AOC Facebook – The Advanced Output Center’s Facebook page where we post lab news and relevant works and artists.
3DPrint.com – 3D printing and scanning news stories and contemporary art works.
3D Printing Industry – More current 3D printing news.
Engunneer – A robotics/electronics blog with tutorials.
3Ders – More 3D printing news with some tutorials.
Fabbaloo – A blog tracking developments in Fabbing, 3D Printing and Desktop Manufacturing.
Time Compression Technologies Magazine – Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Manufacturing and Rapid Product Development.
Extreme Tech – News about various technology/computing topics.
LaserCutter.co – Information, news, and studies about laser cutting.
Make Zine: Laser Cutting – Make Magazine’s laser cutting News.
Wikipedia’s Laser Cutter Page – Some good background info on laser cutting in general.
How Lasers Work – Learn all about the different types of lasers, their different wavelengths and the uses to which we put them
Universal Laser Systems – Another manufacturer of laser cutters that have been used at the AOC.
Trotec Laser – Manufacturer of the AOC’s Trotec 120W Laser Cutter. Learn more about the machine and the various applications you can use the laser cutter for.
Epilog Project Library – A library of various projects done with laser cutting.
FoldUp!3D – Package design/unfolding plugin for Illustrator.
123D Make – Free Autodesk software that can transform 3D models into laser cutter files such as stacked sculptures and folded sculptures.
Pepakura Designer – Application for making cutting templates from 3D poly models.
Open Desk – Downloadable laser cutter furniture designs.
TAP Plastics – Tons of plastic products, including acrylic hinges, glues, etc.
Inventables.com – More than 25 colors and types of acrylic are available from Inventables.
Laserbits – Distributors of various laser engraving materials and supplies.
Petersen Plastics – Local plastics supplier and service bureau with great prices on acrylic. They also offer laser cutting and signmaking services.
Rowmark – Laser-Cutter material manufacturer with specialty two-tone acrylics.
McMaster-Carr – Industrial supply company that carries lots of laser-cutter materials with extremely rapid delivery.
Johnson Plastics – Distributors of laser engraving materials and supplies.
Logan Lasers – Chicago area laser cutting service bureau that offers quick turn around times and in-person pickup of the finished job.
Fine Laser Cut – Small-run laser cutting services in gold, platinum, silver (fine, sterling), copper, aluminum, brass, bronze, titanium, stainless steel, and alloys.
Laserage – Chicago-based service bureau, Laserage, specializes in laser scribing, machining, drilling, welding, and other custom laser job shop services on basic laserable materials as well as alumina and metals.
Wikipedia’s Rapid Prototyping Page – Some good background info on 3D printing.
Wikipedia’s 3D Scanner Page – Some good background info on 3d scanning.
Meshlab 3D scan alignment – How to align and mesh 3D scan data with the free program Meshlab.
Thingiverse – Free downloadable 3D models and laser cutter designs.
Fixtureworks – CAD models of industrial parts.
3D Content Central – A free service for locating, configuring, downloading, and requesting 3D parts and assemblies. Free CAD model downloads.
Stratasys – Manufacturer of the AOC’s Dimension SST 1200 and Objet Pro.
Generated Math-Based STL Files – George W. Hart’s algorithmically generated STL files.
Download MeshLab – A free 3D model editing software with scan alignment.
Download Meshmixer – A free 3D model editing software with sculpting applications.
Download Netfabb Basic – A very powerful free 3D model editing software.
Download 123D Design – A free extrusion and sketch-based modeling software similar to SolidWorks.
Download 123D Catch – A free app that generates 3D models from photographs.
Download Sculptris – A free version of the sculpting-based 3D modeling software ZBrush.
Download Blender – A free 3D modeling and animation software similar to Maya.