About Us

At Inventables we believe the world is at the beginning of a new renaissance. We see power in product development shifting from major corporations to individual designers and entrepreneurs. The availability of low cost manufacturing tools and low cost distribution on internet sites are leveling the playing field. Small teams can now make unique high value products that major corporations can’t justify because they aren't for the masses.

  1. Mission
  2. What We Do
  3. FAQ
  4. Our Team

Mission

To ignite the digital manufacturing revolution by simplifying the path from idea to finished product.

What We Do

At Inventables we understand it is harder for these smaller teams to source materials in smaller sizes and quantities for their new micro-production runs. To solve this problem, we are building a “Designers Hardware Store” that sells materials in small shapes and sizes for desktop fabrication. We believe this will streamline the process of local manufacturing. Through our website inventables.com we sell equipment and supplies in small quantities for purchase with a credit card. Our selection ranges from over 100 colors of acrylic sheets to 3D printers. Custom manufacturers, product designers, researchers, artists, and inventors purchase from our selection of about 30,000 products.

Frequently Asked Questions
Do you ship to my country?
We can ship to just about anywhere in the world.
How do I determine shipping costs?
To determine shipping costs please add the items you plan to purchase to your Inventables shopping cart, proceed to checkout and enter your shipping address details. The website will show the shipping costs for your order prior to entering your billing information and completing the checkout process.
International customers please note we do not include customs fees in our shipping costs. If you would like to get an idea of what additional customs costs you may be responsible for you can use an online duty calculator like this one.
How long does it take to receive my order?
Domestic shipments generally take 1–5 business days depending on your proximity to our Chicago fulfillment center.
International shipments generally take 8–10 business days if there are no delays at your local customs office.
How do I know if a product is in stock?
In most cases if the add to cart button is active on the product page the product is in stock. If you would like to double-check our stock levels please email help@inventables and someone from our customer success department can provide that information.
Is there a way to request expedited shipping?
Yes. Please email help@inventables immediately following checkout to request an expedited shipping option. Our customer success department will contact you with further details. Additional shipping costs will be charged to the same card used at checkout. We will provide a separate receipt once the charge has been processed.
Do you have a retail store location?
We are online only with no retail store front location.
I am local. May I pick my order up in person?
Yes, you may pick up your order in person from our Chicago fulfillment center location. Please email help@inventables.com as soon as you have completed your checkout to request a local pick up. Someone from our customer success department will contact you with further details. We do not have a retail store front so you are required to place your order online prior to the pickup and contact us to make arrangements before stopping by.
Do you accept PayPal?
We currently do not accept PayPal.
Are you able to process orders in person or over the phone?
We are currently not set up to process orders in person or over the phone.
Do you accept purchase orders?
We currently accept payment by purchase order on a case by case basis. Please email help@inventables.com to see if your organization qualifies.
Our organization is tax exempt—how do we place an order?
To set up a tax exempt user account you must first create a user login. Once you have completed this step please email a copy of your tax exempt certification to help@inventables along with the email address you used to set up your Inventables account. We will then set up your user account as tax exempt and you will be able to checkout through the website without any tax being charged. Please note: our system currently only applies tax to orders being shipped to Illinois or North Carolina.
How do I get a data sheet or MSDS?
Inventables can provide these documents upon request for most products. Email help@inventables.com.
What if I have a question not answered here?
Email help@inventables.com and someone from our customer success department will be happy to assist you.
Our Team
Sam
Samantha Alaimo

Resident Designer

Sam is a maker with a curious spirit, an eye for design, and a love of learning. You can usually find her by a laser, printing in multiple dimensions, and covered in saw dust. Designing and producing products became a passion of hers while earning her Bachelor's in Fine Arts Degree in the Designed Objects department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In her role as Resident Designer, Sam is responsible for building project and machine tutorials, exploring new material capabilities, and developing an empathy for the needs of our customers through careful research.

Chris
Chris Balin

User Interface Designer

Chris is a life-long visual creator and problem solver. Interface design, for him, is the perfect balance of creativity and logic, using visual design and technology to solve problems and improve people's lives.

As User Interface Designer at Inventables, he is responsible for designing web-based technology that enables makers to turn their ideas into reality, regardless of experience or technical expertise.

Prior to joining Inventables, he’s worked as a freelance digital designer, support specialist for a startup, house painter, Trader Joe’s crew member, wedding photographer, and artisan bread baker.

Chris holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.

Alex
Alex Berger

Product Curator

Alex believes that small teams with cool ideas can make a huge impact on the world. She is inspired by the work that goes into anything handmade or one-of-a-kind.

At Inventables, Alex is responsible for researching and sourcing new materials and tools to expand our product selection.

Prior to joining Inventables, Alex ran her own jewelry design company, chic33 designs, where she handcrafted pieces and sold them both online and in local Chicago boutiques.

Alex received a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Iowa where she also studied metal-smithing and jewelry design.

Bart Dring

Director of Product Development

Bart has always been obsessed with making things using both manual and digital methods. He has been involved in design and development of digital and desktop manufacturing for over a decade. He has designed multiple laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC routers, Plasma cutters and other numerically controlled machines.

At Inventables, Bart manages the team that selects, tests and merchandises the products in the store. He also manages the team that develops the OEM products we sell such as MakerSlide, ShapeOko and the next big things.

