Conf 2018 Grand Rapids E-News
The APMM Conference is the ONLY place to meet, learn, share, and connect with other
model making professionals. Don't miss our gathering in Grand Rapids!

REGISTER NOW for March 16 - 19, 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

We get it... you need a reason to participate!
Here are some reasons why APMM Conferences are essential.


Grand Rapids offers Grand
Tour Locations!

Tours of local model shops and sites of interest are the reason why our Conferences are locatedin different parts of the country. There's really no other way to get an up-close, behind-the-scenes look at these amazing locations. Though they're considered "optional" tours, we think they're essential!


Tour - Kansas City, MO 2012 

Theme: Prototyping the Future

Every APMM Conference is unique!

This year's theme and logo reflect the multitude of processes, techniques, and talents that make model makers and making different. Model makers are the "Swiss army knives" of the making world, employing many different methods to get their jobs done. We'll be taking a fresh look at the "Talents" and "Skills" that are essential to success. Watch for more on this topic in the coming weeks!

Hope to see you in Grand Rapids in March...

WORKSHOPS - Learning Opportunities

Workshops sessions are so important to model makers that we sandwich them in the middle of our four days of Conference happenings.

Check out this list of topics confirmed to date.

Product Demonstration - Greenville, SC 2016

Reserve your room for the APMM's 2018 Conference

Convenient downtown location - limited rooms available at our contracted price!


Student Models to be
in Conference

(2016 SMMC 1st place: Kester Freeman/Butterfly Life Cycle)


Grand Rapids Named One of
US Super Cool Cities!

Find out why named Grand Rapids, Michigan one of the US' coolest cities.

Conference 2018
Meeting Center

Grand Valley State University's L.V. Eberhard Center alongside the picturesque Grand River 

In order to provide the best possible conference experience, we are moving our workshops, lunches and receptions to a facility that's more flexible than a hotel and should allow a greater range of activities, including the loud and messy ones!

The Eberhard Center is just about 250 steps from the Holiday Inn Hotel.


Be a Sponsor!

These generous sponsors underwrite
our events and make a lively
and interesting Conference:

Become a sponsor (with many sponsorship levels to choose from!) and let your colleagues and customers know how much you value your association with the APMM.


Exhibit at the APMM Conference!

Reserve your Tabletop!

Industry Expo - Saturday March 17, 2018
This unique market of model makers and prototype builders only meet every other year - don't miss this opportunity!

Register for a tabletop exhibit and receive an all-access pass to the 2018 Conference, including a focused Product Demonstration session featuring your products or services, and meet more than 150 professionals, educators and students in an informal and welcoming setting.


Get Ready for our
Industry Expo!

Vendors: You've got your tabletop, what's next?

Industry Expo - Saturday March 17, 2018

Conference Schedule

Thursday 3/15/18
Registration/Check-in Begins


Friday 3/16/18

Technical Tours
Meet & Greet Pizza Event 
Student Model Making Competition Opens


Saturday 3/17/18

Workshop Sessions
Keynote Lunch
Industry Expo with Vendor Tabletops
Student Model Competition Judging and Awards


Sunday 3/18/18

Workshop Sessions
Featured Member Lunch
Members Annual Meeting


Monday 3/19/18

Technical Tours
Conference Ends

Conference Registration

Standard Member/Non-Member costs:

Professional $650/$800
Educator $550/$700
Student $250/$280
Vendor Tabletop $700/$850

Early registration discount of $50 applies
until October 31st, 2017

Register Now!


Present a Workshop!

Our members are experts in their fields
- they bring knowledge, experience, and skills!

We're looking for workshop topics that:

  • Offer real-world solutions to problems model makers face
  • Showcase the latest developments in materials, processes, and products 
  • Present innovative techniques and skills

Roundtables and panel discussions should include respected senior model makers, pioneering shop managers, leaders in technology and innovation - we need the industry's experts!

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