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Technical model makers produce samples - so-called prototypes - for objects. This requires a very good spatial sense. In the past, the apprenticeship was mainly manual work. Today nothing works without computer technology: 3D printers and computer-controlled milling machines have become standard. The size of the objects ranges from very small to huge - depending on which subject you choose.
Forming with metal - specializing in foundry
In the foundry department, you come into contact with metal, hardwood and plastics and plan and prepare prototypes for production. To do this, you create templates and process the respective material with machines, such as the turning, drilling or milling machine. Based on your model, based on construction drawings, casting molds for series production are made in the next step. Above all, forward-looking thinking is required here, because already when designing, you have to remember that the material changes as a result of the processing and, for example, can contract when it cools and thus become smaller.
The world in miniature - specialization in perception
You are dealing with a different type of model in the field of perception. Precision and attention to detail are particularly important here. First and foremost, you will construct true-to-scale models in miniature format for designers, developers and architects. So that they get an idea of whether what they have come up with will work, you build houses, cities or vehicles. Here, too, you will learn how to process various materials such as wood, plastic, metal, paper or cardboard by sawing, drilling or grinding. You will display your drafts in two or three dimensions on screens. Computer-controlled machines are mostly used to make the models, but you will still have to do it yourself.
Prototypes for cars - specializationBody and production
If you decide to specialize in bodywork and production, you will be involved in the development of new vehicles. You could also make models for mold and tool making. Here you build design, test or reference models made of wood, plastic, metal or plastic molding material. As with the other disciplines, various machines are available to you so that you can implement the ideas of the car designers effectively. With measuring devices you control the dimensions and check the functionality of the models. You will also make some special tools yourself.
Arithmetic skills required
Many work steps take place on the computer. You create digital drafts in two or three-dimensional versions or set up computer-controlled machines. Craftsmanship and technical understanding are at least as important as good grades in physics and math. If you can't convert decimeters into millimeters correctly, you are wrong in the job. You should also be able to “think outside the box” and look at things from a different perspective. Because when building the models you have to think about a lot of details and improvise every now and then. A very good sense of proportion as well as a good feel for materials and tools will help you with the varied tasks that await you.
Stepping stone to master and technician
Every product is different and so is every model. That is one of the reasons why the technical model makers have to learn new things over and over again. After three and a half years of training, you can train to become a technician or master craftsman. Then you can lead projects and act as a contact person in the team. Mechanical engineering, product and industrial design and product development can be considered as post-graduate courses.
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