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Technical Reference Page

Below are links to technical information sites that we have found to be very helpful for Inventors, Engineers, and Designers. We suggest that you BOOKMARK THIS PAGE so you can have all this information at your fingertips for quick reference.  If you are aware of other sites, email them to Al Muller at  amuller589@aol.com OR Ken Roddy at  ken@patentstuff.com We are adding new links as we get them so check back often.

HowStuffWorks.com
Clear, straightforward information on how stuff works.

Engineering Fundamentals
www.efunda.com/home.cfm eFunda: The Ultimate Online Reference for Engineers (engineering fundamentals)
Convert Temperatures  Convert Length   Convert Weight  Convert Volume
"PhysLINK - The Ultimate Physics Resource"
Scientific & Technical Network Databases and Standards
iCivilEngineer.com - an award winning portal focusing on civil engineering knowledge and technology. Contains a web directory and a search engine. The directory catalogs more than 3000 annotated web sites and articles by topics. The database of search engine includes all entries in web directory plus 3000 more articles.
The Engineer's Edge site is committed to sharing practical design and engineering resources that can be used towards the advancement and success of mechanical designers, engineers, quality and manufacturing professionals
www.onelook.com  OneLook Dictionaries, lookup technical terms.

Prototypers and Sources of Supply
A-1 Solid Structures, Inc. Ivan (Webb) Byford - Rapid Prototyping, plastics, metals.
Reynolds Advanced Materials  Distributer for mold making supplies, resins, and tools
www.smooth-on.com  Mold Making, Mold Rubber and Casting Materials from Smooth-On: Urethane Rubbers,Silicone Rubbers,Casting Resins,Liquid Plastics.
Texcast - Producer of prototype to short-run investment castings. Provides rapid prototyping and manufacturing services. Manufactures parts of all sizes and intricate shapes, from gram weights up to 35 lbs... from prototype to 10,000 pieces.
Thomas Register Search ThomasNet, the most comprehensive resource for industrial information. Go straight to the source of product, company information, CAD drawings and more...
Modern Plastics
Dupont Products & Services
Blackwell Plastics Injection Molders
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. Great Catalog & Info
Technical & Professional Books at Amazon.com
Polymerweb.Com is the free online database of the moldmakers, plastic materials, etc for the plastic industry.
PlasticsUSA.COM is the free online database for the plastics industry.
The Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping Comprehensive information on rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, sterolithography and solid freeform fabrication technology products and services. Complete rapid prototyping service bureau listings.

Engineering Standards and Guides
American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM)
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)
MSDS-SEARCH The National MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) Repository: it is a free website that contains all known MSDS's and is the means for entering new ones.

Government Programs & Agencies
SATOP (Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program) provides up to 40 Hours of Free Technical Assistance from the NASA and Educational Community. SATOP has helped companies (and several of our members) with machine design, process engineering, materials selection and many other technical issues. Tell them your were referred by the Houston Inventors Association
Search Google Government Websites for Grants
DOE Inventions and Innovation Program
Small Business Innovation Research Awards
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA Publications
Argonne National Laboratory - One of DOE's largest research centers
National Science Foundation
Nasa JSC Technology Transfer
www.business.gov is a government site that tells everything you could want about starting a small business.
Docudemand.com A commercial site that $sells military standards & spec's, industry standards and other technical documents.
Assist-Online The Official Source of DoD Specifications and Standards - It is an official government site that allows you to search by subject, document/mil-spec/mil-std number and allows you to view the full document.
eGovLinks - A Huge Resource for Anyone Interested In Electronic Government
How to Get A Bar Code

Refdesk.com
Refdesk.com is a great source for facts on the Net; a one-stop site for all things
Internet: news, weather, sports, reference, encyclopedia, facts on file, FAQs,tutorials,
search engines, free stuff, games and much more. Over 20,000 quality links.


Good search engines for finding technical info

Search Internet for a dictionary with the word (Powered by OneLook® Dictionaries)
Enter word:
HINTS: Adding wild cards expands the search. (* = any number of characters and ? = exactly one character).
For example, "tomo*ow", "tomo??ow" or "tomor*" will find "tomorrow".

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