Mould or die finishers use a variety of power and hand tools to shape, smooth, finish, and polish moulds or metal working dies. They use math skills to calculate and measure these pieces, and they must be able to read instructions and interpret blueprints. They inspect finished products to make sure the pieces have been made with care and precision.
A die designer is a highly skilled craftsperson who creates dies for stamping, forming, or forging presses. Tool and die makers use equipment such as lathes, drill presses, and milling machines to produce precision metal parts (tools, dies, and moulds). They must be knowledgeable about mechanics, metallurgy, mathematics, precision measurement, and blueprints.
Mould designers plan out the moulds that are used to shape plastic and other materials. They decide which type of mould should be used for a process, and then design the layout of the mould components. They then finalize the drawings of the mould design that will be used in manufacturing facilities to produce precisely measured parts.
Tool and die makers use lathes, drill presses, and milling machines to produce precision metal parts (tools, dies, and moulds) for manufacturing. They must be skilled at reading blueprints, setting up machinery using precise measurements, planning the full sequence of actions required to complete the part, fitting parts together using hand tools, and inspecting the finished product for defects.
Fabricate moulds by hand or machine. Finish the mould surfaces, fit together mould blocks.