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Prototyping Specialist – 3D Printing

About the job
Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we’re building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we’re creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities – we’re just getting started.

Concept Prototyping is where new ideas start. Our teams provide everything needed to make and test the cutting-edge technologies that enable products at Facebook Reality Labs: mechanical and electrical design, machining, printing, casting, molding, assembly, laser processing, and repair. We move fast and are looking for people who are driven to find quick, efficient ways to realize ideas in real materials on complex geometries and compressed timelines.We get deeply involved in the hardware development process, partnering with the product design and industrial design teams to apply our specific areas of expertise to their challenging problems. We take pride in being more than just a prototype production service to our customers.

Responsibilities
Leverage knowledge of additive manufacturing processes to prototype solutions to open ended engineering and design challenges
Handle tasks ranging from fully-tolerance CAD files to napkin sketches. Engagement with our adjacent design, machining, and assembly teams where needed to enable the customer’s goals
Highlight opportunities for cost/performance/quality improvement quickly, ensuring rapid turnaround of parts at a greater cost benefit than as originally submitted
Frequent communication with engineering customers to enable quick revisions, allowing parts to evolve towards design intent rather than simply to print
Expand capabilities into new technologies and processes to meet growing engineering and prototyping needs
Manipulate CAD to prepare it for printing, including changes to make the parts more readily manufacturable
Contribute to and oversee the following stages of the printing process, sometimes performing the work yourself and sometimes with our staff technicians
Efficiently lay out print builds with likely functional or cosmetic features in ideal orientations for the technology being used
Load consumables, check printer status, and launch builds at regular intervals to ensure delivery commitments are made
Remove finished parts from machines and transfer to post processing equipment and/or personnel, being careful to protect or highlight key features
Make updates in internal task management platform to keep requesters apprised of job status
Maintain equipment and ensure all tools and materials needed are on hand to ensure continuous production

Minimum Qualification
4+ years of experience in a hands-on digital fabrication, experience in a prototyping environment and an interest for making things
Formal education in a discipline relevant to the field: engineering, science, product design, or manufacturing, or equivalent work experience
Extensive, hands on experience with commercial-grade 3D printing equipment. (Stratasys, 3D Systems, HP, Carbon 3D, etc.)
Proficiency with at least two 3D printing software packages, plus mechanical CAD
Communication skills

Preferred Qualification
Technical background in materials science of polymers
Experience with latticing, topology optimization, generative design, and computational design. (Grasshopper, Dynamo, nTopology, Fusion 360)
Experience with soft goods (sewing, heat press, lamination, wrapping)
Experience designing and manufacturing of 3D printed tools (atmospheric casting or injection molding)
Experienced in Materialise Magics and Adobe illustrator
Experienced in DFAM for mass production

Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at accommodations-ext@fb.com.

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