How We Make Bing Dwen Dwen The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Mascot
2022 Winter Olympics Mascot: Panda Bing Dwen Dwen
Bing Dwen Dwen is a Giant panda with a suit of ice, a heart of gold and a love of winter sports. Bing Dwen Dwen wears a full-body “shell” made out of ice (The ice is made from Silicone material with compression molding process), which resembles an astronaut suit.
The bright colors of the halo(They are also made by solid and LSR Silicone material together with co-injection molding process) around its face are a representation of the latest advanced technologies of the ice and snow sport tracks at the Games, while the heart on its left palm symbolizes China’s hospitality for athletes and spectators at the Winter Olympics.
How Bing Dwen Dwen is Produced?
At the beginning of Oct 2020. We get the requirements of the silicone cover (shell) project from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The total quantity is 0.5 million in 3 months. The sample lead-time is one week.
The previous four factories do not have the capability to produce the silicone cover of Bing Dwen Dwen: Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Mascot. Z.S.R group is the fifth silicone factory of the Olympic Committee looking for.
They inform us: It is the biggest honor to make the Olympics Mascot Bing Dwen Dwen come true in this life. Maybe we only have this chance one time in our life. So, we would like to face these problems and challenges.
Bing Dwen Dwen production process
The oversize shell
Even as a professional silicone factory, It is the first time for us to make so big-size silicone shell. In order to make the silicone cover for produce, we need to make precision tooling.
The colorful halo
The colorful halo is difficult to show up according to the Olympic committee informed. They have tried to find the solution for more than one month. After the hard research and communication with our team, we try to use the co-injection molding process to make the colorful halo and glue the halo on the face of Bing Dwen Dwen.
With the silicone shell tooling making period, we are thinking about how to bring the Olympic rings about. We make up our decision for heat transfer printing. Then we try to make the heat transfer printing tooling.
The lead-time for the samples
According to the experience of our company, the lead-time for these silicone cover samples should be at least 20 days. We start up our rapid response system to make the silicone tooling. And we finally finished the silicone shell sample tooling in 7days, and make the silicone shell(ice)in Oct14th.
Relevant News: Olympic Panda Mascots Amid Shortages
The cute fluffy panda Bing Dwen Dwen has emerged as a fan favorite during the ongoing Beijing Winter Games amid a whole-of-society Olympics fever, resulting in a global “buying spree” of related products. At one flagship store, the Tmall Olympic, 50,000 mascots had been sold already, while an online store sold out within 15 minutes.
China’s Olympic committee has pledged to increase production of merchandise and said that 2022 Winter Olympic Games-related merchandise includes 16 main categories and over 5,000 different products, which will remain on sale until the end of June, urging fans to buy the souvenirs through proper channels and avoid illegal activities such as price gouging and speculation.