Rob Dahm

Industrial Designer

Los Angeles, CA, USA
I am a multidisciplinary designer with a history in industrial, graphic, and experience design. I have spent the past 5 years working in the consumer goods industry with a recent focus on higher-end product design and development, as well as some continued time working in sporting goods, soft goods, and UX.

I am currently working as a consultant designer on a variety of projects, and am most often used for creative sketching, design thinking, human factors design, 3D modeling and prototyping.

I live in the LA area and am always looking to meet new designers, colleagues, and get involved in new and interesting projects. Please get in touch to discuss any capacity of work from consulting to full-time to artistic collaborations.

Work Experience

Wessco

Industrial Design Consultant

Flatware, glassware & chinaware design, 3D modeling, rendering & 3D printing.
June 2015 - Present Los Angeles, California, United States

McDonald's

Concept Designer

Vehicle & retail concept design, modeling and rendering.
April 2015 - June 2015 Los Angeles, California, United States

Kara Acquisitions

Industrial Design Consultant

Consumer goods design and engineering, packaging dielines and graphics.
February 2015 - November 2015 Los Angeles, California, United States

Babychanger LLC

Industrial Design Consultant

Lead a team on concept-to-market design work for a consumer goods product in family health/electronics.
June 2014 - December 2014 California, United States

Catalano Design

Contract Industrial Designer

Sketching, research, Solidworks refinement and prototyping on a confidential range of products in the consumer goods and electronics category, as well as work done on POP displays and kitchenwares.
November 2013 - March 2014 Boston, Massachusetts, United States

New Balance

Contract Advanced Products CAD Designer

Work done on current to-market products as well as innovation/advanced products design & modeling. Working heavily in Rhino and Grasshopper but also in the Adobe Suite . Also, a variety of projects which have required hand models or rapid prototyped parts, presentations, illustration & design thinking.
May 2013 - November 2013 Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States

G-Form

Contract Industrial Designer

Designing for development (research, sketching, tech packs and pre engineering) on a line of confidential products.
February 2013 - May 2013 Rhode Island, United States

Rob Dahm Design

Industrial Designer

Offers services from design consultation to sketching, illustrations, drafting, prototyping and 3D modeling. Worked on a variety of projects for clients including soft goods, special effects prosthetics, industrial tooling, machine design, photography and action sports accessories.
Clients include: Zen Longboards, LLC., Soda Factory, Inc., Bonanzy, Inc., other freelance/solo workers, and a list of individual clients and startups who have wanted a one-off solution for their needs.
June 2009 - June 2013 Boston Area, Massachusetts, United States

Spark Design LLC

Contract Industrial Designer

Working on a variety of confidential projects in a full service capacity.
September 2012 - October 2012 Connecticut, United States

Soda Factory Skateboards

Project Manager & Industrial Design Engineer

Developed new board shapes and designs based on market need and success of previous projects. Currently working with others in the company to start a line of soft goods and non-core gear under the company name. In charge of a new initiative to move the company into social media platforms as well as a website that fits our needs.
Built, wired and programmed a second, 2' x 6' bed, 6HP 3-axis CNC for the shop. Continued with development of new composite techniques for use in high-end racing applications along with new techniques for business management. Helping the company streamline operations from a manufacturing standpoint as well as that of the business overall. Working on new product releases in cooperation with other Soda Factory employees and Team Riders, and currently in charge of managing a new set of product launches to coincide with the company's anniversary.
Worked on composites research and testing for the company’s high-end/exotic line of longboards. Developed techniques for new composite finishes and uses.
Built, wired, and programmed a new 5kw 4-motor 3-axis CNC for the factory, including VFD programming. Project was started in order to allow for new production methods as well as finer results in current production and increased output.
October 2011 - March 2013 Bristol, Rhode Island, United States

Hasbro

Modelmaking Intern

Helped build custom toys and prototypes, assisted painters, fabricated custom small parts and mechanisms when needed. Regularly had to integrate with other departments and collaborate to produce results.

Modelmaking work included assembly, disassembly, sizing decals to toys & applying them, prep for photo shoots, ads, and commercials.

Worked with a team to design a playset for children 3-5, and built a fully working scale model as a final presentation to lead designers and company heads.
August 2010 - December 2010 Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States

Soda Factory Skateboards

Industrial Designer & Industrial Engineer (Co-op)

In charge of 3D mold modeling, 2D board design, promotion, materials and process R&D. Helped redesign four unique boards and helped create and release two all-new production boards (Lambchop and Doubletap).
Built & Programmed 3-axis CNC, put in charge of running it and trained the staff to run it as part of an initiative to streamline the company’s production methods. Worked to reorganize company procedure for better and faster results and thus more production.
January 2010 - June 2010 Bristol, Rhode Island, United States

Education

SUNY Stony Brook

Electrical Engineering

September 2005 - May 2007 Stony Brook, New York, United States

University Of California - San Diego

Interaction Design Specialization/Graduate Certificate

June 2015 - May 2016

Wentworth Institute Of Technology

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

September 2007 - August 2011 Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Languages

English (Native),
French (Conversational),

Awards

Silverfish Longboarding

Review & Mention on the Clutch Lambchop

201110

Skills

Concept Development, Design Research, Model Making, Product Design, Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping, Rhinoceros,