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Expert in Industrial Design for optical systems

Expert ID: 735217 Texas, USA

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I have been designing rifle sights, Infra-Red cameras, and various other products for the last 30 years. I've designed a number of mechanisms that have been tested and used regularly in production and in combat. I was able to do some industrial design on one project that (I believe) won us the project. See resume for complete details. I'll be happy to discuss any project you have in mind. I wrote an article about 'packaging optical systems' that was published in the April 2010 issue of Design2Part magazine. I consider my job to integrate the electrical, optical, and mechanical aspects of a system to meet the specified design requirements, and to consult with everyone with design responsibility for the design to incorporate all concerns. I like to be familiar with people on the production floor, since they will end up knowing more about the design than a lot of other people ever will.

I am writing the lead article on Design Engineering for each issue (4 quarterly issues) of Design2Part magazine.

I try to design things for attractiveness and functionality, but the defense industry is far more interested in function.

Have designed numerous sheet metal enclosures and products. I have also designed the tooling and fixtures necessary to produce my designs. I work well with production people. When I get the opportunity, I try to design things for attractiveness as well as functionality.

Experienced user of GD&T. Occasionally use FEA. Good at managing bills of material and documentation. Experienced user of Excel and enjoy mathematical analysis. Work well as a team member. Work well with optical designers and EE's. Considerable experience with molded and machined parts. Significant experience with sheet metal, weldments and structural steel shapes. Excellent presentation skills.

I can make a very good presentation of a design for a design review.

Very good at organizing information into usable sets and developing algorithms to deal with it.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1996 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Administration Institution: LeTourneau University
Year: 1974 Degree: BFA Subject: Industrial Design Institution: Carnegie-Mellon University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to 2019 Employer: Self-employed Title: Designer/Owner Department: Design Responsibilities: • Designed tooling for tube forming used in big truck emissions for Dinex Emission
• Designed four sheet metal speed ovens for Jetsweep Solutions LLC
• Designed fixtures and tools for manufacturing tubing assemblies (Automotive industry)
• CAD Administrator for five seats of Solidworks
• Designed handheld Night Vison device for observation and weapon fire
• Designed digital camera with video output to Smartphone
• Designed Thermal Weapon Sight for hog hunting
• Designed clip-on wireless transmission device for hunters
• Designed clip-on eyeglass light
• Designed image-intensified camera
• Developed underlying structure and intelligence of website for entertainers (Talentprovider.com) currently online
• Developed business plan for Talentprovider.com
• Developed algorithm for Talentprovider.com (currently being patented)
• Designed commercial pour spout with internal flow meter for beverage industry
• Developed formal documentation for complex electro-optical device used in currency authentication, including GD&T, tolerance analyses. Checked entire documentation package.
• Designed extremely small objective lens assembly for a military application.
• Designed test fixtures for various military night vision devices.
• Developed organically-shaped Infrared night vision goggle in Solidworks without previous experience in Solidworks (see at www.sauterindustrialdesign.com).
• Designed molded part and assembly for commercial HVAC controller (Zipset).
• Developed PCB designs for various products.
• Worked directly with Electrical Engineer/PCB layout designers on numerous projects.
• Designed sheet metal enclosure for a tabletop electronic device.
• Helped customers develop product ideas into patentable form.

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