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Precision metalworkers are skilled crafts workers who produce the tools, dies, molds, cutting devices, and guiding and holding devices used in the mass production of a variety of products. Tool makers produce precision tools for cutting, shaping, and forming metal and other materials. They also produce jigs and fixtures—the devices for holding the tools and metal while it is being worked—and various gauges and other measuring devices. Die makers make precision metal forms, or dies, used in stamping and forging metal. Mold makers design and make metal molds for molding plastics, ceramics, and composite materials. In some cases, the term tool and die maker is used generically, referring to any or all of these job categories.