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LED Accent Lighting

Lighting2With our new LED Lighting Components, we opened a large array of possibilities.  Not only can we create back lit frames for graphics, but these lights work well as accent lighting.  Here is how we created our LED accent lighting.

Take an extrusion, like our VS76 or VS108, and remove one side.  The large square profiles create the perfect housing for the LED strip.  It was tall enough and wide enough to fit our lights easily inside.  We attached the lights using the mounting holes on metal strip and bolted it to the extrusion.

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Attach one of our LED strips, and remove the lenses.  The lenses were removed to allow the light to spread evenly throughout the extrusion.

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Untitled-5iA 1/8” thick, semi-transparent, white acrylic panel makes an effective diffuser for the LEDs.  The light reflects off the aluminum surface and is directed toward the acrylic panel.  Next, you need to place an end cap on each end of the extrusion.  This helps capture the light and reflect it toward the acrylic panel.

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Special end plates were designed so the Accent Light can be incorporated with our other extrusions.  One plate is for attaching horizontally, and another plate for using the Accent Light vertically.  Both plates work without blocking any light from the light strip.

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The accent lighting can be used in an exhibit, an office, or anywhere an aesthetic lighting solution is needed.  We have created Accent Lights in up to 8’ lengths, in both VS76 and VS108.  Ask our sales reps about how we can incorporate our LED strips in your design.

The Influence of Architecture on Exhibit Design

While walking around a show floor during a convention, I am always wondering where people get their design ideas.  Possibly because I am curious to know what motivates people to design great exhibits and displays.  Or perhaps I want to know why I didn’t come up with idea myself.  Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, an American writer said, “There are no original ideas. There are only original people.”  I believe this.  Therefore, I try to be original but build on multiple people’s ideas .  A lot of times I find architecture to be an excellent starting point.  I also see the influences of architecture in other designers work.  Below are some of my favorite examples.

Often, I see technology being borrowed from architecture to make exhibits.  One very old example of this is the Crystal Palace.  Built by Joseph Paxton for the 1851 World’s Fair in London, this building was made using cutting-edge technology during the Industrial Revolution.  It used prefabricated cast iron components, inspired by its precursor, The Victoria Regia House.  He designed it using an on-center grid; therefore each beam was either the same as the previous one or half, or twice its size. After the Great Exhibition, the building already 92,000 m² was dismantled and rebuilt on a larger scale in a new location which eventually burned down in 1936.  AGAM’s set of beams and posts and its grid system are definitely inspired from this particular approach.

A more recent example would be the use of fabric.  Fabric is light weight which makes it easy to transport and easy to use.  Now, fabric has been around for a long time and the use of it to make walls and ceilings is certainly not original.  A good example of the use of fabric (but certainly not the first time it was used in building architecture) is the Sails Pavilion in San Diego.  I have personally seen it and can say it is beautiful.  Fabric is one example that I think the exhibit design industry has expanded on and has made it its own.  The silicon edge graphics, known for short as SEG, was made specifically for the exhibit and display industry and is definitely an evolving trend in design.   AGAM continues to expand on this product with introducing new extrusions and accessories for its use.

Sometimes, it’s not a specific piece of architecture that inspires us but it’s the style of architecture instead.  This booth from the 2010 SEMA Show, that AGAM helped build, was made to look like a 50’s diner.  The sharp angles of the roof, along with the colors and accessories (and cars) are iconic and unforgettable.  Thanks PPG.

The next time you’re at a show, take some time to look around and think about the design of booths.  Take notice by observing the crowds.  Follow the way they walk and the pattern of their eyes.  I personally was amazed to notice that a design gets only a few seconds of wandering eyes.  If it is eye-catching, you will notice the movement of the individual’s feet slow down to it becoming erratic.  This is when design wins.

A lot of time and effort goes into creating these one-of-a-kind works of art.  If you’ve read this far, you are obviously interested in exhibit design.  Comments on this blog are welcome.  Perhaps you’ve seen something I missed.  Or maybe you disagree with something I said.  The feedback is always appreciated.

