SATURDAY 8:30 AM – Welcome, Launch Knowledge Hunt, Favorite Vendor Contest: Join usin the  Alder 104/Auditorium for the official welcome to the Conference 2020! Get early-bird information on the Knowledge Hunt and Favorite Vendor Contest that will get you up-close and personal with our Vendors at the Industry Expo.

SUNDAY 8:30 AM – Tai Chi Introduction: Join usin the Alder 104/Auditorium for a brief introduction to the ancient (and very current) art and science of Tai Chi and get a nice warm up before you face a day of mostly sitting in workshops – simple stretches, and qigong movements will round out the intro. Then, you can attend a Sunday morning hour-long workshop session on Tai Chi for more in-depth practice.




Arduino Basics: Microcontrollers in Models APMM Member Chris Stanley leads this hands-on workshop on available microprocessor boards and the basics of using them. Add animation to your models, have your lights controlled automatically, and even sense environmental conditions and respond to them. There are new, easier ways to program them that do not depend on proper comma placement. 

“Fire the Laser!” Roundtable – Shopping for your first laser system? Overwhelmed by all the considerations? Maybe you already have a laser, but you’re looking for tips on how to get the most out of it? Moderated by APMM Board Secretary Michael Scribner of Garmin International and Vendor VP Ernest Ang of Safdie Architects, this enlightening panel will explore the intricacies of selecting and working with laser systems and tackle the tough questions that even Austin Powers' Dr. Evil would want to ask. Bring your experiences, your insights, and join this wide-ranging interactive discussion!

Landscaping: Perfecting Nature in Miniature – Fran and Miles Hale, long time APMM members, will use products from a variety of manufacturers, including Woodland Scenics (where they were the official demonstration team) to show how to use scenic materials and share landscaping techniques that will make your models come to life. 60+ years of model building experience are packed in to a workshop that promises to be a lively and fast moving session!

Funda-metals of Sheet Metal Forming – Wayne Forsythe of Steelcase leads this fun-filled hands-on session on forming sheet metal. Participants will be using a Micro Mark shear-break combo and incorporate 3D printed dies to achieve a box and lid out of 22 gauge sheet steel. We will be doing acute bends that will turn into a hem and fold along with 90-degree bends. One press will be given away to a lucky participant at the end of each session (must participate to be eligible). These sessions (two in all) will be limited to 15 participants and advance sign-up during registration check-in will be required. All materials for the project will be provided.

G-Code Primer – Every FDM printer and all CNC machining is driven by simple commands in a language called G-code. Chris Stanley will provide a primer on what those numbers and letters mean that fly across your screen. He’ll discuss how to understand the basic commands and edit them when your post processor gives you “almost perfect” code.

Decision Points: Do I load a file or sand with one? – Craig Leese of Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory discusses how as a model maker looks at the scope of a project, they see the whole and its many parts. At their disposal are tools and processes, some old and some new. So the real skill comes with each decision made regarding which tools and processes to employ where. Come hear this panel, as presenters work through the steps and decisions which brought a project from sketches to completion.

3D Printer Agnostic – Considering adopting, adding, or upgrading your additive manufacturing? Dani Mason of B9Creations shows how to build a business case for any 3D printer. Learn what to look for in a 3D printer, independent of type or brand. She’ll also share stories of real customers and the impact 3D printing has had on their business.

KeyShot 3D Rendering –KeyShot is everything you need to create amazing visuals fast. The real-time 3D rendering workflow displays results instantly and reduces the time it takes to create realistic product shots. From scientifically accurate material and environment presets to advanced material editing and animation, creating interactive product visuals or sales and marketing imagery has never been easier.  Jeff Hoefer, Head of Digital Imaging for Google, will provide an introduction to the KeyShot software and provide some tips and tricks for using this amazing tool.



