The role of a model maker is a unique one as it encompasses both technical and creative skills. Here are our top 4 skills for consideration if you are thinking of working with or becoming a model maker yourself.
Visualisation in the sense that a model maker can hear an idea or see an initial sketch and from that information, will start to visualise what the finished model might look like. It is very difficult for most of us to do this in 3D form and as a model maker you will need to be able to adapt and change that image in your head.
What I mean by that is that to be able to come up with the very best solution for your client, you need to think about the materials, shapes, working parts (if relevant), size and a whole host of other variables and the cheapest way to explore these ideas is by thinking about them.
Scale is an important one and whilst it may depend on the client’s requirements, you also need to be able to have some input into this. It’s easy to think that it doesn’t matter too much but by choosing the right size of model you can help to really depict what the finished article will look like.
For example, making a prototype of a small part and making it larger can help illustrate how it might work in a production environment.
A model maker needs to think creatively about how they can bring this model to life, they might be faced with a particular problem that the client is trying to solve. It might be that it would look more lifelike using a specific material or colour. All of these creative elements need to be though about as well as the technical side of physically doing the drawings and making the model.
This is a very valuable skill as a model maker and it’s one of the areas that can set Company’s apart as it’s very easy to focus on the process of physically constructing the model without thinking about differed ways to do this.
Attention to Detail
Maybe the most obvious one, but a model maker absolutely needs to have great attention to details. The smallest error could create real problems for the client. Think about a situation where you are making a model of a component part, if you get this so much as a mm wrong then potentially it won’t work properly.
Finishing the model off well also falls into this category, it needs to look great too and by following this attention to detail through to the finishing stage you will ensure a happy client!
So there you have it, our top 4 skills for a successful model making team. There are plenty more of course, but these are critical to the success of any model maker.