Inventables: A Hacker's Dream Come True

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Store History

  • Founded by: Zach Kaplan
  • Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois

Inventables is the innovator's hardware store, selling all kinds of materials in small quantities for purchase with a credit card. Product developers, researchers, artists, and inventors purchase products from our store every day to build prototypes and test concepts. When a material from our site is needed in a volume larger than we sell, we assist in making connections to the manufacturer or supplier.

Ever wondered where to buy LED light-diffusing plastic compounds, glow-in-the-dark thread, or photoluminescent film? Inventables has all of these things, along with stainless steel yarn, conductive elastic fabric, and aluminum foam. It's like Michaels for geeks.

CEO Zach Kaplan studied mechanical engineering before becoming the "serial entrepreneur" who founded Inventables, a website that describes itself as "the innovator's hardware store, selling all kinds of materials in small quantities for purchase."

Their inventory is searchable by six main categories: coatings, electrical, fasteners, ingredients, properties, and raw materials. Looking for glow-in-the-dark stuff? That would be under electrical illumination. Self-assembling magnets? Check the 'magnetic' section under fasteners.

Even if you're not a skilled hacker, it's fun browsing random sets of materials and imaging how a visionary designer might put them to use.

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LED Light Diffusing Plastic Compounds, $18
Thin Wood Veneer, $6
Light Diffuser Films, $20
Suction Cup Tape, $46
Electroluminescent Lamp, $109
Transparent LED Film, $141
Glow in the Dark Thread, $9
Stainless Steel Coating, $9
Antimicrobial Polyurethane Fabric, $55
Wireless Battery Free Controllers, $155