Design company Lehrmitt launches tool for adding decorative textured surfaces to 3D-printed prototypes

Surface Skins is a technique for adding decorative textured surfaces to 3D-printed prototypes and consumer products

Lehrmitt Design Studios, an Austin, Texas based product design company and manufacturer, has launched Surface Skins, a technique for adding decorative textured surfaces to 3D-printed prototypes and consumer products.

Using a proprietary technique, consumer product molds are etched with a variety of embossed surfaces from a catalog of over 100 designs, such as animal skins, textiles, tribal patterns and geometric designs. To deploy Surface Skins, product designers choose designs from the Surface Skins catalog, which is then wrapped around the product CAD file. The file can then be sent to a 3D printer for prototyping or used to add textures to a product mold.

Product developers in multiple industries can deploy Surface Skins to add textured surface design to a variety of products such as cell phone covers, light switch plates, make-up compacts and eyewear frames.

‘Our design team has been deploying leading technologies in product design, manufacturing and packaging for over twenty years,’ commented Bob Lehrmitt, Lehrmitt Design Studios president and owner. ‘We have a deep experience in surface design. For the product developer who wants a quick, low-cost solution, we have over 100 artisan designs to choose from.

‘Our clients recognize that Surface Skins make a product stand out on the shelves or on a website page. And of course, this creates an opportunity for brand awareness, differentiation and premium pricing.’