AGAM Attended the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

AGAM Attended the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

AGAM Attended the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

 

Recently, AGAM sent one of our Industrial Designers to attend the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention in San Diego, California. The San Diego Convention Center is located right on the coast, which provided a beautiful backdrop for this spectacular convention. It was a three-day show, packed with guest speakers, training sessions, and demos of new products.

AGAM Attended the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

Keynote speaker, Mike Rowe, from the television show, Dirty Jobs, delivered an inspirational message to designers during the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention.

Day-to-Day At SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

Every day started off with a general session, which included guest speakers and interviews. The highlights of the convention were the two motivational speeches provided by the keynote speakers. Mike Rowe, from Dirty Jobs, delivered the first speech. His had a positive message saying that designers are the connection between blue-collar and white-collar workers. The second speech was an interview with Tony Fadell, co-creator of the iPod and more recently, The Nest, a self-learning thermostat designed in SolidWorks.

AGAM Attended the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

Keynote speaker, Tony Fadell, explained how he designed this self-learning thermostat, The Nest, in SolidWorks at the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention.

Most of my time during the 3 days was spent in a variety of training sessions. The presenters were professional and informative with topics ranging from modeling essentials to advanced tools and techniques. There was something for everyone, from the beginner to the veteran user. AGAM found interests in many sessions, and often times torn between more than one. Thankfully, all session were recorded and will be available online.

AGAM Attended the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

This off-road truck was a main attraction at the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention because it was designed using the distinguished program.

Offerings at SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

Besides training sessions, there was an exhibitor pavilion, which gave the AGAM industrial designer the opportunity to network and learn about new products and technologies. The product showcases were a great way to see what people were doing with SolidWorks. People had used SolidWorks to design everything from guitars to off-road trucks.  However, AGAM’s favorite was an autonomous robot called Nao (pronounced “now”). Nao can do anything, from holding a conversation, to dancing, to playing soccer. Check out the RoboCup for some robot soccer action.

AGAM Attended the SolidWorks World 2012 Convention

Click on image above to view a video of the Nao at SolidWorks World 2012

Overall, AGAM would recommend SolidWorks World to anyone that uses his or her products.  It is such a diverse program that no one can know everything about it, and even if you did, they’re always coming out with new features and improvements. Talking to other users and listening to the experts was a great way to learn and improve AGAM’s skills. So, hats off to the SolidWorks team, and AGAM can’t wait for the opportunity to go again!

AGAM Can Build You A Door Solution

As innovative designers at AGAM, we are constantly creating new extrusions and accessories to benefit our customers. The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System’s components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything you imagination and creativity will allow! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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Tutorial: How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

AGAM provides complimentary assistance with designing and engineering customer’s ideas using the AGAM System. Equipped with AutoCAD and Solidworks, AGAM designers are able to quickly produce rendered versions of their drawings. For customers that prefer to render their own drawings, below is the process AGAM uses to extract data in AutoCAD to generate a parts count.

Generating a Parts Count in AutoCAD at AGAM

The best way to keep track of parts is to use layers. You can either create layers before beginning your drawing, add them as you go, or even at the end. Here is how we do it at AGAM:

First, make a layer for each object of similar type and length. AGAM designers usually name the layers by extrusion and length in millimeters (ie: PH 1005_954mm). Color-coding your layers and objects is another method that would work as well. In the drawing below, the designer labeled their layers by length only.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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Once your drawing is complete and you’re ready to do a parts count, select “Data Extraction” from the “Tools” menu.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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You will need to create a new data extraction template for the first time. Save the template so you can use it again later and select next.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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Select “Drawing/Sheet Set” and “Current Drawing” as your data source and click next.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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Page three is a list of the objects in your drawing. The only objects AGAM need for the parts count are 3D Solids. Be sure to select “3D Solid,” and then hit next.s

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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You will now see a list of the data for your 3D objects. The only property necessary for a parts count is “Layers,” select this and click next.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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Page five is a preview of the table.  The layers and parts count should be clearly identified. If not, make sure “Combine Identical Rows” and “Show Count Column” are selected.

