The APMM's 2014 Conference was a great success!
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The 18th APMM International Conference held in San Jose, California on March 6 - 10, 2014 was a great success! We had a good turnout with lots of interesting and informative workshops, tours, vendor displays, and networking opportunities.
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Back to the Future? That first-ever gathering of model makers, arranged by a fledgling organization in 1993, sought to address many of the issues facing model makers of the day: keeping pace with the emergence of computer technology in the industry, the latest in stereolithography and laser sintering, new software for CAD/CAM, and the discussion of traditional vs. high-tech training and more.
David Kelley, founder of IDEO, a global design consultancy, and an innovator in design thinking and innovation culture delivered a truly inspiring Keynote talk on Saturday evening. His tone was encouraging, his humor non-stop, and his general likability off the scale! We'll soon add a link to video excerpts from his talk.
Technical/Model Shop Tours
The worst part about our amazing tour line-up was choosing which one to attend! On Friday, we visited Easton-Bell Sports and Tesla. This sold out tour was a real highlight for many. Another tour group visited the California College of the Arts, AutoDesk and Lime Lab PCH giving us a broad view of education, technology and the inside of a renowned model shop. Monday tours took us to Studio RED and Specialized Bicycle Components or IDEO and Stanford. Each tour had its highlights of innovation, fun, camaraderie, and learning a few new things.
We will post links or copies of presentation materials here as they are received from our workshop presenters and moderators. Keep an eye on this space for more to come!
In Control: Lighting and Control Panels in Models – Bob Schneider, Whirlpool Corporation
Vendors at the Conference brought their latest products and services to our Industry Expo. Many presented Product Demonstration sessions and showed their products in action.
Students Shine at the APMM Conference! We had a wide variety of entries for the Student Model Making Competition and the winners will soon be posted here. Watch for more on the winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries!
The Only Gathering for Professional Model Makers!
If you've never attended an APMM Conference, you will be surprised by the strength of expertise and experience that you will encounter. If you are a veteran attendee, perhaps you'll find a new contact, a vendor you had never met before, or come across an innovative solution will make your attendance at our events a good investment in your future. If you missed San Jose in 2014, our next gathering won't take place until 2016! Can you afford to put off crucial training, networking, and strengthening alliances that long? We hope you will make it a point to join us next time!
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