Design Model Maker

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Summary

As a Model Maker within the multidisciplinary Concept Design Team, you will employ your expertise in problem solving and model making to accelerate product development across Facebook's hardware organization. You will collaborate with teams within Hardware Engineering, Research and Development, and Industrial Design. These projects cover a wide variety of technical challenges unique to Facebook's hardware portfolio, including Oculus, Portal, and beyond. As the next stage of consumer hardware moves closer to the body, rapid soft element exploration has become exponentially more vital in creating human first technologies. This role requires expertise in molding and casting for use in prototype hardware informing early design decisions. Knowledge of silicone, polyurethanes, additive manufacturing and novel fabrication processes will be crucial in creating fast prototypes in all shapes and sizes. You will work throughout the hardware lifecycle with a particular focus on concept ideation and early-to-mid stage development. You must be able to work with minimal guidance, demonstrate a high attention to detail, be partnership-oriented and possess strong problem-solving skills. You must be a self-starter, well-organized and have excellent communication skills. Our team is constantly growing and you will be relied upon to help define team direction and be motivated to improve the effectiveness of our tools and processes from each project to the next.

Required Skills

  • Collaborate with Industrial Design, Engineering and Research teams to identify and solve complex design and UX challenges, employing creative soft element applications and fabrication skills
  • You will partner with the Casting and Mold leads in creating and running 3D printed and traditional molds and casting a variety of silicones, resins and foams
  • Be curious, try new materials and develop new methods and explore new and novel ways to reach the goal
  • Responsible for executing core model making disciplines including high quality finishing, part preparation, scratch building, color mixing and applying a strong material knowledge
  • Responsible for finishing plastics and metals in finishes ranging from high polish to fine matte texture
  • Will be responsible to run multiple projects concurrently, running continuous part outputs to inform fast iterative design cycles
  • Leverage both internal and external manufacturing resources to produce deliverables to an appropriate level of fidelity
  • Design and finish cast prototypes to rigorous cosmetic/aesthetic requirements
  • Ability to execute multiple streams of work simultaneously and independently balance and prioritize project workload to ensure success against timeline constraints
  • Follows safety directives and best safety practices and techniques within the lab


Minimum Qualification

  • 3+ years of product model making or equivalent experience
  • Extensive experience with urethanes and silicones and the processes involved to mix, de-gas cast and cure with material understanding and a history of applying chemicals safely
  • Hands-on experience and knowledge of prototype development processes, including: rapid prototyping, 3D printing, CNC machining, molding, casting, electrical prototyping
  • Organized and experience helping to establish robust operational systems, inventory management and work effectively within a lab environment
  • Experience detailing, deadline driven, familiar with working in a team environment, and have interpersonal skills
  • Experience working in a dynamic and creative environment and is motivated to explore and bring new ideas to life. Experience working in a partnership with core members of the team
  • Experience working closely with and understanding technical requirements of how to prototype and assemble hardware


Preferred Qualification

  • Bachelor in Fine arts, Engineering, Design, Materials or relevant equivalent
  • 5+ years of end-to-end integrated product development experience, including early-stage conceptual design, detailed design for manufacturing and assembly, late-stage mass production experience, overseas manufacturing and assembly
  • Understanding of Facebook products and technologies
  • Experience in NX CAD modeling system, and Teamcenter PDM/CAD experience (NX, SolidWorks, Fusion 360, Rhino, Materialise Magics, GrabCAD Print, 3D Sprint, mold flow simulation), including design of complex molding solutions
  • Silicone seaming/painting experience
  • Extensive adhesives knowledge
  • Direct experience Injection molding/CNC mold construction
  • Experience Manufacturing tooling, jigs and fixtures
  • Armature experience (Soldering, CNC, Wire, Ball and Socket)
  • High quality paint/finishing experience (3D prints, priming, powder coatings, precision parts)


EOE

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.