I've seen many image databases in my time and this one is a real find and especially useful as all our courses at Cardiff become increasingly concerned with the physical experiences of Materials and Making.
Mtrl is great fun and at the same time hugely informative. It is crammed with well organised images and facts about materials and their properties. Here you can choose to search for images and information about materials by their 'form' (eg firm, powder, resin) 'personality' (eg dynamic , extreme, honest ), different types of ceramic, glass, plastic etc etc etc. It includes a section listing an unbelievable amount of 'additives and ingredients' (Floam anyone?).
Lightben transparent honeycomb core panel
It is a lot more entrancing and unusual than you might expect of a materials database and is at the same time of immense practical use. The database offers links from each type of material in the database to suppliers and also gives its eco standing (biodegradable/recyclable/renewable?)), its key features, all physical features, its price range, major applications for use and engineering properties. A veritable alchemists shopping list..........