Category Archives: Product

Siemens Controller

This model was produced for use as a hand-held prop at an event.  Although we are usually only given a few drawings on paper, a photo, or a description of what is needed, we were provided very few details, in this case.  As long the purpose and focus of the model is clear, and the […]

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Column Capitals For San Francisco Opera’s Don Giovanni

This is one of three rather large-sized column capitals that were CNC machined into rigid polyurethane foam.  Starting with this precisely machined form, molds were made and multiples were cast and attached to the columns, all to dress the set for San Francisco Opera’s performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

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Bay Bridge ZPMC Plaque

Our concept started with a graphic on a t-shirt and an interesting, freshly minted, bronze medallion. The goal was to make a plaque that incorporated the medallion and a stylized silhouette of the bridge.  Instead of simply gluing it all together and calling it a day, we machined recesses into the walnut plaque for both […]

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20th Harriman Award

The E.H. Harriman Award is an annual award presented to American railroad companies in recognition for outstanding safety achievements.  We were presented with the opportunity to design and build the award in 2009.  This mockup is a representation of what we had in mind for the award’s Gold medal recipients.

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ASM Computer Chip

Sometimes, we are asked to model something and it’s importance is not readily apparent; that was the case in this model of a computer chip for a trade show exhibit.  During the building process, we knew it would attract attention for its detail and intricacy with lots of colors and lights, but we were unaware […]

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Calisolar Cell Process

Because we serve a wide range of industries, we occasionally have the opportunity to handle objects and materials that defy logic and common sense.  In the case of the Calisolar Cell Process, our job was to put the essential elements of the story on display in their lobby.  In the process, we witnessed the construction […]

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Calisolar Cell Process

Because we serve a wide range of industries, we occasionally have the opportunity to handle objects and materials that defy logic and common sense.  In the case of the Calisolar Cell Process, our job was to put the essential elements of the story on display in their lobby.  In the process, we witnessed the construction […]

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Chateau St. Michelle

We made this prototype of the north west winery’s retail point-of-purchase display for use in pricing multiples offshore.  We vacuum-formed the entire roof as a single part; an improbable solution considering the length of the pull.  We were determined, however, to design it with the fewest assembly steps possible, while still maintaining a high quality […]

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Cooper Power Exhibit

This model was built for a trade show to aid in illustrating the various types of Cooper Power transformers.  We used a combination of materials including acrylic, brass I-beam stock, and metal etchings.  Displaying both classic above ground and modern, subtler, underground configurations, the model features the range of Cooper Power’s products laid out on […]

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Keychain Medallion

We CNC machined this key chain medallion for a student presentation with very little time and essentially no budget—but great results!

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Freight Car Gifts

Using commercially made elements (in this case, the trucks and the ladders) can help us to streamline our process and create excellent realism.  Because these models were given as gifts to people who had worked closely with full-sized versions of these cars over many years, the details needed to be perfect.  To make sure the […]

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Legal Arguments Gifts

Coming up with a good gift idea for any team is tricky business.  With this gift, the point is made abundantly clear, with no knowledge details of the particular case victory.  The idea was to do something unique with the base and keep it simple: we designed a thick acrylic platform that framed the centerpiece.  […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Smart Car Stapler

This was a novel gift idea whereby we transformed dozens of Smart Cars into mini-staplers for a very large office product company.  Decals were added to customize them to the brand.  They were just adorable and without a doubt really fun to receive!

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Bay Bridge Tower Awards

It takes hundreds of great minds and years of work to build a bridge.  It also takes cooperation from several companies to get the job done.  These awards (or gifts) were given in the spirit of that cooperation and proudly display the names of companies responsible for the new East Span of the San Francisco–Oakland […]

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Landfill Gas Plant

This model was made to show how gases from a landfill are transformed into energy.  As an added effect, and in order to attract more people to their demonstration, an outlet was installed which allowed a lamp to be plugged in.  It was fascinating to see an energy company get excited about educating people. The […]

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Validus Validcard

These are working prototypes of credit cards that use fingerprint authentication to grant access. We did the final machining and created and installed the on/off buttons.  The inner circuitry was installed overseas and the graphics were heat wrapped abroad, as well.  This is an example of taking something good and making it better.  With this […]

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Impala Restaurant & Lounge Tribal Masks

Our client in the Bay Area had an artist in Mexico who was going to carve 350 masks from wood and paint them.  When it became apparent that it would take months to complete, he came to us for a faster solution.  Using the original wooden tribal mask as a guide we vacuum-formed copies out […]

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Onyx Logo

Yes, this is a photograph of a model, not a graphic.  The concept of the logo started out as a flat 2D swirling shape.  Then, photographer Kevin Twomey, working with direction from the ad agency, took the concept to the next level with simple sketching and lots of discussion.  We arrived at this beautiful organic […]

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Blades By Charlie

Charlie is a masterful table tennis paddle or ‘blade’ maker.  Our contribution is the production of the BBC logo on the butt of the handle used on these and all of Charlie’s blades.  This California-based company’s products are a growing favorite among ping-pong enthusiasts and at table tennis tournaments throughout the world.

