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Amalgam gains Cyber Essentials Certificate

  • October 9, 2019
Amalgam Gains Cyber Essentials Certificate

Bristol-based Amalgam Modelmaking has once again gained their Cyber Essential Certification. After verification of their self-assessment against the Cyber Essentials Standard, assessors BIP Solutions Ltd confirmed that Amalgam met the standards for the scheme. The certification was hence renewed in August this year.

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New Blades ‘Most Ambitious’ Award sponsored by Amalgam

  • June 6, 2019
New Blades ‘Most Ambitious’ Award Sponsored By Amalgam

New Blades 2019 is the 27th annual model makers recruitment fair and awards event for model makers and creatives. This year, Amalgam are sponsors and judges of the 'Most Ambitious’ category and will be attending the awards ceremony in London on June 13th. “We're delighted to be one of the sponsors this year and are always excited to see what new model making talent this country has to offer” says Amalgam Director, Mike Harvey. “It’s events like New Blades that highlight emerging talent and in the past we have gone on to employ many award winners  including several Best in Show winners. ” Hosts, 4D Modelshop say everyone is invited to New Blades, from friends and family and anyone with an interest in model making. The event should be of special interest to Further Education students looking to do a Model Making degree and members of the Industry with the…

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The Grand Appeal – GU2 – UPDATE

  • April 17, 2019
The Grand Appeal – GU2 – UPDATE

£2 million raised by Gromit Unleashed 2 for Bristol Children’s Hospital The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, has announced that its third award-winning trail, Gromit Unleashed 2, has raised £2 million for the hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol.  This represents an amazing 309% increase in trail donations since their last trail (Shaun in the City). Amalgam are extremely proud to have been involved with the sculpting, producing and customising of  sculptures for the trail and were over the moon to hear that that the amount raised by the trail has now exceeded £2 million. In all trail visitors trekked the equivalent of a whopping 1,250,000 miles over 34,000 days to achieve 2,500,00 sculpture visits. The Grand Appeal website shares even more mind-boggling statistics on the campaign, including facts and figures on national TV and PR coverage, and reach via the website…

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We’re on the move – to a new, bigger location in Bristol

  • January 22, 2019
We’re On The Move – To A New, Bigger Location In Bristol

By 21 January 2019 we will have moved to our centre of operations to a new site near the centre of Bristol in Lawrence Hill. It’s with a mixture of excitement and sadness that we’re packing up The Old Sorting Office into the relocation vans, new tenants, will be moving in shortly. #Amalgamove - How many square metres does it take to work on a full-size giraffe? Our new build space has high ceilings and 60% more floor space to enable us to expand our services in the years ahead. As many of our friends and clients will know, alongside our scale models and product work we also work on outsize sculptures and TV props which need plenty of space for building and finishing. We also want to retain separate space in the model making workshop for our more confidential design and development projects. After much searching, we found the…

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Treehouse model for Canopy & Stars at Crane 29

  • June 22, 2017
Treehouse Model For Canopy & Stars At Crane 29

Amalgam director, Chris, recently visited the unique treehouse designed and built by Canopy & Stars at Crane 29. Back in February, we were delighted to create a scale model of the Canopy & Stars' plan for the treehouse. Measuring about 20cm by 20cm, the model is lightweight, designed to be portable for visits to site. The team wanted a high-quality finish to accurately reflect the life-size construction in press photographs achieved with touches like the styling of the windows, logo and colour. The greenery flock roof indicates how guests will experience a bubble of nature in the city, with pollinating plants on the roof to attract bees, birds and wildlife. PR Manager, Emily Enright, told us: The model has been a star of the press launch and in making the ballot for treehouse stays so successful. The model has allowed us to show exactly what the treehouse will look like…

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Process flow models – to realise a 3D proof of concept

  • July 28, 2016
Process Flow Models – To Realise A 3D Proof Of Concept

Some clients come to us for a model, when making engineering changes, or re-designing a process flow. These businesses may be working in manufacturing, or energy sectors, where the changes need to be shared with stakeholders around the company, and across the industry. So, today we take a look at the top reasons why a 3D model helps, when explaining a complex or technical process flow. Top reasons for creating a process flow model 1. When a concept is highly technical, a model enables you to simplify it - and use dynamic lighting or coloured parts to mark specific aspects. The SPX Flow Continuous Processing Industrial Display model (shown above) is a great example of how we apply our CAD skills to develop a design ready for 3D-printing a huge number of component parts. Once the parts were finished, they simply clicked together to create the eye-catching industrial display, showing the…

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New Blades Show 2016 – thinking about a career in model making?

