Amalgam provides a full prototyping service for designers, engineers and manufacturers. As computer-aided prototyping methods continue to evolve, we are able to combine cutting-edge digital technology with traditional model making skills to produce the best possible result. We can create small technical components, working prototypes, 1:1 scale ergonomic studies and finished, full-size display models.
3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURE, SLA AND VACUUM CASTING
We have a range of processes at our disposal to turn technical drawings into physical prototypes. We have an in-house vacuum casting facility, where intricate casting masters are used to create production-grade parts ready for assembly and finishing. We can create casting masters from ready-for-print 3D digital models, or build up CAD data from technical drawings and concept sketches. Our Objet 350 3D Printer is capable of producing some of the highest-resolution parts currently available.
CONCEPT AND DISPLAY MODELS
We can provide highly conceptual models for the marine and automotive sectors. These models are often utilised in the earlier stages of the design process and can be purely fantastic.
WORKING PROTOTYPES AND TEST RIGS
Our experience with casting resins and advanced polymers allows us to create working prototypes with material properties analogous to the production models. We can create over-moulded rubber grips, living-hinge points of articulation, intricate mechanisms and more, to test the feasibility of a design (such as the 222 Sport Swimtag). For trade shows and marketing, we can create high quality finish pre-production models to present to clients and manufacturers (such as the Bubblescope).
BATCH AND SHORT-RUN MANUFACTURE
Prototypes need not be one-offs, because vacuum casting can help resolve varying requirements of several end users. A design may go through several incarnations as the product is refined, and the design streamlined to meet those needs. In some cases, we have been able to provide short-run manufacturing services of fully-functional production models. The relatively low cost of tooling allows viable production runs as low as 20 units, feasibly permitting specialist designs and modifications to each run.
Not only are Amalgam the best prototyping workshop in the UK, but their multi-disciplinary approach is a benefit to the design process.
Tom Lawton – British Inventor, Bubblescope, Lockdown, Firewinder & more