Back to Grand Rapids E-News

Workshop session - 2016 (photo: C Lewis)



The Model Maker as Designer and Engineer - Join Steven Taylor of Apple in an open forum-style workshop session that delves into the art/design and theory of model making. Steven believes that “as model makers, we are in some ways designers and engineers within the scope of our work.” Explore the idea of work centered around design, decision making and creating in an interactive setting and leave with a sense of excitement and inspiration for what model makers (sometimes instinctively) do when handed a challenging problem.

Photography for the Average Joe (or Josie): Documenting Models – So, you’ve finally completed that beautifully-executed model, and are about to pack it up for shipping… but wait… someone says, “hey let’s get a photo of it!” Jeff Peters of Bose who spends a good part of his day photographing and documenting models brings his professional experience to help improve the quality of photos of your next project.

From Home Brew to Dream Project: Whirlpool’s Vessi – Model maker and brew master Bob Schneider of Whirlpool Corporation approached his company about a dream project to make the home brewing process more streamlined. What followed was even more than Bob imagined. Follow along as Bob outlines the evolution of a product he could stand behind. Taste samples may, or may not, be available.

Faux Finishes - Architectural model makers and a product design model makers, while working on very different projects, often utilize similar techniques and processes for finishes. How do they achieve the texture, color, shading or faux finish necessary to make their models pop? Come explore this sometimes-elusive topic.

Metals in Models - Jill Kenik of Acropolis Studios, Inc. will provide an overview of a broad range of metal component manufacturing techniques, material selection criteria and finishing techniques. Lost wax casting, spin casting, gravity casting, flexible and rigid molds, chemical etching, electroplating, and die striking will be included in the discussion. Bring along component ideas for evaluation during the question and answer portion.

Interdisciplinary Thinking: Arts University & Norman Foster Foundation –  with Paul Johnson and Will Strange, Senior Lecturers at The Arts University Bournemouth

Arduinos and other Electronics in Models

The Future of 3D Printing

ABCs of Casting and Rotational Molding

3D Printing Molds for Injection Molding

Pattern Making - A Historical Perspective into the Future



Managing Personnel and Projects: Please don’t shoot the boss – Paul Chabala of Crown Equipment Corporation brings his experience as a 22-year veteran in model making, both as a model maker and currently as Model Shop manager to present techniques and solutions in managing both personnel and projects. Alternatives to “shooting the boss” will be provided.

Crowdfunding Your Project – How do you get your project financed if you’re not Daddy Warbucks or Scrooge McDuck? By crowdfunding!  Hear from those who’ve done it successfully how to harness the funding power of a group. In 2015, it is estimated that US$34 billion was raised by alternative financing and crowdsourcing. Shon Anderson of B9Creations and others will talk about their experiences and how they raised the capital to launch their company’s venture. Moderators/panelists: Bruce Willey, Paul Chabala

Generation: Maker – Though Baby Boomers, Gen X-ers, Millennials, and Generation Z have many differences, we feel that they have much in common just by being makers. Explore their differences and the set of skills and talents they share and participate in some exercises to better communicate across the generations. Moderator and panelists to be announced.

Prototype and Design at NWTC - Educator Andy Nooyen of NWTC provides insight into the program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College with an overview of the course offerings, and a description of their location and shop. Andy will concentrate on what makes NWTC students employment-ready upon completion of the program. Bring your interest and questions for this illuminating session.

Leveraging Software to Improve Through-Put - Model shop manager Mike Elsholz of Steelcase Inc. shares examples of how his shop has leveraged software to manage work and minimize labor costs, effectively improving through-put. Session will encourage open discussion and the opportunity to share others' experiences and field questions.

Buying and Selling Equipment

Conservation Issues in Model Making



Your Portfolio: First Impressions Last – Your portfolio is your ticket to success. It backs up your reputation, records your progress and tells your stories. How do you make a good first impression? How do you tell the best stories? This dynamic session by Will Strange, Senior Lecturer at The Arts University Bournemouth in UK will address those questions and more.

Yoga for Model Makers: Mindfulness at the Bench – Yoga practitioner Amy Rowland will explain how being mindful can assist a model maker to navigate daily stressors, remain limber and relaxed, and remain pain-free from the start of a project until the end. Loose clothing and an open mind are recommended.

Twenty-Five Talents of the Model Maker - Explore this timely topic with Hal Chaffee of Model Builders, Inc. and Bruce Willey, as they crowdsource the many and varied talents that make model makers unique. For reference, see Hal's article Ten Talents of a Model Maker. Model makers are practically the "Swiss army knives" of the making world - come share your ideas and find out what others think in this interactive session.



Dry TransfersCamera Graphics

Applied GraphicsCamera Graphics

CNC TechnologyIconic CNC

Make It and Take ItAves Studio

powered by MemberClicks