The idea of Modelu was born whilst attending a Missenden Abbey Railway Modellers weekend in October 2014.  At the time I was working on my personal project Oswestry Works and had set out to find the best, affordable 3D printed detail available.  With the germ of a idea forming, I left behind my 9-5 career in IT, moved back Mid Wales and launched ‘Modelu‘ in January 2015 (Pronounced ‘Mo-Del-Ee‘ – Welsh for ‘Modelling’).

After 3 years in Wales working in a converted garage, attending exhibitions around the country and learning some hard lessons about running a small business, I was very humbled to win the 2017 Gwyn Humphreys Award for Innovation in the hobby at Warley.  This was followed with a close second to Peco for Innovation of the Year in the 2017 British Model Railway Awards.   In February 2018 I relocated the business to a new studio in central Shrewsbury where I can now host people for scanning sessions.  If you would like to book in for a session, please get in touch.

As Modelu has evolved, the product range has grown and collaborations with other businesses have been formed.  Though these developments have created some great opportunities and cutting edge products, they have put time pressure on my personal ability to offer Design and Print services.  As a result these services are now more often than not outsourced to competent designers or UK based print bureaus who understand or work in the hobby.

I offer a first point of call, be it online or in person at an exhibition, where I can talk through designs, check over files, advise on software and techniques, and in some cases, recommend who else to use if I believe your requirements would be better served with another technology.  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.   For anyone wanting to understand more about CAD or 3D Printing, I now tutor at Missenden Abbey and run a yearly CAD for Modellers course.  For people looking to improve their figure painting, I also co-host a Figure Painting course with Tim Shackleton at Pendon Museum.

What you will get from me is honesty, flexibility and attention to detail.   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.

Alan Buttler

March 2018