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The keyboard design template here was an integral part of the design process. Hundreds of test subjects laid their hands on similar templates to help researchers gather data that resulted in the final Touch Cover keyboard layout.
Printing in plastic
Many of the pieces in the Surface were prototyped using 3-D printers that created precision parts for testing.
The Model Lab
This Computer Numerated Control (CNC) machine is the star of the Surface team's model lab. It allowed them to build and test finished parts, then send the specs to China for manufacturing to the same tolerances.