Tutorial:  How to Generate a Parts Count in AutoCAD

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You can insert your table into the drawing. If you change the drawing after you made the table, simply update it by right clicking on the table.

A parts count is just one of the many advantages of using a data table. At AGAM, we suggest experimenting to find out other features. Remember, your parts count is only as accurate as your drawing. It’s an easy mistake to have copies of objects, and objects on wrong layers.

AGAM Can Help Build the Exhibit of Your Dreams

As innovative designers at AGAM, we are constantly creating new extrusions and accessories to benefit our customers. The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System’s components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything you imagination and creativity will allow! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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AGAM Sliding Door

AGAM has six designers on staff, each of them with a strong background in various fields of design. They support the project management teams, providing fully engineered solutions to customers and support for the fabrication specialists in the plant. So, it is only natural that they create new products based on the recommendations and requests they receive from our clients.

AGAM Sliding Door

AGAM Sliding Door

Creating the Sliding Door at AGAM

The contemporary sliding door was designed as a stylish alternative to the regular swinging door. Every aspect has been designed with our client’s needs in mind. From form to function, AGAM designed this product to work as great as it looks. Here are five benefits to using the AGAM Sliding Door:

1. The AGAM Sliding Door Maximizes Space

Whether it’s a conference room or a storage closet, every inch counts in the exhibit design industry. The sliding door allows designers to maximize space and create privacy at the same time.

2. The AGAM Sliding Door is Completely Customizable

The track is made of extrusion MR1200 and the door is made of extrusion PH1070 or PH1003. AGAM can cut these extrusions to any length, so the sliding door can fit any doorway. You could even replace your current swinging door. Or, if your doorway is large enough, AGAM can make a double sliding door.

3. The AGAM Sliding Door is Easy to Assemble

It has an upper track that attaches to the partition after the fact. Simply build the wall using only a hex key or use an existing wall, and then simply add the upper track with a clever specially designed part. The door can then be hung in place and slides using two roller brackets, which hook onto the track.

AGAM Sliding Door

AGAM Sliding Door is Easy to Assemble

4. The AGAM Sliding Door Can Give You Peace of Mind

The sliding door can be locked with a key for security. The spring-loaded lock is attached to the door and bolts into the track.

5. The AGAM Sliding Door Has A Comfortable Grip

The newly designed ergonomic handle gives more space for the user’s fingers and allows the door to close tightly.

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AGAM Sliding Door Has a Comfortable Grip

AGAM Can Build You A Door Solution

As innovative designers at AGAM, we are constantly creating new extrusions and accessories to benefit our customers. The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System’s components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything you imagination and creativity will allow! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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How to Make the Popular AGAM Palm Tree

The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System is engineered around an extensive variety of extrusions and accessories. These components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything else you can imagine and creativity will allow. Essentially, design possibilities are infinite and boundless!

One of our most popular and interesting designs is the AGAM palm tree made out of common components found in our aluminum modular system. Find out how to create the AGAM palm tree for a fun addition to your exhibit!

The Popular AGAM Palm Tree

Making a Palm Tree with the AGAM System

Making a Palm Tree with the AGAM System

The Process of Creating a Palm Tree Using the AGAM System

AGAM appreciates how clients challenge and inspire us to create fun and creative designs. AGAM had a customer that wanted palm trees for their exhibit. The materials and techniques AGAM used in the design of this unconventional display resulted in a satisfied client and a lovely exhibit.

