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Models for Tradeshows – Autoclave

Why build a trade show model of your equipment? One reason is that the equipment can be forty feet long and weigh several tons. Another good reason for a model is that the actual equipment doesn’t tell the whole story. For Thermal Dynamics these reasons were critical in the decision to hire Archetype 3D to build their trade show display.

Autoclave

Why build a trade show model of your equipment? One reason is that the equipment can be forty feet long and weigh several tons. Another good reason for a model is that the actual equipment doesn’t tell the whole story. For Thermal Dynamics these reasons were critical in the decision to hire Archetype 3D to build their trade show display.

The piece of equipment is called an Autoclave which provides heat and pressure to cure various often exotic materials. An autoclave has to be as big as the part being cured and when you are talking about, say, an airplane wing, that gets pretty big. In the case of the Thermal Dynamics autoclave there are many special features built in that are simply not visible on the actual equipment. Creating a cut-away section of the model with a window and lighting allows for viewing of systems that would otherwise be hidden. One highlighted feature of this autoclave model is the inner wall called an annulus which provides a convection system for distributing heat evenly around the curing object. Thermal Dynamics also wanted to show off their motor, fans and filter system within the product. None of this is visible on the actual equipment but with out model we could demonstrate and light up the internals to aide the salesmen at the trade show.

We work closely with our clients to design the best display possible for their individual product. Our team of designers and model makers create durable trade show models and displays of products and equipment for many industries.

Oil Rig Equipment Model for Court Case

Demonstrative Evidence for Personal Injury Case

Waltz Law had a problem with this personal injury case. Dick Waltz needed to demonstrate how a person could possible injure themselves while using this complex and heavy piece of equipment. A full sized physical model was needed in order to have all of the geometry easily demonstrated in the courtroom.

This is called a “Tongs” and is run using hydraulics. the center feet clamp onto a pipe and when the lever is pushed, the tool spins that pipe with a huge amount of force and torque.

Several elements of this models had to be moveable to show how the equipment operates. The doors opened and closed, the teeth rotated along with the entire top cover plate, also the activation lever had to function like the actual lever where it can be pushed in either direction and springs back to neutral. The entire model also had to be light weight while maintaining the look and geometry of the actual equipment.

We used different weights of urethane foam along with wood, metal and 3D printed parts to create this model. Care was taken to make all the dimensions accurate and to allow the movements to be easily manipulated. I won’t go into the details of the case since our job was to provide an accurate model that either side could use to make their arguments. Our client was very pleased with our work and wrote the following email to me:

“As I believe you know, this case settled last week. I cannot express how much I appreciated you and your staff’s hard work in designing and developing the exemplar power tongs. They were the proverbial “hit” at the courthouse in Greeley and were very useful during our opening statement and with the witnesses and Plaintiffs’ counsel. Enjoy your summer and I hope that we have an opportunity to work together again in the future.”

Armstrong uses Archetype 3D models for German Trade Show | Tradeshow Scale Models

Models of heavy equipment show off products

Armstrong is a company that makes HEAVY equipment. Industrial heaters, chillers and vaporizers are some of their products. This equipment weighs thousands of pounds and can be up to 40 feet long. So the challenge is about how to present their product in a trade show in Germany that not only leaves a strong impression but also demonstrates the scope and feel of the equipment itself.

Shipping models overseas – a unique challenge

The Three models that we built were each 7′ long or tall. Custom crates were built using kilned dried wood for overseas shipping. Standard plywood would not be let off the ship in Europe for fear of invasive insects. The model crates had to be approved for international travel.

Electric heater model shows cross section:

The other problem with bringing actual equipment into a show (besides size and weight) is that you can only see the casing, not what is inside. With Archetype 3D models that is not an issue. We cut away at equipment to reveal components and functionality that is not visible from the outside. This model had a simple cut-away but often our model with have lights, interactive components, motors or even sound to make your interactive model a fun, entertaining and educational display that your customers will not soon forget.

Small models – Size is relative

This is a small representation of the Vaporizer tank. I only stand at 6’4″ and the actual tank can be over 14′ tall. This seven foot version is almost petite in it’s dimensions and much lighter, easier and cheaper to transport. Clients spend thousands each year moving heavy equipment in and out of trade show spaces. Models and dioramas become very cost effective when crating, shipping , set-up and take-down time are all considered. Trade shows are not inexpensive propositions so models that can be easily transported and used for years become a very attractive alternative.

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