Craig quickly added illustration and model making skills to the department, and adapted mould making techniques learned in animation to acrylic casting and developed multipart part moulding processes.
Craig later moved to Bristol to pursue postgraduate studies while continuing to provide design and model making services remotely to Midton. He returned to the company in 2006 and established the model making department, where he crafted figurative sculpture and unique mouldings in both acrylic and other casting plastics, resins, and jesmonite. His close working relationship with Casting saw Craig develop new casting methods and gain a unique perspective on the practice.
Combining his interest in sculptural techniques and acrylic process, Craig became an effects specialist creating new methods for colour blends, highlights, and textural effects within acrylic. He took over the business with other members of the management team in 2015 and drove the modernization of the business, with 3D software and technologies being at the forefront of that progress.
Following the successful integration of 3D modelling and tooling within a newly linked design and machining department, the traditional model making department was disbanded 10 years after its inception. Craig moved into R&D, working closely with all technical departments to develop new techniques, install new technology, and work on sustainability.
Currently, Craig works between the front end and R&D production, continually expanding the range and scope of projects that Midton works on. He creates new materials and processes, then designs products to educate and inform collaborators of the opportunities of the material and Midton’s facilities. With his expertise and innovative mindset, Craig is an integral part of the company’s success and growth.