Entertainment2021-08-11T08:53:45+01:00
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Entertainment

Make the cut. Authentic props and models for stage and screen.

Paragon’s talented team of designers, engineers and model-makers have been turning your imagination into tangibles since 2003. We’ve worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment, film and television production, helping to deliver remarkable costumes, props and models in an array of materials.

We use a combination of superb craftsmanship and cutting-edge industrial technologies such as 3D printing, CNC machining and specialist moulding and casting to make authentic props, models and miniatures – for a cast of one to casts of thousands!

Tried and tested by Disney, Carbonado Industries, Asylum Models and Effects, Dancing on Ice, BBC, Walls, Hugo Boss, Schwartz and dozens more.

  • Large bed 3D printing, 5-, 4- and 3-axis CNC milling and turning, vacuum casting and reaction injection moulding, and full finishing facilities from our model shop

  • Breakable and non-breakable materials

  • Quick and cost-effective tooling and master patterns for silicone castings

  • Approved supplier to Disney; supplier to businesses at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios and many more

Additive Manufacturing

Ideal for small parts in their hundreds and thousands

Using resins designed to help accelerate production, Additive Manufacturing has the potential to radically change the prop and model-making industry. The process uses a broad portfolio of biocompatible materials, providing prop and costume designers with opportunities for mass customisation, rapid design iterations, multiple part production and no tooling costs. Perfect for stop motion character recreation, miniatures, straps, scale models and more.

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Traditional Technologies

3D printing

Everyone, from the investor to the studio manager, demands costs are kept down. As a result, model makers, set designers and costume designers have to be even more creative in their thinking and resourcing. It’s good to know that 3D Printing materials are some of the cheapest available to the entertainment industry.

  • Research & Development: When character design and development involves multiple modifications, 3D printing can offer rapid, cost effective solutions. Utilise our large bed capacity to turn multiple iterations of your detailed digital model into physical models.
  • Fashion and Armour: 3D printing enables you to push the limits of fashion design and avoid costly moulding processes. Create visually impressive, wearable parts with intricate details, from headwear to footwear, each personalised in fit for the wearer.
  • Prop Production and Manufacturing: Scan real artefacts and models and create exact replicas and effects closer to reality than ever before. 3D printing enables multiples to be produced quickly and effectively. When 3D printing materials don’t suit the product, the process can be used to make superior pattern masters for other manufacturing processes.
  • Animation and Stop Motion: When your backdrop is a strange universe and your animation is in 3D, 3D printing will enable you to create custom-made settings that blend seamlessly into the atmosphere of your story. They can be painted and blended to your heart’s content. Representing myriad emotions and myriad stances of the same character can easily be achieved with 3D printing. Recreating 100s of minute adjustments of a single character in a short space of time can be achieved quickly and cost effectively.

The next big things: alternative production

We can help you with props, models and scenery pieces on the larger side. We offer an exceptional array of services including vacuum casting, reaction injection moulding, silicone moulding and model making capabilities.

  • Set Design Pieces: For large, lightweight, complex one-off scenery pieces; or multiples of cast smaller pieces requiring flexibility and texture. We offer a range of materials that can be textured, aged and painted.
  • Skins & Prostheses: Textures and tones are easily achieved with silicone moulding. Our CNC facilities enable us to produce precise moulding tools delivering quality, repeatability and savings on time and costs.
  • Model Making: With 15 model makers on site, we have both the expertise and the capacity to tackle all manners of model making requests. We create models in any scale for film and theatre. as well as for retail and marketing.
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Precision Engineering

CNC Technologies for the Entertainment market

Our CNC machining capabilities allow you to flex your designs, produce parts quickly, develop tools for manufacture and achieve outstanding quality.

  • Cutting and design: In metals, model board, wood, plastics and foam, we can deliver items as raw machined parts, or can deliver them in combination with other in-house services to provide a comprehensive finished solution.
  • Machine-led sculpting: Cut, chisel, sculpt, shape and manufacture large, lightweight pieces for stage and film sets.
  • Component parts and tooling: Manufactured on demand for parts of complex machinery, costume pieces, camera stands, and equipment adaptations. Create tools for manufacture, forming and pressing ensuring repeatability and quality.
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