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Material Research: Metals

Guide explaining the different types of materials and manufacturers.

Metal Categories at C&M

The dictionary defines metals as "any of a class of elementary substances, as gold, silver, or copper, all of which are crystalline when solid and many of which are characterized by opacity, ductility, conductivity, and a unique luster when freshly fractured." Refined over 11,000 years ago, these mighty substances have always been associated with economic strength. In addition to the obvious building properties, metal can be cast, soldered, perforated, embossed, linked, and pierced.

The Material Collection at the C&M Library categorizes its metal samples as follows:

  • Solid
  • Decorative
  • Mesh
  • Process Samples

Metals Videos

Expanded Metal Production

Laser Engraving on Aluminium

Laser Engraving

What is MIM?

Debinding and Sintering

Tool and Die Making Part I



Tool and Die Making Part II

Tool and Die Making Then and Now



Chain Link Weaving

Photo Chemical Etching of Metal

Chemical Etching Process

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