Often used in the preliminary stages of the creative process, Speedforms are a simple yet elegant alternative to high-detail realistic models. Containing little to no detail, they are highly conceptual and represent the purest form of a yacht’s design; as such they can be valuable designers’ tools. They also fulfill a role as sculptural display pieces, accompanying the larger models at shows and conventions. James Claydon and Mike Reeves go into further detail on the use of models in their design process in the following article.
Claydon Reeves commissioned us to make this 1-meter long superyacht model as the centrepiece for their launch at the 2010 Monaco Yacht Show. Our model makers worked closely with the designers (ex Redman Whiteley Dixon) to make sure the model conveyed the stunning shape and form of Claydon Reeves' first complete superyacht design. Using CNC processes we were able to perfectly replicate the symmetry and lines from the CAD provided to us. The superyacht model was hand-finished to a high standard and level of detail. Models of this kind are as suited to sales displays and presentations as they are mantlepieces and display cabinets. In simpler states, they can also be useful as stripped down wind tunnel or test tank models. As designer's aides, simple models introduce a tactile element to the design process. A shape you can hold, touch and easily reshape - and scan back into the computer -…
Client: Redman Whiteley Dixon This 1.2 meter long display model of the Amnesia IV was presented to the owner at the 2008 Monaco Yacht Show. At 1:50 scale every detail was accurately modelled, from chairs to chains. In 2011 The Amnesia IV was renamed as NATALY, and is one in a line of chartered yachts by designers Redman Whiteley Dixon, constructed by Italian Shipbuilding Company Benetti. A video of the complete superyacht can be viewed here.
Client: Green Room Retail This full scale replica of the very first motor car, the 'Benz Patent Motorcar Wagon' (circa 1868) was commissioned by Green Room Retail for the Mercedes Showroom in Brentford to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Mercedes Benz. Amalgam's model makers and engineers worked phenomenally quickly to re-create the Wagon in just five days to meet the all important anniversary deadline. As part of the same project, the team also created a huge red postbox, three metre long Union Jack-patterned sunglasses and a huge Carnaby Street roadsign for the Swinging Sixties portion of the display.
This exhibition model of the CC3 temperater regulation unit was constructed at 1:10 scale for various conferences and trade shows. Functioning as a control unit for hatcheries, the pipes were colour-coded to show the movements of hot and cold water through the unit. Amalgam modelmakers illustrated this with coloured LEDs at specific points in the model. The complex pipework presented a unique challenge for the exhibition model making team, since many of the pipes interwove and bent around one another. Every exhibition model we build is designed with transport in mind. The chassis of the model was constructed from water jet cut aluminium. This meant the main structural frames could be bolted together with durable mechanical fixings. This provided a rigid framework to which the more delicate components could be secured. Where possible, the sections of pipework were constructed from prefabricated fixings that could be firmly bonded together.
Client: C&N Customs Made for the Euroanaesthesia 2011 Conference this laryngeal mask model created a storm at the conference. The model consists of several separate vacformed sections, which clamshelled together snugly with minimal fixings.
Client: Ingenhoven Architekten This full colour, high-detail model of Stuttgart Station was built at 1/160 scale for the award winning German architects Ingenhoven. The scheme was part of a €2.8 billion redevelopment project named Stuttgart 21. Amalgam constructed two models of the station which formed part of the winning, international competition bid in 1997. The structure and the so-called ‘lighting cones’ were the first examples of Amalgam's use of rapid prototyping, a then-new process which has since come into its own within the company. Construction of the station is scheduled from 2010 to 2019. A digital flythrough can be viewed here.
Trade show model of the TPB 125 Powerbarge. Bahraini shipbuilding giant ASRYMAR and the UK's gas turbine generator specialists Centrax plan to produce a range of floating power generators, as new joint venture company Asry-Centrax. We were commissioned to produce this 1-meter long model for the press launch in London; the model will travel to ASRY headquarters in Bahrain. To withstand the rigours of transportation, the finer sections of the Powerbarge were constructed from soldered brass sections. These frames were incredibly strong given their size and thickness, and provided both support and protection for the rest of the model. Amalgam have constructed several trade show models for various sectors, from high design luxury superyacht models to engineering models for new technologies and products. When used appropriately, these models can convey ideas and processes in ways far more engaging to a target audience than printed media.
Client: Foster + Partners Amalgam realised three models of the Millennium Tower for the Foster Foundation, which were exhibited at various exhibitions around the globe. Sir Norman Foster originally designed the building in 1989 and one of Amalgam's Senior Model Makers worked on the original models at Foster + Partners, constructing the outer structure out of thin strips of styrene, an incredibly time consuming process. The outer structure of this model was made as a series of linking SLA components, a much faster and cost effective method. The outer structure had to align with specific floor plates at specific points. Since the model was nearly two meters tall, the floor plates had to be meticulously checked as they were stacked, as even a fraction of a millimetres discrepancy would be multiplied up the length of the tower, pulling or pushing the floor plates out of alignment.