Design x Mechanical Engineering x Fabrication
A portfolio of prototyping & design
CNC watch DESIGN & build
Designed around a precise Swiss movement for CNC machining using custom-machined fixtures for rapid off-axis milling.
Flatpack, hand-carved, cnc-milled
Built by CNC using 3D-scanned hand-carved geometry, aluminum brackets for repeatable assembly, and waterjet-cut flanges to support the cantilevered design.
36-hour product design sprint
Six lamps made in one week from concept to completion, balancing beauty with minimal machining and workholding complexity.
user research, product design, mechanical engineering
Sennheiser Innovation works on future concept prototypes for headphones, professional microphone arrays, and new concepts for AR/VR. In a small team, I design mechanical assemblies for prototypes, which I contract out or personally fabricate by CNC. As User Centered Design Lead, I guide teams in ethnographic user research to generate insights for new product concepts, including for two products currently under development.
(Project details are still in stealth or under development and cannot be displayed publicly).
3D Scanning, 5-axis CNC milling, industrial design
By using 3D scanning to capture the live edge of a slab of wood, the entire piece can be almost completely used in a piece of furniture, virtually eliminating the waste needed to mill square boards for traditional furniture building by using 5-axis CNC milling to create glue joint along the complex organic geometry of the tree.
Mechanical Design, Design for Manufacture
Taking hand-carved geometry from Sylvan Ray designer Matthew Sellens through my original 3D scanning workflow in order to create CAD parts, joint and toolpaths for CNC milling the first prototype on custom fixtures. Additionally, offering critical technical perspective during design, and serving as a key interface with the production team at Munson Joinery in Oakland.
Design Co-Lead, rapid prototyping, manual & CNC Machining
This bicycle lock becomes a flexible bike storage solution for hanging on shelves with a simple internal joint. Prototypes were produced in a small batch with CNC and manual machining for Maker Faire to show off an original concept created after a user centered design process in a team of five.
industrial design, wood lamination, prototyping
This design was recognized with multiple awards by Red Dot and the IDA for its innovative use of materials, which was the result of a months-long exploration of the constraints of vacuum-forming plywood veneers. The solution was a response to the challenge of creating a dynamic sense of volume from a 2D material that cannot make compound bends.
Industrial Design, Arduino, electronic design, rapid prototyping
This lamp was created around the concept of focus, using a micro-controller and photoresistor to create a simple means of automatic brightness control based on ambient light to preserve concentration.
Precision metrology, TIG welding, brazing, Manual MIll Mitering
This is a small set of hand-produced steel bicycles I’ve made for fun using all manner of joining techniques, including silver-brazed lugs, brass-brazed fillets, and TIG welding, uniting my passion for building beautiful and precise machines with my love of bicycles. This experience culminated teaching and co-teaching classes at CCA and Stanford in bicycle frame building.
CNC milling & Turning, sand casting, wood turning
Utility is a sculpture that explores the meaning of making by using progressively intensive manufacturing techniques (hand-carving, sand-casting, and CNC machining) to question the value of our ever advancing capabilities and the cultural notions of progress and improvement.
This sculptural gathering space and fire pit is permanently installed outside of the graduate design studios at studios at Stanford University, designed and constructed during the span of one week. Flare uses over one ton of concrete, multiple hundreds of welded joints, and stands over 10ft high.
industrial design, sand casting, woodworking
This desk organizer was designed to hold the basic tools for design. Patterns were made by hand for sand-casting for each size of drawer - an excellent, hands-on insight into the constraints of industrial casting processes.