Monthly Archives: July 2011

Crystal Heart Puzzle

University Games wanted to showcase this product made in Japan at a trade show over Valentine’s Day. While there were several options, we ultimately settled on the closest simulation of the 3D puzzle pieces that we could create. The heart is essentially hollow, but each laser-cut layer or transparent red acrylic approximates the outline of […]

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Mahukona Club Site

The use of cork is a low-tech approach to the construction of models that will never completely go out of fashion.  It’s natural earthy quality, consistent texture, and size variety make it a tried and true material for site models.  Since laser cutting burns cork black, each of these fine layers (.050″ or 2′ high contours at […]

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Mayacama Golf Club

With currently available technologies, we are able to produce a higher level of accuracy and detail in tiny buildings.  Those topping out at a miniscule 1/2″ height, are now able to include overhangs, chimneys, and all of the complex intersecting gable elements that can be designed in 3D CAD.  It is a common misconception that […]

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Mayacama Golf Club

This model was primarily made to orient a potential buyer of a luxury home to a golf course community located in an idyllic setting in Northern California.  Our intention was to capture the color and textural qualities of natural California grasses and provide just enough detail in the tiny buildings (accurate roof shapes, etc.) to […]

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Machined Bowl

If you are like countless others who cannot stand soggy cereal, this is the bowl for you!  The deep compartment keeps the cereal crunchy; the shallow one allows you to dunk a spoonful of cereal into milk.  You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone, child or adult, who wouldn’t love to try out this clever product.

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Megtec Gift

Whenever we make a custom gift for a group of co-workers eager to pool their money, we do our best to find ways to make it even better than expected.  Firstly, the quality of the product is key.  Secondly, the right details must be in the right place: little switch panels, logo plates, and handles, […]

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Ski Resort Study

These days, it is more work to build a ‘stepped contour’ topo model than one in it’s natural smooth state.  The reason being that preparing the file for machining involves many hours of CAD time to add contour lines at each and every inside corner and outside or ‘top’ corner of a step.  Thirty years […]

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Stanford Neukhom Law School

This model is one of many that we’ve inserted into the all-encompassing Stanford Planning Model over the last 30 years.  Our guess is that the model was originally made in the late 60s or early 70s.  It’s just part of the fabric of Stanford Planning and is continually updated whenever a new project is in […]

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Wonderwater

Wonderwater is a rain catchment system designed to save water on a rainy day.  This model is a functional exhibit that uses real water.  It shows rain falling from the clouds, draining down the gutter, and filtering as it collects in a holding tank where it can be used in household appliances, fixtures, and to […]

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San Rafael Rock Quarry

When the quarry is finished digging at great depth, the plan is to make it an inlet with waterfront property.  With this model, our clients were able to demonstrate the before and after with model puzzle pieces.  Seeing the actual relationship between the neighborhood and the quarry, and having the benefit of this tool to […]

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Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

For a brief nano-second, a universe (black holes and all) is created when an atom is smashed in one of several underground accelerators at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.  The scientists at SLAC have the capability and technology to measure and record these events in real time.  Buildings are constructed, remodeled, and removed as the […]

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SFP Module

The actual sized product fits in the palm of your hand.  The model needed to be large enough for a jury, 12 feet away, to see the details relevant to the case.  The internal components were made mostly from acrylic, painted to simulate the actual material; the outer enclosure was made from a single piece […]

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Presidio Main Post

When Donald Fisher met opposition in building his first proposal of the Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio, this second design option was presented.  Neither option worked, so his art collection was ultimately housed at SF MOMA.  As is evident in the seams around three areas featuring ‘removable plugs,’ this model was used for more […]

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Soyo–Cabinda Transportation Link Awards

A ‘transportation link’ is another term for a bridge.  Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to build design competition engineering models for various clients and their projects.  We’ve also had the pleasure to design and build gifts and awards for those projects, as the ultimate acknowledgment of their hard work.

