We-Lab is developing lists of resources that we believe will be beneficial for technical investigations across many disciplines. Have something to add?  Wish there were other topics included here?  Please let us know!


Fabrication & Finishing

Rapid prototyping of mechanical parts: Big Blue Saw, First CutRed Eye

Bell's Powdercoating (in Attleboro, MA)

River Street Metal Finishing (anondizing in Braintree, MA)


(Mostly) Mechanical parts and raw materials:

McMaster-Carr (materials, fasteners, and more)

MSC (mechanical and electrical devices)

Misumi (machine elements)

Freeman Supply (polyurethane foam and many more materials great for prototyping)

Reynolds Advanced Materials (moldmaking and casting supplies in Brighton, MA)

Boulter Plywood (in Somerville, MA) 

J Freeman (in Dorchester, MA - plastics and more)

Surplus Center (motors, pneumatics, and more)

HD Chasen (unique, hard-to-find components)

American Science & Surplus (motors and much, much more)



Components: DigiKey, Jameco, Sparkfun


Design guide:

IDEO Human-Centered Design Toolkit (free download with registration)


Contact Us

Wellesley College Engineering
Science Center L024
Amy Banzaert
Lecturer in Engineering
Tel: 781.283.3756


Interested in Engineering?

You're not alone.

Each academic year approximately...


60 students are in the Wellesley Engineering Community Google group;


40 students take an engineering-related class at Wellesley;
10 students take engineering-related classes at Olin or MIT;
1-3 students pursue a graduate degree in engineering, after receiving a Wellesley degree in a science discipline;
0-1 receive the engineering certificate from Olin;
0-1 receive a dual degree with Olin College; and
0-2 students enroll in the dual degree with MIT -- and around 6 dual degrees have been granted in the past decade.
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