have documented their knowledge bases directly on this wiki platform. Each section of the wiki may have a different organizational structure and while there is an overall template for many entries, these have been modified to meet the needs of each group.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paint - any pigmented liquid, liquefiable, or mastic composition that, after application to a substrate in a thin layer, converts to a solid film. It is most commonly used to protect, color, or provide texture to objects. Paint can be made or purchased in many colors—and in many different types, such as watercolor, synthetic, etc. Paint is typically stored, sold, and applied as a liquid, but most types dry into a solid.
- https://www.fastcodesign.com/3052266/mit-invents-a-flowing-river-of-3-d-pixels-that-lets-objects-assemble-themselves 
- http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-past-and-future-of-magnetic-poetry-the-populist-product-that-began-with-a-sneeze 
- Fab Manager - open source software, from room and machine reservation to online payment or user management, our modules facilitate the management of your fablab.