Ryan Gingerich
Creative Tech Geek and Industrial Designer
Digital Design Experience
Rhino and Grasshopper

My go-to 3D design software for most projects. I am most comfortable with Rhino's command driven interface and the ability to create complex surfaces. Rhino has also been on of the primary design programs I use at Earlens. I have also worked in Grasshopper to build automations and update existing scripts.


I picked up Solidworks while taking a 3D solid modeling class at SFSU. While it has not been my primary design software, I am more than comfortable picking it back up from where I left off.


3D scan and 3D model mesh repair. Surface analyses for ProJet PM and for testing different print materials/methods at Earlens. Comparisons between 3D scan and physical object from production line.

3D Printing Experience

6 years experience working with open-source FDM machines. Did plenty of building, repairing, and upgrading of hardware and software. Machines in use: Type A Machines Series 1, MTW Create, RostockMax V3.


3 years experience working with 3D Systems ProJet 6000 and Formlabs Form 2 3D printers at Earlens. Build setup, process monitoring, post-processing, etc.


3 years experience working with Carbon's M1 3D printer at Earlens. Build setup, post-processing, etc. Testing various resins for potential use in production. Additional experience with Asiga, Formlabs, and UNIZ printers.

Other Experience
Medical Device Experience

Earlens has so far given me over 3 years of experience with their cutting edge hearing-aid technology. MPs, MRs, EBRs, WOs, POs, RMAs, ECOs, PDs, NCRs, PMs, Line Clearance, etc are all routine.


For some mundane tasks that often resulted in human error I have been using Python to automate such tasks which in turn increases efficiency and accuracy at a minimal cost.

Computer hardware / software / networking

8+ years of professional experience building and repairing computer hardware systems. Software troubleshooting and repairs. Wired/wireless network setup and repairs.

Linux Server

After beginning to work with Linux (about 6 years ago) on the onboard computers inside my open-source FDM 3D printers, I decided to build and configure my own personal server which is now hosting this website and other useful services.


Extensive troubleshooting experience derived from years of computer repair work.

Tech geek and industrial designer eager to design for a better tomorrow. Quick to master new technologies and processes. A team player with over 6 years of additive manufacturing and 3D digital design experience; Eager to support innovation by finding new and creative applications for these skills

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design / Product Design and Development
San Francisco State University2014
Associate of Science in Microsoft Windows Systems Administration
Diablo Valley College2009
Relevant Coursework

Product design, industrial science, 3D solid modeling (CAD), rapid prototyping, model development, computer graphic imaging, technical drawing, rapid visualization, robotics in conceptual design.

Professional Experience
Digital Manufacturing Designer
Earlens CorporationMar 2017 - Present

Digital Manufacturing Designer (August 2018 - present) Contributed various software, process, and design improvements leading to increased digital production throughput efficiency. Provided feedback which guided new product releases and internal software development. Worked closely with R&D, Manufacturing, and Software engineers. Designed numerous custom products concurrently with high attention to detail, and generated 3D printed assets for production of Earlens hearing aid systems. Used creative and problem-solving skills to find solutions for fitting the product into more challenging anatomies. Supported digital manufacturing lab consisting of various SLA and CLIP 3D printers. Tested new 3D printing materials for various applications.

Assembler IV (January 2018 - August 2018) Continuing work from previous roles in direct hire position; Responsible for supporting day-to-day activities in 3D Printing/Digital Manufacturing Lab, including 3D scanning, and other 3D printing activities (Build setup, process monitoring, post-processing, and printed part inspection)Manufacturing Engineering Technician (August 2017 - January 2018)Primarily focused on supporting production as well as various R&D projects. SLA/CLIP 3D print automation testing, production/R&D 3D print setup, 3D print post-processing, 3D printed part inspection, 3D scanning ear impressions, 3D printer process monitoring, 3D print/3D scan metrics, and new employee/intern training.Assembler I (March 2017 - August 2017)SLA/CLIP 3D print post-processing and 3D scanning. 3D printed part inspection, and passing parts down assembly line to CER or other destination.

Chief Technician
CC&R 3DJan 2011 - Jan 2018

PC hardware/software/network repairs, 3D design/scanning/printing, and self-hosted webmaster. Managed multiple computer repair and 3D printing jobs concurrently, while completing each job efficiently and on time. Regularly maintained, repaired, and upgraded open source desktop FDM 3D printers. Please also see my old Yelp page for some reviews of my services. Eventually retired these services in order to provide sharper focus to working with Earlens. 

3D Print Vendor
FictivFeb 2016 - Sep 2017

Preferred Vendor: Provided 3D printed parts on contract basis for orders submitted to Fictiv for fulfillment. Managed a growing shop of four (personally owned) FDM style 3D printers for producing various parts of all shapes and sizes. Fast response time to new job requests, and efficient order completion.

Lead Technician
Eric's ComputersSep 2007 - Oct 2010

PC hardware/software repairs, house calls, remote help desk support, appointment scheduling, invoicing, authored newsletter, and trained interns and new hires.