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Current Trends in Industrial Design

Current Trends in Industrial Design

Industrial design is a field that is constantly evolving, with new technologies and design trends emerging all the time. Here at SurfaceID in Montreal, we are acutely aware of how important it is to keep pace with this ever-changing market. In recent years, the...

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The cost of industrial design

The cost of industrial design

Well, the most correct but annoying answer is: it depends! There is no fixed price for hiring a design firm. It mostly depends on the scope of the project.What are we defining? Industrial design is a profession that focuses on the form, function, and—of course—the...

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Sand casting at SurfaceID

Sand casting at SurfaceID

We just talked about the exclusive benefits of 3D printing and CNC machining in our previous post. Another very different manufacturing method allows to produce, like CNC, robust metal pieces. It's called sand molded casting. As the name suggests, a mold made of sand...

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Virtual Reality and Industrial Design

Virtual Reality and Industrial Design

Industrial design is about imagination, conception and ultimately, sharing a vision with the rest of the world. To convince someone that a concept is worth pursuing, what if they could interact with it at the earliest stages? Ever since the release of the first HTC...

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CNC Machining & 3D Printing

CNC Machining & 3D Printing

As product designers, customers constantly come to us urging us to make 3d prints.  Everyone is crazy for them.  And understandably so, it’s like Star Trek magic—to be able to input some data in the replicator, press go, and voilà! Magic shapes will appear! We at...

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SurfaceID visited Shenzhen, China

SurfaceID visited Shenzhen, China

Located in the very south of China, right next to Hong Kong, Shenzhen has become an important manufacturing hub for the world. Shenzhen's population has grown at an incredible rate throughout the years, climbing from just 30.000 people in the 1970s to over 17 million...

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Mechanical Engineering at SurfaceID

Mechanical Engineering at SurfaceID

While the CEO of SurfaceID's Montreal team is traditionally trained first and foremost in industrial design, the process of bringing a new invention from conception to manufacturing can't be done without going through a thorough and extensive mechanical engineering...

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Choosing the right type of seals

Choosing the right type of seals

When it comes to choosing the right seal type for a product, there are a few critical questions that should first be answered to avoid malfunctions. Depending on the particular seal's application, an incorrectly chosen seal can result in poor performing products,...

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Prototyping with Vacuum Casting

Prototyping with Vacuum Casting

This low budget method allows to very quickly produce many plastic replicas from the silicone mold of a master model. Generally used for prototyping, the possible use of different materials available for injection allows to precisely reproduce the shape, feel (and...

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Common Plastics in Industrial Design

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?

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

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

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

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

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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When, Why and How to Create a Prototype?

When, Why and How to Create a Prototype?

Think you’re ready to create your first prototype? Based on years of expertise, this post outlines the importance of creating a prototype, at what stage in product development you should create your first prototype and what method should be utilized to create the prototype in question.

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How to Get a New Product Manufactured?

How to Get a New Product Manufactured?

There are many factors involved in getting a new product manufactured. Detailed design development, 3D development, prototyping and advanced engineering are a few critical components in the process that should be completed before entering the manufacturing phase. Our design process at SurfaceID helps illustrate these components.

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