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Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion offers comprehensive information on each of the materials in our Materials Library. Online users get unlimited access to images, detailed material descriptions, usage characteristics, and manufacturer and distributor contact information, all written and compiled by our knowledgeable staff of material specialists.  The content provided is complete enough to satisfy an engineer or scientist who is expert in materials, yet user-friendly enough to benefit the architect and designer who is not.

The materials database supports students and professionals in

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Packaging Design
  • Retail Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Fashion, Apparel & Footwear
  • Exhibition Design
  • Textile Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Transportation Design

It includes information on

  • Polymers
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Cement-based materials
  • Natural Materials
  • Carbon-based materials
  • Processes

Materials are chosen through a strict review process. Between 50 and 60 new materials are independently juried into the library every month.


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September 13, 2010


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