Bold Geometric

Big, dynamic patterns have been popular throughout the years and continue to appear today in the form of bold, geometric graphics. We drew inspiration from this young and lively trend to make a series of decorative aluminum that will really make a statement in automotive interior.

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Angell-Demmel North America teams up with The College for Creative Studies.

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Angell-Demmel North America teamed up with The College for Creative Studies as the project sponsor for the 2014/2015 Fall MFA Class. This unique class combined the Color and Materials students; taught by Sally Erickson, Color and Materials Chair at CCS and Automotive Design Students; taught by Robert Walker, adjunct professor and Chief Designer for Jeep at Chrysler.

The project challenged the students to develop futuristic/brand appropriate color and material concepts with specific focus on new configurations for interior trim parts “appliqués” that showcase the advanced technologies of Angell-Demmel North
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Specifically, focusing on the ability to combine multiple authentic materials in a single part “mixed materials process” (aluminum being the primary material). Other possibilities and combinations include – but not limited to – wood, stainless steel, leather, carbon fiber, fabric mesh, specialty metals and films. The students were organized into 5 teams, with each team conducting research, developing ideas and conceptualizing and completing a digital prototype of the design solutions.

Congratulations go out to all of the teams for their hard work and dedication to the project throughout the semester but specifically to the members of “Team Jeep” Jason Chen, Tara Ellis and Yujin Kim for taking home the first place scholarship prize.

First Prize Winner's "Team Jeep" Jason Chen, Tara Ellis and Yujin Kim

First Prize Winner’s “Team Jeep” Jason Chen, Tara Ellis and Yujin Kim

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Second Place Winners, “Team Chrysler”

 

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Third Place Winners “Team Dart -Red”

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Written by: Audra Keiber

3D Printing

3D printing has revolutionized many industries. Everything from guitars, clothing, prosthetics, cars and even houses have been printed using this amazing technology. While we’ve not attempted anything quite as grand as these, our 3D printer has given us the ability to achieve rapid prototyping both for part tooling and finish displays, thus allowing us to experiment with both form and function.

Hard tooling can be expensive, especially for prototype and one-off parts. 3D printing has reduced not just the cost of the tooling, but also the turnaround time.

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3D printing also allows us to create unique parts displays with minimal cost and time invested.

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Best of all, 3D printing is still in its infancy.

Harmony of the Senses

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The trim in the 2014 Lincoln MKX is Inspired by the synesthetic feelings evoked by classical music “sonatas.” The mechanical brush application creates a series of repeating waves on the surface geometry, representing the waves of sound generated by the various musical instruments played in any given piece. The soft, warm color of the finish embodies the sensation felt while listening, and the subtle arced texture highlights the emotional highs and lows generated as these instrumental stories unfold.

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Sonata Spin, Subtle Structure and Suede represent just a few series