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We provide lots of technical information about plastics - lots!

UL IDES provides a search engine and information resources for materials. The Prospector Materials Database provides access to 89498 plastics and 9,244 metals datasheets from 904 manufacturers. Data is supplied by each manufacturer and we update the database every week.

Our mission is to provide tools for mateirals professionals to quickly access technical information and datasheets. As a first step to fulfilling that mission, IDES's founder Mike Kmetz developed a new approach to cataloging materials information, which later translated to an online three dimensional database, architected to hold and display highly technical and complex raw materials information.

IDES was incorporated in 1986 and acquired by UL in 2012.