Senior 3D Modellers - Manufacturing

Manufacture · Wellington, Wellington
Department Manufacture
Employment Type Employee - Full Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $30-40 ph

    • Maker-minded 3D Modeller?
    • Imaginative, creative and keen to learn?
    • Interested in specialty props and costume FX?

    Wētā Workshop’s award-winning concept design and manufacturing facility has been making cool stuff for over 30 years, right here in Miramar, Wellington.


    Applying our innovative artistry to the world’s creative industries we take on projects of any size, scope, or scale, from the earliest stages of creative development through to manufacture and delivery all over the world.


    We’re looking for maker-minded 3D Modellers with 3D printing experience to join our 3D Manufacture Crew and play a key role in the production of props, costumes, and creature FX for film and the wider entertainment industry.


    In this role you’ll turn concept artwork and briefs into sets of easy to assemble 3D printed, CNC milled or laser cut components. This involves both creative software usage as well as an eye toward manufacturing methodologies, assembly, and material properties.


    You’ll have the ability to think holistically about how your efforts mesh with the wider workshop and on-set crew whilst hitting or exceeding the functionality and aesthetic standards championed by Wētā workshop.


    What will you be doing?


    • Interpreting concept designs and briefs to create actionable manufacturing plans
    • Creating 3d and 2d files for 3D printing, CNC Milling, and laser cutting
    • Creating and refining clear design documentation to help guide other teams
    • Contributing to the conceptual design, continued iteration, and development of FX & digital manufacture solutions
    • Creatively utilising 3D packages to hit design and functionality goals
    • Working with Project Supervisors, Team Leaders, and key leads to determine project design specifications and to ensure successful, on-time delivery
    • Provide guidance and training to new and current crew


    Skills & experience


    • Solid knowledge in Zbrush and at least one poly modeling package (Maya, Blender etc)
    • Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator experience
    • Competency with 3D printers, laser cutters, and basic power tools
    • Extensive 3D modeling experience and experience in crafting creative pieces in manufacturing environments
    • Understanding of design and manufacturing methodologies across a wide variety of materials and applications.
    • 2 - 5 years of experience in the creative industries and/or film costume and props
    • Ability to effectively express your ideas, both verbally and through illustration.


    If you’re a hands-on, imaginative, creative modeler with a hunger for learning and growing your skills and a passion for making stuff then we’d love to talk to you.  


    We’re an innovative, collaborative team, we look out for each other and share our expertise to grow our skills.  


    Creative, down-to-earth, and inclusive, we welcome diversity and pretty much anything that makes for a better workday.


    Sound like you? Hit “Apply for this job” now

    Please include a portfolio of your best work to showcase your artistic and technical eye for industrial design, realistic sculpture and fabrication as well as your  manufacturing experience.  


    Click here for the Job Description and for more information please get in touch at   

    All successful applicants will be required to have a Covid-19 vaccine pass and  undergo a police check process.

    You must have the right to live and work in NZ to apply for this job.

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      • Location
        Wellington, Wellington
      • Department
      • Employment Type
        Employee - Full Time
      • Minimum Experience
      • Compensation
        $30-40 ph