If the APMM Conference was a sandwich, the workshops would be the protein! Comprising two full days of hands-on demos, roundtables, panel discussions or interactive sessions, we bring in industry experts - often from our own ranks - and present a smorgasbord of offerings.

3D Printed Mold Making - Model maker Patrick Hebauf of Crown Equipment Corp leads this session to explore the use of 3D printed mold making in short run production and quick-hit iterative model making. The Crown Equipment model shop has successfully leveraged SLA printing to develop multiple iterative molds for parts to be used in user testing, developmental field testing, and quick hit visualization prototypes. This is a great supplement to traditional methods of silicone molding, and is especially useful with complex, difficult to layup parts. Don’t miss this interactive discussion of 3D printed mold making!

Small Shops, Big Challenges - Jill Kenik, owner of Acropolis Studios Model Works reprises the topic of a well-attended Zoom meet-up last fall on the challenges and complexities of running a small business model shop. This interactive session discusses the intricacies of management, staffing, materials acquisition, and more. Bring your experiences, leave with rich insights! 

Wayne’s (Metal) World - Metal-bending wizard Wayne Forsythe of Steelcase is baaaack! He’s successfully led two virtual sessions on sheet metal bending and forming, with several-ton machines as well as small benchtop presses. Now, he’s bringing a real-live demo to Dayton. Rumor has it that he’s working on getting another small brake press to give away at the workshop session. 

My Favorite Things - Veteran model maker and APMM Communications VP Bruce Willey will lead this perennial session on the tools, tips and tricks that get a model maker through the day. Have the perfect hack to share? Got a line on the most useful/adaptable/innovative method or material? Contact Bruce at [email protected] to include it in this interactive session.

Digital Marketing - APMM’s Nicole Dietz (B9 Creations) and Joshua Munchow (Zoetis Model Shop) lead this technical workshop on how to create professional-looking videos for your products and services. If a picture is a thousand words, a video is a thousand pictures! Pick up the tips/tricks and best practices that will help you improve the quality and engagement of videos for your website or social media channels. 

3D Scanning and Photogrammetry - Alika Brooks of Meadors leads this introduction to 3D scanning of objects and spaces using two technologies: LiDAR to generate a point cloud and photogrammetry to generate a surface mesh.  He’ll cover the strengths and weaknesses of each technology, how they each apply to model making, and a brief overview of the equipment, software, and workflows available for each process.  A live demonstration of each method will be provided with the opportunity for some hands on experience.

Leveraging the APMM for Your Success- Join Membership VP Aaron Williams, of Perkins&Will, on this exploration of how the APMM and our community can help companies and individuals. The roundtable discussion, to include President Michael Scribner and Vice President Jill Kenik, will focus on benefits like the Forum knowledge base, Meet-ups, connections to vendors and supplies, plus RFQs and employment listings. Share your challenges and gain contacts and inspiration from other members!

VENDOR: Dry Transfers - John Zell of Camera Graphics in Portland will demonstrate the hows and whys of dry rub transfers that his company makes. Geared specifically for model makers in all their project-specific applications, dry transfers will make your projects come to life - learn how to properly apply and protect them.

VENDOR: 3D Printing Agnostic - Nicole Dietz of B9Creations leads this session on the use of 3D printers in a model shop. Though she represents her company’s trusted products, she’ll delve even further into the topic by discussing why you need to make room in your shop for this technology.

VENDOR:  Reynolds Advanced Materials - Join our friends from Reynolds as they demonstrate how to tackle “bigger than a breadbox” molds.  Whether for a larger than usual model, a complex structure needing extra support, costume or prop work: building mother molds (support shell) can meet the challenge!  Bring your questions and get ready to expand your mold-making skills.


Other confirmed workshop topics:

  • Techniques from fine miniatures for model makers
  • Old Way/New Way: Applications for architectural models
  • How to pack for successful shipping
  • Avoiding and minimizing dust hazards
  • Hiring model makers, retaining talent
  • Ergonomics and posture in the shop
  • Leveraging what the APMM can do for you


Here are a few of the topics that we are still working on:
  • Lighting applications from architectural models
  • Processes from model railroading for model makers
  • Arduino and Raspberry Pi applications
  • Prototyping with fabric
  • Museum restoration and preservation
  • Desktop waterjet cutters
  • State of model making education
  • Career beginnings and transitions

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