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Surface Modeler

Company: Piaggio Fast Forward
Location: Boston
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Piaggio Fast forward, Inc. (PFF) is on a mission to build technology products that move the way that people move. In order to bring products to market today, PFF is solving the problem of robotic interaction with people in dynamically changing environments.

Our mission at Piaggio Fast Forward (PFF) is to build technology products that move the way that people move. In all things we do, we believe that design comes first. Just like our parent company who invented the Vespa, we are a technology and mobility company dedicated to lifestyle products; ours just happen to be robots, not scooters. All members of the design team contribute aesthetic and functional ideas with an understanding of user behavior and ergonomics. By testing and exploring different options they validate the efficacy of design decisions. You will be expected to develop high quality, production-ready surfaces and be a trusted source, advisor and problem solver. Your work product should express artistry, imagination and innovation.

This position is responsible for delivering styling class A surfaces. Working within the design team, you will be primarily tasked to bridge design and engineering, as you help consistently develop the highest-quality digital prototypes for both production and concept products. Your role will be integral to the design and development of PFF robots, interpreting and defining design intent while crafting and creating accurate and beautiful 3D models. The Surface Modeler progresses concepts through the revision and design-for-manufacturing process, and is capable of assimilating feedback from various stakeholders including engineering, manufacturing, and leadership.

Core responsibilities include:

  • High Level concept and Class-A surface modeling in Alias
  • Interfacing with Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing team working in Inventor
  • Checking data for best modeling practice and providing feedback as necessary
  • Ensure data deliveries are met on time
  • Select and evaluate color, material, and finish
  • Checking surface quality and giving guidance
  • Create renderings, animations, illustrations, and graphics to present and advocate for design concepts and decisions
  • Assess alternative design directions and their implementation effort and achievability
  • Assimilate stakeholder feedback through iteration and evaluate their difficulty of manufacturing and engineering

Specific skills and duties include but are not limited to:

  • Expert in Alias Class-A surface modeling
  • Deep understanding of design for manufacturing and the requirements of various manufacturing techniques
  • Excellent visual communication skills
  • Highly organized with an impeccable attention to detail
  • Ability to function independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to work on several concurrent projects and manage time and resources
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a rapidly changing, high-growth environment
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Comprehensive understanding of material selection and impact on surfacing opportunities
  • Interest and knowledge of the latest design trends, processes, emerging new technologies, and tools
  • Familiarity and experience in rendering and animation tools such as Autodesk Media & Entertainment Collection, Keyshot, Modo, or equivalent and Adobe Creative Suite


  • BS, BFA, MS or MFA in Design or equivalent work experience
  • 2+ years experience in physical product design and design for manufacturing
  • We cannot offer relocation from outside of the US at this time

Keywords: Piaggio Fast Forward, Boston , Surface Modeler, Other , Boston, Massachusetts

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