Wilson Maker Studio…

Digital Tools in the Wilson Maker Studio

tools available at the Wilson Maker Space

Nomad 883 Pro | desktop computer-controlled milling machine
X-carve | larger computer-controlled milling machine
Makerbot Replicator | 3D printer

Where to find and buy materials / components…

Components & Parts

Adafruit | electronic kits, modules, and other components
SparkFun | modules and parts for electronic prototyping
Solarbotics | motors and a range of other components as well
ServoCity | Robotics, motors, drivers, etc
Robotshop | Robot Kits and Components
Pololu | More motors and drivers
McMaster-Carr | hardware of all kinds
Digi-Key | electronic components
Mouser | electronic components
Jameco | electronic components
Newark | electronic components
Seeed Studio | lots of components and modules (China)
JST | connectors (Japan)
alibaba express | Chinese distributors


MatWeb | various material
Inventables | small scale acrylic & other milling materials
This to That | advice on adhesives for various materials
Less EMF | unusual conductive materials
J. Freeman | plastic and other materials
Rockler | wood
Woodcraft | wood
Online Metals | metals
McMaster-Carr | Aluminum+
K&J | Magnets
Grand Brass | lighting supplies
ColorCord | lighting supplies
Sundial | lighting supplies

Information and How to pages…

Pure Data Resources

Download Pd (vanilla distribution, not Pd-extended)
Some Pd tutorials
A helpful Pd reference card
A (possibly) good Pd Tutorial
Miller Puckette’s (somewhat heavy) book
Andy Farnell, ‘Designing Sound‘, 2010. Book is free on Virgo
Chapters 9 – 12 serve as a (somewhat advanced) introduction to Pd

Bela Resources

Bela Website
Bela Wiki
Getting Started
Examples & Tutorials
Running PureData on Bela
Bela Hardware explained
Bela Pin Diagram
Bela Forum
Bela IDE (when your Bela is connected to the computer via USB):

Sound Synthesis Resources

Book: Electronic Music and Sound Design, Cipriani & Giri. (On reserve in the Music Library)
Book: Computer Music: Synthesis, Composition, and Performance, Dodge & Jerse. (On reserve)
Book: The Computer Music Tutorial, Roads. (On reserve)
Book: Computer sound design : synthesis techniques and programming, Miranda. (On reserve)
Ebook: Musimathics Vol I, Loy: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/u5661033
Ebook: Musimathics Vol II, Loy: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/u5661032
Ebook: Real Sound Synthesis, Cook, http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/u5674033

Arduino / Microcontrollers


Information about Microcontrollers (ITP)


Adafruit has their own boards
as does Sparkfun

Online Tutorials / Tools / Miscellaneous Resources

Animations illustrating various mechanisms and systems
ITP Fabrication Site – a great resource for diy fabrication tools and techniques
Homemade Hardware Course Resources – links that help explain electricity and microcontrollers
BoxMaker – easy notched box design tool
MakerCase – another box design tool
Ohm’s Law Calculator
Gear Template Generator

3D Printing

Makerbot (necessary to print to the Replicator 2 (free)


Reading / Fun / Miscellaneous

507 Mechanical Movements
How does Theo Jansen Mechanism Work?
Fab Academy Classes
Nguyen Duc Thang’s Animated Mechanical Models
My 10 Favorite Mechanical Animations from Wikipedia
Open Music Labs

How to use a breadboard: https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/how-to-use-a-breadboard/anatomy-of-a-breadboard
Basic electronics explanations: http://www.instructables.com/id/Basic-Electronics/?ALLSTEPS
Electronic Projects for Musicians – Great beginner circuits and explanations of parts: https://msu.edu/~dougl126/Electronic%20Projects%20for%20Musicians.pdf
Soldering Tutorial: http://store.curiousinventor.com/guides/How_to_Solder
Sparkfun: https://www.sparkfun.com/categories/23
Adafruit: https://www.adafruit.com/category/35
The accelerometer and accelerometer tutorials: https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/adxl337-and-adxl377-accelerometer-hookup-guide?_ga=1.44957924.1948157002.1463673306
Lasercutting: https://www.ponoko.com/