Welcome to Inside Seurat, where we introduce you to the awesome people on our team that help us achieve our mission of transforming manufacturing for our people and planet.
1. Congratulations on your recent promotion to Sr. Materials & Process Engineer, Nick! Tell us about your role at Seurat.
Thank you! I’ve got a pretty unique role at Seurat where I study the structure and properties of the metal we print in order to better understand the effects of Area Printing. Specifically, I characterize and test metallic samples, analyze data, and interpret results to inform new print experiments. I also support our process-related simulation efforts and assist our Applications team in scoping programs or relaying technical information to customers. The development work we do involves a variety of materials all with different end-use applications, which makes for constant learning- never a dull day on the Process team!
2. This is the first time you’ve worked in additive manufacturing. What has the learning curve been like?
Anytime you work with a novel process, there is always a learning curve. Area Printing is a unique LPBF process, and while I expected to constantly learn about material structure-property-processing relationships, I didn’t realize that there was quite a bit to learn with respect to printer operations. I had only operated a LPBF system a few times prior to joining. That being said, much of what I do at Seurat is a continuation of what I studied during my Masters at The University of New Hampshire, so while there was a lot to learn, nothing felt too foreign. The team here is smart and helpful.
3. Why did you choose this career path?
I knew that I wanted to move into an industry where I could be part of a process that made novel material or made new material in a revolutionary way. Seurat was fascinating to me because not only did it make metal with a completely new process (with tons to explore from a materials perspective), but it did so in a way that could change the face of manufacturing as we know it.
Seurat was fascinating to me because not only did it make metal with a completely new process (with tons to explore from a materials perspective), but it did so in a way that could change the face of manufacturing as we know it.
4. What makes you feel like your contribution at Seurat is meaningful?
It’s really cool when I see things that I’ve helped create come to life. Either ideas that I’ve come up with, tools I’ve created that have been referenced/used by others or incorporated into a process…to me, this is a small confirmation that I’ve made some sort of positive impact.
5. What keeps you energized outside of the office?
I love to be outdoors. I’m often hiking, skiing, biking, surfing, etc. in my free time if I’m not visiting friends and family. Fall and winter are my favorite times of year, and I’m looking forward to maple syrup season here in New England. Music is also a constant in my life. I loved the 2022 resurgence of the Red Hot Chili Peppers as well as recent work by Caamp, Maggie Rogers, and Tedeschi Trucks Band, to name a few. I primarily read fantasy and sci-fi books (Brandon Sanderson is a personal favorite).
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