Career outlook for model maker
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would design and make scale models for film and TV shows, to test out new products or to how how new buildings will look.
You would make 3D scale models (or mock-ups) for:
- Architectural design, producing scale models of new and existing building designs
- Product design, making models of new products designed for testing before production starts
- Visual effects design, creating models used in special effects or to illustrate set designs in TV, film and theatre
If you produce architectural models, you might also create a model of the surrounding area to show how the building will fit into the environment.
- Discuss the requirements - the brief - with the designer or client
- Look at and understand plans and technical drawings
- Use freehand drawing skills or computer-aided design (CAD) to illustrate initial ideas
- Consult with your client and make changes to the design before you make the model
- Use a range of hand, power and machine tools and computerised equipment to make models
- Use electronics or mechanical methods to make working models with moving parts
- Finish models with hand colouring or spray painting
You’d use a wide range of materials like metal, wood, plastic, clay, card, resin and plaster to create your models.
You might also use computerised techniques such as laser cutting or 3D printing to get the right size and shape for your model parts.
You would need to be aware of health and safety requirements.
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