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     -"With an unlimited choice of patterns produced by a design department whose creativity is second to none.  It is a pleasure to be a Designer and work with Northern Engraving."  
-Gunnar Johansson,
Chief Designer, Volvo Cars

 

Aluminum Finish Trend Presentation Videoaluminum finish video

Want to push the boundaries in decorative trim?

The trend presentation covers finishes developed around themes presented as mood boards.  View the video to see options available to you in aluminum trim design.

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Dimensional Finishes Using Multiple Layers of Brushing

Posted by Mitch Larson on Wed, Apr 23, 2014
 

Our Multilayered mood board features dimensional finishes focusing on the layering of simple geometric shapes. Selectively brushed areas are layered over bright aluminum with a layer of texture added for further dimension. The layering of processes creates movement and depth for these aluminum surfaces.

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Some of the finishes are coated with a transparent black tint while others feature a low gloss topcoat without a tint. The finishes are fully customizable in scale, color and gloss.This video takes you a little further in depth. 

 

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Resigned Micro Black Textures on Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Apr 10, 2014
 

Familiar dots and lines come together in this Surface Collection. Aluminum finishes give the appearance of simply varying shades and glosses of black. A closer look reveals the micro texture achieved through tight alignment of the pattern elements. These finishes are perfect for background decoration on aluminum trim, nameplates and overlays. 

Resigned Black Texture Surface Collection

 

ALUMINUM FINISHES, POLYCARBONATE FINISHES, DECORATIVE PATTERNS, NAMEPLATE OPTIONS

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Sanguine Organic Black Finishes on Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Apr 03, 2014
 

Fluid, playful organic finishes on aluminum with black base color are grouped together in this Surface CollectionContrasting gloss levels with the use of screened textures add interest and effectively grab attention. Any of these could be used as overall decoration for aluminum trim, or subtle accent areas for decoration within aluminum nameplates and badges.

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Presence Mood Board - Black Aluminum Finishes

Posted by Mitch Larson on Thu, Mar 27, 2014
 


This series of aluminum finishes are inspired by black surfaces. The first direction that was explored is opaque piano black with selective areas of dull or gloss texture. With the dull texture creating a contrasting high/low gloss combination and the high gloss texture a more subtle effect. With a few finishes combining both a high gloss texture and a selective dull.

Another area explored are near-black finishes where the metal is still allowed to show through a dark tint. This is especially prevelant on the brushed patterns, where the brush needs to show through the dark tint. In these cases, a texture is added to enhance the brush grain.  

dark aluminum surfaces

These finishes are fully customizable in scale and can be applied to any color. They are intended as a starting point to inspire you for your next nameplate or trim project.

 

 

 

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Authentic Woven Wire Interpreted to Aluminum Finishes

Posted by Mitch Larson on Thu, Mar 20, 2014
 

Woven metal finish GW920

The Inspiration

This woven wire mesh features thick bands of metal tightly wound with the tops being flattened creating oval shapes within the mesh. These ovals are layered over a wide flat band of metal.

Translated to Aluminum

Translated to an aluminum finish, the scale has been reduced. A selective two direction norbrush over bright aluminum creates movement like actual mesh. With the ovals brushed in one direction and the "wire" section brushed in the opposite direction. Dark grey halftones are added to enhance visual depth. A clear texture is applied over the perceived high spots, in this case, the ovals, which gives the finish a nice feel that you would find with an actual woven mesh. The finish is shown in a natural silver as well as a black tinted version.

PAT 4766 A woven metal PAT 4766 B woven metal

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Taking Inspiration from Architectural Structures for Aluminum Finishes

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Mar 12, 2014
 

 

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The use of simple geometric shapes coupled with soft texture or brushed aluminum bring these aluminum finishes to life. All take inspiration from shapes and structures found in architectural design - just one of the many places that can spark an idea to transform aluminum. Enjoy!

