Inventables is a great resource for designers, architects and students. They sell both the machines and materials to make any product or model. Inventables offers Laser Cutting machines and acrylic and wood materials sized for laser cutting. 3D printing is a up and coming process in architecture and Inventables helps put the designer in control of model making and the manufacturing process. Another awesome offering is Inventables' inspirational materials like aluminum foam which can be great for experimental model making or to make a great impression on any jury.
"At Inventables we believe the world is at the beginning of a new renaissance. We see power in product development shifting from major corporations to individual designers and entrepreneurs. The availability of low cost manufacturing tools and low cost distribution on internet sites are leveling the playing field. Small teams can now make unique high value products that major corporations can’t justify because they aren't for the masses."