Amalgam are pleased to see another in-road for inventors and designers keen to get their product launched. The site, on which users seek money for creative or product-based ideas was launched in the US in 2009. Since then 70,000 projects have been pitched on Kickstarter - with a success rate of over 40%. The crowdfunding website has now launched in the UK. Businesses or individuals pitching on the site typically offer a range of perks in return for funding. Pledges can be anything from £1 to thousands of pounds. Find out more at Kickstarter.com. Launched originally as a site for mainly artistic projects, such as plays or film-making, the site has since attracted a large number of products aimed at the technology community. Kickstarter does not allow CGI renders, but will use photographs of prototype models.
The Seagen Tidal Turbine model was built at Amalgam to be transported easily around the country for public demonstrations, and its latest home is the Siemens stand at the International Conference on Ocean Energy in Dublin. The ICOE is the global marine energy event focused on the industrial development of renewable marine energy. Held every two years, the aim of the event is to share recent experiences from research and demonstration efforts.
The 850mm long model of the Caspian 70 Superyacht made at Amalgam for Claydon Reeves has returned to be displayed at the Monaco Yacht Show this year. The Monaco Yacht Show is considered the most prestigious pleasure boat show in the world, with participation from over 500 major companies in the luxury yachting world and 100 super- and megayachts afloat. With a record attendance of 33,000 professional and private visitors at the 2012 event, the MYS is the long-awaited superyachting meeting of the year for the prestigious brands, allowing them to meet the most important international clientele.
Amalgam will be supporting Movember for a second year; our team of moustache-cultivators will grow out their majestic facial hair to support the cause. The numbers one hears when discussing Movember are extraordinary. In 2011, Movember-related events around the world raised a total of approximately £80 million for prostate cancer research and awareness. While this is impressive, it must be remembered that over 40,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer ever year, and there are 250,000 men currently living with the disease. Find out more at Movember & Sons.
Amalgam will be exhibiting this year at Venturefest, an event aimed at anyone who has an early-stage technology business idea and is looking for support to get that idea off the ground. Our team will be there to offer advice and information on a range of subjects from 3D-printing and additive manufacturing, stereography, and we will show plenty of great examples of recent success stories. Venturefest Bristol 2012 will be taking place on Wednesday 7 November 2012 at the UWE Conference Centre in Bristol. Entry is free, follow the link to register and come along and meet us.
Our client and friend Bruce Munro has announced plans for a Beacon to be constructed atop Long Knoll in Wiltshire, to raise awareness for and support the charity Cancerkin and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A team of five will spend a week assembling the huge structure, and when lit will be visible for many miles in the dusk. More details can be found in this BBC Article.
Every year we are inundated with applications for Work Experience placements at Amalgam. We offer five placements, each lasting one week, to school and University students each year, and every year they are taken up very quickly. This year has been no exception and we have just accepted a student for our fifth and final place for 2013. We offer the places on a first- come-first-serve basis so we recommend applying early to avoid disappointment.
We are currently involved in the early stages of the design process for new products from Safeway Hygiene Services. Our designers are well equipped with a comprehensive CAD suite, years of experience and a track record of success to handle challenging projects. Head to Our Services to see some examples of our design and development work. The HHU from Safeway Hygiene Services is a hygeinic hand wash device with the built-in ability to monitor and record user's washing routines, and whether the pre-programmed hand wash cycle has been completed or not. The units can be networked and linked to secure room entry systems. So far the devices have been proven to be four times more efficient than standard hand washing practices on a microbial level.
Last week our prototyping project managers and model makers made their annual trip to the additive manufacturing and 3D printing event, TCT Live 2012. The show draws together all of the industry’s sectors including Inspection, Digitising and Metrology, CAD software and materials, showcasing their latest services. The show has proved to be a great opportunity for our team to keep up to date with technology development. This knowledge is crucial to keep ahead with product design and development and to reduce costs and lead times for our clients. Our team also valued the opportunity to meet face to face with new and existing suppliers and forge stronger working relationships for the future.
As a perfect example of how Stereolithography, vacuum casting and traditional model making skills are combined seamlessly at Amalgam you can't do much better than this! As seen on TV! A fantastic result on BBC Three’s Be Your Own Boss recently for Ash Reza and his Myyfeed® idea. To quote Sir Richard Branson “Bloody hell, that is brilliant!”. Myyfeed® was created in 2011 when a young mum posed a problem to her brother. She experienced great difficulties when feeding her child formula milk on the go and expressed her frustrations on the current feeding apparatus, method and process. Together with her feeding experiences as a mum and the technical creativity of Ash, the problem was solved and the Myyfeed® was born. Following an initial period of research, Ash approached Amalgam Modelmaking to fine-tune the designs and produce the first working prototypes. These were created using Stereolithography followed by vacuum casting in a combination…