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Material Research: Metals

Guide explaining the different types of materials and manufacturers.

Metal Categories at the Library

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 CCS Library uses the following categories for the metal samples in its material collection:

  • Solid
  • Decorative
  • Mesh
  • Process Samples

How Do They Do That?

Below are links to metal processes and/or their functions:

Metal Injection Molding Video

College for Creative Studies website