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Amalgam’s Models at DSEI show

  • September 10, 2013
Amalgam’s Models At DSEI Show

The DSEI 2013 defence and security exhibition begins on the 10th of September, and will continue until the 13th. The exhibition features over 1500 exhibitors from more than 50 countries, to some of whom we have recently provided our marine model making services. More details on the models will be announced soon.   Amalgam Models have provided many models to the defence and security industries, largely as exhibition and marketing applications at global events such as DSEI. One such success is the BMT Mastiff, which includes cast rubber tyres and extremely high levels of detail. Other exhibition and 'event' models we have made for conferences and trade shows include the Seagen Tidal Turbine and the Asry-Centrax Powerbarge, both of which had to be built to withstand regular international touring.    

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PlanLoCaL scale model gets an update

  • September 9, 2013
PlanLoCaL Scale Model Gets An Update

Some years back, Amalgam created a four-baseboard modular scale model of a generic British urban area for the Centre for Sustainable Energy. The model has been back through our doors for touch ups and some fresh paint, but we've added a 1,044 Megawatt Solar Farm, an Anaerobic Digestion Plant, and some 1/1000 scale cows to provide the plant with, erm, fuel. Ultimately the model is designed to show a community the various renewable energy options available to them. It also allows them to consider whether a certain process is appropriate for their local economy, or what the visual impact would be on the surrounding countryside.  Amalgam have provided a range of models to the Centre for Sustainable Energy over the years, including our Wall Insulation models (of which we made 13 sets) ,and the Energy Home, which shows how a modern family home can be made more energy efficient. Head to Our Work…

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New Blades and Made in Brunel graduate showcases

  • June 14, 2013
New Blades And Made In Brunel Graduate Showcases

This time of year sees the advent of two significant degree shows; the New Blades Modelmaking degree show and the Made in Brunel graduate showcase. Both are an opportunity for graduates to make invaluable contacts within their industries, to show off their work, skills and passions, and for seasoned professionals to meet young people with fresh eyes and good ideas. The New Blades took place at Holborn Studios and featured some truly outstanding work; the show guide is available for download at the 4D Modelshop website. It is also a chance to meet old friends and former colleagues as the bulk of the UK's model making companies and their representatives meet.       The Made in Brunel Graduate Showcase aims to draw the attention of the design industry to a pool of innovative aspiring designers and engineers. This year, former Amalgam intern Jeremy Ireland (https://madeinbrunel.com/) will be showcasing his…

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Prototype Plastic Moulding: Vacuum Casting and 3D Printing

  • June 13, 2013
Prototype Plastic Moulding: Vacuum Casting And 3D Printing

A little over twenty years ago, 3D printing or Rapid Prototyping as it was then known, changed the world. The recent explosion of interest in the process is not indicative of a sea change in the industry, but a public awakening to an industrial process that is quick, convenient and downright cool. The science fiction ideal of being able to manifest objects from your computer captures the imagination; could you 3D print a model yacht, a concept design of a yacht, a full-sized working cruiser? Designers, architects and artists have embraced 3D printing and innovative projects are appearing daily. There are, however, limitations. It is important to remember that 3D printing and all the associated Additive manufacturing technologies, stereolithography, laser sintering, etc. are stages of a greater whole - prototyping. 3D printing is generally a step towards production, not production itself, and while it is tempting to think of a 3D printer…

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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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Animatronic grasshopper on front of Industrial Technology magazine

  • May 3, 2013
Animatronic Grasshopper On Front Of Industrial Technology Magazine

The Asco Numatics Animatronic grasshopper was a project Amalgam modelmakers undertook a while back, but can now be seen on the front cover, and in the pages of, Industrial Technology magazine.   The grasshopper was modified from a previous set of sculpts which needed a fair amount of repair work and all round updating. Amalgam sculptors added a new set of mandibles and gave the whole model a fresh coat of durable paint to withstand the movement and handling the grasshopper would receive.   The Asco Numatics grasshopper itself is a display aid and incorporates various technologies from packaging, manufacturing and machine-building industries. You can read the full article by heading over to https://www.industrialtechnology.co.uk/.   While we provided a sculpting and finishing service for this model, others we have produced along similar lines include the Anatomical Heart Valve model for the Glasgow Science Centre, and the Aardman 'Thinking Cap' exhibition pieces.

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Weston Williamson receive recognition for Miami Metromover Station

  • March 7, 2013
Weston Williamson Receive Recognition For Miami Metromover Station

Miami Metromover Station, designed by Weston Williamson, has recently been awarded a Special Judges’ Recognition at the 2013 MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards. The Amalgam architectural model making team built an intricate model of the Metromover station, which can be viewed here. Read the full Weston Williamson article on the Miami Metromover Station at - https://www.westonwilliamson.com/news.

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EDF Energy Touring Exhibition

  • March 6, 2013
EDF Energy Touring Exhibition

Exhibition companies are fast learning how we built our reputation for quality - latest amongst them is EDF.  This EDF Energy Touring Exhibition was recently completed by the Exhibition Design and Build team at Amalgam. The EDF Energy Touring Exhibition is now making its way around the country. Amalgam model makers constructed the exhibition to be completely modular for ease of assembly and transportation. The exhibition features portable variants of the engaging interactives and energy displays we have been building over the last few months. More details of these units can be found on our main website or by clicking this link to view the permanent EDF energy exhibitions we have been involved in designing, building and installing. The EDF Energy Touring Exhibition features, amongst other things,  a set of interactives which demonstrate the conductive properties of various materials, and a puzzle involving wiring a staircase switch. A range scaled down but…

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SeaGen featured on BBC TV’s Countryfile

  • February 15, 2013
SeaGen Featured On BBC TV’s Countryfile

MCT's SeaGen tidal system, located in Strangford Lough, has featured on the BBC 1 television programme, Countryfile (Sunday, February 10th) for a second time. Comments were made on the massive potential for tidal power in the British Isles. Watch the video here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01qsl55/Countryfile_10_02_2013/. We have provided a number of models for MCT and the SeaGen project; head to Our Work to see a 1-metre demonstration model and a small-scale desktop miniature.

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Hammerson and Westfield announce £1 billion Croydon redevelopment project

  • February 14, 2013

Developers Hammerson and Westfield have reached a joint venture agreement and are set to begin a massive redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre in Croydon. Following the announcement, other development proposals began to flood in, making the announcement a 'tipping point' in the Council's efforts to revitalise the area. Following the 2011 summer riots, the council landed £23 million from the Greater London Authority to fund regeneration schemes. Croydon has a legacy of failed regeneration and the £1 billion joint venture promises to be the beginning of a process which will see the creation of new retail centres, leisure and public spaces, and over 7000 new homes in Croydon's centre. Firms involved include Studio Egret West, Allies and Morrison and HawkinsBrown.    

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