Labrador West man wins sheet metal com­pe­ti­tion

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANETTE DOOLEY

Eric Trem­blay’s truck bumper de­sign earned him first place in Au­todesk Fu­sion 360’s sheet metal chal­lenge and a prize that in­cluded a trip to San Fran­cisco.

Dur­ing his week-long in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence in Cal­i­for­nia re­cently, Trem­blay fab­ri­cated his de­sign at the Au­todesk Pier 9 global tech­nol­ogy cen­tre.

When asked about his tremen­dous feat (the con­test was open to all res­i­dents of North Amer­ica), the Labrador West man said things started al­most two years ago when he was look­ing for a de­sign pro­gram – his search led him to Au­todesk’s new soft­ware pro­gram Fu­sion 360.

Touted as the first 3D CAD, CAM and CAE tool of its kind, Fu­sion 360 con­nects an en­tire prod­uct de­vel­op­ment process in a sin­gle cloud-based plat­form that works with both Mac and PC. The soft­ware al­lows the in­ven­tor to de­sign, test and fab­ri­cate in a sin­gle tool.

“I was able to down­load the soft­ware and learn ev­ery­thing about it,” Trem­blay said dur­ing a re­cent phone in­ter­view.

Trem­blay also learned that Au­todesk was run­ning a con­test ask­ing peo­ple us­ing the soft­ware to de­sign a front bumper for a truck. Eric Trem­blay, left, talk­ing to An­gelo Juras, a CNC pro­gram­mer/ma­chin­ist at Au­todesk, about ma­chin­ing parts for the bumper Trem­blay de­signed.

He en­tered three de­signs into the con­test. His sheet metal de­sign was cho­sen as the con­test win­ner.

“I used their new prod­uct – a sheet metal tool in­side their soft­ware - and I de­signed the whole bumper us­ing their sheet metal tool... and I found out that I came first place in all of North Amer­ica.”

The Pier 9 fa­cil­ity in San Fran­cisco is a state-of-the-art cen­tre with mil­lions of dol­lars in man­u­fac­tur­ing equip­ment, Trem­blay said. The Au­todesk team uses the space to test its soft­ware. The fa­cil­ity also hosts many sci­en­tist and artist- in­res­i­dency pro­grams, Trem­blay said, where they use the space

to cre­ate and study new prod­ucts.

Trem­blay said his time at the Au­todesk Pier 9 in late Oc­to­ber was a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I got to see a lot of tech­nol­ogy that we don’t have here in Labrador,” he said.

Trem­blay said he was im­pressed not only by the fa­cil­ity but by the Au­todesk Fu­sion 360 team who are all pas­sion­ate about what they do.

“With­out that great team those mil­lions of dol­lars worth of tools are pretty much worth­less,” he said.

Dur­ing his time in San Fran­cisco, Trem­blay met Eric Wil­helm one of the cre­ators of In­structa­ – a web­site spe­cial­iz­ing in user-cre­ated and up­loaded do-it-your­self projects.

“I talked to (Wil­helm) for about an hour-and-a-half. He was very in­ter­ested in Labrador and our min­ing in­dus­try,” Trem­blay said.

Trem­blay also spoke with An­gelo Juras (In­sta­gram @ the_true_croa­t­ian_sen­sa­tion) a pro­gram­mer/ma­chin­ist who works for Au­todesk.

“I was fol­low­ing An­gelo on In­sta­gram for awhile be­fore I got to meet him. He is very ap­proach­able and knowl­edge­able. I could lis­ten to him talk about ma­chin­ing for hours.”

Trem­blay is a tech­ni­cian with Epiroc – pre­vi­ously known as At­las Copco.

Orig­i­nally from New Brunswick, he has been liv­ing in Labrador City for about five years. His wife is from the Big Land. They have one young child.

“I really love Labrador... we have so much op­por­tu­nity to makes things big­ger and bet­ter around here for all the peo­ple that live here,” he said.

Trem­blay is pas­sion­ate about tech­nol­ogy and creat­ing things and is now work­ing on a mar­ket space project for Labrador West, which would make tools and tech­nol­ogy more ac­ces­si­ble to the com­mu­nity.

His next step is to cre­ate a Face­book page about the ini­tia­tive and to en­gage the com­mu­nity to see if oth­ers are in­ter­ested in such an or­ga­ni­za­tion.


Eric Trem­blay with the bumper mounted on the truck, the fi­nal prod­uct.

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