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were announced at the 2010 Conference!


First Place - Best in Show  

Joshua Munchow, Bemidji State University

Tri-Axial Tourbillon


 "Crafted from aluminum and brass, this model was intended as a proof of concept prototype to determine the feasibility of building a desktop 3-axis clock escapement mechanism," said model builder Joshua Munchow.


Second Place 

Shun Takahashi, Art Institute of Seattle

Storage High Heel

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 "This high heel shoe has a storage compartment within the heel for ID, credit cards, money or cosmetics and is made of imitation leather, poplar wood, aluminum wire, black acrylic board, hinge, cork board, and primer spray paint," said model builder Shun Takahashi.


Michael C. Latzke, Bemidji State University

Flying Bike with Rider

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"This is a conceptual model for a film or game that is based on some personal sketches. The materials are acrylic, mylar, renshape, resin, copper wire, steel wire, and wood, then painted with acrylic and enamel paint," said model builder Michael C. Latzke.


There were other fine entries in addition to the top prize winners...

Peter B. Webster, Art Institute of Seattle
Sunnybranch Architectural Model
[photo to be added soon]

Camilla M. Vance, Art Institute of Seattle
Energy Efficient Cabin Architectural Model

           We even had a last-minute appearance which wasn't entered in the competition but was for exhibition only...

Franklin Martin, University of Houston
To see more on how this project was done

Joshua Munchow of Bemidji State University, as the first place award winner, took the RepRap (Replicating Rapid Prototyping Machine) back to his school! Thanks to our sponsor, Kohler Co. and all the companies who participated in the build!


Frequently Asked Questions

Named after the late Art Hedlund, longtime instructor at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, the APMM’s Student Model Making Competition is the only competition of its kind (that we know of) that gives students in model making, industrial design technology or a related field, the opportunity enter a model for review by a panel of experienced professionals. The student model makers who are selected as winners in the various categories are eligible for recognition, cash prizes, and (new in 2010) a chance to take a RepRap (Replicating Rapid Prototyping machine valued at over $1500) back to their educational institution.

What can I gain by entering the STUDENT MODEL MAKING COMPETITION?

Your entry will be viewed by 150+ professional model makers who will attend the Boston 2010 conference. Many hiring managers and company directors will be at the conference to assess the ability and talent among soon-to-graduate students. If selected as a winner in your category, you may win cash prizes of $100, $250 or $500 and also take home the RepRap machine that is valued at over $1500. Each winner will also receive a set of digital calipers and free registration to the next APMM conference. As a competition winner, photos of your model and information about you will be featured on the APMM website.

What are the COMPETITION’s categories?

While we always prefer a physical model, virtual or non-traditional models (without mass) are also eligible for entry. Depending on the number of entries in each category, certain similar categories may be combined. All categories may not be awarded prizes, but every model will be judged.

Architectural - Residential and commercial building exterior or interior, plant layout, landscaping, monuments, mega-structures, landscape, park design, theme parks

Entertainment - Special effects, set design, character development, diorama

Exhibit - Trade show, museum displays, merchandising, POP (point of purchase) display systems

Product Design, Working Prototypes & Engineering Models - Functional examples of manufactured products, piping models, factory, power plant, consumer goods, electronics, appliances, toys

Transportation - Cars, trucks, planes, aerospace, boats, trains, bicycles, wheelchairs

Virtual / Non-Traditional (Models that do not have mass) Electronic file format entries into the Virtual category require the entrant’s presence at the Conference along with all equipment and expertise necessary to display the entry to the judging panel. Electronic model files should include an accompanying printout with explanations of the entry.

Open Category - For models that don't fit any of the other categories.

What does it cost to enter the STUDENT MODEL MAKING COMPETITION?

If you are a student member of the APMM (either on your own or through your school), you are eligible to enter at no additional cost. If you are not currently a member, you must become a member of the APMM – student memberships are $25/year.

What are the Official Rules and Guidelines?

Student(s) enrolled in college-level curriculum at an accredited university or college must have completed the model during their course of study within the past 18 months. 

Student(s) must be APMM Current Student Members (Education Memberships included) or become a member before they enter the competition.

Student(s) must e-mail or fax the Online Competition Registration Form found (in PDF format) at to or fax number 877-765-6950 no later than February 19, 2010. Group projects will be accepted in all categories. Cash prize will be divided equally among all members of the group.

All registered entrants must include two high-resolution (300 ppi/dpi) images of their model to Samanthi Martinez at by February 26, 2010. These images will become part of APMM archives, and may be used for future publications.

Registrant is responsible for packing, insuring and shipping entry to and from conference venue. If you will not be present to unpack and prepare your model for presentation, you will need to make arrangements with someone coming to the conference to do so on your behalf. APMM staff will not be responsible for preparing your entry for the competition.

What else should I know?

If you attend the conference, you can take part in two days of hands-on and demonstration workshops and presentations alongside professionals in the field. We will also host a series of portfolio review sessions for you to have your education/training, experience, and projects reviewed by professionals in your chosen field or concentration. 

There is a cost associated with attending the conference, but as a student your registration rate, which includes some meals during the event, is just $200 (professionals pay $550) and even that amount can be reduced further if you qualify for a scholarship or can work as an assistant at the conference. 

Contact Samanthi Martinez direct at for more details on scholarships or to find out about work-trade assignments.

Click here to download the SMMC entry form!

* Membership must be current through March 31, 2010 at time of registration in order to receive member pricing. Membership rates: $125 professional, educator, vendor; student $25 (group rates also available)

Contact us at if you have questions about our Boston event!


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