Lake Tahoe Tourism Model

This model of Lake Tahoe was commissioned by the Lake Tahoe tourism board. This is a self-contained, interactive model. Dozens of LED’s are set into the surface of the topo to represent every golf course, casino, hotel, and amusement area.

The front panel of the stand opens up and two touch screen computers can be accessed. Information on each site is displayed on the computer screens while the LED’s show the site’s location. Out of scale icons are on the model to represent the golf, hotel or museum. The whole model can be crated up and shipped to any locale.

Working Pill Picker Model

These were complex courtroom models used to help explain machinery mechanics. The models represent two competing systems for robotically delivering prescription drugs to a pharmacist or nurse in a hospital.

Our models show the mechanics of the device. We placed hundreds of medicine packs on twelve rotating belts to demonstrate the flexibility and usability of the design. The question was, did this belt driven design step on the other robotic delivery patent. The answer was no, our model showed clearly the significant difference in technology used in designing their device. An article on the trial results can be found here.

Magnet Icon Models

This display features several magnet models. We built this for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) here in Colorado. This display in the NCAR showroom features a tabletop computer that reads the marking tags under each model. The program then displays the magnetic fields related to that object.

The program is sophisticated in that it not only represents the magnetic fields, it also shows how they interact with each other. Many adults and children visit NCAR and enjoy this interactive experience.

Yellowstone Museum Model

Very often I am asked to build something, the purpose of which is a mystery to me. Model making is sometimes about recreating shapes and size to a specific plan without any further explanation. These models fall into that category.

We were asked to recreate these shapes by Ball Aerospace so I assume they represent items that are shot into space. It looks like they hold electronics and possibly lenses but I am not sure. I don’t ask and they don’t tell and as long as they are happy with the models I am happy to keep supplying them.

Equipment Models of Cooling Towers

These two large models show the inner workings of two cooling tower designs. Built to travel to various trade shows and marketing events, these models made a huge impact wherever they were viewed.

Literally, thousands of baffles and louvers were inserted into these models. As part of my continuing education, I learned that the process of cooling a LOT of hot water involves blowing air over the water drops as they are being splattered about by all of these baffles. The housings for the fans were built from urethane poured into a two-part mold. The rest of the structure involved assembling a lot of pieces.

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