Meet the CNC Machinist: Brian Sinz

This month, we’re taking you behind the scenes to meet Brian Sinz, a senior machinist with RE2. Brian joined RE2 in 2011 and uses his expertise in CNC machining to craft the physical components of our robots. Read on to learn more about Brian!

What types of projects are you currently working on at RE2?
Currently I am making parts for our underwater arm, intuitive controller and the LIFELINE system.
How and why did you first become interested in manufacturing?
I've always loved working with my hands, whether it comes to fixing things or making things. To me, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing something that I made the parts for come to life. I take great pride in the parts that I get to make. 

What is a typical day for you like at RE2?
My days are usually spent reviewing drawings, deciding what material to use, how to fixture the parts to be made, making programs for the CNC machine, setting up the CNC machine, and then making and inspecting the parts. I also spend time with the mechanical engineers; if they are having a problem with a particular design that might be difficult to manufacture, I help them decide on a solution.

What do you enjoy the most about working in robotics? 
I find the collaboration between all the engineering groups amazing, because they all work together to come up with a viable solution to a problem. I really find it incredible to see the intricate things that our robotic arms can do.  It is great that RE2 is so focused on our robots keeping humans out of harm’s way.  
What excites you the most about the future of robotics?
I think that robots in the future are going to make life easier for many people, whether the robot is doing menial repetitive tasks that are hard on the human body, or helping people who have disabilities. 
What are your hobbies/what do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my family, especially at our bakery, The Two Fraus Bakery in Harmony, PA.  I also enjoy working on my 1970 Chevy pickup truck and going to car cruises.

Click here to read Brian's Employee Spotlight interview.