 

 

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Favorite Finish | Contrast and Depth on Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Mar 06, 2014
 

Guest Blogger

PAT-4200-AThis article is part of a series from my co-workers on their favorite finishes. Leah Flock, our guest blogger this week, chose a dimesional silver finish from patterns available for review with our Disc Collection. This is one example of how texture can be used for ornamental decoration, enhancing the background with an intricate jewel-like design.

See more fine detailed finishes which illustrate contrast and depth on aluminum within the Bejeweled Surface Collection.

PAT-4200-A caught my eye by the way it pops out in the light and how you can move it and each time see it a different way. 

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Leah Flock Customer Service Representative

Leah is part of the Nameplate Customer Service team who works closely with key accounts and the Sales group to ensure timely processing of quotes and orders.

What is your favorite finish? Share your thoughts below!

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Contrasting Aluminum with Bright Beads

Posted by Mitch Larson on Thu, Feb 27, 2014
 

Our juxtaposed mood board features aluminum finishes brought together in unexpected ways. Contrasting aluminum finishes and breaking them up with bright beads.

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All of these finishes feature varying levels of gloss, texture and color opacity. With the main focus on the ability to selectively apply contrasting surfaces. This video takes you a little further in depth.

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Refined. Active. Sporty. Aluminum Interior Trim

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Feb 13, 2014
 

One Die, Three Distinctly Different Aluminum Trim Designs
Euro 1903 D 1045Euro 1929 B 1000Euro 1972 R 1020

Automotive Aluminum Trim Design Inspiration

Our Design team collaborates with OEM designers to bring their ideas and inspirations to life. Such is the case with the center stack consoles of the Volvo V40 series. While each shares common tooling, the designs come from different points of inspiration. Aluminum is a perfect choice for substrate given that it is friendly for a multitude of decorating processes and mechanical finishes. Selective placement of brushed aluminum or screened texture helps to tell the story.

Take a walk through the inspiration behind the finishes as defined by Anders Bergstrom, Senior Designer - Colour and Materials at Volvo Design. Enjoy!

 

Volvo Copper 

 

 

"Copper Dawn: We found a trend of copper coloured metal and worked with this on exterior colour and interior materials. Copper Dawn shows that aluminum panels can be in different colour themes than in the gray-scale and gives a warm interior feeling. The design comes alive thanks to a fading effect that runs diagonal over the whole part. It starts off light and almost pink at the top, and ends in a dark cognac colour at the bottom! The strong haptic top print adds a refined feeling."

 

 

 

 

Volvo White


 

 

"Centre Court: Inspiration from Björn Borg’s classic tennis clothes from the late early 80s. Björn was a Swedish national hero and I watched him play tennis on TV when I was a small kid.

The thin red lines in combination with glossy white and an angled brushed metal area fits this car as a youthful, active and trendy choice. The printing accuracy and material combination shows something new.

The name “Centre Court” is a play with words as the deco is located at the Centre stack."

 

 

 

Volvo R-Design

 

 

 

 

"R-Design: The thought was to take a classic exterior racing stripe and put inside the car. The inspiration of the stripe is from a “Geneva stripe”, found on high grade watch movements. It gives you a magical depth and a high quality “machined metal” feel. The surrounding matt black areas with square rubber dots adds a great deal of sportiness."

 

 

 

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Dark Aluminum Finishes with Selective Gloss

Posted by Mitch Larson on Thu, Feb 06, 2014
 
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Contrasting Gloss Levels Add Interest to Black Aluminum Finishes

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High gloss piano black is an elegant look. When creating these finishes, we wanted to build on the qualities of piano black by combining selectively patterned dull areas. The combination of high gloss background with low gloss texture creates a unique finish that remains elegant while adding visual depth as well as giving the finishes a feel.

These are just a couple of finishes from our next mood board that features dark aluminum finishes. From near-black to piano black, different processing options and structures are explored. Watch for these, and the entire series to be featured here.

ALUMINUM FINISHES, DECORATIVE PATTERNS, NAMEPLATE OPTIONS

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