Materials are arranged primarily by composition on shelves and in bins for browsing and handling. Within these categories are materials with various properties, such as acoustical, absorbent, reflective, water-resistance, sustainable, biodegradeable, etc. An increasing part of the collection is described in an open and shared database called Material Order that allows users to search for materials by various properties or elements of composition. The collection has an emphasis on exploration, which includes many common materials for comparison with innovative, or newly discovered materials.
MATERIAL ORDER database and consortium: http://materialorder.org
Biocomposites: Plant-based : bamboo, grass fiber, other plant fiber, wood, soy, seaweed, algae, cellulose fiber and wood.
Biocomposites: Animal : wool, leather, fish skin, animal hair, silk, and shells.
Biocomposites: Mushroom and Fungi
Mineral: Geogenic: natural stone, engineered stone, and gypsum
Ceramic: Clay-based: brick, terracotta, porcelain
Ceramic: Cementitious: Concrete and cement, and mineral fiber
Ceramic: Glass: Fiberglass, Architectural and decorative glass, solar and insulating glass, digitally printed, dichroic and etched glass
Metals: Ferrous : Iron and steel, stainless steel
Metals: Non-ferrous: Aluminum, brass, copper, nickel, titanium
Polymers: Thermoplastics: Acrylics, Corian, Viinyl, PVC, PET, Polyester, Tyvec, Nylon, Polyurethane fabrics
Polymers: Thermoset: Resins, Foams
Polymers: Elastomers: Rubber, Silicone
Textiles: woven, non-woven, knits, stretch-woven, outdoor fabrics, technical fabrics, organic & sustainable fabrics
Active Matter: Samples from Material ConneXion
Color Library: Fabrics arranged by color, for a different kind of exploration.