Recently we have been experimenting with a sheet material made from 100% recycled plastic. The material is responsive to CNC routing and can be cut into panels on our new machine - it has already made its way into an architectural project which we will announce in the new year. It offers an alternative to plywood or MDF, and being fully recyclable, any waste and offcuts can be returned to the manufacturer. We are always on the lookout for new materials with new properties, particularly those that are recycled or sustainably sourced. Head to http://www.ecosheet.com/ to find out more.
Our work for EDF Energy can be seen in the news again, this time at Sizewell Visitor's Centre. Head to www.eadtv.co.uk to see a video of some of our engaging and informative interactives - we are still very much in the middle of the project and will announce full details in the new year.
Award-winning architect Oscar Niemeyer passed away yesterday at 104 years of age. Famous for pioneering use of reinforced concrete, and the use of abstract forms within architecture, Niemeyer designed many modernist buildings in his distinctive curved style now considered to be iconic.
Our interactives for Hinkley Power Station visitor's center can be seen in this video by the BBC, as can besuited Amalgam Models project manager Dan Fenwick. The video can be seen at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-20601912, and more details on the interactives will be announced in the new year.
The Seagen model was recently on display at the House of Commons, as part of an event organised by the Renewable Energy Association and hosted by the SeaBed User Development Group. The model has withstood two and a half years of transportation, assembly, handling and dissassembly, coming back into our workshop only once in its lifetime for cosmetic touchups. The project also received an award at last week’s International Tidal Energy Summit, winning the Device Developer Business Case Award based on the project's “solid and applicable business case”. More details can be found on the Marine Current Turbines website, and more detail on our Seagen model can be found in the 'Our Work' section.
Hinkley Power Station opens its visitor centre today, featuring a series of interactives built and installed by Amalgam for EDF Energy. Constructed as part of a scheme to raise awareness and inform the public on nuclear energy, these engaging interactives ranged from demonstrations on how nuclear power is used to create energy, how the process is managed and how much energy is needed to power modern appliances. They form part of a larger project which we have been working on for most of 2012, more details of which will be announced in the new year.
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.
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.
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.