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Additive Shop Supervisor at the Technology Center San Francisco


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At the Autodesk Technology Centers, we collaborate with industry, academic, and entrepreneurial communities to speculate, validate, and test ideas about the future of design and making, inform our product and business strategy, and make stories that inspire our community.As part of Autodesk Research, the Technical Environments team leverages expertise, experience, and relationships to strategically lead equipment acquisition, facility development, and technical resources. This team manages the North American Technology Centers, their IoT infrastructure, and a network of facilities to provide additional fabrication capabilities and design-and-make workflows to Autodesk. Technical Environments fosters connections with manufacturers, internal teams, and our customers, providing access to state-of-the-art equipment to positively impact Autodesk Research, its workshop spaces, and company-wide product teams.

We strategically advise teams looking to establish or expand Autodesk’s make capabilities. Through this active engagement, we evaluate feasibility, compare existing capabilities, and develop external relationships. This also incorporates an equipment strategy that considers facility infrastructure, safety, commissioning, training, operation, and maintenance. By leveraging our team’s expertise and experience, we positively impact high-priority projects by providing engineering and design feedback, fabrication process validation/improvement, and a research and demonstration platform for data-enabled workflows.

The San Francisco Technology Center is a 35,000-sq./ft. workshop and office space located on the Embarcadero waterfront, a few blocks from Autodesk’s San Francisco headquarters and gallery at One Market. This space hosts the San Francisco community of Autodesk’s Outsight Network. The Outsight Network is a global community of external industry, academia, and startup resident teams focused on exploring the future of design and make technologies. It is also the San Francisco home for advanced research teams from our Platform Services and Emerging Technologies Organization.

Our Workshop Team at the Technology Center in San Francisco consists of 5 Shop Supervisors who maintain equipment and lead activities in our CNC, Wood, Metal, Robotics, Electronics and Additive Shops and report to the Workshop Manager. We are seeking an individual to supervise our additive manufacturing workshop, its users, and their projects. This is a multifaceted position that requires the person to be strong in core additive skills and versed in multiple fabrication disciplines.


Project Assistance + Facilitating Users:

  • Facilitate empowering experiences for new users, skilled research scientists, sales teams, engineers, customers, affiliated partners, and stakeholders throughout the company
  • Assist users with machine operation, CAM programming, job planning, material selection and procurement on a per-project basis
  • Troubleshoot user projects from design to part setup to machine operation to help push the boundaries of what is possible
  • Manage ongoing communication and prioritization of 3DP machine scheduling
  • Assist with skill development path for individual workshop users to approach complex machinery and reach their project goals
  • To conceive self-directed projects that help utilize the full capabilities of the TCSF facility

3D Additive Shop Management:

  • Oversee daily operations within the 3D print shop, including basic machine maintenance and operation, post-processing and software updates, resource and education development for users, and all supply purchasing and stocking
  • Capable of teaching workshop classes on advanced 3D printing machine operation which includes platforms like the Objet Connex 500, Fortus 450, Formlabs Form 2&3, Ultimakers, Markforged, BigRep, Desktop Metal Studio, Desktop Metal Fiber, and additional equipment as added
  • Demonstrate experience with machine operation, printing strategies, and clear pedagogical approach to successfully operate manufacturing equipment
  • Mentor instructors, teaching technical skills, clear communication, team building, community support, and project advice
  • Provide engineering expertise and consultation on high-level manufacturing projects
  • Demonstrates clear and respectful communication skills when responding to unexpected situations
  • Capable of communicating with a spectrum of tour groups from high school students to executives to elected officials
  • Researches and shares emerging additive technologies to ensure we are providing access to the latest capabilities in the industry

Machine + Tooling Maintenance:

  • Oversee sophisticated product management systems, including database management, preventative maintenance management, project loading/unloading, labeling, repairing, and accounting for all materials
  • Brings proactive, problem-solving strategies to improving existing processes and systems
  • Improve workshop processes for all shop users
  • Maintain onsite supplies, equipment replacements, and is responsible for managing ongoing upgrades for machines
  • Be fluent in organization and resource management, update processes and protocols as needed, develop solid models, and troubleshoot software as needed
  • Develop relationships with vendors, manufacturers, and techs to maintain machine functions, upgrades, and industry connections
  • Manage periodic maintenance calendar and schedule technician visits as needed
  • Hazardous material handling such as material swaps and waste removal
  • Demonstrates strong shop organizational skills, proactively keeping workspaces, floors, and storage areas clear and organized

Minimum Qualifications

  • Positive and strong communication skills
  • Clear and frequent communication with shop staff, shop management, workshop visitors, vendors, contractors, and shop users – in person, over the phone, and via email
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and workshop users at once
  • Ability to be adaptable and flexible in an ever-changing environment
  • Strong organizational skills and consistent accountability
  • Demonstrated background skillset in engineering, design, and 3DP operation
  • Skilled in 3D Design, 3D job setup & strategies, mesh repair, and experience with workflows moving between different design softwares
  • Excellent teaching capabilities and patience with new learners
  • Ability to continually improve curriculum and resources for machine learners
  • Good team builder
  • Experience managing workshop supplies and budget
  • Ability to support and advance a safe working environment
  • Personality, enthusiasm, and a creative drive
  • Experienced with learning about new technologies and methods of fabrication and manufacturing
  • Passion to continuously upskill and become an expert in emerging advanced manufacturing technologies.
  • Interest in learning what you don’t know, sharing what you do know, and building an empowering workshop space


  • Stratasys Fortus 450mc Printers
  • Stratasys Objet Printers
  • Big Rep Studio Printer
  • Desktop Metal Studio System
  • Desktop Metal Fiber Printer
  • Ultimaker Printers
  • Markforged Printers
  • Formlabs Form 2 & 3 Printers
  • Epilog Fusion Pro and Legend Laser Cutters
  • Roland Vinyl Printer


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