About

Mid Wales, home of Modelu
Mid Wales, home of Modelu

The idea of Modelu was born whilst attending Missenden Abbey in 2014, driven by my own personal model making project Oswestry Works.  Working primarily with dioramas, where the use of macro photography leaves little room for compromise, I set out to find the best, affordable 3D printed detail available.    Preceded by a number of life events towards the end of 2014, I recently left behind my 9-5 career in IT, moved home to Mid Wales and launched ‘Modelu‘ in January 2015 (Pronounced ‘Mo-Del-Ee‘ – Welsh for ‘Modelling’).

Having worked in IT for 25 years and prior to that CAD design, I’ve had many years of experience in helping people to understand complex systems and processes.  3D printing is new to some and having learnt much of my knowledge the hard way, I can help make this world as accessible as possible to you.   That includes talking through designs, checking over files, advising on software and techniques, or in some cases, recommending who else to use if I believe your requirements would be better served with another technology.

What you will get from me is honesty, flexibility and attention to detail.  My 3D printing facility can offer some of the best print quality available, but there are also things it will not do and I’ll be up front about its limitations.  Managing your expectations is part of the service to ensure that one way or another, you achieve what it is you set to do.  It’s an exciting time for model makers, professional and hobbyists, with technologies that were previously the preserve of manufacturing now appearing in the mainstream.  Modelu can help to bring some of these new technologies to your project.

Above all else I’m a modeller and will do what I can to help you realise your ideas, whatever they may be.

Alan Buttler

July 2015