When your parts are printed and assembled, painting them is the next step. The Elf Workshop is designed around the Pantone color system, and has been painting and matching colors for over 25 years. If you spend the time building something great, then the final painting application must be professionally done to achieve perfection. The Elves are masters of painting, and meet all of the expectations for licensed color-matched approvals. Our paints range from Acrylics to Automotive.
3D digital scanning is an effective way to capture 3D digital data from existing prototypes or models. Products that need re-designing, re-sizing, or improvement can be scanned into the computer for further modeling. Once scanned, the models can be re-engineered to meet the required specifications. Once the changes are implemented, the model can be printed at any size.
Our packaging designers work in close proximity of the product designers to create a package that tells the right story for your product. We focus on both the allowable plan-a-gram footprint, and the sustainable footprint, and work closely with the licensor assets to create packaging that makes your product “POP” on the shelves. HBE coordinates full package die lines, artwork, blisters, and tooling materials to coordinate the production of your packaging materials both domestically and overseas.
Our molding facility has been built with years of experience. We have designed our own machines to adopt our special method of molding and casting parts. We work with the most advanced silicones and molding techniques, and have been teaching them for years in the Toy Design Program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Pressure and vacuum environments are used to control materials and eliminate defects. Multiple cavity molds are designed to control undercuts and achieve perfect reproductions.
Gold, silver, chrome, and copper are electroplated over plastic and metal parts. This process is common when making awards or statues that need to have that “Academy Award” finish. Real 24 carat gold.
2-Dimensional laser cutting is an excellent way to create gears, lettering, signage, and create model parts with accuracy and precision. Illustrator files can be imported to cut your patterns out of wood, acrylic, and metal in thicknesses up to 3/4 inch thick.
We are capable of vacuum forming a wide range of shapes. Models are created either digitally or by hand, then are modified and set up for vacuum forming. We can work with large 4 x 4 foot and 4 x 8 foot models and vacuum form over large foam sculpted characters, or can arrange for blister packaging. We support many different materials from PETG, ABS to Acrylic and styrene.
Starting with the 2D design, our experienced pattern designers create a 3D plush white model for size and pattern evaluation. Then the correct fabrics are isolated, and the final plush is created. HBE can engineer internal mechanisms, gears, and housings to support movement or character action per your imagination and budget. Overseas sourcing is available for plush programs.