Pack your bags young people cause there’s a design gig to be had in Nashville, Music City USA! That is if you’ve got the chops to get da props. Fractal design, a physical product development firm just went live on the job board over on leManoosh with an Industrial design internship opportunity for spring 2021. Fractal is casting their net the world over to find creative talent with just the right fit. Fractal is laser-focused on the kind of talent they are looking for.

The Chops – (aka your budding skills)

I’ve culled their about YOU paragraph and highlighted a few must-have traits that stood out to me.

You are compulsive about learning new things, even if you’re not sure when you will use the knowledge. You pride yourself on being a good question-asker which allows you to refine vague instructions until you have a clear direction. You are comfortable with using power tools, but you’re careful enough to not make all of us uncomfortable with you using them. You keep up with Industrial Design trends and practice your craft in spare time. To you, making things and solving problems is the most fun you could have at work, and that’s why you are reading this now.

Fractal, Partners
Elevation Hip Replacement Device
Fractal developed a novel and easy-to-use lift that could attach to any surgical table. We also created a new lock mechanism that is intuitive, durable, and adjustable for better patient stability.

The Props – (Your Skill + Perks)

So your thinking you might want to apply? Keep in mind to even get your foot in the proverbial digital door, you’ve gotta be a Junior at minimum, Senior, or recent grad pursuing a BA or MA in Industrial Design. Now if any of these are your state of being, read on!

Blee Make-Up Mixer
Fractal developed the aesthetic and mechanical enclosure for Blee that you can imagine among the shelves of makeup in a department store. We built a looks-like prototype for their team to use for development and fundraising.
  • Make clients happy by understanding them, solving their problems, and keeping them engaged.
  • Assist with running and maintaining 3D printers
  • Sketch design concepts
  • Scrap together many quick mock-ups from all kinds of materials, especially 3D-printed ones.
  • Design and assemble high-quality prototypes.
  • Build CAD models using Onshape.
  • Work closely with the Fractal team.
  • Provide excellent documentation for your designs from initial research to calculations to finished specifications for manufacturing.

What I gather from this list is that you will have the privilege to engage in REAL Design work. That’s good stuff!

BTW, I highlighted the CAD software requirement for Onshape as I’m thinking it’s the start of a trend in the ID space. I had the opportunity to connect with Evan Reese one of the Fractal partners via a virtual Onshape user meeting. His surface modeling skills and exploration are next-level! If cultivating CAID and MCAD skills is one of your aspirations, this intern opportunity should be just the ticket.

Every job has its perks and Fractal has pulled together an assortment of intern perks worthy of noting. Check them out!

  • Pay: $15/hour
  • Maker Reimbursement – up to $50/month
  • Access to 3D printers for personal use
  • Stocked fridge and snacks
  • Company events: hang out as part of the Fractal Team
  • Join Nashville’s best product dev consultancy

Alright, I’ve sounded the call. If this post has piqued your curiosity, hop on over to leManoosh, or better yet, visit the Fractal site. Treat yourself to a self-paced virtual tour and team meet-n-greet. If you play it right (pun intended) come spring 2021 you’ll be making design in Nashville, Tennesse Music City, USA!


Vince has worked as Studio Engineer for consumer and medical product brands such as Whirlpool, Newell and ResMed Ltd. Australia. He's garnered 39+ patents and has designed everything from totes to toasters, and fiddles to furniture. He enjoys all things 3D and has carved out a niche as a Class-A Surfacing Guru. Active in both industry and academia, Vince serves as a Creative and Technical Skill Development Coach providing hands-on training and workshops pertaining to CAID/CAD. Vince relishes opportunities to keep learning and sharing what he's learned!