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Queen’s Awards for Enterprise success for Amalgam customer

Queen's Award for Enterprise

  A total of 24 companies in the South West have been honoured in this year's Queen's Awards for Enterprise. Amongst them is an award for innovation to Hydrate for Health.  Company founder Mark Moran had Amalgam design and prototype parts for his innovative Hydrant drinking system before approaching injection moulding suppliers and the NHS. Insider Media South West reported the success in their daily news letter alongside the 23 other companies recognised for their achievements, Amalgam clients BMT Defence Services and medical training products company, Limbs and Things. Our congratulations to them all but particularly to Mark who, to quote his website "Quit his job and bet his house on the idea".  It's good to see his faith and determination being recognised.

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Product Design Conference. “If Only It Worked” Bath, May 10th 2013

If Only It Worked Product Design Conference logo

The IfOnly UX Product Design conference is billed as "A conference for exploring how user experience can guide the future of product design".  Amalgam was approached while exhibiting at Venturefest Bristol in 2012 with a view to us setting up a manned display at the conference to provide practical help and advice about prototyping to delegates. The idea of If only it worked is to, via a smartphone app, allow  people, with usability issues around the home to make videos, which demonstrate the problems they face. This app then shares these videos with the wider world through YouTube. Product Design students are subsequently invited to create innovative design solutions that might solve the illustrated problems.  Bath University is hosting the IfOnly UX Product Design conference on May 10th where the winning design will be awarded £5,000.00 Amalgam is of course very happy to encourage Product Design students and others in any…

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Architectural Model is a “Towering Presence” in South West

The Babbacombe Shard, an unusual architectural model As architectural models go this one is a little out of the ordinary. Amalgam's architectural model makers were recently approached to produce a four Meter high replica of Renzo Piano's famous "Shard" tower for the Babbacombe Model Village in Devon. We have previously blogged on March 18th of the installation process and also the extensive use of 100% recycled plastic sheet supplied by Ecosheet for the internal structure but it was a surprise to find the model featured in Building Design Magazine this week (5/4/13). Building Design is [the] architects' number one weekly providing industry news, comment and insight.  Here's what they had to say about this unusual architectural model.... "Architect parents at a loss how to entertain their offspring over the Easter holidays could do worse than head to Babbacombe Model Village in Devon where the latest addition is a 4m miniature…

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