Before working at Inventables, Bart worked as a mechanical engineer designing high power satellite communication equipment. He had his own business designing and selling digital fabrication equipment. Bart also runs the CNC Build Club at the local hackerspace.

His motto is “If you did not build it, you will never own it.”

Brandon
Brandon Fields

Inventory Specialist

Brandon is passionate about writing and playing music. He can often be found in his apartment lost in a guitar riff, or at Guitar Center not buying anything.

Brandon is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he learned accountability, attention-to-detail, and push-ups.

At Inventables, Brandon is in charge of inventory and the inspection of incoming merchandise to ensure that our customers receive everything they need for a project.

He holds two associate degrees, an AS in Avionics Technology and an AA in Liberal Arts, both of which he has found to be equally worthless.

John
John Hayes

Customer Success

John is passionate about new technologies and making them work for you. He is fascinated by desktop fabrication and the ability of machines to translate digital files into actual objects. He feels empowered when doing and making things himself and encourages everyone he can to do the same.

At Inventables, John is responsible for providing customers with solutions and advice as a member of the Customer Success team.

Before joining the Inventables team, John provided service and know-how to "do-it-yourselfers" at his local hardware store in Lincoln Square. After graduating, John worked as an apprentice for a cabinet maker and also refinished furniture.

John holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree and minor in Digital Media from Iowa State University.

Paul Kaplan

Product Manager

Paul Kaplan lives to imagine, design, and implement the future. He believes digital fabrication embodies the perfect union of art, science, and technology that he brings to every project. He is passionate about all manners of creativity from painting to programming.

At Inventables, Paul works to design and shape the user experience of the Inventables site and technologies. He creates web based tools to help customers interact with, understand and use digital fabrication machines and materials.

Before Inventables, Paul did astrophysics research at Columbia University and material science research at the University of Chicago which exposed him to (radiation, mostly, but also) the nexus of physics, engineering and architecture. At some point he also learned how to program, although it is unclear when.

Paul holds a B.A. in Physics from the University of Chicago.

Zach Kaplan

Chief Executive Officer

Zach is a serial entrepreneur who is devoted to exploring the limits of what's possible. He is a hobbyist and enjoys learning about interesting materials and building stuff with his MakerBot. He's fascinated with user interfaces and is a student/practitioner of user centered design.

As the CEO of Inventables, Zach oversees customer development and works tirelessly to shape the vision for the company’s future. Prior to starting Inventables, Zach was the CEO of Lever Works, a software consultancy that was acquired by Leo Media.

Zach holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Tait
Tait Leswing

Inventory Specialist

Tait is an engineer by training and a maker at heart. You can find him wrenching on things that go fast, using digital fabrication tools to cut and shape wood or cooking something you’ve never heard of for family and friends.

At Inventables, Tait inspects all the materials to ensure their high quality when they show up on your doorstep. He understands the value of good products and wants to provide you with the means to bring your designs to life.

Before working at Inventables, Tait was a math and science tutor.

Tait holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Cal Poly, SLO.

Phil
Phil Lomac

Customer Success

Phil is passionate about music and the arts. He loves learning, being creative, and making music. He strongly believes in the do-it-yourself mentality and applies it to most aspects of his life.

At Inventables, Phil is dually responsible for managing Customer Success and filling the role of Business Analyst as a member of the development team.

Previously, he worked as a HomeHealth analyst at CarePartners, a large regional healthcare organization in western North Carolina. While there, he analyzed reimbursements and modeled ways to improve revenue streams for the company.

Phil holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina, Asheville.

John
John McWhirter

Purchasing Specialist

John is a maker, a tinkerer, a cyclist, a reader, and an analog photographer. Regardless of scale, he likes a project, loves good design, and is inspired every day by people who choose making over buying.

At Inventables, John is in charge of inventory and the inspection of incoming merchandise to ensure that our customers receive everything they need for a project.

Prior to working at Inventables, John was a full-time itinerant man of letters.

John holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Jim Rodovich

Software Engineer

Jim has been inventing things his whole life. He started early, making pop-up books and dioramas out of construction paper. When his family got its first computer, he began teaching himself how to write software. He enjoys building tools that help people communicate and collaborate.

At Inventables, Jim is responsible for developing new features to help people turn their ideas into products. Before joining Inventables, he worked for Motorola Mobility and has started two software businesses.

Jim has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University.

Jeff Talbot

Chief Technology Officer

Jeff loves to build things that get noticed and make a difference in people's lives. He believes the web has a unique ability to accelerate exploration and discovery, but still prefers to forge social relationships offline. He thinks life should be less work and more play.

Jeff leads the technology team at Inventables. He is responsible for making technology choices, directing software development processes, and continually delivering great features to customers.

Before coming to Inventables, Jeff built products for the financial services industry as an employee at Business Logic, a small software company in Chicago.

Jeff received a B.S. in computer science from the University of Illinois.

Jules
Jules Woodard

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Jules has always been interested in research and development. Intrigued by the psychology behind the R&D process, she enjoys learning about the social impact of new products and services. Jules comes from a long line of artists and is eager to channel her inner maker.

At Inventables, Jules works to make the CEO's demanding schedule a little more manageable. Prior to joining Inventables, she was an EA at Wind Point Partners and assisted moderators at several market research facilities.

Jules holds a B.A. in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Marketing from DePaul University.

Questions?

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