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Association of Professional Model Makers — www.modelmak ers.org
This San Francisco-based nonprofit group, founded in 1993, aims to enhance communication between designers and model makers and to advance model-making tools and technologies.
Core Industrial Design Network — www.core77.com
This content-rich site by New York design firm Core 77 Inc. offers links to a huge number of useful resources, plus a new plastics-focused forum called ``Plastique.''
Design Engine — www.design-engine.com
Billed as ``your online resource to all aspects of design,'' this site includes scores of links and a separate section on plastics.
Design Library — www.dh.umu.se/design_lib/design_library.html
This site by the Institute of Design at Umea University in Sweden offers extensive links in its ``industrial design'' section.
Design Management Institute — www.designmgt.org
DMI, founded in Boston in 1975, includes in its site much information on conferences and publications, plus links to members' Web sites and more.
Design Web Group — www.designweb.co.uk
Set up to provide a forum for Britain's design community, this site includes discussion groups, course information, book reviews, related links and more.
DeveloPages — www.developages.com
SupplyBase Inc.'s interactive directory of product designers and manufacturers.
ID Sourcebook Online — www.idonline.com
An electronic complement to I.D. Magazine's annual Design SourceBook, this directory offers a database of design professionals and services.
Industrial Designers Society of America — www.idsa.org
The Web site of this 2,800-member group offers a wealth of resource data and design information, as well as a link to the site of its own Materials and Processes Section (www.idsa-mp.org).
Industrial Design Legal Protection Page — ourworld.com puserve.com/homepages/Ind_Des_Prot
This site is Spartan but utilitarian, offering information about the types of legal protection available for industrial designs in the United States.
Product Development & Management Association — www.pdma.org
This volunteer-driven, Chicago-based group of some 2,500 members aims ``to improve the theory and practice of new product development.''
Rapid Prototyping Sites — www.bibauni-bremen.de/groups/rp/rp_sites.html
This English-language site from BIBA, the Bremen (Germany) Institute for Industrial Technology and Applied Work Science, offers dozens of links to rapid prototyping machine suppliers, service bureaus, research institutes and publications worldwide.
Rapid Prototyping Resource Center — cadserv.cadlab.vt. edu/bohn/RP.html
This Virginia Tech site serves up a wealth of links and data, including market share estimates for the various RP system vendors.
SME Rapid Prototyping Association — www.sme.org
If you can get past the annoying log-in requirements, you can access this section of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' site.
SPE Product Design and Development Division — www.plas ticsnet.com/pd3
Known as the PD3, this SPE division has its own site, offering resources and a forum for plastic product designers.
SPI Structural Plastics Division — www.structuralspi.org
This business unit of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. works closely with the design community and features conference information, member company links and other tools on its site.
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