Working for this small family owned company has given me an advantage over many students by giving me insight not only into precision CNC machining of metals and plastics for aerospace and military applications, but also into business practices.
8 month professional internship where I designed fixtures for assembly gate control of critical assemblies, reverse engineered tooling, aided in test equipment validation and troubleshooting, completed studies to improve AGV effectiveness, and created detailed stress and force tests to aid the design team in their efforts to continually improve Evinrude outboard motors during the release of the new G2 motor lineup.
During my time at Proto Labs I saw a different level of CNC automation. Some companies use robots, Proto Labs uses software. I conducted testing on HAAS machining centers to improve their accuracy and surface finishes at high feeds and speeds and supported software developers as they tried to completely automate toolpath generation. I also helped support 5-axis machining development and helped re-design die-cast tooling.