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Senior Software Engineer (3D Graphics)



Software Engineering
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024


Freeform is deploying software-defined, autonomous metal 3D printing factories around the world, bringing the scalability of software to physical production. Our proprietary technology stack leverages advanced sensing, real-time controls, and data-driven learning to produce digitally-verified, flawless parts at unprecedented speed and cost. Our mission is to make the transformative power of 3D printing available to all industries at scale and unlock the future of innovation.

In this role, you will be responsible for architecting and implementing a hardware acceleration-enabled geometry processing pipeline similar to those seen in the real-time graphics industries. Your pipeline will enable Freeform’s printing systems to autonomously manipulate 3D part files and transform them into printing instructions, effectively rendering metal parts in the physical world. This involves integrating 3D point cloud data into our data-driven simulation pipeline, generating/implementing pre-deformed geometries, slicing parts, generating toolpaths, as well as assigning lasers and process parameters. The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation in computer science coupled with experience in the real-time graphics industries.

3D printing experience is not required to be successful here - rather we look for smart, motivated, collaborative engineers who love solving hard problems and creating amazing technology!


  • Design and develop the print preparation software pipeline for an advanced production-scale metal 3D printing system, including automating CAD import, geometry processing, slicing, and toolpath planning
  • Develop software to implement algorithms for geometry deformation, procedural geometry generation, and space-filling operations
  • Work with computational geometry engineers and simulations engineers to integrate physics-based and data-driven models into the software simulation pipeline
  • Integrate 2D and 3D meshing techniques into the physical simulation software pipeline
  • Work with backend software developers to architect the software interface to the metal 3D printing hardware layer
  • Develop software required to implement production automation solutions in the frontend geometry processing pipeline
  • Develop, unit test, and deploy functional, scalable, robust, and maintainable software

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of professional experience in software development using C, C++, or Rust; OR a PhD in computer science or computer graphics in lieu of professional experience
  • Experience developing software for applications such as real-time graphics, video games, animation, or similar graphics-centric industry
  • Experience developing software in a GPU environment

Nice to Have:

  • Advanced degree in computer science or computer graphics highly preferred
  • Experience working in a deep tech startup
  • Experience working at NVIDIA or similar advanced graphics-centric company
  • Experience with 2D and 3D meshing techniques
  • Experience with geometric concepts such as tessellated geometry and/or NURBS
  • Experience with optimization techniques
  • Creative thinker able to apply first-principles reasoning to solve complex problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • We are located in Hawthorne, CA in a 35,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility featuring large open spaces for team collaboration, R&D, and production, as well as easy access to the 405, 105, and 110 freeways. Our facility is in the heart of Los Angeles' vibrant emerging tech ecosystem alongside many other high growth startups and enterprises.

What We Offer:

  • We have an inclusive and diverse culture that values collaboration, learning, and making deliberate data-driven decisions.
  • We offer a unique opportunity to be an early and integral member of a rapidly growing company that is scaling a world-changing technology.
  • Benefits
    • Significant stock option packages
    • 100% employer-paid Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance (premium PPO and HMO options)
    • Life insurance
    • Traditional and Roth 401(k)
    • Relocation assistance provided
    • Paid vacation, sick leave, and company holidays
    • Generous Paid Parental Leave and extended transition back to work for the birthing parent
    • Free daily catered lunch and dinner, and fully stocked kitchenette
    • Casual dress, flexible work hours, and regular catered team building events
  • Compensation
    • As a growing company, the salary range is intentionally wide as we determine the most appropriate package for each individual taking into consideration years of experience, educational background, and unique skills and abilities as demonstrated throughout the interview process. Our intent is to offer a salary that is commensurate for the company’s current stage of development and allows the employee to grow and develop within a role.
    • In addition to the significant stock option package, the estimated salary range for this role is $150,000-$300,000, inclusive of all levels/seniority within this discipline.
  • Freeform is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity; employment with Freeform is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.