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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.
A custom-made shaker simulates the action of opening and closing the Touch Cover millions of times, far more than even the most obsessive customer will ever do.