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Prelude Ventures
Prelude Ventures

Textile Engineer



Software Engineering
Emeryville, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, March 29, 2024

We are looking for a passionate Textile Engineer to join our team. As a critical member of our Hardware and Testing teams, your primary responsibility will be to help guide our testing program as we pave the way in 3D weaving. We're looking for someone with extensive experience in fabric development, someone familiar with running machinery, someone skilled in sourcing materials, and someone excited about the risks and rewards of joining a Series A-funded startup.

About us

unspun is a robotics and digital apparel company, with a mission is to reduce global carbon emissions by 1% through automated, localized, and intentional manufacturing.

Included in Time's Best Inventions & Fast Company's World Changing Ideas, unspun aims to rapidly transition the trillion-dollar apparel world into one that is more intentional, inclusive, and efficient by focusing on the overlap between sustainability and profitability.

We’ve developed a proprietary and patent-pending technology at the crossroads of 3D printing and automated textile manufacturing. By skipping the flat 2D fabric stage, we can additively build custom apparel products from the ground up- straight from yarn to final product. If additive manufacturing, industrial automation, and synchronized systems of hundreds of sensors & actuators gets you excited, we’d love to talk!

About You

You enjoy working on fast-paced and early-stage R&D and bringing high quality products to market. You thrive on the lack of clear answers at the outset of high-reaching projects and look forward to finding clarity and articulating it to others. You enjoy wearing multiple hats and switching between different contexts. You are capable of working independently and in a team while being flexible, self-motivated, and curious. You have strong interpersonal skills and can help manage a complex testing program with competing needs from multiple sides of the organization. You are energized by working on big complex problems within an evolving R&D / production environment. You probably are a fabric testing nerd who gets excited around spec sheets. You enjoy daily challenges and relish the successes, even when undefined.

What You’ll Do

Help lead 3D weaving material development along with our Textile Engineers. You’ll be both hands-on with the product outputs and theoretical with the inputs. You’ll work with the Product Team and the Hardware team to create the world’s first 3D woven products.

  • Develop product outputs using new manufacturing methods
  • Provide insights about machine performance and reliability, especially as it relates to product outputs
  • Troubleshoot weaving process challenges through experimentation using knowledge of all possible variables to achieve ideal material properties
  • Operate revolutionary robotic loom to create apparel products and fabric swatches
  • Direct the team’s fabric finishing steps
  • Source materials for small and large-scale runs
  • Work with material vendors and suppliers on testing and standards
  • Conduct detailed analysis of weave quality and help brainstorm ways to iterate and improve
  • Identify limitations of technical approaches and brainstorm new approaches
  • Work with hardware engineering team to ideate and develop manufacturing technology
  • Support the design, development, testing, and commercialization of our new weaving technology
  • Interface with the team to understand testing and experiment needs, develop test plans, perform or coordinate tests, and analyze and communicate results
  • Coordinate testing and new functionality integration activities with engineers and technicians
  • Coordinate, plan, and execute product runs
  • Support management and organization of in-house material spec sheets