Tyler Dale

Design and Applications Engineer - NPD Lab - Boise State COEN

Micron Engineering Building – Room 413
1020 S Manitou Ave, Boise ID 83725
Belmont & Manitou
Phone: 208-426-5635

As a STEP (Science Talent Expansion Program) student, Tyler was given the opportunity to work in the New Product Development Lab at the Boise State College of Engineering. The NPD Lab helps inventors, entrepreneurs and manufacturers design, prototype, build, test and deliver new products. As a part of TechHelp, the NPD Lab strives to be a catalyst for strengthening Idaho manufacturing – accelerating its ongoing transformation into a more efficient and powerful engine of innovation driving economic growth and job creation. Some of the primary ways the NPD Lab achieves this is through design services, prototyping, and 3D printing services. Tyler’s role in the lab as a STEP student was focused on the prototyping and 3D printing services aspect of the lab. More specifically, he took prototype designs, typically constructed on Solidworks, and turned them into real working prototypes. This is usually done using a Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer. After the part is printed, it is taken through a post-processing stage involving putting the part in a poly-flush, then isopropyl alcohol, and finally sanding the part to a smooth finish.

After his time as a STEP student, Tyler was hired on as a TechHelp employee. As Tyler has gained more experience his roles in the lab have grown to include design work for clients. A notable project Tyler worked on was an impact testing apparatus for the Material Science department at Boise State. Tyler designed built and tested the device which is now being used for the Intro to Material Science class.


• Create 3D CAD designs for clients through the use of Solidworks
• Design prototypes using SLA, MJP, and FDM 3D printing technology
• Utilize mills and lathes for creating prototypes
• Prepare quotes and estimates for clients
• Manage workspace for effective 3D printing distribution
• Communicate with clients and partners on project development


Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering at Boise State University