Based on an idea, a sketch, or a briefing, we examine a project to determine the technical feasibility and economic viability. Our technical office has the most advanced programs available for developing 3D designs. We can create a schematic of the product in 3D to see if it is in line with the initial concept and simulate its integration with other elements of the product's packaging. That way, we can clearly visualize the finished packaging concept prior to full manufacturing.
Usually, wood isn't used in mechanical functions. We need intermediate parts (normally made of plastic) to do so. They are assembled at the plant at our fully automated facilities and comply with the quality specifications required. With regard to these components, we normally use standard market products (no tooling costs are needed). We can develop private moulds, however, should the project require it.
We can obtain almost any shape that a customer requires! To do so, the plant has two sections:
The turned wood department
By using turners, circular geometric shapes are possible thanks to "shaping" tools. This industrial process follows the same basic practices used by the artisanal turners of antiguity. The difference is that nowadays the procedure is an industrial process that uses machines and robots that complete the process automatically.
The carved wood department
Compex shapes and irregular geometries are created either with moulding machines or with CNC routing machines. The latter have three interpolated axes allowing them to define and shape a wide array of surfaces. The advanced software used with these machines can create a infinite number of disparate geometric shapes.
Stains and lacquers
There are two different types of colouring that can be applied to wood: stains and lacquers.
Stains are transparent coats and can be used to obtain a wide variety of colours. Depending on the hue, this shading can show the grain of the wood to a greater or lesser degree.
Lacquers are completely opaque and totally cover the grain of the wood. Lacquers used in this fashion, like those used with plastic or aluminium, are available in a full range of colours and provide a uniform finish.
Varnish provides a transparent layer that covers the piece. It acts as protection against rays of light, humidity and other environmental agents. Varnish has the added benefit of filling the wood’s pores and limiting any possible dimensional changes.
This is applied on the last layer of varnish and can be adapted to the requirements of the end product. Normally, the top coat is used to affect the brightness of the end product. The top coat can create a large range of finishes, all the way from a dull, light-absorbing matte to a an incredibly brilliant, high-gloss shine.
Pad printing and silk screening
These techniques apply coloured ink to a surface, either from the surface of an engraved tool or through a permeable screen. By combining basic colour hues (normally either 4 or 6 different shades), it is possible to create just about any colour imaginable.
This is obtained by transferring a metallic, die-cut foil to the wood through heat. Thus a metallic look is created.
This decoration is obtained by using a laser ray directly on the wood to burn out portions. This technique can be used for embossing, debossing, and all sorts of raised or depressed surface treatments, adding a tactile dimension to the packaging.