I’ll keep this list updated with my favorite sources for materials for my various projects.

Filaments

All of my printers are 1.75mm now, but make sure you get the right size for your printer. Here are the brands I have had the best experience with, and thus the ones I use regularly.

  • Amazon Basics – It has a gauge on the side to estimate how much is left, which is handy.
  • Hatchbox – I really like their filament, but they are often out of stock, so not reliable if you might need to get a certain color on short notice.
  • Inland – This is usually the cheapest of the three, but usually only has slower (still free) shipping available. I had a bad experience ordering through Micro Center’s website once, so I don’t do that anymore, but I’ll grab a roll off amazon or in-store. I have a lot of weird colors because they went on clearance in-store at one time or another.

I like to use PLA as much as possible due to the improved smell, but it is more brittle than ABS, so that can be a good choice if you need something more flexible.

Vinyl

Permanent

Use for car decalls, signs. Anywhere you want to apply vinyl and don’t anticipate wanting to take it off.

  • Oracal 651 – This stuff is the best I have worked with and it is available in much larger quantities than Cricut so you can get a better price. I linked to a 10ft roll, but the more you buy, the better your price per sq ft will be.
  • Cricut – This is the company that makes the cutter I have so sometimes I use it when I don’t want to wait for Oracal to ship. It’s carried in most craft stores so it’s easy to get a hold of.

Office Supplies

Useful Stores

Laser-cutting/CNC supplies

  • Inventables
  • Glowforge Shop – As of now, they’ll only sell you materials if you’ve bought one of their machines. Their proofgrade materials come with a QR code that tells your glowforge what settings to use.
  • WoodCraft – I have only purchased from here in person so I linked to the store locations page. They have locations all over the country. I usually use them if I am looking for something exotic and I want to shop in person. Sometimes you can find something fun in the bargain bin.