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Sr Product Design Engineer
Several • September 1987 - November 2016
First nine years was for a Furniture Manuf designing their Products and Proprietary machines for Material Handing or Dedicated Production, CAM Programming, CNC Setup and Operations, plus every possible Kaizan/6-Sigma Lean Manuf acronym you could shake a stick at, and this was the early 1990's. Manuf Techniques to include DFM, DFA, Setup Reduction, Cost Reduction, Production Through-Put, Continuous Process Improvement, Continuous Product Improvement, Materials Loss Reduction, and a bunch of others.. Second six years for a Company manufacturing Consumer Electronics, and same as above but removing CAM/CNC Programming and CNC Machines, but adding CAD Admin, CAD Supervision, QS9000, and Design of Products in Machine Materials, Stamped and Formed Metals, Plastic Injection and Thermal Formed Parts, as well as running RP Machines for FDM and SLA... Third Job was twelve years Supervising a PowerSports Retail Outlet - ATVs and Motorcycles... Fourth and current job has been Five Years in the Firearms and Accessories Manuf industry, specifically with the AR 15 and AR 10 Rifle platforms. I currently own 7 Utility Patents for the AR platforms, including a nice one for a Springless Hi-Cap Magazine. AND, all of those Manuf Processes mentioned before - I'm a 100x better at them now... CAD Programs used include AutoCAD, HP Solid Designer, Pro-E, KeyCreator (CadKey), SDRC I-Deas, Solid Edge, Unigrapahics, UG-NX, Alias, and Geomagic for Reverse Engineering... and currently Five years into AutoDesk Inventor... CAM Programs include several Proprietary (they were for programming specific machines), Gibbs CAM, and currently utilizing HSM for Inventor. Might go to Fusion 360 soon but who knows... Plus worked with all that are in my Software Skills list - hadn't realized I'd done that many...
AAS Mech Design, CAD Design • January 1985 - January 1987
Learned to hate AutoCad, but it was the only thing most companies and designers could afford until the late 1990's, and the introduction of SW, Inventor, SolidEdge, etc. cuz Mech Desktop sucked about as bad as ACAD...