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3D Print Technician

Company: Walla Walla Foundry, Inc.
Location: Walla Walla
Posted on: June 23, 2022

Job Description:

ABOUT THE WALLA WALLA FOUNDRYThe Walla Walla Foundry is one of the largest sculpture fabricators in the world. Originally founded in 1981 as a bronze casting foundry, it now employs over 100 people and produces work in a range of materials and through multiple processes. The foundry casts in various alloys, including bronze, copper, brass and stainless steel. It also produces work in wood, resin, glass and wax. It houses an advanced technological infrastructure encompassing a digital design and modeling department, three high resolution five axis CNC machines, 3D Printing, 3D scanning, and high precision water jet cutting services.
ABOUT THE JOBThe Walla Walla Foundry seeks a 3D Print Technician to join our team! As a part of the 3D Print Department, this position will divide time between two main tasks- 3D printer operation and 3D print tooling. This position is also a great entry level role for someone interested in gaining or growing digital modeling exposure and skills. Position is onsite, at Walla Walla Foundry. This is a full-time hourly/non-exempt position. This position works regular Foundry hours, 7am-3:30 pm Monday through Friday. Occasional weekend or overtime work too, as project deadlines require.

3D Printer Operation

  • Assist in the operation of two VoxelJet VX1000 printers.
  • Troubleshoot issues with printer
  • Perform regular maintenance of cleaning of machine and parts replacement
  • Troubleshoot printer issues as needed; could include reading complex instruction manuals and/or consulting with Foundry employees and VoxelJet reps
  • Virtual monitoring of printer operations evenings and weekends, as needed/assigned
  • Break out 3D printed parts from box, wearing required PPE (respirator, nitrile gloves, safety glasses etc.)

    Tooling of 3D parts

    • Stabilize/ fortify larger 3D prints by adding braces
    • Using sandpaper, sand printed parts to remove subtle striping and inconsistencies in the digital print
    • Complete additional print work if needed, such as; adding braces to fortify larger prints and/or gluing two smaller prints together
    • Dip sanded prints into room temperature wax
    • Quality control of parts and identify parts that need attention or reprint

      Other duties

      • Utilize basic understanding of digital modeling to reference work in process
      • Update status of 3D Parts in Parts Tracking, an online tracking program
      • Track 3D printer supply inventory and place orders as needed
      • Provide accurate time estimates and expertly juggle multiple priorities to complete work, with acute attention to production benchmarks and deadlines
      • Actively troubleshoot and solve problems, research solutions and ask for input when necessary
      • Approach work with a safety mindset and follow established Foundry Safety protocols and procedures; maintain work area and equipment in a clean and orderly condition
      • Maintain Focus on uptime, optimizing workflow and reducing delays in production
      • Flex between operator role in 3D Print department and/or other departments as needed to create production efficiency.
      • Other duties as assigned

        • High school graduate, or equivalent. Additional schooling such as AA or technical school certificate or other trade school a plus
        • Minimum 1-year work experience; prior manufacturing or industrial experience a plus
        • Strong mechanical aptitude and developing troubleshooting skills
        • Established comfort level with technology and ability to learn new programs quickly; exposure and/or basic proficiency in Rhino and/or Materialise Magics desired
        • Passion and drive to stay up to date with the latest technology and new techniques
        • Must be detail-oriented to ensure precision of parts
        • Must be organized and a self-starter
        • Must be able to read, write, and communicate in English; read and comprehend printer instruction manuals; follow detailed written procedures and work instructions as well as record and review data; clearly document your work, and collaborate with fellow workers and managers
        • Must thrive in fast-paced, dynamic team environment

          Frequent standing, walking, twisting, climbing stairs, lifting and/or moving (up to 25 lbs occasionally and up to 50 lbs infrequently). Frequent grasping and fine manipulation of hands. Environment is industrial and can be dirty, dusty, and noisy. PPE required and worn frequently include ear protection, face masks/shields, safety glasses, respirator (clean-shave required for proper seal) and sturdy work boots.

          WAGES AND BENEFITSWalla Walla Foundry benefits include a generous health/dental/vision care package (health insurance paid 100% by the Foundry for employees, 50% for dependents), 401(k) Plan with employer retirement match, company paid Long-Term Disability Plan and Life Insurance plan(s) and paid time off (vacation and sick leave) benefits. Starting Wage: $16-20/hour, depending on experience.

          HOW TO APPLY
          Please complete the application online. Resume and a letter of introduction (cover letter) encouraged.

          Walla Walla Foundry requires a post-offer drug test (screen includes THC) and background check.

          The Walla Walla Foundry is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, citizenship, sex, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, political ideology, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.PI182649572

Keywords: Walla Walla Foundry, Inc., Spokane , 3D Print Technician, Professions , Walla Walla, Washington

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