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INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER

Adams

Benjamin 

"Mans mind, stretched to new ideas,
        never goes back to its
              original dimensions."

 -Oliver Windell Holmes
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Benjamin Adams

Industrial Designer

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I am a designer that is based in Fort Collins, CO, where I currently work for Xylem Design building custom furnishings and displays. My previous experience was with Lazar Industries as a frame engineer and estimator. My work and experience has brought me in front of many large clients such as Sony Entertainment, Apple, Microsoft, and even Toyota. 

Outside of my experience in design and fabrication I was exposed to many manufacturing processes and Industry leaders such as Ritsuo Shingo (President of Toyota China), and Paul Akers (Author of "2 Second Lean"). Through their teachings of Lean and TPS (Toyota production system) I created new processes that saved Xylem 1000's of hours of labor every year and decreased wasteful inventory.

My Education started at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro studying Interior Architecture with a focus on furniture design. I worked on a number of community projects including "My sister House" which was a housing project for single teenage mothers and their children, as well as a new salvation army store focused on renewing its image with a modern take on thrift retail.

 

 After more than 10 years of experience in the industry I continue to find new and interesting problems to solve. With this in mind, I am always on the look out for the next challenging opportunity that will further my knowledge in the field of manufacturering and design.

PROFESSIONAL 
PORTFOLIO

SKILL SET

MY KNOWLEDGE LEVEL IN SOFTWARE

CNC ROUTER

95%

TRELLO

95%

MS WORD

75%

MS EXCEL

85%

AUTOCAD 2D/3D

95%

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FUSION 360

30%

PHOTOSHOP

75%

ILLUSTRATOR

SKETCHUP

75%

75%

VCARVE

95%

JAVASCRIPT

85%

HTML & CSS

80%

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03 Experience

2012

Design Intern @

The Phillips Collection

Advertise new product placement (i.e. Seatbelt chair in Hunger games)

Photograph new pieces for the website

Create Vignettes for the catalogue including setup and arrangements of the new product lines

Participate in large scale photo shoot with Diana Parish photography studios and help setup interior shots for catalogue

Using Illustrator to create line drawings of products and renderings 

Edit catalogue and website photos in photoshop

Assist in showroom setup and sale during furniture market in High Point, NC

Develop learning packet for future interns and students of UNCG

2012-2014

CAD Designer/Product Development @

Lazar Industries

Developed CAD patterns for Multicam CNC router on Autocad and programmed patterns for production with Plataine's optimization software and Enroute.

Assisted designers in structural development of frames

Developed and tested models of alternate design and processing methods to assess feasibility, operated condition effects, and possible new applications.

Worked with product planners to conceptualize and refine product concepts

Promoted and implemented process improvements company-wide

Setup a Bill of materials for each product and style line in production providing materials, labor, and overhead calculations for final product costs.

Drafted custom pieces for commercial and residential applications following strict guidelines, codes, and specifications

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2015-Present

Designer/ Estimator/CNC @ 

Xylem Design

Provide sales with detailed drawings, renderings, price breakdowns and lead times for all custom projects. 

Providing personalized design services and consultation. Some clients and projects include:

  • SONY CES 2020 – Fabricated custom displays and furnishings for their audio/visual booth 

  • UGG’s/Decker’s – Built custom neon acrylic displays for retail stores nationwide

  • Heineken @ US Open 2018 – Designed, built and installed a large modular wall fixture to promote Heineken.

  • Overkill Computers – Designed and built adjustable height gaming desk with built-in computer chassis, cable storage, and hot swap bays.

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Manage projects and support production with technical drawing, cut list optimizing, CNC programming, Custom fabrication, and Electrical wiring

Improve manufacturing processes based on TPS [Toyota production system] principles. Further education on process standardizations and new technologies available to increase the quality of the design/production process and reduce waste and turn backs. Improvements made:

  • Developed parametric CAD designs to standardize products and automate CNC programming.

  • Reduced CNC Process times by more than 90%, which increased quality and reduced turn backs.

  • Created a searchable database for all material, products, and supplies that automatically updated during purchasing. Saved estimators up to 100 hours a year and increased estimate accuracy

EXPERIENCEO
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