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  • Alkis Karaolis

    Senior Product Designer at D3O

    London, United Kingdom

A results oriented industrial designer with 10 years’ experience in designing for manufacturing and a proven record of delivering innovative, functional and cost-effective solutions. I am looking to secure a demanding position that will provide me with challenges, allow me to approach design holistically and push my creative envelope. Specialties: • User centered design • Design for manufacturability • Hands on, proactive approach with Rapid Prototyping and model making experience • Project management • Excel at CAD and Surfacing • Experience in enclosures design, ip rated products, injection molded and sheet metal products.

Work Samples

  • Electronic enclosures - IT

  • Product Design Visualization

  • Work in progress

Work History

  • Senior Product Designer

    • D3O
    • Brighton, United Kingdom
    • Jan 2013 - Present (4 years 6 months)

    Team leader/Product Designer responsible for the development of the commercial products of the company. I lead the development of an innovative helmet pad that attracted a record in volume long term contract with a manufacturer of American Football Helmets.
    Same product won the “Consumer Product of the Year” award at UK’s Plastic Industry Awards 2013.

  • Industrial Designer - Design Engineer

    • Freelancer
    • Jan 2006 - Present (11 years 6 months)

    Constant flow of projects since 2006 mainly from product design consultancy SolidEngineering, from local or international companies. My activities involve, user and marketing research, concept design, CAD modeling and detailing for injection molding and rendering.

  • Senior Product Designer

    • D3O
    • Jul 2012 - Dec 2012 (5 months)

    Design personal protection products for sports and industrial use, taking into consideration standards, legislation and ergonomics. Role also involves design and machining in-house moulding tools, impact testing and R&D.

  • Industrial Designer

    • Innovation Stream LTD
    • Aug 2011 - Jul 2012 (11 months)

    Innovation Stream is a product design and development consultancy; providing full services from concept design to production and in-house prototyping capabilities. I was contracted as a senior industrial designer. Provided consultation in restructuring the company and setting up design procedures. Responsible for operating a Stratasys 3D printer, mechanism design, jig design and CAD detailing. I singlehandedly CAD and prototyped the mechanisms of an innovative medical printer, color printing directly onto glass slides.

  • Industrial Designer

    • Lenovo
    • Beijing, China
    • Aug 2010 - Dec 2010 (4 months)

    Produce concepts of “All In One” and desktop computers, trends research.

  • Industrial Designer / Mechanical Engineer

    • CAPTEC LTD
    • Nov 2009 - Jun 2010 (7 months)

    Design and engineer ruggedized computer cases for harsh environments. Took part in the development of a waterproof industrial PC using vacuum formed metal.

  • Product design engineer

    • Astro Lighting LTD
    • Jan 2009 - Oct 2009 (9 months)

    Concept design for domestic-contract lights following company’s i.d. language. Engineer and build handmade or RP prototypes (using a Z-printer), testing and production follow up in China.

  • Design Department Manager

    • Kappa Metal Constructions
    • Nov 2006 - Apr 2007 (5 months)

    Manage design activities and guide production team, responsible for 1 draughtsman. Design, sheet metal catering equipment and program CNC punching machine. Occasional operation for 1 off products.

  • Product Designer

    • NextMedia Hellas S.A.
    • Mar 2005 - Oct 2006 (1 year 7 months)

    Design an innovative home appliance, coffee maker, and mechanisms for vending machines. Patent research and writing for 7 inventions (invent 2) related with food packaging.

  • Technical support for large assemblies in Pro/E

    • Infocad S.A.
    • Aug 2002 - Nov 2002 (3 months)

    Technical support for large assemblies in Pro/E.
    Worked as student

  • Technical service

    • Cool Net Informatics - Gervasios Kivrakidis
    • Sep 2001 - Mar 2002 (6 months)

    Assembling computers, maintain networks for contract customers.. (Worked part time before and after placement).

Education

  • Bournemouth University

    • MA 3D Computer Animation
    • 2007 - 2008
  • University of Portsmouth

    • MSc Engineering Design (Mechanical)
    • 2003 - 2004
  • Technological Educational Institution of West Macedonia

    • Engineer of Industrial Design Engineer of Industrial Design
    • 1997 - 2002
  • 3rd Technical Lyceum of Amarousio Athens

    • Degree of Electrician Degree of Electrician
    • 1994 - 1997

Specialties

Awards

"Consumer Product of the Year" award at Plastic Industry Awards 2013, UK. 1st Place in the product design competition "Shelter in a Cart" by DesignBoom. Compete and won a Greek government scholarship to study animation. Animation and modeling work published in Computer Arts, VTM magazines and popular sites.

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