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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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Additive layer manufacturing: From ‘art’ to ‘part’

  • January 2, 2013
Additive Layer Manufacturing: From ‘art’ To ‘part’

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, in conjunction with Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE), Materials KTN and Exeter University Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) recently held an event at Exeter University to inform businesses in the South West  about the range of services and technologies available in the region. The day was organised by Phil Brownsord of EEF and John Bound of MaDE, the Materials and Design Exchange, a part of the Knowledge Transfer Network and featured speakers including Nick Grace from the RCA, Dr. Sara Flint of CALM and Amalgam’s own Mike Harvey. Apart from the various presentations which covered various aspects of Additive Layer Manufacturing and Product Development the day also included a tour of CALM’s impressive facilities with Richard Davies and James Bradbury providing demonstrations of the various processes on site. Additive layer manufacturing Often referred to simply as "Additive Manufacturing" or "AM" is a branch of 3D printing -…

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INCLUDE DESIGN

  • December 20, 2012
INCLUDE DESIGN

Include Design.org aims to raise awareness on the issue and make changes to the Ebacc, which has been described as 'unworkable ' by Glenys Stacey, head of Ofqual, the body which regulations qualifications across the UK. The newly proposed Ebacc qualification (intended to curtail grade inflation and replace GCSEs) will exclude Design and the Arts from the nation’s educational agenda. This is disturbing, and several bodies have been set up to counter the decision or at least add a 'Sixth Pillar' of creative subjects to the curriculum. If the Ebacc remains unchanged then entire generations of design industry and creative professionals will be lost to less practical subjects. Also missing from the Ebacc, which claims to be 'well-rounded', are IT (a cornerstone of our economy) and Religious Education (which is vital in a multicultural country like the UK). Ultimately removing creative subjects from a generation is to hamper the economic abilities of the country.…

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CNC Recycled Sheet Materials

  • December 13, 2012
CNC Recycled Sheet Materials

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.

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Hinkley Visitor’s Center Interactives covered by BBC

  • December 5, 2012
Hinkley Visitor’s Center Interactives Covered By BBC

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.

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Marine Current Turbines’ Seagen model at House of Commons

  • December 4, 2012
Marine Current Turbines’ Seagen Model At House Of Commons

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.

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Develop 3D magazine features Amalgam – twice

  • November 5, 2012
Develop 3D Magazine Features Amalgam – Twice

Amalgam director Mike Harvey features in this month's edition of Develop 3D, a publication dedicated to 3D printing, additive manufacture and prototypes. The article touches on Amalgam's involvement with the Schwinn Folding Bike and the importance of physical prototypes. Also, our client and friend Tom Lawton graced the front page with his Bubblescope, a product our makers had a hand in designing mechanisms for during the first stages of prototyping.   It goes without saying that physical prototypes are enormously important to the design process. In many cases digital models simply aren't proof enough of concept - Kickstarter, which has recently launched in the UK, holds as a key policy that before seeking finance, one must present photos of a physical prototype, 3D printed or otherwise. Amalgam has a strong history of helping fledgling projects through these early stages, and right through to manufacture. Take a look through Our Work…

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Seagen Tidal Turbine model at the ICOE 2012

  • October 29, 2012
Seagen Tidal Turbine Model At The ICOE 2012

The Seagen Tidal Turbine model was built at Amalgam to be transported easily around the country for public demonstrations, and its latest home is the Siemens stand at the International Conference on Ocean Energy in Dublin. The ICOE is the global marine energy event focused on the industrial development of renewable marine energy. Held every two years, the aim of the event is to share recent experiences from research and demonstration efforts.

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