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3D CAD Developer

3D CAD Developer

Global Operations Group
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Full Time

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Wolverine Worldwide is a global marketer of branded footwear, apparel, and accessories. With an established global footprint that spans approximately 200 countries and territories, as well as a rock-solid infrastructure, Wolverine Worldwide is dedicated to advancing the following brands that comprise the ever-expanding portfolio: Bates, Chaco, Cat Footwear, Harley Davidson Footwear, Hush Puppies, Keds, Merrell, Saucony, Sperry, and Wolverine. Wolverine Worldwide’s continued success is driven by our ability to stay true to our simple mission: we empower, engage and inspire our consumers – every step of the way.



Expand Wolverine Worlwide’s Digital Product Creation approach by creating advanced 3D Footwear Model files and associated digital assets.  These virtual footwear materials will be used for early concept review and direct transfer to overseas partner factories.  3D Footwear Models must convey all necessary aesthetic and technical details while following milestone calendar objectives.  The 3D CAD Developer will maintain product integrity by collaborating with footwear design and development teams to incorporate all performance, comfort, and fit requirements.  Provide effective project support by operating and maintaining applicable 2D/3D CAD software, 3D Printing and 3D Scanning equipment.

Identify, assess and develop working expertise of existing and new hardware/software for efficient 3D CAD capabilities.  Research appropriate internet forums, articles, or webinars, and attend suitable user group meetings, seminars and training to discover and document Digital Product Creation best practices.  Prepare information and reports that are insightful, user-focused, and foster innovation within the brands. 


1. 3D CAD Engineering

a. Explore and recommend footwear construction methods, illustrate & prove footwear designs by creating 3D CAD models.  This requires practical knowledge of common footwear manufacturing processes and technical engineering expertise. 
b. Produce photorealistic rendered images using 3D footwear models.
c. 3D footwear model files will be fully prepared and ready for seamless 3D Printing.
d. Create Bill of Materials and product specification as needed.
e. Prepare and transfer 3D Tech Pack and associated data including 2D flattened footwear patterns to Asia Devleopment team and partner factories, as needed.


2. Molded Components

a. Create and revise accurate, manufacturable 3D models of molded upper components.
b. Interface with WWW PLM and PDM systems as primary file and data libraries, maintain accurate soling data by uploading latest 2D/3D files and associated documents.
c. Throughout the product creation process collaborate with footwear design, development, and engineering teams to review 2D/3D molded part design concepts and factory data to support manufacturability and product integrity.
d. Acts as subject matter expert on PML/PDM. Provides training on usage to other CAD developers, internal users and client groups.


3. 3D Lasts

a. Create and revise 3D Last model files by 3D Scanning physical lasts as needed, process 3D Point Cloud data using existing software to produce a usable 3D CAD last model.
b. Interface with WWW PLM and PDM systems as primary file and data libraries, maintain accurate Last data by uploading latest 3D files and associated documents.
c. Generate 3D Last comparison and measurement reports, 2D cross sections for Design use, and 3D Printed lasts as needed.
d. Perform duties consistent with the Company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.
e. Perform other duties as required/assigned by manager.



  • Bachelor’s degree in CAD Design, preferred focus in Digital Animation or Game Design with Industrial Design or 3D Design competencies, and at least 3-5 years relevant work experience, preferred experience in footwear development & engineering. 
  • 3D Solid & Surface Modeling with demonstrated competence in 3D modeling software (ex. Auto Desk Maya, 3D SMax, Modo or Blender).
  • Proficient in Splines and Nurbs modeling such as Rhino CAD.
  • Passionate and self-motivated, willing to go the extra mile to complete the task.
  • Experience with the use of 3D Printers and digital cameras.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel and Outlook is needed.
  • Must be able to work in an extremely creative, fast paced and team environment, and possess excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Relies on limited experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Works under general supervision.

Committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).