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NovaForm Pod

We built two models for Beeline Group to use in their presentation to help the manufacturers present their products to retail buyers in a new and inviting way.  The NovaForm Showroom model was built at a smaller scale to show the layout, flow, and spa-like experience of the new showroom.  The NovaForm Pod display unit […]

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NovaForm Showroom

We built two models for Beeline Group to use in their presentation to help the manufacturers present their products to retail buyers in a new and inviting way.  The NovaForm Showroom model was built at a smaller scale to show the layout, flow, and spa-like experience of the new showroom.  The NovaForm Pod display unit […]

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Rosewood Hotel Podium (Trumpets)

This model was scheduled to be on a plane to Abu Dhabi with no time to spare, so the best we could do photo-wise was this detailed shot of a single sun shade or ‘trumpet.’  The design of this piece was tricky, but once resolved, it was fairly straight-forward to duplicate with a high level […]

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Stanford FCTR School of Medicine

Sometimes the style of a model is completely sculptural, as with a wood model or an all-white model.  Other times, the style is highly realistic as in Hacienda Cabo, where we captured the foam of the waves on the beach perfectly.  Every once in a while, as with this model of Stanford FCTR School of […]

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Stanford FCTR School of Medicine

Sometimes the style of a model is completely sculptural, as with a wood model or an all-white model.  Other times, the style is highly realistic as in Hacienda Cabo, where we captured the foam of the waves on the beach perfectly.  Every once in a while, as with this model of Stanford FCTR School of […]

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Peninsula Humane Society Habitat

The architects came to us with the requirement that this gift of Model Art™ be presented in a ‘bento box’ motif, as it would be presented to someone who had a particular affinity for all things Japanese.  Since we did not want to take away from the delicate surface detail showing the layout of this […]

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Pelican Hill Restaurant Booths

For this project the architects built their own model, but knew they didn’t have the in-house skills to build the booths that would be the focal point of their design.  They needed model makers who could create several detailed booths in about a week’s time and came to us.  They knew they had made the […]

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Murphy Winery

The topography of Murphy Winery was CNC machined out of solid basswood.  The hardscape was shown as a tint and the buildings included laser-scored details to communicate just the right amount of detail for presentation.

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UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

This model was made to study a fairly intricate architectural revision and update.  To keep the presentation simple yet informative, we constructed the model from chipboard.  Gray chipboard is a nice alternative to its more common brown counterpart, though the latter is better at hiding laser cutting burn marks.  As you can see, the courtyard […]

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Bay Bridge West Span Bike Path Study

Tower Model (14″ x 16″; 27″ over water line) Road Section (24″ x 12″) This model was built to demonstrate the addition of pathways to the new Bay Bridge, enabling pedestrians and cyclists to cross the bay between Oakland and San Francisco.  The engineers needed to find a way to retrofit the West Span with […]

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Bay Bridge Light Pole Pedestal

As the Bay Bridge engineers worked through the resolution of technical issues, we stood by ready to produce physical mockups or technical check-fit devices for them. These models addressed instances where a physical representation of a design was the best way to know if it would actually work.  The Bay Bridge Light Pole Pedestal was […]

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Bay Bridge Cable Anchorage

When crossing the Bay Bridge (after the initial shock of the toll cost subsides) one rarely thinks about how painstaking it must have been to position each individual strand into a saddle in preparation for the mid-way turn.  With the help of color coding and numbering of every strand, this model was used as a […]

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EM22 Assault Rifle

We made this model as a sales tool to illustrate components and communicate the look, feel, and power of the rifle to a military audience.  It was designed by a former military engineer who’d put his design theories through previous physical testing and was now ready for funding the making of the prototype.  The model […]

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Estonian Academy of Arts (Base, Cover & Stand)

The Estonian Academy of Arts had three delicate museum pieces suffering wear and tear from continuous public handling.  We built proper displays to house and protect them.

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Fitch Residence

Not all models are made with intricate detail and realism.  However, all models produced at Gemmiti Model Art are made to serve a purpose.  In this case, the owner needed to able to visualize and study the shape of the house and the adjoining driveway access.  There is something simple and sweet about this little study […]

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Scully Residence

This model is a perfect example of a single family residence made for design review, sales presentation, and approval purposes.  We combined high technology (laser cutting and scoring) and low cost materials (chipboard) to achieve enough detail to communicate the design of the proposed home without the added labor and cost associated with producing a […]

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Oyster Point

This beautiful piece of property is located on San Francisco Bay.  The proposed development included a marina, an entire road system, and several future parcels, along with one commercial property that is in the conceptual development phase.  We had enough information to build this model with intricate detail on the two commercial buildings, tiny palms, […]

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UCSF Parking Garage

University of California, San Francisco held a design competition for a parking garage destined for its Mission Bay campus.  The architect thoughtfully matched the character of the building with the garage design, conveniently and beautifully sidestepping the less becoming ‘open-slab’ effect.  Due, in no small part, to its cost effectiveness, this was the winning design!

