Talking Shop...

...whenever you're watching paint dry, waiting for a mold to set up, or listening to the hum of a machine that is doing your bidding. Here you will glean the latest information from your APMM community, learn a trick or two, or find out what our Vendors are doing. Because resourcefulness is a true model maker's trait!


APMM Zoom Meet-Ups

We're hosting informal and interactive Zoom Meet-Ups for our members to get together in virtual space - make sure your membership is current and active, then join us! (Members in good standing will receive an email message inviting them to the session, including Zoom meeting details and links. We'll even send you a reminder before the session starts! Some sessions are open to all.) 


Planned upcoming meet-ups

  • 4 PM EDT Wednesday, October 20 Meet-up: Topic to be confirmed soon!

  • 1 PM EDT Wednesday, November 3 Meet-up: Project Moon Hut - Thinking outside the box/moon hut is a skill where model makers excel. We'll hear from visionary David Goldsmith on this exciting new project and way of visualizing solutions. (More details coming soon!) Project Moon Hut Foundation (Est. 2014 with NASA AMES Silicon Valley) Establishing a Box with a Roof and a Door on the Moon through the accelerated development of an Earth and space-based ecosystem, and then to turn the innovations and paradigm shifting from that endeavor back on Earth to improve life on Earth for all species. 

  • 4 PM EDT Wednesday, November 17 Meet-up: The Architectural Model book with Sydney-based architect and architectural historian Matthew Mindrup. For more than five hundred years, architects have employed three-dimensional models as tools to test, refine, and illustrate their ideas. But, as Matthew Mindrup shows, an architectural model can also simulate, instruct, inspire, and generate architectural designs. In his book, The Architectural Model: Histories of the Miniature and the Prototype, the Exemplar and the Muse, Mindrup surveys the history of architectural models by investigating their uses, both theoretical and practical. In this meet-up, APMM member Aaron Williams, of CBT Architects in Boston, talks with Matthew about the book and its impact on the world of architectural design. (Zoom link to be provided)


  • TBA - Tour of a university shop... or two
  • TBA - Cutting Edge: a discussion of saw blades
  • TBA - Photo etching techniques and processes
  • TBA - "My Favorite Things": toolbox and shop essentials
  • TBA - Puppeteering: models that are meant to move
  • TBA - Reliable sources for Unobtanium
  • TBA - Model Makers - the Swiss Army Knife people of the zombie apocalypse

Meet-up sessions will generally take place on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 10 AM PDT/11 AM MDT/12 PM CDT/1 PM EDT/6 PM BST and the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1 PM PDT/2 PM MDT/3 PM CDT/4 PM EDT/9 PM BST. Please watch for announcements or changes here as schedules are subject to change!


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