The last couple weeks of my internship in Germany were spent working on a 1:20 scale model of an industrial room-sized cnc machine for a company named Elha. I did not design the product, but was in charge of building the showcase model and getting it shipped out for a design show. It was a painstaking project but it was very rewarding after completion. This was an unusual model in some respects because each block was constructed out of wood rather than foam core. It was spray painted in a make shift booth out in the parking lot. I had to wait in between gusts of wind to complete each coat. One of the owners of the firm pulled me aside and looked me in the eye and told me not to get any paint dust on his new Morgan, so I have never been more careful with a spray paint can! For the linework I used .5mm tape, and then vinyl stickers for the windows. The base is black mdf, so the entire model weighed close to 40 pounds. In hindsight I would probably not do a model from wood again, I could have cut the time in half. But there is something nice about the weight and density of the model, although a little impractical for the purposes of a model but it was a fun exercise. To see images of the actual designs click here.