Meghan:

Tell us about your recent project you’ve completed at the Makerspace.

Eric:

The first big project that I worked on at the Makerspace has to be my custom frame. The idea of the custom frame came to mind when I bought a Black Panther numbered screen print from Mondo. With the success and appreciation of the movie, I knew the poster would be worth something in the future and with the custom frame it could be worth more. The frame is made out of birch wood, 28×40, with an 24×36 cut out in the middle. I started out sketching the look and details in Illustrator, while planning to use the Shopbot to complete the vision I had.

Once I got the design finished and uploaded in to the V Carve I was ready to go. With a 30 Degree bit, I was able to capture some exquisite details. It took two days for the frame to be completed. Once finished I spray painted the frame gold and masked some portions off before spray painting black over it and removing the masking vinyl. I put the finishing touches on the frame by gold leafing some of the elements on it. Now that I look at, I have to say this was something I am truly proud of to have completed all thanks to the Makerspace.

Meghan:

What is your role at Stanley Black and Decker? Tell us a little about what a “day in the life” of you is like.

Eric:

I’m a Graphic Designer on the GDS (Graphic Design Services) team. My days are always busy, and every day is always different.  I create sales collateral for our reps, like flyers, posters, signs, banners, and much more to be used in stores nationwide during promotions. I manage a heavy workload consistently and manage to keep our designs looking new and different with every promotion and collateral assigned.

 

Meghan:

What do you love about the Makerspace?

Eric

I love that when I walk into the Makerspace, I feel like I can build and create anything that I could think of with the materials and equipment there. I get inspired when I see others working in there, and gain knowledge and ideas from everyone there. Just a great place to be every day for a creative to create.

 

Meghan:

What classes have you taken and which do you plan to take?

Eric:

Laser engraver, Vinyl cutting, Metal shop, MIG Welding, TIG Welding, Plasma Cutting, ShopBot, Wood Shop Basics, Intro to AR & VR, 3d Printing, Wood Milling, & Intro to Arduino.

 

Meghan:

What kind of projects do you like to work on and what materials do you like to work with?

Eric:

I enjoy projects that have a mix of woodworking, and metal work in to it. I enjoy messing with resin, and glow in the dark powder to make things different and unique. I would like to do more AR and VR prototyping to create some new designs and artwork.

 

Meghan:

What is your favorite type of music to work to?

Eric:

My favorite type of music to work to has to be hiphop/rap with an little bit of R&B. Something with a good beat that gets me hyped, and then in chill mode.

 

Meghan:

Tell us one fun fact about yourself!

Eric:

When I started interning at Under Armour while in school, I had the opportunity to create a baseball Natty Boh design for the apparel team I worked on. Little would I know, that Natty Boh would run with it and print my design on their beer cans for the 2015 season for the orioles. It was a little weird going everywhere and seeing my design and nobody knows I created it.