Architectural Modelmaking book features Amalgam Modelmaking’s work

  • September 15, 2014
Architectural Modelmaking Book Features Amalgam Modelmaking’s Work

Architectural Modelmaking by Nick Dunn is a book, now in its second edition, with a self-explanatory title.  Amalgam Modelmaking is delighted to have contributed several articles and examples to this new edition of Nick Dunn's textbook on the subject of.... Well Architectural Modelmaking! Nick Dunn is Professor of Urban Design at Lancaster University. His primary research interests are in the fields of visualization, modelling, mapping, representation in architecture, infrastructure and urbanism.  One reviewer stated that the book is an "Indispensable guide for any student of architecture or the built environment".  We of course are very proud to have been featured so heavily in what seems to be recognised as the "Go-to" publication for architectural students and others who wish to develop their model making skills. According to publishers Laurence King The book provides "A practical and effective guide to how and why models are used, in addition to what they…

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New Marine Models at Hamburg SMM Show

  • September 15, 2014

The last few months have yielded some fantastic and challenging projects, including innovative furniture, several new Marine models, strange creatures and new possibilities opening up with our packaging design service.   The SMM in Hamburg, Germany wrapped up last week, where two of our models were on display. The first was the HF4 model for Mojo Maritime, featuring a huge loading crane system and smaller knuckle cranes.   The Swath model for Qinetiq features a unique baseboard design incorporating the 'sea' as a structural support for the model, indicating the position of the vessel in the water. The reflective baseboard shows the detail below the waterlines, including locomotive elements and the complex forms of the hull.   Both models were fabricated with a combination of advanced computer controlled processes and hand-finishing skills, particularly to preserve the sharp lines and broad, unbroken planes of colour of the designs. These models add to…

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Not the Commonwealth Games Baton – but still….

  • August 6, 2014
Not The Commonwealth Games Baton – But Still….

We cannot claim to have designed or made the Queen’s Baton for the recent Commonwealth Games (Even though a part of it was 3D printed).  Nor the iconic 2012 Olympic torch. But at Amalgam we are proud to have made our own version – after a fashion… Every year supermarket chain Morrison's staff vote for a worthwhile cause to be the company’s charity partner to benefit from their ‘Raise a Smile’ programme. This year’s charity is Sue Ryder, an organisation that provides incredible care for people who are diagnosed with life a changing illness. As a part of the companies fund-raising efforts M Local stores arranged a 24 hour relay race, each leg being completed on a different and unusual form of transport and at each hand-over our specially created “Apple Baton” was handed over. OK so we didn’t carry a message from The Queen, or visit 71 nations along…

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BBC Sport Tabletop Footballers, Wall Insulation Models and Otters

  • June 26, 2014
BBC Sport Tabletop Footballers, Wall Insulation Models And Otters

We are currently making set 15 of our popular Wall Insulation models! These engaging display units were designed in-house by project manager Phillip Harris and we have been trickling them out at a steady rate for the last three years. The models show three methods for improving energy efficiency and cutting down on home fuel costs, by adding insulative materials to the cavity walling and exterior faces of a modern home. Initially made for the Centre for Sustainable Energy, these educational display models have caught the eye of a number of other clients and we have been making them as sets-to-order ever since. Typically in our industry, each model we make is a bespoke piece, designed and built to the client's individual specifications.   Exhibition and display projects this month include the Mini MRF, a Compost Corner video interactive and cutaway compost bin - all more made-to-order items from our Recycling Displays trading arm. These…

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Architecture Exhibitions and Chimps

  • May 23, 2014
Architecture Exhibitions And Chimps

Installed at the Architecture Centre down on Bristol Waterfront, the Living City is an interactive architecture exhibition where an analogy is drawn between the city and a human body. Users are encouraged to think about what is needed to create a balanced, healthy urban environment.   The centrepiece for this exhibition is a model we made for the Center for Sustainable Energy some time ago; in its original context the PlanLoCal model shows how various low carbon technologies can be installed in rural and urban settings. In its new role in this exhibition, the model features an interactive element, where users can place magnetic icons along the sides of the base to highlight key points within the 'city-body', such as energy, transport and recycling. The exhibition also features key documents and case studies, and runs until the 10th of August. You can see some images up on the Architecture Centre's Facebook page. Be…

