Hydrate for health's The 'Hydrant' water bottled developed by Mark Moran, is a simple yet effective healthcare innovation designed to allow immobile hospital patients to keep themselves hydrated and do away with cumbersome and heavy bedside jugs of water. Amalgam Modelmaking assisted Mark in the development of the one-piece screw cap and integrated clip, central to his innovation. The prototypes were used for evaluation and testing before marketing the bottle to the healthcare industry. The product has now been short listed for The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2013 in Innovation. Head over to our work for more details on the Hydrant. Healthcare innovations such as the Hydrant are typical of the type of project undertaken by Amalgam either working directly for clients such as Mark Moran or via other design / product development companies.
Over the last year we have been carefully re-evaluating our Project Management practice at Amalgam to ensure the continuity of our high standards in all areas of delivering a project. Our PMs have recently begun a series of structured weekly internal training meetings where they examine all stages of project management. They have been sharing their extensive individual knowledge and experiences and, where appropriate, updating and defining Amalgam's procedures. We will continue this process once the full project cycle has been reviewed as an on-going commitment to maintaining an excellent service.
Over the last few months we've been refurbishing the rooms and facilities above the main workshop. The space is now divided up into a clean and dust-free tooling room, a kitchen and eating area, and a bigger meeting room. This frees up a great deal of space in the main office and in our two workshops. The size and flexible arrangement of desks and heavy tools within these spaces has always meant we can rearrange the workshop as necessary, but now we can use the space to its full potential and undertake truly huge builds. We are currently working on a number of major interactives which would not have been possible six months ago and which we'll announce in the new year.
Our newly refurbished upstairs space has proved the perfect location for our Computer aided design(CAD) and graphics suite. The light and peaceful area is isolated from the noise and action of the downstairs work shop and has been welcomed by our many skilled Solidworks practitioners and designers. The space has also provided a new home for our 20" Printer Versa STUDIO BN-20. This dynamic machine prints full colour, plus metallic and contour cuts on a full spectrum of media to an excellent quality, allowing us to keep up with the growing demand.
Amalgam Modelmakers have been donating wine bottlecaps to local artist Toni Burrows as raw materials for her collages; Toni will be exhibiting her work as part of the North Bristol Arts Trail 2012 which operates Saturday 24th - Sun 25th. The trail features over a hundred artists in the Saint Andrews and Bishopston area opening their studios to the public. More details can be found at http://www.northbristolartists.org.uk/trail.php, including a complete list of the artists exhibiting.
Bruce Munro's 'Beacon on the Hill,' a light installation constructed to raise awareness for Breast Cancer with the support of charity Cancerkin, will be lit this coming Saturday. The Beacon is situated atop Long Knoll, a historic site, and will be visible for many miles in the dusk.
To celebrate their 175th anniversary, the Royal College of Art is presenting an exhibition of historic and contemporary works of art and design by leading RCA alumni and staff. This prestigious list includes Sir James Dyson, and Amalgam modelmakers provided a 1/18th scale model the 'Seatruck,' one of his earliest projects. The exhibition opens on the 16 November and runs until 3 January 2013. More details can be found on the RCA Website or on their Facebook Page.
Amalgam's model makers were very happy to be involved in a small but significant way with a recent event in Bristol which was conceived by creative mastermind Gavin Strange. 'Fixed and Chips' took place in Bristol last month, a race which was open to anyone with a 'fixed gear' bike. The race featured five checkpoints, all of which were chip shops in Bristol . Amalgam used their in-house laser cutting facilities to brand the giant chip forks which were the trophies for the two winners, with very pleasing results.
Amalgam are 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. We will be offering advice and information on a range of subjects from 3D-printing and additive manufacturing, stereolithography, to finalising a prototype for manufacture. We will be showing plenty of great examples of our work and our recent success stories. Venturefest Bristol 2012 will be taking place at the UWE Conference Centre in Bristol. Entry is free, follow the link to register and come along and meet us.
Amalgam director Mike Harvey features in this month's edition of Develop 3D, a publication dedicated to 3D printing, additive manufacture and prototypes. The article touches on Amalgam's involvement with the Schwinn Folding Bike and the importance of physical prototypes. Also, our client and friend Tom Lawton graced the front page with his Bubblescope, a product our makers had a hand in designing mechanisms for during the first stages of prototyping. It goes without saying that physical prototypes are enormously important to the design process. In many cases digital models simply aren't proof enough of concept - Kickstarter, which has recently launched in the UK, holds as a key policy that before seeking finance, one must present photos of a physical prototype, 3D printed or otherwise. Amalgam has a strong history of helping fledgling projects through these early stages, and right through to manufacture. Take a look through Our Work…