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Sonoma Property

Imagine what it would be like to not only own a piece of  property on a hill in beautiful Sonoma wine country, but also have the resources to really study its land, and plan and create a vision for how the property would best be experienced and enjoyed.  Dream became reality with the construction of […]

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Mission Bay Block 27 Parking Garage

Here, it was important to interpret the screen, which largely covers the garage façade, creatively rather than literally.  The holes in the perforated panels are very small and the overall pattern is essentially a flattened graphic of the hole pattern of a tree, or lots of trees.  Instead of using a fine screen to get the […]

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Mission Bay Block 26

An otherwise overlooked aspect within larger projects, we absolutely love public-space requirements in San Francisco developments!

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Mission Bay Block 26

In order for this model to read right, the tinting of the windows and the selection of the color pallet (which included copper and green) were crucial.  Our interpretation of the actual materials at this scale really made the difference.  It was eventually incorporated into the bigger Mission Bay East model, which is featured elsewhere […]

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Mission Bay Block 2

As tiny as the details of this model are, it was very important that the delicate features were properly communicated in our material and color selection, as well as our interpretation of how certain features should be modeled at this scale.  It would have been easier to reduce the number of patterns and setbacks in […]

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Mission Bay Block 2

Multi-family housing models are more complex to build than some satellites!  This project had over 600 individual wall pieces to design, organize, laser cut, assemble, and paint (in multiple colors.)  Additionally, as is the case with intricate housing projects, the architecture was in the design development phase.  It required focus to reach the end of […]

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Mission Bay East

Twenty-five years ago, we made ‘planning models’ that projected the growth of San Francisco over the following few decades.  The development and growth seemed a bit unreal, given the population and activity of the city at the time.  Today, however, Mission Bay—once a vast empty space in the southern section of San Francisco—is a growing […]

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Mission Bay West

Twenty-five years ago, we made ‘planning models’ that projected the growth of San Francisco over the following few decades.  The development and growth seemed a bit unreal, given the population and activity of the city at the time.  Today, however, Mission Bay—once a vast empty space in the southern section of San Francisco—is a growing […]

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10000 Santa Monica Blvd

This is a fine example of an unusual use of material and color that really works.  The tower was made of milk acrylic.  Each floor was represented (as can be subtly observed) and the entire skin was made flush.  It, along with the black acrylic base, was left in it’s natural glossy finish for a […]

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Stone Crushing Conveyor

In some cases, it is important to have a piece of equipment or machinery in physical form to show a judge or jury the significance of altering said equipment.  The overall size of this model was determined by its length.  It needed to be as big as possible, while still allowing it to sit comfortably […]

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Stone Crushing Conveyor

In some cases, it is important to have a piece of equipment or machinery in physical form to show a judge or jury the significance of altering said equipment.  The overall size of this model was determined by its length.  It needed to be as big as possible, while still allowing it to sit comfortably […]

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CPT Semiconductor

Sometimes, a simple shape, big enough for the jury to see everything distinctly, proves to be the best way to make what seems like a simple point clear. This is especially true when the point being made is about the relative size or location of components and how they are structured or designed to interact.  […]

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Computer Chip (3 Sets)

Although the shapes of these models are quite simple, the technical challenge of reproducing their adhesive material was not.  We needed to achieve the proper look and feel of each, at a much larger scale than actual.  We also needed to precisely replicate the rigidity or flexibility of the adhesives when pressure or multidirectional movement […]

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Altera Computer Chip

Our team built several models for one of the biggest technology lawsuits to date.  Some were literal translations of components, enlarged 10,000 times their actual size, while others were diagrammatic interactive exhibits used to demonstrate how a switch in a computer chip works.  The model pictured here was the first one we made.  The attorney […]

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Nucleotide Models

These models were made in two different sizes and in several different configurations.  Each set was made up of two parts, allowing the attorney to physically show how the pieces fit.  The first round of nucleotide models were water-jet cut because they were made of expanded PVC foam board, a material that cannot be laser […]

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