To help us develop the kind of program that will benefit you the most, we need to hear from you what topics are most important to you. To suggest a topic or idea, simply send a message to [email protected]. Our workshop topics often fit the theme of the Conference and this year's theme of Diversity of Methods, Unity of Purpose means that you can count on workshops covering the topics of methods, diversity in the model shop, and the purpose of the APMM.

Proposed 2020 Workshop topics:
  • Arduino Wizardry: Microcontrollers in Models - Chris Stanley
  • Managing Personnel & Projects - Paul Chabala
  • History of Model Making - David Lund
  • "Fire the Laser" Roundtable - how to choose laser cutting equipment
  • Photographing Models
  • Managing Large Prototype Builds - Peter Mack
  • Model Maker Abilities - Will Strange
  • Portfolio Critiques - Educator members
  • Promoting your Model Shop
  • Using Social Media
  • Fundamentals of Sheet Metal Forming - Wayne Forsythe
  • Project Management - Mike Elsholz
  • Writing Copy
  • Marketing and Advertising Opportunities
  • What can APMM do for you? What do you want from the APMM?
  • What can APMM do for vendors? What do vendor members want from the APMM?
  • Optimal Build Programming
  • Post Processing Tips
  • FDM vs. SLA vs. SLS, etc - Overview and Discussion
  • 3D Printed Molds 

For presenting a workshop, we will compensate you with a $100 registration credit OR a crisp $100 bill - just our way of saying 'thank you' for sharing your knowledge and expertise. Think you might like to lead a workshop? Check out this Workshop Presenters Guide

Read our Top 5 Reasons NOT to Present a Workshop 

APMM Conferences are the only place around the world that showcases developments, recognizes innovation, and proposes topics for discussion that will set the model making industry standard for the next few years. Presenting a workshop at the APMM Conference will reflect that your company is a technology leader and key innovator in the model making industry. 

Think you'd like to lead a workshop?
Presenters don't have to be "professors" or "reality TV stars" - just choose a topic that you know a lot about, gather some photos that illustrate that topic, bring along samples or a demo, then lead the conversation. Your fellow workshop participants will provide an engaged and involved audience!

Fine print guidelines and disclaimer: Only registered Conference attendees are eligible for the $100 cash payment. Vendors showcasing their own products or services are not eligible. Group participants in a roundtable or panel are not eligible; panel leader or moderator may be eligible. All workshops must be approved in advance and included in the schedule. The APMM reserves the right to make changes to the schedule or cancel sessions.

Conf 2018 (our last gathering) topics were:

  • History of Pattern Making (see Bruce's photo above at right!)
  • Molding and Casting Essentials
  • 25 Talents of a Model Maker
  • Metals in Models
  • Conserving Models
  • Additive Metal Technology
  • From 3D Printing to Model Making
  • Model Making and Microcontrollers
  • Managing Personnel and Projects
  • Leverage Technology to Improve Through-Put
  • Crowdfunding Your Project
  • Digital Marketing
  • Developing and Funding Your Independent Project
  • Model Making in India
  • Mindfulness at the Bench - Yoga for Model Makers
  • Your Portfolio - First Impressions Last
  • Prototype and Design at NWTC


Contact [email protected] if you have questions about our event that have not been answered here.

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