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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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Come and talk Product Prototyping at Venturefest 2013

  • November 11, 2013
Come And Talk Product Prototyping At Venturefest 2013

Venturefest Bristol 2013 Is, once again, organised by Science City Bristol in partnership with the Technology Strategy Board.  This years event is taking place on Thursday 14th November 2013 at the UWE Conference Centre in Bristol.  Bristol prototyping and model making specialists Amalgam will be there,  offering free advice on Product Prototyping, general product development and a range of allied subjects, all relevant to inventors, innovators and designers looking to turn their good ideas into commercial realities.   The Venturefest show is in it's third year and promises to be better than ever. Our stand at the 2012 show drew a steady stream of visitors throughout the day asking a wide range of questions about Product Prototyping,  Product development, CAD, 3D printing and much more besides.  This year we are back, with a range of samples showing some of the processes we can offer for product prototyping, case studies of previous…

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The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box – Trailer Online, Props by Amalgam Propmaking Services

  • October 28, 2013
The Adventurer: Curse Of The Midas Box – Trailer Online, Props By Amalgam Propmaking Services

Propmaking Bristol   A while back we made a range of props for The Adventurer: the Curse of the Midas Box, a production filmed on location in Bath and at the recently renovated Bottleyard. The facility adds to Bristol and the South West's strong heritage for creative talent, stunning locations and cutting edge facilities. While we cannot give away all the details just yet, some of our past projects can be seen by heading over to Our Work.       Our propmaking facilties are comprehensive and cutting-edge, and we are able to offer CNC machining services, vacuum casting services for batch productions runs of props in a range of materials and hardnesses, as well having access to a wealth of creative talent in the form of set designers, sculptors, artworkers and artists to bring the props to life. Our large workshop and flexible setup means we can take on…

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“If Only It Worked” Bath, May 10th

  • May 12, 2013
“If Only It Worked” Bath, May 10th

Rob Bakewell, our Casting Manager, was on hand recently at the IfOnly UX 'If Only It Worked' Product Design conference to offer advice and guidance relating to all areas of prototyping, specifically the vacuum casting process that we use to great effect in realising product designs, prototypes, innovations and much more besides. Amalgam Modelmakers are actively involved in events, conferences and shows such as this, and participate regularly as part of the Southwest's design community. The conference was held with the intention of exploring how user experiences influence design; consequently extensive research and prototyping is necessary to streamline and fashion an initial concept into a working production-ready product. Amalgam's prototyping and design services cover all ground between these two points, and we have a solid history of success stories from designers and inventors who have approached us with ideas that we have guided to market. The IfOnly UX Product Design Conference is just one of…

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Hydrate for Health inventor Mark Moran introduces Dr Philip Hammond to The Hydrant

  • February 23, 2013
Hydrate For Health Inventor Mark Moran Introduces Dr Philip Hammond To The Hydrant

Hydrate for Health inventor Mark Moran could be heard this morning in a radio interview with well-known TV & radio broadcaster and GP Dr Philip Hammond.  Since finding himself frustrated by not being able to reach a drink following a spinal operation Mark has dedicated his life to the solution, forming his own company Hydrate for Health to develop and promote his Hydrant idea.  It has been several years since Mark first approached Amalgam to help him design The Hydrant but we are still in contact and follow the progress of Hydrate for Health and The Hydrant in particular.  Our original case study can be read here. https://www.amalgam-models.co.uk/projects/the-hydrant-water-bottle. describing how we used a combination of 3D scanning to design the screw cap with its combined clip /handle  feature, which was followed by rapid prototyping of the design and resin vacuum casting to produce a batch of trial parts.  You can…

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Architecture Centre Olympic Exhibition

  • January 22, 2013
Architecture Centre Olympic Exhibition

The Architecture Centre on Bristol's waterfront is presenting an exhibition of some of the architectural models used for last year's Olympic Games, notably the London 2012 Olympic Stadium by Populous, London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects and The Copper Box (Handball Arena) by Make Architects. The exhibition also explores the lasting impact of the games and their architecture on the social and economic landscape, and how these structures are to be sustained. The exhibition runs from Wednesday 8th Jan to Sunday 7 April, and is a fantastic opportunity to see the models used in the process of creating modern icons. Head to http://www.architecturecentre.co.uk/exhibitions-after-the-party to find out more.

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Olympic Torch arrives at Amalgam

  • January 17, 2013
Olympic Torch Arrives At Amalgam

Last week the  Amalgam team were very excited to receive a 2012 Olympic Torch which has been donated  by one of the Torch relay participants to be displayed at the EDF Dungeness Visitor Centre. Amalgam have been collaborating with EDF over the last year to design and build the Visitor Centres and Interactives for all of their power stations, and we are currently designing and building a display stand for the iconic aluminium 2012 Torch.

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