Prototyping & Manufacturing
Amalgam provides a full prototyping service for the design and manufacturing industries. Our clients range from multi-national corporations to start-up businesses and individual inventors.
PROTOTYPES, CONCEPT MODELS AND DESIGN REALISATION
As computer-aided prototyping methods continue to evolve, we are able to combine cutting-edge digital technology with traditional model making skills to produce the best possible result. Our team of experienced designers and technicians have access to a range of prototyping processes, from engineering, to vacuum casting to CNC machining. We can create small technical components, working prototypes, 1:1 scale ergonomic studies and finished, full-size display models. Take a look at the Processes we have access to, head to Our Work to see case studies and more of what we do, or check out an overview of the vacuum casting process.
SLS, SLA, 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURE AND VACUUM CASTING
We have a range of processes at our disposal to turn technical drawings to physical objects. Chief among these is our Vacuum Casting facility, where intricately made casting masters are used to create production-grade parts ready for assembly and finishing. We can create casting masters from ready-for-print 3D digital models, or build up CAD data from technical drawings and concept sketches. Our Objet 350 3D Printer is capable of producing some of the highest-resolution parts currently available.
Our experience with casting resins and advanced polymers allows us to create working prototypes with material properties analogous to the production models. We can create over-moulded rubber grips, living-hinge points of articulation, intricate mechanisms and much more to field-test the feasibility of a design (such as the 222 Sport Swimtag), or create working presentation models for clients and manufacturers (such as the Bubblescope).
BATCH AND SHORT-RUN MANUFACTURE
Prototypes need not be one-offs. In some cases we have been able to provide a short-run manufacturing services of fully-functional production models. The GapGun has been a particular success, and the design has gone through several incarnations as the process is refined and the design streamlined into its present form.
CONCEPT AND DISPLAY MODELS
While we pride ourselves on our technical and engineering abilities, we have provided highly conceptual models for the marine and automotive sectors. These models are often utilised in the earlier stages of the design process and can be purely fantastic.
These prototypes will form part of an important and developing thread of our business over the next 12 months. It really does feel like working in an integrated team, with Amalgam contributing their insight and experience of materials and production techniques into the overall development process.
Andy Biller – Holovis