Surfaces on Aluminum Design Blog

Carbon Fiber Patterns on Aluminum Trim Carbon fiber finishes on aluminum are considered by designers of everything from automobiles and televisions to golf clubs and exercise equipment.  Over the years, we have developed a large palette of interpretations of carbon fiber on to aluminum.  One trait ...
Textured Finishes on Aluminum Texture adds visual and tactile dimension to finishes while adding to the perceived value of a finish.  Printed texture gives you control over not only the look but the feel of your custom finish.  Use texture on geometric and technical finishes to add a look and feel ...
Printing on Aluminum Finishes printed on aluminum build on a layering of process to create surfaces with depth.  Printed colors are one of the basic options in creating these finishes. Combinations of transparent tints, opaque color and metallics are available to be integrated into custom ...
Brushed Aluminum A brushed aluminum surface is a popular option for aluminum trim and nameplates because it is an authentic metal surface.  The brushing process is a mechanical process which abrades the surface of the metal.  When combined with a resist or mask, brushing can be applied selectively ...
Aluminum Finish Decoration - Beginning to End This article is the first in a four part series on aluminum decoration.  In this article, I will offer insights into the steps involved in designing a custom aluminum finish.  Aluminum is a versatile substrate which can be decorated in an endless array ...
Design Center Tour The Northern Engraving Design Center is an inspirational resource for patterns and structures on aluminum. Trend presentations and mood boards feature finishes developed around themes. All can be customized or used as is in decorative trim or nameplates.  Come visit us to explore ...
Selectively Brushed Aluminum Finishes This article is the fourth in a series of articles covering options in creating aluminum surfaces which use mechanical finishes to create movement and visual depth.  This series of finishes rely on selectively brushing the metal.  The overall look of the finish ...
Engine Turn Detail This article is the third in a series of articles on using printed resists or masks to create aluminum finishes with depth and movement.  The first article focused on the resist process while the second article introduced a two direction brush.  This article focuses on using the ...
Aluminum Finishes with Movement This article further explores the use of printed resist in aluminum finish development.  The printed resist process is used as a mask to protect areas of metal during the brushing process. I will expand on the previous article explaining the resist process and will ...