David Sharps

Designer + Maker

Oakland, CA, USA

Work Experience

Next Thing Co

Maker 001/ Shop manager

-Hand made over 250 hackable digital cameras in 2 months
-Designed and built props and models for MakerFaire and other media outlets
-Managed our workshop which housed an industrial laser cutter and Haas CNC among an array of basic shop tools
May 2013 - August 2013 Illinois, United States

The Crucible

Blacksmithing intern

-Utilized 3d printing to produce cast blacksmithing dies.
-Maintained and updated shop equipment.
-Prepared stock for blacksmithing classes.
-Designed and forged various pieces.
August 2014 - November 2014 Oakland, California, United States


Retail Operator

-Operated the highest selling location in the country
-Educated public on various aspects of 3d printing
-Aided customers in determining which printer fit their needs.
-Maintained display 3d printers.
June 2014 - January 2015 Palo Alto, California, United States

Innovation Factory Chicago

Industrial designer

-Worked with clients through the design development process.
-Designed MSN News featured puzzle cube, patent pending.
-Designed innovative commercial kitchenware storage solution, patent pending.
-Conceptualized new eyeglass frame design with local entrepreneur to bring to market.
May 2013 - August 2013 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Specimen Products


-Interned directly under noted designer Ian Schneller
-Created iconic speakers seen in publications such as Wired.com and Chicago Reader.
-Mentored new employees in unique manufacturing processes used at specimen
June 2012 - August 2012 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Genter Fabrication

Assistant metal designer

-Interned directly under noted designer Chris Gentner
-Created high end furniture featured in Architectural Digest,Design Bureau.
May 2011 - August 2011 Chicago, Illinois, United States


School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago (SAIC)


Present Illinois, United States


Metalworking, 3D Printing, CNC Milling, Illistrator, Laser Cutting, Modelmaking, Prototyping, Solidworks, Woodworking,