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Material Research: Overview

Guide explaining the different types of materials and manufacturers.


The frequently updated Material Collection in the Color and Materials (C&M) Library at the College for Creative Studies consists of reference samples of coatings, metals, natural fibers, polymers, solid surfaces, textiles, wood surfaces, and more. This guide will introduce you to these resources: their attributes, manufacturing processes, structure, and use. This guide, however, is not a substitute for seeing and touching the samples themselves. Come in and explore! We are located on the 9th floor of the A. Taubman Center for Design Education. 

In addition to the physical collection, the C&M Library also subscribes to material databases and holds other educational information which will be introduced in this guide. For the Library catalog, click HERE; for material databases, click HERE.



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