Dedicated to giving you best practices to take back to the shop, ESPRIT World 2019 features talks from ESPRIT's leadership team, industry pros, and machinists and programmers just like you. Learn new tips and tricks to machine more efficiently, and get inspired to take your business higher.
CEO & Co-founder
President & Co-founder
Controls Product Specialist
Okuma America Corporation
CNC Prototyping Machinist
Machine Shop Manager
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Dan Frayssinet earned a bachelor's degree in math and a master's in mechanical engineering at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquees in Villeurbanne, France. During school, he worked on numerical control and CAM systems before helping to develop ARCADE, one of the earliest computerized CAD systems, in 1977. Dan then took an engineering role at a CAD/CAM company in Chicago, where he met future DP Technology co-founder Paul Ricard. The pair discovered they shared a desire to make a high-quality, user-friendly CAM software and moved to Camarillo, California, where they started DP Technology. In the early days of the company, Dan sold software and hardware using a phone booth as his office. Today, DP Technology has 13 offices worldwide, and Dan focuses his time on strategy, company vision and major partnerships with machine tool builders.
President & Co-founder, DP Technology
After graduating from engineering school and pursuing an MBA with a marketing emphasis, Paul Ricard took an internship at a small software startup in Lyon, France. The internship turned into a two-year support engineering job and a transfer to the company's Chicago office, where he met his eventual DP Technology co-founder, Dan Frayssinet. Convinced that they could develop an interactive, automated and easy-to-use CAM software, Dan and Paul moved to Camarillo, California, and founded DP Technology in 1982. Their roles evolved naturally over time, with Paul taking the title of president along with responsibility for company operations. Today, Paul also serves on the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) board of directors, appointed in 2015 to bring a vital software-technology perspective to the organization.
Controls Product Specialist, Okuma America Corporation
Brad Klippstein is the Supervisor of the Product Specialist Group and Controls Product Specialist at Okuma America Corporation. He joined Okuma in 2014 and has close to 10 years of industry experience, mainly focused around Okuma and Fanuc control systems. Brad is responsible for teaching customers the benefits and functionality of Okuma controls while fostering new technological enhancements. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toledo.
CNC Prototyping Machinist, Facebook
Ray Santos is a CNC Programmer at Facebook’s Hardware Engineering Labs (Area 404). The services supporting HW development teams currently include Mechanical Design, Rapid Prototyping, EE Technicians, and Logistics. Ray programs 3- Axis and 5 Axis Vertical Mills, and a 9-axis CNC Lathe. He also provides DFM consulting and Material Science recommendations for Hardware Teams all across Hardware Engineering. Before Facebook, Ray grew up in the Silicon Valley, served in the US Marines, and joined the R&D Prototype Team at Tesla. "I’ve always loved building things, and I would like to connect the next generation with education in manufacturing. With the right software tools, there is no limit to what we can build!"
Machine Shop Manager, Geospace Technologies
Justin Henry is the Machine Shop Manager at Geospace Technologies headquartered in Houston, Texas. He joined Geospace in 2012 as a Manufacturing Engineer and was quickly promoted into production management in 2014. Prior to Geospace, he worked with the design and development of linear actuators. Justin is a graduate of Texas State University with a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. His love for making things has helped him excel in manufacturing and further his career.