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Model Makers, Rapid Prototyping, CNC machining, 3D Design and production under one roof.

Model Makers J H May offer high-tech manufacturing services that are designed to assist industry at all stages of prototype and product development. Plus visual, animated and interactive models for exhibition, architectural, promotion and display. We can take your concept through to reality with our highly skilled team of model makers, engineers and 3d designers. We have experience in all areas of the entire process and can therefore offer an exceptional service to our customers.

J H May has built a great reputation as a model maker over more than 70 years by creating high quality, accurate models for clients. As model makers, our aim is to translate whatever our clients conceptualise to form. We have always exceeded our client' expectations, whether on individual projects or turnkey projects. Our model makers are amongst the most talented professionals, who deliver excellent work on time.

We've also created a name for ourselves by creating fully functioning prototype products and assemblies quickly and cost effectively. The team of engineers, model makers and 3d designers are highly experienced and we have comprehensive 3d CNC machining, rapid prototyping and electro- mechanical assembly facilities. Plus a full array of traditional model maker hand and woodworking skills.

"J H May produce models for us for use in film shoots where accuracy and finish are extremely important and deadlines near impossible. The results always leave our clients stunned."

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Model Maker Process

As model makers we haved refined our process over a number of years. Speed of delivery and model quality are optimised by utilising cutting edge CNC machining and rapid prototyping technologies but our team never forget that the final presentation has to be outstanding. It is our goal to supply amazing models and prototypes and to delight our clients.This is what sets us apart from other model makers.

Continuous investment in CNC milling and Rapid prototyping equipment has been invaluable in supporting the comprehensive skills of our model makers. In recent years we have responded to demands for large scale models with the purchase of large capacity CNC machining centres. This has enabled us to create enormous models and sculpture pieces for the promotional, exhibition, experiential and art sectors.

The mechanical and product model maker team are also supported by up to the minute technology. Our sister company Thompson Precision, which operates from the same factory complex, employs the most modern CNC machining processes. This allows us to offer complex high precision mechanical components and assemblies as part of our model making and prototyping service. This gives us a clear advantage when it comes to mechanical models and prototypes as well as animated or articulating models. It is rare to find these engineering skills under one roof alongside highly skilled product, architectural model makers, display model makers and exhibition model makers.

3D cad design as well as design assistance are an integral part of our business and greatly improves our speed of service. Our Solidworks design package and 2 dedicated 3d design engineers permit us to contribute on projects without delay to help solve production issues. In addition we can design all types of models, components, prototypes and electro mechanical operational products quickly and economically from scratch.

Our extensive model making, prototyping and manufacturing experience gained over 70 years of trading makes us your perfect partner from concept through to small or large scale production.

Here at J H May, our ethos is to work with you, to help solve issues and create solutions for whatever challenges you face with your project. This sets us apart from our competition and keeps clients coming back time and time again.

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JH May, T/A E H Thompson & Son, Hallsford Bridge Industrial Estate, Stondon Road, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9RB

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