Trim Blog

When designing your decorative trim there is good sense in keeping things consistent and subtle. For instance a bright and glittering finish could become a safety hazard if used across the dash panel of a vehicle. Does subtle need to mean boring or average? Absolutely not!
Brushed aluminum is one of the more popular finishes used in the background of decorative trim. Many times the brushed metal surface is used as an accent area for the product or to enhance the product design with an authentic material.
Celebrating a milestone anniversary is a great opportunity for a company to highlight their brand and draw attention to their product. One way to do this is with a commemorative logo.
Power sports equipment, all terrain or utility terrain vehicles and motorcycles need to be able to stand up to exposure to the elements and rough environments. This does not mean that the branding and exterior trim for these should be left to simple and flimsy materials.
Working with designers and engineers for automotive interior trim presents projects which can push the boundaries for tooling and decoration on aluminum. In depth discussions with engineers to make sure dimensions are in line with forming tolerances take place. Similar conversations with styling ...
Many times when we are working with our customers to define the right decoration or finish to incorporate into their metal trim the conversation gets taken back to the basics. In doing so simplicity and simple or authentic decoration becomes the overwhelming popular requirement. Simple brushed ...
Taking cue from design elements seen in automotive shows the past year, I found it interesting how decoration for interior and exterior trim can be enhanced by changing the scale and structure of pattern elements with geometric shapes. This is a perfect way to customize surface decoration for ...
One of the interesting elements of working with aluminum as a substrate for decorative surfaces is the inherent reflective nature of the metal. This can be overlooked or covered up by the final decoration. Instead of hiding the metal, take a look at how this finish has embraced it and ultimately ...
The variety of weave patterns available in carbon fiber have inspired many designers to explore this look on aluminum.  For some this means using the carbon fiber as a starting point and interpreting the surface on aluminum.  For others it is matching the original material as close a possible. 
Engine turning is a mechanical finish in which very precise spins are applied in overlapping rows on aluminum. The finish was popular on vintage race cars and airplanes. Engine turned dash panels were fashionable in the 1920's and 1930's. It continues to be a popular choice to bring a sporty feel ...