  • June 9, 2016
New Blades Show 2016 – Thinking About A Career In Model Making?

Amalgam are very familiar with building trade show display models, however, it's a rare opportunity for us to get out today, to visit New Blades Show, the annual model makers's fair to visit if you're considering a career in model making. Hosted by 4D modelshop at the Holborn Studios, London, the show features work by graduates from the Arts University Bournemouth, University of Hertfordshire, University of Bolton, City of Glasgow College, University for the Creative Arts and Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. And we are looking forward to seeing the displays, usually widely diverse in techniques and creative ideas. It's an exciting day for the graduates. Industry sponsored prizes are available - and it's an opportunity for them to meet potential employers and consider their career path. We wish them all the best of luck.   Our recruits While we're visiting the New Blades Show, it's a chance…

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INTERACTIVE MASTERPLAN MODELS TO ADAPT YOUR SCHEME DESIGN

  • May 27, 2016
INTERACTIVE MASTERPLAN MODELS TO ADAPT YOUR SCHEME DESIGN

Beyond dynamic lighting, there are other methods for making a masterplan model interactive. Our recent interactive masterplan for Ecotricity was developed as a simple, chunky, massing model, to assist with decisions being made in the formative stages of the design. Ecotricity founder and Forest Green Rovers Chairman, Dale Vince, wanted us to create an interactive masterplan model for their new Ecopark scheme. The site included the Forest Green Rovers new home stadium and sports campus, an environmentally conscious ‘Green Technology Hub for likeminded businesses from the green economy, and natural wetland reserve set around a redirected canal. Forest Green Rovers have also recently shortlisted nine stadium designs from almost 50 entries by architects based around the world in a competition to create the club’s new home. Adapt the masterplan with an interactive model The customer knew they needed a physical model, but were facing multiple challenges. The designers began with…

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Large scale insect models for IVCC to mark World Malaria Day

  • May 11, 2016
Large Scale Insect Models For IVCC To Mark World Malaria Day

For World Malaria Day, our team was commissioned to make large scale insect models to feature in an exhibition display, for vector-control specialists, IVCC. Mosquitos kill 433,000 people a year, mainly children under 5 and pregnant women. Bed nets treated with insecticides have contributed enormously to bringing down the number of deaths, yet vector-borne diseases are renowned for developing resistance. To resolve this challenge, international teams are working to develop new insecticides. World Malaria Day was an opportunity to raise awareness, so Jed Stone from IVCC marked the occasion by heading to London with two large scale mosquito models to share their message with MPs and visitors to Parliament. Insect models fascinate visitors IVCC set out their stall to engage visitors at Portcullis House, where the two insect models were placed on the table among leaflets and on-screen information. The emphasis was on making sure MPs understand how the international development funding…

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Special offer ‘Recycling Roadshow Kit’ for Small Business Saturday

  • December 3, 2015
Special Offer ‘Recycling Roadshow Kit’ For Small Business Saturday

Amalgam's Recycling Displays is pledging to help more local authorities and schools spread the message about recycling and re-use - by offering a discounted Recycling Roadshow Kit. We've launched this kit to support the education programmes Councils are running, to help them meet the 2020 recycling targets.  Grant Wilson from Moray Council was particularly helpful, telling us more about how they are using their information display point. The Recycling Roadshow Kit includes three displays, which recycling teams can take on the road, to spread the word about recycling and re-using materials. After talking to our clients, we've re-engineered the components, so the displays can easily be used in a shopping centre, railway or bus stations, or at school events and county shows. More details here Why use the Recycling Roadshow Kit? It is aimed at supporting local education efforts to reach young children right up to adults, through an interactive…

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