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Tidal Turbines, Milan Design Week and Brutalism

  • April 14, 2014
Tidal Turbines, Milan Design Week And Brutalism

This week we have been ramping up the marketing of our recycling displays and have been taking orders for a few products from the range; as these projects are completed we will be updating the website with photos of these new builds. These engaging and informative displays are usually used by councils and recycling officers to communicate important information about recycling.   Also our SeaGen Tidal Turbine for MCT has been in the news this week. This popular model has made a few media appearances over the years and has so far survived nearly four years of touring and public engagement.   We are also enjoying the trickle of photos coming out of Milan Design Week which have made their way into various Twitter feeds and photoblogs, showcasing the range of product design this year has to offer. Another event in our calendar that we're looking forward to is the…

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Cutaway Models – Compost, Insulation and Secrecy

  • March 31, 2014

This last week we have made a number of models which share a common theme - having bits cut out of them to see what's going on inside.   The first was a set of wall insulation models for Concept PR, made with the permission of the Centre for Sustainable Energy with whom we designed the original set. Concept PR's set brings our total up to 14 sets of these popular units. They are simple cutaway models showing the different layers of wall insulation that can be applied to the interior and exterior of a house, depicting the necessary layers of render, mesh, insulation and other materials to make a home more energy efficient.   Meanwhile, our new trading arm, Recycling Displays,  has been hard at work making cross-section compost bins, showing the strata of decomposing vegetable matter and how household waste can be recycled into nutrient-rich compost for gardens and vegetable…

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Recycling Displays website launch

  • March 14, 2014
Recycling Displays Website Launch

Our new trading arm, www.recyclingdisplays.co.uk, is up and running! Go over and have a look at the products available.   Through the website orders can be placed for specific products, such as cutaway compost bins, games and activity sets, perfect for schools, waste management companies, event organisers, recycling officers and local councils. The recycling displays are informative and engaging products that encourage recycling practices, and how household waste can be better managed, reduced and reused.   As well as made-to-order displays, we are also able to make bespoke items. Our team of exhibition design specialists and fabricators can offer advice and support through all stages of a project, from design right through to completion, providing a comprehensive in-house fabrication service along the way and organising transportation and installation. Head to Our Work to see some of our projects.   We have made a range of models for environmental concerns over the…

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Julio Bashmore stopframe animation props

  • March 7, 2014
Julio Bashmore Stopframe Animation Props

A while back we made a set of stopframe animation props for Blinkink and the Julio Bashmore music video they were creating. The video for the Bristol producer's single 'Peppermint' is available to view online. Among the other animation props made by various techniques, the video includes the hands of our own Andy Wright, which were deemed holy enough to be cast in both Jesmonite and the role of God, where they can be seen clapping out a TR-808 style drumline and giving divine life-energy to a developing golden foetus.   Our propmakers have lent their setbuilding and sculpting skills to range of stopframe animation projects over the years, including hundreds of cast Creme Egg props for Aardman and the Goo Games, and a set of hand-painted Russian dolls for an Eircom television advert.   As well as the sculptural and artworking side of stopframe animation props, we are able…

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Triggertrap Ada product prototype

  • March 5, 2014
Triggertrap Ada Product Prototype

We recently created a look-and-feel product prototype of the Triggertrap Ada, and the project has been back through our doors for some modifications before being vacuum cast in a new incarnation. Matt from Triggertrap goes into further detail in a video on their kickstarter page, which shows our technicians working away at preparing the master for casting.   Our initial involvement was to create a look-and-feel prototype. This first object was a hand-finished object created using 3D printing processes, sparked and finished to look like the production component; models of this nature are useful as marketing tools. The vacuum casting process allows us to create a functional product prototype - a component with material properties much closer to those of the production object. This is useful for real-world condition testing but also allows the designers to iron out any further niggles in the design (if there are any).   We…

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