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The use of physical material libraries and strategies for building them

Erik Haastrup Muller | Futation & MaterialSampleShop.com, Denmark

The use of physical material libraries and strategies for building them

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Physical material libraries within educational institutions help students and faculty understand material properties at a level beyond text and illustrations. In this talk I'll present different ways material libraries are used by educators for material science, concept development, and entrepreneurship courses. Material libraries can have a great value in education and many design and engineering schools therefore strive to build their own material libraries. It is my experience that many of these initiatives die relatively quickly because organizers underestimate the work required to collect and catalogue the materials. I have collected and catalogued more than 320 different materials and distributed 15000 individual samples; in that process I have developed strategies on approaching material suppliers. I'll share these strategies and some tips and tricks on acquiring material samples by other means. I will also present the idea of setting up a material sample sharing network in which educators can exchange material samples.