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Materials

Like artists, inventors develop preferences for working with specific materials, and they tend to stockpile those for future use. However, successful inventors are often those who expand their knowledge and skills into new areas. In addition to the extant materials themselves, evidence of the invention process may be found in receipts, bills, correspondence with manufacturers, trade catalogs, special accounts for research expenditures, and household account books.

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Last Update: 27 Oct 2010

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