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Raymond G. Potter

Sugar Plant Custom Display

Corporate Gift with Operating Model Trains

by SMARTT Inc.

The Client approached SMARTT for a model of the entire (1.5 mile long) plant to give as gifts to all the members of the Board of Directors. The original scale to fit a 30" long space would have been 1:2100, so a gymnasium sized warehouse would have been the size of an Andes Candy! SMARTT introduced the idea of making a section of the plant at a larger scale in the same 30" space. This allowed actual operating trains to be included. I designed every structure to be 3D printed or laser cut. One set of vats contains some model silo parts as the tanks. The vehicles are after-market kits that we assembled. Finally, a suspended truss section was made from the Pilgrim satellite photo-etch detail set.

We built 23 sets!

  • The completed Sugar Plant

    The finished model (1 of 23 identical units) features two operating trains with custom US Sugar markings in 1:220 scale. Not shown, but included is the clear acrylic cover to keep the miniature world dust-free.

  • The completed 3D conceptual model featuring all the 3D parts to be printed and all the laser-cut parts to be assembled.

    Since almost everything in the model was to be 3D printed, it was easy to generate a fully virtual pre-visualization of the model for the model makers (myself included) to understand the relationship between all the components.

  • The processing building and overhead crane

    The complicated assortment of catwalks and conveyors comprises 10 3D printed sections, plus a number of laser cut parts.

Size: 22" x 30"

Material: Acrylic, Wood, 3D printed parts

Approach: Completely Custom!

Client: SMARTT for Private client


Autodesk Inventor
Autodesk AutoCAD
Autodesk 3DStudio Max
Adobe Photoshop
Google Earth

People who helped with this project:
Michael H (the Boss), Mel I., Rali M., David B., Tom K., Luis E.

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