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The Materials Library - Concept and Implementation in a Multidisciplinary Field

Prof Dr-Ing Gerhard Glatzel | Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste Braunschweig

The Materials Library - Concept and Implementation in a Multidisciplinary Field

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The smell of cedar wood, the coolness of stainless steel, the texture of carbon laminates and the surprising abilities of smart materials are barely represented by material constants; these require the knowledge of nonlinear material models for their interpretation when materials are used beyond their conservative limits. Sculptors and industrial designers want to experience the properties of materials or be inspired, arts scientists seek complementary information to their material narration while engineers want to touch the real stuff. The materials library at the Braunschweig School of Fine Arts serves as a source of information for students and researchers from all disciplines. It enables both the intuitive, senses oriented and the cognitive, parameter oriented approach to a wide range of materials and pre-products. Emotions are the key factor in the perception of products, consequently emotions must be considered in the choice of the best suited material during the design process. The materials library is an important link between the scientific engineering perception of materials with material parameters, production processes and typical uses and a craftman's and artist's perception. It is the materialization of the methodological transdisziplinarity. In that sense the materials library is connected to the CAD-CAM-Lab. The CAD-CAM-Lab combines analogue with digital design and manufacturing processes. The concept of Iterative Design combines manual crafting with digital/virtual models through CNC manufacturing and reverse engineering. The duality or linking function of the "MatBibo" is an important part of the praxis oriented teaching concept for materials. It enables both, the cognitive scientific systematic approach to material knowledge as classically used in engineering lectures and labs and the intuitive multisensoric approach in fine arts students classes.