Staff Spotlight: Eric Roy

Technical Specialist / MakerSpace

How Long Have You Been at SMC
1.75 years?

Role in the IT Department
I am the Technical Specialist in the MakerSpace. I serve as the “Shop Manager” training and supporting our Student Staff as well as the users of the space. I also perform preventative maintenance of our various equipment and assist with research and development of new workflows and processes that projects require. If you have an idea of something you would like to create, I probably have an idea or two regarding how we can make it a reality.

Want to play with Lasers? Are you curious about 3d printing? Would you like to make a customized present for a loved one? Stop in and my staff and I will be excited to help you!

How Did You End Up in IT
I was teaching Rapid Prototyping classes at Generator (Burlington’s Community Maker Space) when I came across the news that SMC was creating their own space. Prior to that I had worked as a QA analyst and Project Manager in the Telecom field, a Creative and Buis. Consultant for multimedia projects and producers, and as an Artist. With my own creations I found that adding newer fabrication technologies allowed me to increase my output and quality while simultaneously decreasing my time investment and the physical demands of my craft.

Technological Advice To Our Community
Follow your curiosity. We are living in an age where most knowledge is only a couple clicks away… the barriers between wondering and knowing are thinner than ever before.
“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” (Benjamin Franklin)

Take initiative. Take risks. Take notes. Most things in life are iterative… pay attention to why things didn’t work, ask questions, try it again.
“If you want something you have never had, you have to do something you have never done.” (Thomas Jefferson)
“The chance of failure is almost always better than the guarantee of never knowing.” (Aaron Levie)

What’s Your Best Technology Time-Saving Shortcut Or Life Hack?
Too many to choose from. Much of what I am doing here in the MakeSpace is teaching people how to use technology to save time or enhance quality with their process.

This week: we explored using waste Polyethylene packing material as soundproofing material with the aid of a heat gun, took a look at how a laser cutter is a quilters best friend, started working with custom cut vinyl sheets as a replacement for photosensitive emulsions and degreasers used in screen-printing, and I may have developed a workflow that allows students to use an HTC Vive (VR) to design files we can then 3d print…. and today is only Wednesday.

Anything Else You Would Like To Share
Come in and learn with us.