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Materials, products, and patents

These databases provide information on the materials, products, and related patents used in industrial design.

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  • Material ConneXion

        Material ConneXion
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    Material ConneXion

    Material ConneXion provides full-text data on materials used in architecture, interior and industrial design, fashion and apparel, and landscaping. Materials include polymers, ceramics, glass, metals, cements, and natural materials. Processing and sustainability information, physical and usage properties, and manufacturers are listed.  

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  • Compendex from Engineering Village

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    Compendex from Engineering Village

    Compendex indexes citations and abstracts from over 5,000 engineering journals, conference papers, books, patents, dissertations, and technical reports. 1884-present.  

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  • Materials Business File from ProQuest

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    Materials Business File from ProQuest

    Materials Business File indexes citations and abstracts of industry news, product and process developments, plant development and construction, international trade data, government regulations, management issues, and other business and industry information in engineering fields. Sources include newspapers, magazines, and journals, books and book chapters, conference papers, reports, dissertations, and patents. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1962-present.  

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  • ThomasNet Product Catalog

    This resource is freely accessible

    ThomasNet Product Catalog

    ThomasNet provides information and reports on products, services, and suppliers of products manufactured in North America where you can place orders online; view and download millions of computer aided design (CAD) drawings; view thousands of online company catalogs and websites. You can search by: Product or service, company name, or, brand name and limit by geographic location. (Parts of this database are limited to subscribers; the VT Libraries does not subscribe to these parts.)

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  • Patent Search from the US Patent and Trademark Office

        US Patent and Trademark Office
    This resource is freely accessible

    Patent Search from the US Patent and Trademark Office

    Contains issued patents and submitted patent applications. Patents from 1790 through 1975 are searchable only by Issue Date, Patent Number, and Current US Classification. When searching for specific numbers in the Patent Number field, patent numbers must be seven characters in length, excluding commas. How to view patent images. 1790-present.

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