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 Subject : Prototype Development Lead Machinist/Model Maker/CNC Programme.. 02/28/2023 03:47:52 PM 
Andrew Hooper
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Location: Atlanta, GA
- CNC programming: 1 year (Required)
- CNC milling machine: 1 year (Required)
- CAD: 1 year (Required)
- Work authorization (Required)Overview

Full Job Description

Formation is a product design and development group focused on human-centered design and new product innovation. We develop innovative new products and experiences for a broad range of clients in consumer, mobility, healthcare, and equipment markets.

We are seeking a prototyping specialist to support our world-class industrial design and engineering team. This individual is a hands-on, organized, and collaborative maker interested in working within a dynamic development environment to support the transformation of early-stage design and engineering insights into developmental prototypes and proof-of-concept demonstrators. Their work will be instrumental to our process as part of design studies, client reviews, or showcased at a number of global trade shows and venues (AIX, ISHLT, SEMA, CES, RSNA, etc.).

Formation typically engages early in the design process and stays involved until final solutions and design intent are established. To support this approach, we are looking for someone who can draw on a range of prototyping, fabrication, and problem-solving skills to contribute throughout the development process; someone comfortable with early-stage ambiguity and end-stage high fidelity. We will look to you not only to execute on fellow designer's and engineer's prototypes, but to contribute meaningful insights into appropriate materials, processes, assembly strategies, and best practices.

Beyond being proficient with a broad range of prototyping technologies, methods, and approaches, we expect you be a leader in our prototyping process and resources. Development, maintenance, and implementation of shop resources and organization systems is paramount. We expect you to be an advocate of best practices and high standards within our team to keep our prototyping capabilities at the highest level. Coordination with outside resources and suppliers will be expected as well to ensure multiple build activities can be conducted seamlessly and efficiently.


• Maintain ownership of the quality of Formation's prototyping services, the quality of model deliverables, and the successful delivery of client work.

• Set up, program, and produce parts using Fusion 360 CAM with a Haas CNC router. This includes any requisite fixturing setup and fabrication.

• Be an advocate and center of excellence for the team on shop best practices on tool use, safety, and organization.

• Work with Formation project leaders to coordinate one or more build activities at a time. This includes communicating resource utilization on a frequent basis, managing logistics for material procurement and outbound shipments, and maintaining and organizing build spaces.

• Partner with external prototype suppliers and model shops, both domestic and international, to determine the best use of resources to achieve desired model-making results.

• Manage, maintain, and clean shop equipment, workspaces, and resources to ensure smooth operation for all team members. Provides initiative for improving shop operation, cleanliness, and organization.

• Work with outside vendors, suppliers, and client resources to procure material, coordinate shipments, and augment prototyping capabilities.

• Develop and conduct shop training for all manual, power, and automated shop tools. Identify areas where additional outside training resources may be warranted to improve capabilities or efficacy.

• Follow trends and developments in the prototyping and fabrication world to recommend and implement improvements to Formation's in-house prototyping capabilities and outside resource relationships.

• Work collaboratively with individual Formation designers and engineers in the development of prototype models and mechanisms. Provide feedback and input in balancing fabrication fidelity, accuracy, lead time, cost, and in-house vs external capabilities to hone in on a final design.

Minimum Qualifications

•Professional prototyping and fabrication experience (a portfolio of professional work examples will be requested). Can demonstrate capability and sound judgment in a commercial environment.

•Strong knowledge of contemporary prototyping techniques (CNC machining, 3D printing, metal fabrication, use of modeling foam/tooling board, standard manual/power shop tools, etc.).

• Demonstrable CNC machining experience for a range of materials and fixturing systems. This includes aluminum, plywood, modeling foam, plastic, and sheet metal, among other materials.

• Experience with CNC 2D and 2.5D machining, as well as 3D surface machining techniques. 5-axis machining experience is a plus.

• Proficiency in contemporary CAM software for CNC programming. Fusion 360 is a plus.

• Understanding of the advantages, limitations, and appropriate use of 3D printing. Knowledge specifically of FDM 3D printing, slicer software such as Cura, and basic printer maintenance is a plus.

• Proficiency in a range of contemporary CAD software packages, such as SolidWorks, Fusion 360, and Siemens NX. Basic parametric modeling, assembly modeling, and sheet metal experience is necessary.

• Experience executing prototype and fabrication work in accordance with proposals, resource plans, logistical constraints, and client/project requirements.

• Ability to interpret design and engineering input and provide meaningful collaborative input to achieve prototype and project goals. This may be rethinking a mechanism to work within fabrication capabilities, suggesting materials and processes to achieve desired fit and finish, or proposing alternative approaches to ensure a prototype meets objectives within resource constraints.

• Ability to work within time, budget, and fidelity constraints to achieve prototype goals for aesthetic, functional, or representative models.

• Ability to lead and organize large prototype build efforts within a team, and manage multiple build activities simultaneously.

• Ability to lead team efforts and provide training and guidance to less proficient shop users.

• Strong organizational skills with a process-oriented approach.

• Strong communication skills - verbal, written, and visual.

• An intuitive sensitivity to craft, fit, and finish.

EEO Statement
Formation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind.

Formation is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Formation are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Formation will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics and is committed to maintaining an inclusive and creative environment based on mutual respect.

Visa Sponsorship Notice
Applicants must be legally permitted to work in the United States as a US citizen or with a valid Green Card. Although Formation has sponsored Visa applicants in the past and may continue to do so in the future, we are NOT doing so for this position at this time. This is due to the recent, covid related uncertainty surrounding the Visa process and the limited availability of Visas as a result of DoHS caps and quotas.

COVID-19 Policy
Due to the hands-on nature of this role and close collaboration required with the rest of the team, this is an in-person position at Formation's Atlanta studio. Fully remote work applicants will not be considered. By applying for this position, you acknowledge that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or will be fully vaccinated before the start of employment, and are willing to provide proof of vaccination. Additionally, temporary COVID protocols intended to reduce exposure risk and increase work flexibility have been implemented within our group, and all employees are expected to observe these policies. Policies, such as masking and testing, may be updated based on local trends, CDC guidelines, and public health data.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Benefits: Eligibility after 90 days of employment
Dental Insurance
Flexible schedule
Health insurance
Health savings account
Paid time off
Parental leave
Vision insurance

8-hour workday
Monday to Friday
Ability to commute/relocate:

Atlanta, GA 30318: Reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (Required)

Please send resume and work examples to [email protected]
Last Edited On: 02/28/2023 04:12:29 PM By Andrew Hooper
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