Architectural School Resources

This is a list of places where the Dunwoody Architectural class has found materials for modeling and building prototypes locally in the Twin Cities and online.

Art Stores

Ax-Man Surplus – Most everything and anything you can imagine, especially electronics.

https://www.ax-man.com

Scale Model Supplies – Mostly a model train store but has scaled figurines and hard to find modeling supplies.

http://www.scalemodelsupplies.com

Wet Paint – Boutique Art Store with great service and colorful products

http://www.wetpaintart.com

Hub Hobby – A modeling and toy store with a speciality in radio controlled cars, planes and drones.

https://www.hubhobby.com

Dick Blick – Solid art materials resource with several locations

https://www.dickblick.com

Art Materials – Solid store that I used to work at while it was in Dinkytown. I haven’t been to the new one but imagine that it is a good resource.

https://www.artmaterialsonline.com

Michaels – A surprisingly good art store with some interesting items.

http://www.michaels.com

Plastics

ePlastics – Online store that carries just about everything that can be cut to size. Expensive and not good for large sheet good purchases.

http://www.eplastics.com

E & T Plastics – Local and national plastic supply company. I am told that they sell scraps but have never been.

http://shop.e-tplastics.com

Midwest Sign and Screen Printing Supply – This place does have scrap plastics and corrugated plastics for sale. Also very resource for plastic and sign paints.

http://www.midwestsign.com

Crown Plastics – Local large plastic sheet good supplier.

http://crownplasticsinc.com

A-1 Acrylic’s

https://a1acrylics.com

Composites

Express Composites – By far the best local supplier of all things fiberglass and mold making materials.

http://www.expresscomposites.com

Fibreglast – Awesome supplier of all things fiberglass, carbon fiber and kevlar. Expensive but very informative do it yourself videos.

https://www.fibreglast.com

Joann Fabrics – Worth checking out for fabrics and misc. craft supplies.

https://www.joann.com

Wood

Hiawatha Lumber – Small local lumber yard with better quality wood than you can buy at national stores.

https://hiawathalumber.com

Youngblood Lumber – Local lumber yard with hard to find exotic woods, veneers and laminates for furniture making.

http://www.youngbloodlumber.com

Rockler Woodworking – Fine woodworking tools and supplies.  Excellent selection of just about everything.

https://www.rockler.com

Home Depot and Menards – Inexpensive place to get dowels, misc. nuts & bolts and lumber.

Metal

Discount Steel – Excellent resource for scrap and sheet metals. Worth a visit! The online catalogue is very useful for finding typical sizes and shapes.

https://www.discountsteel.com

Hardware

McMaster-Carr – Excellent online source for fasteners, fittings, electrical, raw materials, tools etc.

https://www.mcmaster.com

Ace Hardware – I have found a good selection of misc. hardware at local Ace hardwares and not as much at the other hardware stores.

http://www.acehardware.com/home/index.jsp

Fastenal – Another misc. nuts/bolts hardware store that has several convenient locations.

 https://www.fastenal.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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