I graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Ryerson University in 2018. I've always had a passion to tinker with things and create little inventions. It's cliche, but legos were my favourite thing to play with as a kid! All this probably has to do with my father, who's a mechanic, and so I got exposed to cars and problem-solving at a young age.
I continued on my path of hands-on learning as a teen custom cabinetry installer, I learned how to read blueprints and work with power tools. Most importantly I learned extreme problem solving under limited time and high stakes. In high school, I was heavily involved in math, computer science and wrestling. I believe my comp sci teacher and wrestling coach had a huge influence on where I am today. Eventually, as most high schoolers do, I chose my major in aerospace engineering. I quickly switched streams into mechanical engineering after my first semester. To this day, I can't answer why I did that, but I sure glad I did!
Throughout university, I tried my hand at many extracurriculars. I am a proud alumnus of Alpha Epsilon Pi, where I held the Vice President position for two terms. Here I learned brotherhood, loyalty and respect. I started the first Ryerson wrestling team since 1986 with the help of some very special people over from Team Impact. The team is still going strong today, and 2018 marked the first year that Ryerson hosted a wrestling meet since 1986.
In parallel, I was a part of the Ryerson Formula SAE team. I got my passion for manufacturing there. It is where I got my first understanding that not everything that can be designed on the computer, can actually be made (affordably!). Continuing on that stream of learning, I took an optional course where I learned the basics of manual turning, milling and a tiny bit of CNC machining.
After completing my third year of post-secondary education, I landed an internship at Magna. This opportunity to work full time as a manufacturing engineer really changed my life! By the end of it, my peers called me an engineer. Telling me that going back to school isn't even needed haha! Definitely a huge pat on the back for any young engineer. It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, and I humbled many times by my lack of knowledge, and experience. It is not easy to go from the school bubble into the real world. Nevertheless, I got out of my comfort zone and tried to learn, listen and implement as much as I could. I met some very special mentors and I can't thank them enough for putting in the time to nurture me into a real engineer.
After completing 16 months with Magna. I returned to my final year of school; I was most excited to finally start working on my capstone. I saw a very interesting Kickstarter campaign for an omnidirectional CNC router, and decided that is what I will be making! In a more affordable way in mind.
With the help of my dear friend Sarah Nicholson, we convinced a trusting professor to take on this project and supervise our team. Needless to say, we bit more than we can chew. Between solids design and programming, we were swamped with mind-bending lessons but at the end of it all, our little robot worked. We won the mechanical engineering capstone award that term, and we all couldn't have been happier to end our degree with a bang!
University came to an end, and I got my degree in 5 years. It was a lot of everything. Between social life, school, and work there were a lot of hard times and a lot of fun times. I am glad I got involved in as many things as I did. I knew I wanted to try my hand at being my own boss, and I founded Pineapple Systems, which is today Pineapple3D.
My passion for manufacturing exposed me to a wide range of this industry. Between machining, laser cutting, water jetting, and many more technologies, I learned that traditional ways to make things are slow, not to mention expensive! I had a 3D printer for a while and decided to make a business out of that.
I listed my printer on 3D hubs, made a website and started networking and advertising. It took some time before I got big projects, but eventually I did. My focus on quality was and still is the number one reason many choose Pineapple3D as their 3D printing experts. It is the way I grew the company from just a singular machine to over 10 different machines capable of printing up to 500mm x 500mm x 500mm and have a mix of FDM and SLA capability.
I hope you enjoyed my account and that you can be confident you are in good hands when you choose our company.