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Featured Database: Material ConneXion
You can use databases to easily find organized collections of articles, journals, news, streaming videos, primary sources, data, and more!
Here’s one of our more unique databases:
What’s in it?
This database is the online equivalent of a materials library. Material ConneXion provides access to a wealth of information and images of production materials. Users can search by physical properties such as texture or transparency, performance characteristics such as fire resistance or color fastness, and sustainability considerations among many other filters. Once a particular material is selected, information on recommended applications and the manufacturer is provided.
Why should you use it?
When you have a physical project that has gone past the idea stage, you need to decide on the best construction materials for the job. Instead of wandering around stores (which isn’t a thing these days anyway) or around multiple sites on the internet looking for different materials, you can browse them all in one place. Perhaps you’ll find the existence of materials you had no idea existed. For example, you can find the perfect acoustic damping material to line the walls of that garage for the band you’re starting!
Who should use it?
Anyone interested in building something physical will love this database. Are you an engineer? An architect? A designer? Are you trying to prototype an object you want to market? Then this database describing material properties in detail is for you!
Why use a database?
When you use a specific database, rather than a search engine or discovery tool, you often can find more relevant sources. For example, subject databases include sources about that subject only, rather than a general search engine or discovery tool that includes information about everything. This way you don’t have to wade through thousands of irrelevant results!
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