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Common Plastics in Industrial Design

Plastics come in all types. At SurfaceID, we use our experience in working with them to choose the best match for your project. Here are some of the most commonly used plastics. Polyolefin Includes Polypropylene (PP), Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) and High Density...

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How to choose a supplier in China?

As an American or Canadian entrepreneur, choosing a supplier overseas can be a difficult and daunting task. We’re several thousand miles away, primarily English-speaking and largely unfamiliar with Chinese law, business practices and culture. So how can we possibly be...

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Choosing a Manufacturing Process For a New Product

Before allocating any time and effort into creating your first 3D model for a new product, a manufacturing process should first be selected. This post outlines the many factors that should be considered when choosing the right process, such as costs, process capabilities, product aesthetics and more.

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5 Brainstorming Tips For a Productive Session

When carried out effectively, brainstorming fosters innovative thinking and builds team cohesiveness. At SurfaceID, our industrial design team brainstorms around the whiteboard every Friday. Here are five brainstorming techniques that have proven to be successful for our design team.

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Product Prototyping: Types of Prototypes

There are several types of prototypes, including; breadboard prototypes, sketch models, appearance models, 3D prints and CNC prototypes. Knowing when to make each one primarily depends on where you are in the product development process.

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Surface Finishing: Awesome Decorating Techniques

Color, texture, and protective qualities are a few factors typically considered when choosing the optimal surface finish for a product. However, if you wish to add some extra perks to your product’s outer shell, here are some excellent surface finishing decorating techniques.

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