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Callaway Golf Kiosk

The challenge for this project, a tabletop point-of-purchase display for Callaway Golf Clubs, was meeting a tight deadline.  Built in a week, while the designers were still perfecting the details, there was barely enough time for the paint to dry on the way to the airport before handing it off to the designers, who were […]

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CBS Outdoor Kiosk

This advertising kiosk was one of several models made for the CBS Outdoor design competition.  The detail, quality, and character of the model speak for themselves.  We thought it was the perfect fit for the City of San Francisco.

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CBS Outdoor Bus Shelter

This is one of nine bus shelter models built for a design competition in San Francisco.  At this large scale, we were able to make the shelters with a fair amount of detail and realism, which always helps in a contest.  Each of the designs by Foster, Hydra, Stern, and IBA enabled CBS Outdoor to […]

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CBS Outdoor BART Shelter

Successfully meeting the technical challenges of this project are what made the finished product so sweet.  The tiny metal fittings and clean glass louvers running the length of the shelter had to be flawlessly assembled.  Rows of uplights created spots and reflections that would reveal the smallest misalignment or imperfection in the glass (represented by […]

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Enphase Energy Solar Panel Displays

These two displays (one pictured) were made to swivel, depending on what side the viewer was standing, and featured custom-made transparent solar panels that effectively highlighted the Enphase Energy inverter in the middle.

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Enphase Energy Solar Panel Displays

These pieces in the Enphase Energy exhibit were made to show that the inverter works with any manufacturer’s solar panel.  We assembled two different ones and featured the inverter on the back under an LED spotlight, alongside an iMac.  We then built round bases featuring an electrical connection fitting which allowed the units to turn […]

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Enphase Energy Exhibit

We started with a napkin sketch, jazzed up the shape a bit, and produced this dynamic display with chase LEDs.  We added a series of custom-made components that would communicate the benefits of the product: a solar inverter (two pictured on the roof under the solar panels.)  Our efforts contributed towards attracting a significant crowd […]

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Varian Proton Cyclotron

The actual machine is so large that it requires a 3-story space to house it.  The technology it employs is fascinating, and ultimately vital, targeting cancerous cells in a highly focused manner with minimal detriment to the patient.  Protons ‘spin’ (ergo the cyclotron) by means of large magnets—see ‘copper’ parts within the images—and travel through […]

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Varian Proton Cyclotron

The actual machine is so large that it requires a 3-story space to house it.  The technology it employs is fascinating, and ultimately vital, targeting cancerous cells in a highly focused manner with minimal detriment to the patient.  Protons ‘spin’ (ergo the cyclotron) by means of large magnets—see ‘copper’ parts within the images—and travel through […]

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Varian Proton Cyclotron

The actual machine is so large that it requires a 3-story space to house it.  The technology it employs is fascinating, and ultimately vital, targeting cancerous cells in a highly focused manner with minimal detriment to the patient.  Protons ‘spin’ (ergo the cyclotron) by means of large magnets—see ‘copper’ parts within the images—and travel through […]

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Varian Proton Cyclotron

The actual machine is so large that it requires a 3-story space to house it.  The technology it employs is fascinating, and ultimately vital, targeting cancerous cells in a highly focused manner with minimal detriment to the patient.  Protons ‘spin’ (ergo the cyclotron) by means of large magnets—see ‘copper’ parts within the images—and travel through […]

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Varian Proton Cyclotron

The actual machine is so large that it requires a 3-story space to house it.  The technology it employs is fascinating, and ultimately vital, targeting cancerous cells in a highly focused manner with minimal detriment to the patient.  Protons ‘spin’ (ergo the cyclotron) by means of large magnets—see ‘copper’ parts within the images—and travel through […]

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Bear Climbing Rock

Our large CNC machine enables us to make large things.  This Bear Climbing Rock, made of 10 blocks of styrofoam (EPS) is the basis for molds that were subsequently cast from its surface and duplicated.

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The Sims PlumBob

The PlumBob is an important symbol to The Sims franchise and is widely recognized by players around the world as an iconic feature of the game.  It is used to identify the character selected and to which the player can give commands, as well as the mood of playable Sims. We built, “the best physical […]

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