Model makers set up and operate machines, such as milling and engraving machines to make working models of metal or plastic objects.
Metal and plastic model makers set up and operate machines that cut, shape, and form metal and plastic materials or pieces.  Model makers are responsible for the layout, machining, fitting and assembly of castings and parts to metal or plastic foundry patterns, core boxes, or match plates.



Manufacturing Labourers

Manufacturing labourers perform a variety of simple and routine manual tasks in manufacturing to assist the work of machine operators and assemblers (ILO, 2018).

  • Machine setters, operators and tenders
  • Milling and planning machine setters, operators, and tenders 
  • Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders 
  • Hand Packers
  • Manufacturing Labourers Not Elsewhere Classified

Background Information

Model makers must be highly skilled in the use of many machines, such as manual lathes, manual mills, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machines, lasers, wire EDM, water jet saws, tig welders, sheet metal fabrication tools and wood working tools.  As such, even today model makers are highly dependent on the use of machines for their jobs.

Today, model makers are employed to create three-dimensional representations of a design or concept; however, with advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, the popularization of  3D printing, open software,  CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing) , and the potential of future developments in this domain, it is likely that the traditional profession will decline but specialized sub-sections of the profession will not only survive but thrive (software programmers) (I-Ganavto, 2017)


The Digital Wood Carver makes carving easy. With the computer controlled functions, the user simply sets up the design, which is to be carved, insert the material and the machine goes to work with accuracy and precision.

Tebis improves your model manufacturing throughout the entire CAD/CAM/NC process chain. The user controls all processes, from the concept through design to design modifications on the actual model. Tebis links the simulated virtual world with reality and vice versa. The model makers can now manage the entire manufacturing process in a single software environment. 

This software is suitable for manufacturing show cars, prototypes, casting models, function cubings or data control models. Tebis simply and quickly prepares the parts for single-part manufacturing. Tebis has a high degree of software automation and flexibility in programming, very good surface quality and dimensional accuracy.

Categories: Skill Level 1