Speedy spike model wins order

Prototyping bureau Amsys has found a rapid solution to a spiky problem enabling customer Ulysses Security to pick up its first production order for 12,000 units. The Tyneside company took less than 12 hours to produce a fully functional model of a new design of crime-busting spinning spike, modelled using glass filled nylon. The rapid […]

Prototyping bureau Amsys has found a rapid solution to a spiky problem enabling customer Ulysses Security to pick up its first production order for 12,000 units.

The Tyneside company took less than 12 hours to produce a fully functional model of a new design of crime-busting spinning spike, modelled using glass filled nylon.

The rapid turnaround meant that company owner Joe Francis lost no time in persuading financial backers that he had a commercially viable proposition.

A high security warehouse and the Post Office are the first customers.

Interest in the product has also come from the Ministry of Defence which is looking at the benefits of installing spikes on top of high-security fencing surrounding military establishments in the UK and abroad.

Before making the prototype Amsys had to put the Ulysses drawings into its 3D CAD system.

Spikes are made from units of tough plastic material. These revolve in three different planes and are impossible to climb over or to jam.

Amsys specialises in the selective laser sintering method which it uses to build durable and fully functional protoparts as well as instantly usable soft tools from a diversity of materials including metals.