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biography

20 years ago I worked a few years as a machine designer using AutoCad. A few years ago I purchased Alibre and have been using it quite a bit for a hobby, inventing. The last 15 years I worked as an aide at a veterans home; prior to that i had worked in many engineering positions back in the days when a pencil was used; products and machines. Got pretty good at that just in time for CAD to come along. :)

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work experience

KELCH CORPORATION Assistant Engineer, Engineer June 1969 - June 1975

KELCH at that time was a small custom injection molder and manufacturer gas gauges for lawn mowers etc. Also they made traffic cones. I was a designer and coordinator on many of the small company projects including machines and products.

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Baxter Travenol, Round Lake Illinois Senior Product Design Engineer, Biomedical Engineer May 1975 - May 1980

Dialisys and blood handling software and hardware. 3 medical device patents.

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American Can Company Machine Designer June 1977 - June 1980

During this period I was working through an agency drawing on the board.

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Wahl Clipper, Sterling Illinois Product Design Engineer June 1980 - June 1981

Design of new products and problem solving with existing products.

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Graber Industries, Middleton, Wi Product Design Engineer June 1981 - June 1983

Redesigned the Nu Vue Blind system to use a steel roll formed channel along with the components along with many other projects.

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IDEA Contract Design June 1983 - January 1989

Contract design primarily for Oscar Mayer as machine designer and Rayovac as product designer but also did work for many companies in the Madison area.

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Wahl Clipper, Sterling, IL Senior Product Engineer January 1989 - June 1992

Product Development of existing products.

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Self Employed, Princeton, IL Jack of all trades June 1992 - January 1995

Everything from janitorial work to designing for an excavator; it is a small town.

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Techstaff of Iowa CAD Operator/Designer January 1995 - June 1999

I was learning CAD on the job; this was 2d CAD. My rate had been increased to $25/hr the last six months.

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Basswood Nursing Home CNA June 1995 - June 1999

I answered an advertisement for a CNA training position that included schooling thinking that I would do it part time; a Mother Theresa type thing.

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Veterans Home Lasalle, IL CNA April 2000 - June 2008

A coworker at Basswood and I attended a job fair at the Veterans Home and both went to work there as aides. I was surprised to find that I really felt good about working there and so what started as a part time thing ended up full time and I stayed until retirement in 2008.

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Secondthoughtinc it is just me :) June 2008 - May 2015

I had an idea for making structural plates that i thought was going to change the world and started secondthoughtinc to market it :). If you google gusset plate construction patent application it is still available to see; google is forever evidently. Someone beat me to it by 6 years. Anyway, since then I have worked on many things and recently did get a patent on gusset block construction and have recieved many calls from people wanting me to pay them to market it. US 8898989 B2. I will get it uploaded to GrabCad soon.

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education

Universtity of Wisconsin-Stout BS, Industrial Technology 1965 - 1969

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additional

Workstation specs: dell 490 quad processors alibre expert; it will import and export to solidworks etc.
Honors and awards: 5 US PATENTS
Interests: At my age it is all interesting until i get tired

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