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



Arduino Basics: Microcontrollers in Models APMM Member Chris Stanley leads this 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.

Funda-metals of Sheet Metal Forming – Wayne Forsythe of Steelcase leads this fun-filled demo session on forming sheet metal. Wayne will be using a Micro Mark shear-break combo and incorporating 3D printed dies to achieve a box and lid out of 22 gauge sheet steel. He will be doing acute bends that will turn into a hem and fold along with 90-degree bends. A brake press will be given away to one lucky participant at the end of the session (must be present during session to be eligible). 

20 Benchtop Tips/Tricks in 30 Minutes – Craig Leese of Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory leads a fast-paced demo on using old-school techniques to save time and achieve the best finish. Craig will share tool tweaks, tips for calculating resins, ergonomics and much, much more!

The Golden Touch: Electroplating for Model Makers – When it comes to high-end models, we all know that accuracy is everything. And when it comes to metal finishes, nothing looks more like metal than real metal! In this seminar, APMM Secretary Michael Scribner of Garmin International, will demonstrate electroplating, using a practical approach that’s suitable for nearly any workshop. He’ll cover equipment, techniques, safety considerations and much, much more. 

Prototype Mold and Model Making – Michael Archer of Reynolds Advanced Materials (Seattle, WA) will lead a discussion and include hands-on demonstrations of materials used for fast prototype mold making and resin reproduction.  He will also discuss how to be successful in making molds from 3D printed SLA models and how to avoid potential problems. Materials featured will include easy-to-use precision silicone rubbers, tough urethane resins and other materials. Michael will also discuss material combination options to minimize the chances of cure inhibition when making molds of 3D printed models.

Using Dry Rub Transfers - John Zell of Camera Graphics (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.



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 three 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. Then, follow Sharad and his team through a tour of their shop in Nagpur!

Conducting Studio and Shop Safety Audits – Daphne Boston, CSP of Evergreen Safety Council, a workplace safety and health consultant, will discuss a number of safety issues that are common in model studio and machine shop workplaces.  She will also provide recommendations on practical and effective ways to address those issues and prevent them from reoccurring.

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.

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.



‘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.


Special Session: Arduino Intensive Workshop with Chris Stanley
Learn how to use Arduino electronics within your models. Chris will lead this session via Zoom, with materials provided to you in advance. This session will be scheduled after the Virtual Conference. There will be an additional materials charge for this session.
**Only one spot open for this limited session! Contact [email protected] to be put on the list.


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