After spending ~10 years at MIT and helping out with lots of different project-based design courses at the Institute, I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of recommendations for where to buy things to make with.
- Dickson Bros (Harvard Square) — this is my favorite hardware store for random stuff
- Pill Hardware (Central Square) — smaller selection but a little closer
- Tags (Porter Square) — largest selection
Laser Cutting Material
- Artists & Craftsman Supply (Central Square) — masonite and other flat stock, small sheets of acrylic
- Altec Plastics (Broadway) — all-purpose plastics shop selling acrylic in lots of different shapes and sizes (as well as acrylic cement, etc.) Take Red Line to Broadway stop.
- Online: Tap Plastics (cheaper than McMaster and with more options)
- Microcenter (Cambridgeport) — Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, electronic kits, basic parts
- Radio Shack (Central Square) — limited selection of basic electronic components
- Online: Digikey, Sparkfun, Adafruit, Mouser
Molding and Casting
- Reynold’s Advanced Materials (Brighton)
- reuse (great MIT mailing lists to find or request items, many free)
- swapfest — electronics flea market that happens on MIT’s campus at the Albany Garage every month in the Spring and Fall.
- Blick — for general purpose art materials
If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment below and I will add to the list!