I’m a mechanical engineer who likes to design and build things that work.
I've always been interested in building things. When I was a kid, LEGO's, K'Nex, and other modular construction toys were always close at hand. This love for hardware eventually led me to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
After college, I got a mechanical engineering job at a company called IXV Labs that made a suite of products for a solar microinverter system. While at IXV, I had the unique opportunity to design the complete set of mechanics for three separate products. I then got to take these designs and shepherd them through the manufacturing process. This was a difficult, but ultimately rewarding learning process as I was able to see my designs evolve from renderings in SolidWorks to actual hardware I could hold in my hand.
I am now currently working for Abaco Systems in Huntsville, AL. I design enclosures and systems for computers that go into military and commercial aircraft and ground systems. It's a very hand-on position where I get to interface with many different portions of the business. I am always striving to make our design process more efficient and build products of which I am proud.
In addition to work, I also actively tinker to see what crazy stuff I can make. To fabricate my after-hour designs, I currently own a TAZ 5 3D Printer, a custom built 2.5W laser cutter, a LTP5000D plasma cutter, a Hobart 140A MIG welder, an angle grinder, an extensive set of hand tools, and a monstrous custom-built PC. My latest project is a 4 ft. by 4 ft. CNC plasma cutter that is beginning to take shape in my garage. It's taken a long time (and a lot of learning) to get to this point, but I can see the finish line on the horizon! More updates to come...