Process Technician



Livonia, MI, USA
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2024

Shapeways’ digital manufacturing platform offers customers access to high-quality manufacturing from start to finish through automation, innovation, and digitization. The company’s purpose-built software, a wide selection of materials and technologies, and global supply chain lower manufacturing barriers and speed delivery of quality products. Shapeways’ digital manufacturing services have empowered more than one million customers worldwide to produce more than 21 million parts using 11 different technologies and 90 different materials and finishes.

Shapeways has ISO 9001-certified manufacturing facilities in Livonia and Charlotte, Michigan, as well as in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Shapeways is listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol SHPW.

Why is the Process Technician role important to us?

Shapeways is looking for a Process Technician to bring a mix of artistic craftsmanship and technical process expertise to our production facility in Livonia. This role is pivotal in bridging the gap between the art of body paint and the science of 3D printing, ensuring that each custom product not only meets but exceeds our high-quality standards.

The Process Technician will be responsible for the end-to-end execution of our 3D printing manufacturing process, transforming virtual models into tangible, high-quality products. This role requires a blend of technical skills and creative finesse, particularly in prepping and painting finished 3D-printed items.

In this role, you will:

  • Collaborate with Supply Chain to optimize production schedules, balancing customer lead times and costs.
  • Evaluate the printability of customer models considering material specifications.
  • Schedule and operate 3D printers for maximum efficiency and output.
  • Manage materials inventory and prepare the print substrate for production runs.
  • Lead post-production processes, ensuring timely and high-quality completion and shipment.
  • Perform rigorous quality control checks on both products and equipment.
  • Drive process improvements and automation to scale our manufacturing capabilities.
  • Maintain 3D printing equipment, minimizing downtime and developing preventative maintenance practices.
  • Offer cross-departmental operational support and contribute to post-processing tasks using basic shop tools.
  • Prepare various parts for the painting process, applying auto body prepping and painting skills.

You might be a good fit if you have/are:

  • A vocational degree or Bachelor's in a technical or operations field.
  • Experience with basic shop tools and equipment, particularly in auto body prepping and painting.
  • Knowledge of 3D/design software is preferred.
  • 1-3 years of experience in a 3D printing environment is preferred.
  • An understanding of KPI-driven performance and prioritization based on delivery requirements.
  • A proactive approach to daily tasks with a strong sense of ownership within a team environment.
  • Mechanical aptitude with the ability to understand and operate industrial 3D printers.
  • The capacity to address broader supply chain and production challenges.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and hands-on problem-solving capabilities.

Your Unique Skills and Experiences Matter!

We understand that our list of desired attributes and skills may only capture some of the unique qualities and talents you bring to the table. Research has shown that this is especially true for women and other marginalized groups, who tend to hesitate unless they meet every single requirement. We encourage you to take a chance and apply, as we believe there's much more to you than what's on paper. Don't be afraid to show us what you've got – we're excited to discover the exceptional qualities you bring to our team!

Why join our team?

At Shapeways, we believe in living our core values every day, which are the driving force behind our success. One Team, Innovate, Think Critically, Drive Results, Be Passionate.

Join us at Shapeways and become part of a team that values collaboration, innovation, critical thinking, results, and passion. Let's embark on an exciting journey together and make a lasting impact in our industry.

Benefits and Perks include:

  • Healthcare that fits your needs - We offer excellent medical, dental, and vision plan options that provide coverage to employees and dependents. Our suite of options ranges from 100% employee-only medical premium coverage to extremely reduced premiums for dependent coverage to an enhanced buy-up plan for those with more extensive needs. We also have competitive pricing plans for dental and vision!
  • Ownership - Every Shapeways employee will be granted equity in the company
  • 401(k) with Employer Match - Join the team and we will immediately invest in your future
  • Parental Leave - Robust paid time off for new parents; both primary and secondary leave
  • Generous Paid Time Off - Accrued PTO starting on day one, plus additional days off when you’re not feeling well, to observe holidays, or just to destress.
  • Wellness - We care about your well-being. From Commuter Benefits to FSA’s to a platform to promote financial well-being to gym reimbursement to standing desks to a partnership with One Medical...we’ve got you covered
  • Learning & Development - Through continued education/mentorship on the job and our investment in LinkedIn Learning, we’re focused on your growth as a working professional
  • Credit and Discount - Each quarter, employees will earn a $100 credit in their Shapeways account - that’s $400 a year! This balance may be used in conjunction with the 20% employee discount toward purchasing items from our marketplace