Leading bespoke model makers specialising in mechanical, promotional, experiential and art projects supported with the most modern production and design processes all under one roof. Whatever type of model you require, we can produce it using our wealth of experience in this area, a merging of traditional skills and the latest technology make JH May the go-to company for bespoke modelling.
Types of Bespoke Modelling Projects
At J H May we have been involved in the production of all kinds of bespoke model projects from artwork to tools and working machines. The team of engineers works closely with the CNC machining and 3D CAD design departments enabling us to carry out all elements of a project under one roof.
We are happy to work on a project at any stage. Starting with an idea and a few rough sketches we can research and assess the practicalities and potential of any project. The next stage is for the 3D design team to draw the item, assembly or machine into an industry standard 3D CAD model format. This is very important for 2 reasons.
Firstly, the items can be viewed on screen with our SolidWorks CAD Modelling software in 3D at all stages of assembly and mechanical features can be shown in operation. In addition, finite element analysis FEA can take place to validate the strength and suitability of components in operation. Secondly, utilisation of the 3D model data in our rapid prototyping, CNC machining centres and laser cutting machines is by far the most cost-efficient way of producing the real life elements of the bespoke model project.
Techniques Used In Bespoke Model Making
A combination of production techniques are available to support the initial CNC material cutting and forming options. Vacuum casting, RIM moulding, GRP fibre glass, injection moulding and vacuum forming plus a comprehensive range of hand bespoke model maker and wood working skills. A variety of finishes can be applied by the JH May team to complete the job. These include painting, metal coating and various distressed or special finishes.
We will consider all proposals for a potential bespoke modelling project. As an example a Middle Eastern client engaged us to produce a working model of their company helicopter to be mounted on their sales kiosk at Dubai airport. The brief was for a 1.2 metre model with the ability to adjust the flying position and with the main and tail rotors turning slowly 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
The aircraft exterior was CNC machined from a high density model board using a commercially available 3D CAD model. Detail finishing by the model makers was completed using precision airbrush painting methods. The mechanical workings we designed in house using SolidWorks as well as a bespoke gimbal arrangement.
Low speed geared motors were specified to power the rotors and all the electronics were wired to a single on off switch ready for installation on site. Special consideration to ensure the motors remained sufficiently cool had to be taken due to the continuous operation of this bespoke model.