Posts Tagged 'aluminum'

Free Aluminum Seminars for Designers

Norway-based Hydro’s Extrusion’s Americas unit will expand its educational program to include nearly 20 complimentary seminars in 2010 throughout North America. Hydro’s Extrusion Academies are half-day technical workshops specifically targeted to industrial product designers and engineers, but also appropriate for anyone concerned with extrusion fabrication and manufacturing.

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What’s That?: Extruded Aluminum Drive Housing

I was over at the NC State College of Design (my alma mater) participating in a final crit for a Junior Industrial Design studio, and someone brought me a part to ask me about it. It was the housing from a Maxtor OneTouch portable drive (the first series)…

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Scream: A Hand-woven Aluminum Chair

piestudio-scream(Via Core77)

Scream is a new aluminum chair from Bannavis Andrew Sribyatta of PIE Studio, an eco-friendly furniture design firm. Made with the same method as their prize-winning Steel Tongue chair, the piece is constructed by hand-weaving an aluminum skin over a stainless steel frame. According to PIE, ” The inspiration derives from a screaming mouth exposing the Uvula. The Uvula moves down and touches the floor as one sits on the chair.”

Northern Engraving: Jaguar XF Aluminum Vent Covers




Using a screen printed texture and an aluminum in-mold process (plastic resin is shot behind a stamped aluminum part), Northern Engraving engineers worked with the Jaguar Design and Engineering to design air vents for the almost seamless dash of the Jaguar XF. Meeting the aesthetic needs of the project while creating decorative trim that was manufacturably feasible posed several challenges for the team. These aluminum air vents disappear when the starter button is pressed and rotate into view when the engine is turned off, and parts alignment needed to be perfect.

Read Northern Engraving’s case study and don’t miss the slide show. Also, take a stroll through the rest of NE’s web site and blog. There’s a ton of goodness here – and not just product and services marketing… There’s a lot of really good materials, processes and finishes information. I’ll be featuring more that stuff here in future posts.

Invincible Mood Board from Northern Engraving


The Invincible mood board is part of a series of seven sample presentation boards created by Northern Engraving that focus on different themes and feature their wide array of aluminum finishes for their nameplates, trim and graphics products. The first three themes focus on new mechanical finishes.  The remaining four themes focus on the use of mechanical process, color and texture to create finishes which are our interpretation of trends in the market.  All of the finishes are meant to be inspirational, a starting point for creating a surface for your trim or nameplate application.

There’s a lot of cool stuff at this site and if definitely worth a visit. Also, check out the Nameplate Blog, which has a ton of great articles (some of which I plan to feature here in future posts).