Improve Your Videos - Miles Hale will present some simple and easy-to-implement techniques for making videos look more like professionally produced movies. Miles had a special effects and model company for 20 years in San Antonio, Texas. His retirement hobby is making videos for YouTube and other media outlets. Some high end products will also be shown and discussed. If you would like to improve your image, come join the fun and let’s make some videos!

Managing Large Prototype Builds - Pete Mack of Steelcase, Inc. will lead a workshop on managing large prototype builds. Think: I’m going to build enough stuff to fill three 53’ semi-trucks. While large scale parts take up a lot of space, the organization of building, packaging for shipment, shipping, and on site work can be especially time consuming. We will discuss lessons learned from 20 years of building, shipping and installing large projects and how most of these techniques can be used on any project of any size.

Model Making in India: Follow-up Conversations – Sharad Dahake of Ideal Mockups in Nagpur, India will give a follow-up presentation to his workshop session at Grand Rapids, MI in 2018. Hear an update to include how the business and industry has changed over the past two years, and how their company has changed from the initial business concept. Learn how Ideal Mockups handles customer CAD work and other customer relations challenges they’ve overcome. 

Conducting Studio and Shop Safety Audits – Daphne Boston, CSP, CIT of Evergreen Safety Council will speak about the benefits of regular safety audits and proactive ways to find safety hazards so they can be corrected. This presentation provides an interactive discussion on, and tools you can use to assist you in, finding safety hazards.  Also discussed are methods on preventing safety hazards in the future.

Do More Digitally – Mike Elsholz of Steelcase, Inc. explains how leveraging technology can improve shop efficiencies, reduce costs, save time, manage and track jobs. Mike will introduce tried-and-true software for CAD/CAM designing and CNC machining, project tracking and shop dashboards, CNC brake press forming, 3D tools used to form sheet metal, 3D production fixtures, and 3D Scanners for part measuring/comparing and reverse engineering, as well as ExactFlat software for pattern development in upholstery. This workshop will feature a presentation with interactive discussion and the sharing of experiences.

Marketing and Advertising Opportunities – APMM VP of Social Media Joshua Munchow of Formation Design Group leads this session to reveal and discuss various methods for using your existing website and social media platforms to promote your business. No matter what size your business is, understanding how to be visible and how to use technology for your benefit will lead to opportunities that were previously left on the table. In this workshop, he'll discuss how to create various kinds of content, where to post it for the best results, and how to make sure the internet works for you.

Cybersecurity – Mark Honschke of Microsoft's Advanced Prototype Center asks: are you running a tight ship? This workshop will cover security standards for data and systems that Microsoft requires from their partners and vendors.

Managing Personnel & Projects - Are you a manager, or would you like to be one? Bosses are technically people, too. APMM Treasurer Paul Chabala of Crown Equipment Corporation explores how to avoid the stress and conflict that can arise when deadlines and budgets are tight. Innovative and effective ideas will be explored in this interactive session.



The Voice of the Model Maker – Will Strange of Arts University Bournemouth will present an interactive, trans-Atlantic session on the importance of the model maker to the overall design process. Too often we see photographers and designers credited in books and magazines with no mention of the model makers. Thorp Modelmakers is the longest established professional firm of model makers. In conversation with David Lund, a researcher at Arts University Bournemouth, you’ll be introduced to John Thorp, his work and some stories from AUB’s newly established archive of his work.

What do Model Makers Have in Common? – Nathan McCaughan of Steelcase will present an introspective open forum on the quirks that make a model maker unique (in a crowd). Do you fold the end of a tape roll back on itself about ¼” and your friends look at you like you’re a space alien? Do you know which side is up on a washer? Do slightly crooked bumper stickers annoy you? Come prepared to explore all the idiosyncrasies that make you a maker. A list of common traits will be drafted at the end of the workshop.

