Materials scavenger hunt champions Inventables has started selling the materials they showcase on their website. Now you can get your own Squishy Magnets, Shape Retaining Plastic Strips and Temperature Sensitive Fabric.
Inventables began as a subscription-based service that sent you a box of goodies every month or so to build your own in-house materials library. The materials were curated by a small but dedicated team of enthusiastic lovers of interesting and novel technologies, mechanisms and other fun stuff. The results of that research was stored in an impressive searchable on-line library.
As their library grew, they derived a larger and larger percentage of their revenue from the sales leads generated by those subscribers asking for more information on the materials that interested them. There was only one catch: most designers only wanted to buy a small sample to try out, which frustrated the suppliers, but got Inventables thinking… Now they’re selling the samples so many of their clients have been asking for.