Amalgam gains Cyber Essentials Certificate

  • October 9, 2019
Amalgam Gains Cyber Essentials Certificate

Bristol-based Amalgam Modelmaking has once again gained their Cyber Essential Certification. After verification of their self-assessment against the Cyber Essentials Standard, assessors BIP Solutions Ltd confirmed that Amalgam met the standards for the scheme. The certification was hence renewed in August this year.

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Royal International Air Tattoo – 19-21 July 2019

  • July 1, 2019
Royal International Air Tattoo – 19-21 July 2019

The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford is the largest of its kind in World and in its 48th year. Amalgam Modelmaking are pleased to be attending this year and invite people to join them for informal networking, and to learn more about out how they have worked with many of the organisations present at the show. Amalgam Director Mike Harvey says "In our 35 years of being in business we've seen astonishing progress in aerospace advancements. Over that time we've been extremely pleased and privileged to have worked with a number of the organisations involved with those achievements, some of whom are at the show."

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New Blades ‘Most Ambitious’ Award sponsored by Amalgam

  • June 6, 2019
New Blades ‘Most Ambitious’ Award Sponsored By Amalgam

New Blades 2019 is the 27th annual model makers recruitment fair and awards event for model makers and creatives. This year, Amalgam are sponsors and judges of the 'Most Ambitious’ category and will be attending the awards ceremony in London on June 13th. “We're delighted to be one of the sponsors this year and are always excited to see what new model making talent this country has to offer” says Amalgam Director, Mike Harvey. “It’s events like New Blades that highlight emerging talent and in the past we have gone on to employ many award winners  including several Best in Show winners. ” Hosts, 4D Modelshop say everyone is invited to New Blades, from friends and family and anyone with an interest in model making. The event should be of special interest to Further Education students looking to do a Model Making degree and members of the Industry with the…

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The Grand Appeal – GU2 – UPDATE

  • April 17, 2019
The Grand Appeal – GU2 – UPDATE

£2 million raised by Gromit Unleashed 2 for Bristol Children’s Hospital The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, has announced that its third award-winning trail, Gromit Unleashed 2, has raised £2 million for the hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol.  This represents an amazing 309% increase in trail donations since their last trail (Shaun in the City). Amalgam are extremely proud to have been involved with the sculpting, producing and customising of  sculptures for the trail and were over the moon to hear that that the amount raised by the trail has now exceeded £2 million. In all trail visitors trekked the equivalent of a whopping 1,250,000 miles over 34,000 days to achieve 2,500,00 sculpture visits. The Grand Appeal website shares even more mind-boggling statistics on the campaign, including facts and figures on national TV and PR coverage, and reach via the website…

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We’re on the move – to a new, bigger location in Bristol

  • January 22, 2019
We’re On The Move – To A New, Bigger Location In Bristol

By 21 January 2019 we will have moved to our centre of operations to a new site near the centre of Bristol in Lawrence Hill. It’s with a mixture of excitement and sadness that we’re packing up The Old Sorting Office into the relocation vans, new tenants, will be moving in shortly. #Amalgamove - How many square metres does it take to work on a full-size giraffe? Our new build space has high ceilings and 60% more floor space to enable us to expand our services in the years ahead. As many of our friends and clients will know, alongside our scale models and product work we also work on outsize sculptures and TV props which need plenty of space for building and finishing. We also want to retain separate space in the model making workshop for our more confidential design and development projects. After much searching, we found the…

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How Interactive Props help bring drama into a story

  • October 23, 2018
How Interactive Props Help Bring Drama Into A Story

This month we look at how interactive props make such a difference when you’re running an educational workshop. Every business, charity or organisation has a story to tell, which they may share in visitor centres or through their open events and professional workshops. The greatest challenge is similar for all: making the story resonate with the audience. For children especially, they love drama.  We create our memories by forming stories, so the ones we can best recall are the ones that were dramatic. When we met The Bumblebee Conservation Trust to talk about their plans for a bumblebee science roadshow, it was great to see them planning interactive props to support the educational goals. Education officer, Andy Benson, had developed a clear script to bring the workshops alive. Andy's initial concept was to create a theatrical stage set, presenting the children with a colourful, layered arena for storytelling during the…

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Five secrets about the famous Bristol arts trail, Gromit Unleashed 2

  • June 26, 2018
Five Secrets About The Famous Bristol Arts Trail, Gromit Unleashed 2

With Gromit Unleashed 2 launching all over Bristol, we can finally start to tell the story of our involvement in a bit more detail.  There has been a lot of fun and hard work building the sculptures for this summer’s art trail for The Grand Appeal. We were thrilled to announce our involvement last year and since then, the team has stretched their combined creative muscles to prepare the sculptures in time. It’s been a pleasure working with the artists and the organisers, and now it’s nearly time to reveal our own design - InCognito. The characters of Wallace and Gromit, and their arch-enemy Feathers McGraw are familiar for fans of the films and if you live in Bristol, you’ll see them in over 60 locations around the city over the summer. But we want you to take a peek behind the making of the sculptures. Did you know that?:…

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Ultrahaptics exhibition display

  • April 30, 2018
Ultrahaptics Exhibition Display

Next-generation interactive technology for Ultrahaptics exhibition display Exhibition stand designers have a tough job to deliver new displays or refresh content in time for the next trade show. Whether you’re the busy marketing manager or a creative agency helping clients to get ready, there’s a fine balance to achieve: Innovative ideas to showcase your products/services Realistic plan and budget to cover all event and marketing costs Attention-grabbing design to make a high impact on visitors Project management to create the content on time Physical build plans for the final construction Every exhibition is busy, so we work with our clients to make their display stand out. In this Business Leader article, Heather Mcdonald Tait from Ultrahaptics highlights the importance of being original with your ideas, with some great photos of the Ultrahaptics exhibition stand at CES, with the ATM kiosk designed by Crux and built by us here at Amalgam…

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Technical 3D design for a high impact display

  • April 3, 2018
Technical 3D Design For A High Impact Display

When a new product is ready for the big reveal, a large scale in-store display often works to grab attention and get people talking, which we talked about for premium brands. To create a high impact display, it’s often the technical detail which matters most – looking at how the display is made, and what structural support or suspension points it needs – to be congruent with the design. The process starts with our clients’ ideas; when they come and talk to us, our role is to interpret their design and bring it to life. We always aim to achieve a result which looks sleek, with no interruptions on the aesthetics of the finished display. Making something appear that way can take time testing and iterating the physical features in 3D CAD. Where to use a large-scale creative display? The obvious answer as to why choose a large-scale model is…

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