The drastic increase in 3D computer processing power and level of automation has moved 3D characterisation into the spotlight in materials science. Various techniques, spanning in resolution from single-atom to large volumes, meters in size, are now allowing to comprehensively image materials across the length scales. This creates a nexus with a broader trend in engineering; the extensive use of 3D simulations for product design. In such 3D simulations, beyond the classical ‘material property’ as a numerical value, true volume properties of inhomogeneous and anisotropic materials can be incorporated. This however demands both the availability and validated approaches of treatment and formatting of such volume data.
In this symposium, we will gather both the 3D characterisation community and the 3D simulation community around the common goal of connecting the two spheres. We hope that it will allow the 3D materials characterisation community to get an up-to-date insight into the needs of those utilising the data and show the simulation community what the most recent additions to the 3D characterisation toolbox are.