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  • Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • Tel: 213.663.1400


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Model Building Basics 101

Model Building Basics 101

Duration : 2 hours

Why Build Models ?

 Professional Models - 1990 thru 2010

      What has changed then and now ?  A lot !

(A) Tools of the Trade - The right tools make a huge difference !

  • Hand Tools
  • Power Tools
  • Digital Tools  (CNC)

(B) Materials - We will explore the different types of materials used in model building

  • Paper
  • Wood
  • Plastics
  • Metals

(C) Putting it all together - Different types of adhesives


Types of Models : Study Models , Massing Models , Presentation Models

  • Materials selection for the right model type or scale
  • Building models on the cheap but still presentation quality
  • Topo models - smooth or step


Cutting exercise : Practice makes perfect.

We will be cutting different types of materials using the tools mentioned above.

What tools works best with what material ...

What adhesives work best for what materials ....


Time Saving Techniques on building models quick and clean.


Please read before signing up:

Please only sign up if you can make it ! The maximum per time slot is 10 students.

If you sign up for more than one class of the same topic you will be removed from the second list.

If you miss a workshop for any reason please keep in mind you will not be able to sign up for the same workshop twice until we give everyone a chance to attend . This could be a few months out. We have invited local universities to participate during different weeks.  (USC Grad , Cal Poly Pomona, LAIAD, SciArc , Woodbury, UCLA and Cal Poly SLO)

Please arrive 10 mins before the workshop. We close the doors on time at the start of each workshop.


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS : Getting the most out of our Digital Fabrication Tools

  • Laser Cutting at ACLA
  • Intro to Valiani Optima Machine
  • 3D Printing at ACLA
  • CNC Milling at ACLA
  • Intro to the Shaper Tool at ACLA

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