Beginning Tai Chi for Model Makers – Yuxi Hong of Chinese Wushu & Taichi Academy will lead participants in a session of tai chi to promote better body alignment for stress reduction (including standing meditation), balance and ease in their bodies. Tai Chi is an ancient martial art that is gentle and low impact and yet has been shown to have a positive effect on muscle strength, flexibility and balance. The teacher will lead a group while providing one-on-one guidance.

‘And the Survey Says...’: Skillset of the Professional Model MakerWhat are the most important abilities of the model maker? What is the most important skill to develop for success as a model maker? Will Strange of Arts University Bournemouth has been compiling and analyzing data from a survey on model making and model makers since the 2018 Grand Rapids conference. Come see the results of that study and discussion of what makes what we do so unique.

Portfolio Reviews – Bring your portfolio and resume for a practical, no-pressure review of your work and education/training background. Individual sessions with shop supervisors, managers, and owners will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.



Camera Graphics - John Zell in Portland, OR has served makers of all kinds with dry rub transfers since 2003. “Rub downs” are the easiest and cleanest way to add graphics to your models and prototypes. The variety of uses is limited only to your imagination. John will cover everything from uses to art prep, production, and application. In recent years, Camera Graphics has expanded its service offerings to include short run digital printing on pressure-sensitive label stocks. They are also producing printed packaging prototypes, including folded cartons (boxes), plastic bags, and shrink sleeves.

B9Creations - Meet Dani Mason and learn about the B9 Core Series 3D printers, powerhouses of speed and resolution built, based on feedback from real customers, along with their post-curing solution and ever-expanding resin line engineered for model-making needs. While you watch a model 3D print in real time, you’ll get a peek under the hood to see what makes B9 printers four times faster than industry average, with a user-friendly interface, high-quality resins, and resolution as fine as 1/3 the size of a human hair. – Elaine Lockard will review the shipping insurance they offer that will save you money while providing a level of service you would expect for your one-of-kind shipment. This insurance, processed online and per package, provides coverage for high value items and shipments that are not covered by the shippers. She will cover all the benefits of their program as it applies to model makers and provide examples of damage and loss cases, detailing how they were resolved.

HTS Advanced Solutions – HTS are experts in 3D data capture. They are a provider of 3D laser scanning as well as 3D laser scanner & metrology equipment rentals.  In 2015, HTS acquired Coleman & Associates bringing model making into the fold and thus rounding out their 3D service offerings.  HTS can scan it, model it, print it, and everything in between. Meet Sally Aleman and Andy Holroyd and learn about the latest technology from top manufacturers. 

Reynolds Advanced Materials – Michael Archer will be providing a demonstration of new materials and techniques for mold making and casting that will focus on quick mold making and 2-part mold lay-ups. He welcomes questions and will facilitate an open discussion of all products and techniques. Michael will demonstrate 3 products; Alginate (Alja-Safe) for faster 2 part lay-up, Task 2 and 3 casting resins for small pieces, and Fast curing platinum silicone (Mold Star 20t) and clear platinum silicone (Sorta-Clear 12) for easy cut mold making. After that he will discuss two more topics; tin-cure silicone (Mold Max 25) for molding SLA prints, and ways to optimize 3D printing for mold-making.

3D Systems - Diane Edinger, Product Manager for Geomagic Freeform, will highlight some of the new capabilities added to Freeform in recent releases including Artec scanning into Freeform and the 2019 release which features record and playback (Dynabot), customization, palette filtering, hybrid tools palette, and efficiencies. She’ll discuss SP1, which has a new palette with interactive training guides, and new language options, as well as cover v2020 coming this summer, which will have very visual enhancements that leverage the value of having a voxel core, such as infra that can enhance design for 3D printing. Finally, Diane will discuss workflows and techniques, tips and tricks, hybrid design, scanning into FF, 3D printing, feature requests and more.


Saturday Lunch presentation (Keynote Speaker – Jeff Hoefer, Google)

Sunday Lunch presentation (Featured Model Maker – Chris Stanley)


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