Mechanical Engineer - Optics

Formlabs, Somerville, MA

We’re Reinventing 3D Printing

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

Our team works closely with other engineering teams to research and develop Formlabs' next-generation products and materials. The optical engine is a core component of many Formlabs products. The Optical Systems Team needs team members that can help pilot complex optical systems through the entire product life cycle; R&D through production.

Do you enjoy working on industry-leading products? Do you imagine how to make a complex optical system work better? Do you want to make something that hasn't been made before? We want you as a Mechanical Engineer - Optics

The Job:

  • Develop optical systems for Formlabs products, from concept through production
  • Design optical assemblies and adjacent system components
  • Analyze feature-performance tradeoffs
  • Validate optical system performance
  • Troubleshoot the optical system when needed
  • Work with other teams to ensure integration of the optical system
  • Design calibration and manufacturing schemes and apparatus
  • Help transition optical systems to contract manufacturers


  • Have experience designing optical components and assemblies
  • Want to design optical systems for high-volume products
  • Have a curious demeanor and enjoy solving difficult problems
  • Can design a set of experiments to validate or troubleshoot optical components and systems
  • Think at system level and understand how the optical system affects the overall product

Bonus Skills: 

  • Experience with Zemax
  • Software skills (especially Python or C++)
  • Mechanical or electrical design experience

Our Perks:

  • Flexible vacation
  • Premium healthcare coverage
  • Paid parental leave
  • Commuter benefits
  • 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.

About Formlabs

We’re a passionate team of engineers, designers, and problem-solvers. Started out of MIT in 2011, Formlabs now employs over 250 people across offices in Germany, Japan, and China. We're committed to bringing powerful and accessible fabrication tools into the creative hands of professionals around the world. With the Form 2 SLA 3D printer, Fuse 1 SLS 3D printer, Form Cell manufacturing solution, and Pinshape marketplace of 3D designs, Formlabs is establishing the industry benchmark in professional 3D printing for professionals from a variety of industries. We also develop high-performance materials in-house, as well as best-in-class 3D printing software like PreForm and Dashboard. We believe in what we do, and we’re excited about creating powerful tools that change the way we work and live.

Want to learn more about Formlabs? Visit Formlabs's website.