Be sure to join us first thing Friday and plan to stay through the day on Monday to get in on the tours! You won't regret joining 50 or so of your colleagues on a luxurious motor coach visiting places that will enrich, enthrall or energize you. The price ($75/per tour) even includes a sumptuous lunch – most likely at a popular local restaurant!

Being able to tour local model shops, other custom-manufacturing workplaces, relevant educational facilities and even the occasional makerspace is a huge bonus of having our conferences in different locations each time. Every different place we visit has the potential to teach us a valuable skill or introduce us to a new tool or material. Partnerships can even grow out of a random tour encounter.

Many of the places we visit have intellectual-property concerns for themselves or their clients. Some of our locations won’t allow participants from a rival organization to tour there. This is unfortunate but we have to respect that. To assure our generous hosts that we are visiting to learn about techniques and not their company secrets, we may ask our tour participants to sign an NDA, and to refrain from looking or photographing where they’re asked not to.

Seeing new ways to do things in the company of other model makers enriches the touring experience tremendously! Someone in your group may ask a critical question you didn’t think of. The only reason conference tours are ‘add-ons’ is so that we can offer a wider variety of them, hopefully at least one for every interest!

Looking for more? Check out our Model Maker's Must See, Do, Eat, Drink guide to the Seattle area

Fine print guidelines and disclaimer: Only registered Conference attendees can add on a tour. If you work for a competitor that the tour host decides to exclude, your tour cost will be refunded or you may choose to take a different tour. The APMM reserves the right to make changes to the schedule or cancel tours. Cameras and other recording devices may be prohibited. Safety regulations may require that you wear shop-appropriate clothing and footwear.


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