I wish more material suppliers had web site this designer-friendly… Eastman is a leading manufacturer of copolyesters and cellulosics… What? You DO know what those are, don’t you?
Don’t worry, if you’re not really familiar with their materials, then this is the place to go. Eastman created their Innovation Lab as a place where designers can explore and learn about their materials and see how they’re being used (or could be used) in applications you might normally associate with polycarbonate or PBT. Take a look around… there’s a lot to see…
The Inspiration page shows a gallery of real-world applications for their products.
They feature a project they did with students from Savannah College of Art and Design a few years ago. They looked at medical packaging and devices currently using Eastman materials.
I also really like their Material Maps which allow you to compare two different properties (like heat resistance over toughness) to see how different materials compare. There’s a ton of good content here and definitely worth a visit.