Step 1 in Creating a Palm Tree Using the AGAM Aluminum Modular System: Create the Base of the Palm Tree

First, AGAM industrial designers created the trunk and base of the palm tree. For the trunk, they used a 3-cord truss because it offered an industrial appearance while also providing the support necessary to hold the weight of the palms. The trunk of the palm tree needed a sturdy base so it could stand autonomously. So, AGAM’s industrial designer used a large steel base, which was heavy enough to maintain the weight of the tree while holding it down. Then to make the base look like an actual palm tree, it was powder coated a tan color.

Making a Palm Tree with the AGAM System

Making a Palm Tree with the AGAM System

Step 2 in Creating a Palm Tree Using the AGAM Aluminum Modular System: Attaching the Base of the Tree to the Palms

Once the base and the trunk were completed, AGAM’s designer had to determine how to attach the palms to the trunk in a way that looked natural. Their solution was a hub, made of custom aluminum pieces cut on the Waterjet, bolted together. AGAM’s Waterjet Center fabricates unique parts and pieces to exact designer specifications without the lengthy set-up time and costly tool and die fabrication. The Waterjet Center turns design concepts into workable parts within days!

Step 3 in Creating a Palm Tree Using the AGAM Aluminum Modular System: Designing the Palms for the Palm Tree

The AGAM industrial designer created the palms out of AGAM extrusion MR1100 and then powdered coated them green. The palms slide onto the custom inserts on the hub and then the hub was bolted onto the truss.

To reduce setup costs, the AGAM industrial designer used two different curves to make the palms. One large curve and one small curve with ends cut at 90 degrees and 15 degrees. These curves were alternated around the hub to create a natural looking canopy of palms.

Making a Palm Tree with the AGAM System

Making a Palm Tree with the AGAM System

 

Making a Palm Tree with the AGAM System

At AGAM, Design Possibilities are Infinite

As innovative designers at AGAM and industry leaders in the aluminum modular design space, we are always creating new extrusions and accessories to benefit our customers. The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System’s components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything you imagination and creativity will allow! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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Communicating Design Ideas with AGAM

With the AGAM System, design possibilities are infinite. So, if you have a design idea that you want AGAM to create, there are four forms of communication that will help us understand what you need.

4 Ways to Inform AGAM of your Design Idea

First Way to Communicate Design Ideas: CAD Files

Communicating Design Ideas with AGAM

AutoCAD Rendering

More and more clients are using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Files to communicate. At AGAM, we mainly use AutoCAD and Solidworks. A well-drawn CAD files is the best way to insure you get what you want. From that file, we can get accurate dimensions, check for any issues, and quickly make any revisions. That said CAD files become a shared platform, making it easier to communicate about the design of your project. CAD blogs of our extrusions are available for download here.

 

Second Way to Communicate Design Ideas: Hand Sketches, Renderings, and Pictures

Communicating Design Ideas with AGAM

Computer-Aided Design

A hand sketch, along with some dimensions, can give us an accurate idea of your concept. A hand sketch can also show details, such as a custom hole drilled through an extrusion. From this, we can provide you with a CAD drawing and a quote for your approval.

 

Third Way to Communicate Design Ideas: Written Descriptions

Communicating Design Ideas with AGAM

Written Descriptions

Written descriptions work well with drawings. You can easily point out details in a drawing or provide special instructions. Perhaps you want something powder coated with a customer color, or want extra parts? Maybe, you’re on a tight deadline and need things rushed? No problem just let us know!

 

Forth Way to Communicate Design Ideas: Parts Lists

Communicating Design Ideas with AGAM

Parts Lists

Parts lists are good for simple orders. They also work well when combined with other methods of communication. Our project coordinators can quote these quickly. However, if your project is more complicated, a drawing or description may be necessary.

Naturally, the more information you provide the better. But, if you need a hand ironing out the details, our project coordinators are here to help.

And, if you’re just ordering parts, simply send us a list including the quantity, reference number, and description of parts needed!

 

How AGAM Can Create Your Designs

The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System is engineered around a wide variety of extrusions and accessories. These components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything your imagination and creativity will allow! Let AGAM be your partner in getting your projects done! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

 

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