Mattermaps© are a powerful way to visualize how things are made. Let's explore their features.

We'll use the Photo Voltaic Module as example. PV Modules are an assembly of solar cells.

Click on its card to start.

Continue to Matter Flows.

Within seconds, the Mattermap of a product will built up. It's a visualization of what it takes to make a product:

  • Yellow bars are processes
  • Green bars are products
  • Grey bars are flows between them

You can zoom in and out and move the Mattermap around on your screen.

You are currently looking at Matter Flows, the physical quantities of the most relevant ingredients to make the product.

The graphic visualizes typical inputs and outputs of each production step. This describes "What does it take to make X?"

Think of this like a cooking recipe.
 Hover over any of the grey bars. You will see values displayed. These values indicate inputs and outputs of processes: "How much of input X does the next process step take?"

Every product requires parts or ingredients to make. You can see them on the left of a yellow bar. Those are average or typical inputs.

Any product or process can be modified to represent your own, specific one (Check out the composer tutorial).On the right of every production activity you can see outputs.

Makersite automatically adjusts the height of the bars to the context of the query. Say we were looking at material costs instead of material mass, the bar height would change, although the process remains the same.

The final product always normalizes to a standard quantity. For example 1kg or 1 unit of product.

You can go even deeper: Right-click on "Silicon". A wheel menu will appear.

(on a mobile device you may have to toggle from arrows to navigation icon first). 

From here you can get contextual information to every process step:

  • Info opens an information pane on the right and provides detail about the process, the data source etc.
  • Edit/configure any product or process. Takes you to the Composer (see tutorial "The Composer")
  • Tasks let you take notes or comment straight into the diagram.
  • Filter any process with alternatives. Model alternative production routes, designs or suppliers ("modelling alternatives" tutorial).
  • Navigate through the process network.

Use the Navigation to drill down on any element and find out how its made. This is quite a powerful feature, as you can navigate how everything is made.

Try it out: Right-click on "Glass Flat", hit Navigation (the compass icon, bottom left) and you'll see how Glass is made. You can continue until we run out of data :)

Come back to where you started by clicking on the path in the top left of the screen.

Use the Navigation to drill down on any element and find out how its made. This is quite a powerful feature, as you can navigate how everything is made.

Try it out: Right-click on "Glass Flat", hit Navigation (the compass icon, bottom left) and you'll see how Glass is made. You can continue until we run out of data :)

Come back to where you started by clicking on the path in the top left of the screen.

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