If you’re a designer for Adidas, Motorola or Toyota, where do you get information about cutting-edge material developments? A global consultancy, Material ConneXion (MCX, New York, NY, US), is one option. Its 70,000 members, worldwide, include corporate giants, such as IKEA, General Motors and Fisher Price, Nike, Samsung, Samsonite and Target as well as architects and industrial design firms.
MCX’s current library, available physically and online, contains more than 7,500 materials (see photos), 400 of which are composites-related. More than half of Material ConneXion’s staff are material scientists, specialists in a particular material technology (polymers, ceramics, etc.) or sustainability experts. The company seeks to bridge the gap between science and design. MCX is seeking new submissions. No fee is required but submissions are reviewed by an independent jury, which adds 30-40 new materials to the library each month.