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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The lure of the bright lights calls Laurens Nockels to Pinewood Creative

  • February 18, 2014
The Lure Of The Bright Lights Calls Laurens Nockels To Pinewood Creative

"Ladies and Gentlemen, Laurens Nockels has left the building" Pinewood studios is a name synonymous with the film industry and UK film in particular.  So many blockbuster productions have been made there it is hard to know where to start on any list of film and TV credits.  Little wonder then that when one of Amalgam’s team of sculptors and project managers, Laurens Nockels got wind of an opportunity to work there he found it was a temptation well beyond resisting.  It is therefore, with some sadness, that we have to announce “ Laurens Nockels has left the building.”  We totally understand of course that people need to follow their dreams and wish him every success with his new venture as Head of Pinewood Creative, his cheerful personality and optimism, not to mention his creative talents will be missed by us all.  Laurens has of course been a popular and long-standing member…

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Cast hands props

  • January 23, 2014
Cast Hands Props

We've been making some cast hands, but can't let you know what for just yet. They're props. That's as much as we can say. Over the years we have cast a range of strange objects for various purposes, including Creme Eggs, lungs and bits of sheep. Our casting facilities are well equipped to handle intricate tolerance-specific components as much as they are body parts, and we can offer a range of materials depending on the purpose of the cast; from soft rubber stunt-safe props, to high-impact durable resins. Head to Our Work to find out more.        

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CSE Home Energy Display Model

  • January 9, 2014
CSE Home Energy Display Model

Our portable, engaging Energy Display Model made for the Centre for Sustainable Energy can be seen on the CSE website. This model was made to illustrate various methods for creating a more energy efficient home, featuring energy usage monitors, solar panels, roofing insulation and draft snakes. The model is also populated with other engaging features such as bedroom posters, furniture, houseplants and modern appliances.   We built the display model to be portable; when stored, it fits snugly together as a single block, but can be unclipped and opens out to slot together into a cross-section model of a modern home. We had a great deal of fun adding all the miniature features to humanise the model and are very glad to see it still being used.   Other models we have made for CSE include the Wall Insulation Models, of which we made many sets. Models along similar lines…

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‘The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box’ clip and film props

  • January 8, 2014
‘The Adventurer: The Curse Of The Midas Box’ Clip And Film Props

We have made a broad range of film props in the last few years, many of which were for the film adaptation of G. P. Taylor's Mariah Mundi novels. 'The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box' opens in cinemas this year, and a clip can be viewed here: While we cannot yet show you what we have made for this production, we have made a range of weapons, sets and ephemera for the BBC fantasy drama 'Atlantis'. These included rubber stunt-safe swords, axes and daggers, huge setpieces of demon goddesses, crumbling seafloor ruins and vials, boxes, locks, and petrified stone rats. These projects drew on the talents of our sculptors and artworkers and made use of our comprehensive vacuum casting facility to create exquisite replicas of the original objects.   Head to Our Work to find out more.

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Triggertrap Redsnap Vacuum Cast Prototype

  • December 13, 2013
Triggertrap Redsnap Vacuum Cast Prototype

Amalgam prototype modelmakers recently completed a set of prototypes for the Triggertrap Redsnap, an affordable timelapse and high-speed camera system funded through Kickstarter. Our vacuum cast prototype of the look-and-feel enclosure is one of many similar projects we have undertaken over the years, a list which includes the Gapgun, which we produce in batches as a fully functional production model. Our vacuum casting facility and hot new 3D printer enable us to offer a comprehensive prototyping service for a range of products, and our understanding of materials allows us to make these objects suitable for practical testing and ergonomics as much as look-and-feel display pieces. Our method combines the reliability and speed of 3D printing and additive manufacture with craftsman-level hand skills to turn a stepped rough build into a fine-tolerance, exquisitely finished casting master. We are then able to make batch casts of this object to replicate its form, texture…

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Offshore power generation models

  • December 4, 2013
Offshore Power Generation Models

The government is to make big changes to the way it subsidises renewable energy, it has announced. BBC news 4/12/13.  As market leaders in the field of producing offshore power generation models we are obviously interested in this subject and thought it might be a good moment to remind the world of some of the work we have done in the area. Amalgam are of course well known for scale models and exhibition pieces such as the e.on offshore wind generation model display shown in the header to this article, a closer view of the same model is on the left here. We also produced a range of scale models of the Seagen Offshore power generation design shown in the three images below. We also have a long history of producing functional prototypes and test rigs such as this Spectral Marine Energy Converter (SMEC) working scale model which we designed…

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Western Power Distribution – sixth Energy Display Interactive Completed

  • November 20, 2013
Western Power Distribution – Sixth Energy Display Interactive Completed

Recently Amalgam modelmakers completed the sixth in a series of energy display interactive models for Western Power Distribution. The series of models formed part of Project F.A.L.C.O.N (Flexible Approaches for Low Carbon Optimised Networks), a project led by Western Power Distribution. The project will test six alternatives to reinforcement, to see how they work in practice. Ultimately FALCON will provide guidance so that network planners can select the best technique from a range of options. Four of the options are based around novel engineering approaches and two are based around changing energy users' behaviour. The energy display interactives were designed to demonstrate this range of techniques in an engaging manner whilst maintaining a very clean and sleek look. The image above is our designers sketch for one of the six designs built, by clicking the link you can find out more in our Energy Display Interactives case study on the main…

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Henrietta Lacks Exhibit Open at Science Museum

  • November 18, 2013
Henrietta Lacks Exhibit Open At Science Museum

Over the last year, Amalgam's Laurens Nockles and Ben Taylor have been involved in the creation of the Henrietta Lacks exhibit installed in the Wellcome Wing of the Science Museum. The project is a 3D extension of the work of Helen Wilson-Roe, a Bristol-based artist whose work is primarily 2D portraiture on a large scale.   Laurens and Ben provided assistance in translating the ideas into the 3D realm, from initial visualisations for pitches and marketing to technical CAD drawings, graphic design elements and assembly of the final piece, which was a mixture of graphic elements, 3D forms and Helen's signature painting style. The exhibit was successfully installed in the Wellcome Wing and opened to the public on October 16th as part of the Who Am I?  gallery.   The story of Henrietta Lacks is a remarkable one; having a rare cellular mutation, she succumbed to cancer at the age of…

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