Most recorded sessions will be available for future viewing by registered participants.


The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures 

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures holds the world’s largest collection of fine-scale miniatures deriving from the Fine-scale Miniature Art Movement that began in the 1970s. Assembled by collector and museum co-founder Barbara Marshall, the collection includes architectural works, room settings, and intricately made individual pieces. Join Laura Taylor, curator of interpretation, in exploring some of the museum’s most celebrated works made by artists from around the world.

Microsoft Advanced Prototyping Center  

The Advanced Prototyping Center at Microsoft supports hardware development for Surface, Xbox and HoloLens, with a wide array of design, engineering and research activities and broad capabilities from leading edge 3D printing to paint and fabric processes to multi-axis CNC and metrology expertise. The virtual walk through tour will show you the inner workings highlighting the advanced technology we use every day to bring the Microsoft hardware vision to life.


NBBJ is a leading international architecture firm with offices throughout the world and has been named among the most innovative by Fast Company three times in the past five years. We’ll be seeing some of the most exciting work happening in architecture on our virtual visit.

Rothschild Patent Model Collection at Hagley Museum

Model Making Nineteenth Century Style - Curious to know what model making was like in the nineteenth century?  Find out about a unique collection of models from this era with Hagley Museum and Library’s Curator of Collections Caroline Western, as she shares a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their collection of more than 5,000 patent models before they open to the public as part of the Nation of Inventors exhibition opening later this year.

Learn about the origins of the U.S. Patent Office and the requirement of submitting a small-scale model when applying for a patent to demonstrate uniqueness and utility. Then, discover how three of Hagley’s patent models inspired Steampunk re-imagineer, Bruce Rosenbaum, to create his Velocipede Time Machine sculpture that will be featured prominently in the exhibition. We hope you get inspired to see Nation of Inventors at Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware, when it opens in fall 2021! Visit for more details.    

BARN - Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network

BARN is an artisan/maker space on Bainbridge Island, WA where APMM member Chris Stanley lives. The various studios and shops at BARN are well-equipped with laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC machines, and a CNC router as well as standard woodworking tools and machinery. Chris will give us a guided tour of the place where he's enjoyed teaching and working.

Garmin International Industrial Design Model Shop 

Supporting an Industrial Design team of 70 designers and hundreds of engineers, Garmin International's 10-person Prototype Development Team stays pretty busy, creating everything from simple test fixtures to top-notch appearance models. Senior Prototype Developer Michael Scribner gives us a personal tour of the Garmin model shop, sharing the workspace and discussing tools and technologies.

Accurate Pattern, Inc. Model Shop

Pattern Shop ReloadedThe Accurate Pattern, Inc. (API) team is taking advantage of the latest technologies that the digital age has brought, along with journeyman skills & knowledge. This virtual tour will explore examples of the many industries, technologies, tools, and shop layout they use every day.  We will see API’s facilities and methods for designing fixtures for GDT, aluminum molds, patterns for vacuum forming, composites, foam & roto molding, and foundry tooling.  Old world hand tools through large 5-axis routers, and Romer arm CMM inspection will be covered on a whirlwind virtual run through.

Arduino Training Session  

Come to this full-length session and help design and build an animated marble run. We will be working with a variety of sensors, servos, stepper motors, regular motors, solenoids, relays and various LEDs. You may provide your own Uno Arduino Board and parts (list to be provided), or purchase a kit from us. ***This session has a separate materials charge and space is limited. Contact [email protected] to sign up.***


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