I started founded Indiana Prototyping during the late nights of April 2016. I was working as the closing manager at the local Chick-fil-A to pay my way through college. It wasn't a bad job, but I wanted a job where my skills as an engineer and craftsman could be used. I took the risk of starting my own business, every night I would come home from my day job, and work until 2 or 3 am on Indiana Prototyping. We are currently far from being a large business, but it has definitely been worth it. I love this job because I get to work with people like you, who have spent the same late nights working on your product.
I am almost done with my BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University. Before Purdue I started making things as soon as I was old enough to start "borrowing" my dad's tools. I started off just working with wood, but fairly quickly started adding other skills. Most of my current skills come from a foundation built from just playing around when I was younger. College just made me better at the skills I already had, I learned CAD, I learned how to run a CNC, I learned about tolerances and dimensioning, and most importantly I learned the design process.
I have big goals for Indiana Prototyping. I want to grow, and I want to add capabilities. I look forward to the day where I have enough business that I can start hiring engineers to share the load. I'm currently looking into launching some products to help pay the bills, and to diversify the business.
I have been interested in technology and specifically design since high school. The origin of the design of every day things fascinates me. Good design, bad design, I began to wonder where it came from, how it came to be where it was. Who were the people who designed the things that I use every day? I love the idea that somewhere along the line everything had to be intentionally made. Since then I have been gaining the critical and creative thinking skills necessary for good design.
I am currently in Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) at Indianapolis University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) which has allowed me to explore many different areas of design. CGT has given me experience with graphic design, coding, 2D and 3D animation, and has encouraging me to always keep honing my skills. I am constantly attempting to learn more. It’s crucial to not lose the mindset of a student. I do this mainly by veraciously reading about the graphic design and tech industries as a whole. Reading is a good practice to keep up with where the industry is at and to gather an idea of where we’re going.