Hardware Engineer - Optical and Thermal Systems

Department: Engineering
Location: Somerville, MA

To reinvent an industry, you have to build the best team. Join Formlabs if you want to bring ground-breaking professional 3D printers to the desktop of every designer, engineer, researcher, and artist in the world.

The Optical and Thermal Systems team at Formlabs is responsible for designing and integrating core hardware systems across our 3D printer and accessory product lines. Our work directly impacts the performance and reliability of some of the most critical hardware blocks, allowing our customers to bring their ideas to life.

As a Hardware Engineer, you'll have the opportunity to work directly on the critical hardware of the 3D printing systems and associated accessory products. You’ll have the ability to work across multiple domains, taking a first principles approach to find solutions to complex problems. Your goal will be to ensure that our 3D printers print high-quality objects quickly, accurately, and reliably.

The Job:

  • Develop core hardware, working with cross-functional teams to bring 3D printing technologies from concept to production
  • Create experiments to show proof of concept for new designs
  • Communicate technology and cost tradeoffs for various options of different subsystems
  • Supplier development for enabling technologies
  • Keep up with emerging technologies that can be leveraged for 3D printing


  • Are a multi-disciplinary engineer or scientist with working knowledge across many engineering disciplines (e.g., physics, EE, MechE, optics, thermals)
  • Can transform a vague concept into a testable piece of hardware
  • Work in simulation space as well as in a lab with real hardware
  • Think outside the box and come up with novel solutions to challenging problems
  • Are an expert communicator who can articulate technical information verbally and on paper concisely
  • Keep meticulous written records of ideas and experiments   

Our Perks & Benefits:

  • Robust equity program to build future wealth through RSUs
  • Comprehensive healthcare coverage (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Low-cost fund options in our 401K and access to advisors 
  • Generous paid Parental Leave (up to 16 weeks)
  • Tenure-based paid Sabbatical Leave (up to 6 weeks)
  • Flexible Out of Office Plan – Take time when you need it
  • Ample on-site parking & pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Healthy on-site lunches, snacks, beverages, & treats
  • Regular sponsored professional development opportunities
  • Many opt-in culture events across our diverse community
  • And of course… unlimited 3D prints

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  

Even if you don't check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply.  Help us build an inclusive community that will change the face of 3D printing.

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