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Babcock Arrowhead 120

  • October 22, 2018
Babcock Arrowhead 120

The 1:150 Babcock Arrowhead 120 model was built as the largest in a set of four for Babcock and their stand at DSEI 2017. At this scale the model is nearly a metre long, and covered in intricate handmade details.     While we use CNC machining and 3D printing to ensure symmetry and precision, everything beyond the raw shape of the hull is hand finished and fabricated.      

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Babcock Defender 90

  • October 22, 2018
Babcock Defender 90

We made the Babcock Defender 90 model as one of a set of four for Babcock's display at DSEI 2017. As with the others in the range, the hull is a solid, handfinished CNC machined block, mounted on stainless steel stantions bolted to a polished black base. The model includes many fine details showing the funcitonality of the platform; mission bays, safety gear, cargo holds and specialist equipment for this variant of the Babcock platform.

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Babcock Protector 50

  • October 22, 2018
Babcock Protector 50

  The Babcock Protector 50 model was made as one of a set of four for Babcock and their stand at DSEI 2017. The models demonstrate their multipurpose, customisable platform range, showing example configurations and roles for the craft.     CAD files supplied directly by the client were used to create the 3D printed hull; after being carefully hand-finished to remove the build lines inherent in the 3D printing process, we constructed the superstructure and dressed the deck with etched brass railings, cleats, antennae and other fine details. Like the other models in the range for Babcock, we mounted the hull on stainless steel stantions bolted to a polished black base for the show.    

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Babcock Protector 25

  • October 22, 2018
Babcock Protector 25

  Most of the bespoke marine models we are commissioned to produce are usually around a metre in length, being for the defence industries or superyacht designers. The Babcock Protector 25, at 1:150 scale, is barely 200mm in length, 3D printed as a single solid block, hand-finished, and dressed with fine handcrafted details.     The Protector 25 is one of many marine models we have made for Babcock; most recently we completed a set of four models for DSEI 2017.

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Western Power Distribution ‘Freedom Street’ Demonstration Model

  • October 16, 2018
Western Power Distribution ‘Freedom Street’ Demonstration Model

"Amalgam designed the interactive model based upon supplied outline sketches and a spreadsheet of the control functions and outcomes. The building process, which involved a wide range of specialist model making functions, followed the agreed programme and the models were delivered within budget and on time. The models have added significant value to the messaging of a complex project amongst energy sector stakeholders, including senior policy makers and government ministers." - Oliver Lancaster, Wales & West Utilities   We made two of these models, one for Western Power Distribution and one for Wales & West Utilities. The models demonstrate how the energy is supplied from two distribution networks to deliver smart hybrid heating in homes at the lowest possible cost. The decision to use electricity in a heat pump or gas in a boiler depends on the live availability of renewable power, the capacity of the electricity system to provide…

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Qinetiq Autonomous Firefighting Vessel

  • September 21, 2018
Qinetiq Autonomous Firefighting Vessel

  This striking diorama for Qinetiq makes use of the light-catching properties of acrylic to create a glowing Tron-lines and flowing waves, which fade through shades of blue. As with all our marine models, the symmetry and linework in the hull was preserved by using computer aided manufacturing processes. Nearly every processes beyond this relies on traditional hand skills and experience to bring the model to completion, with immaculate colour-matched spraypaint finishes and intricate details such as masts, funnels and railings. Dynamic lighting is a effective addition to any model, particularly at trade shows and exhibitions, where animation and movement help grab attention.  

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Tots Up Big Red Bus

  • September 12, 2018
Tots Up Big Red Bus

3D prototype. Tots Up Big Red Bus, a reward chart for children Sally Marks set out to create a visual reward chart, to help her manage her children’s behaviour at home, and hit upon the idea of supporting it with a mobile app. Sally teaches graphic design, so developed her own sketches for the Tots Up Big Red Bus reward chart, using the theme of developing the children’s behaviour as a journey.  When she began looking at the concept, a contact from Exeter University’s Innovation Centre put her in touch with Amalgam to help her develop a 3D prototype. Her objectives were: To take the Big Red Bus design and create a 3D prototype of the real product. To develop the design further, so it could stand up alone, or stick to a fridge. To test options for the characters to meet safety standards for children. From the outset Sally…

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Santos Dumont No.6 Airship Model

  • October 31, 2017
Santos Dumont No.6 Airship Model

This Airship model was made as part of the exhibition Cartier in Motion curated by Norman Foster at the Design Museum in London, made from the hand-drawn plans of the designer and pilot Alberto Santos Dumont, dating from the turn of the century. Dumont piloted the airship from Parc Saint Cloud to the Eiffel Tower and back in 1901, winning the Deutsch de la Meurthe prize. Cartier subsequently created a wristwatch - the first men's wristwatch - for Dumont in 1904.   The main balloon element of the airship model was 3D printed; the chassis suspended beneath was soldered together from etched brass components, and rigged by hand using fine wire. All other details - sandbacks, motors and baskets - were handmade.     The model was designed to be suspended from a ceiling by fine attachment points set in the main balloon. Despite designing the unit to be as…

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