Seton Schiraga

San Francisco, California, US

Founder, PE, patents, motivated
Seton's Skills
Patent Development
Patent Analysis
Design Engineering
Additive Manufacturing
Business Development
Product Management
User Experience

Startup Experience

First time founder

About Seton

I'm a curious mechanical engineer with a background in bartending. They tell me that I'm very good at what I do. Presently, I'm the primary on seven patents at various stages in three fields. Three of which I own- it's a long story. Phew! What a night that was.

I've wanted to earn money via IP for as long as I can remember. I've been preparing for it by working some awesome submersible engineering gigs, then transitioning to precision-instrument product development. I am an expert in additive manufacturing and precision injection molding, and machine shop stuff. I am gifted when it comes to mechanisms.

So, not much experience in finance, marketing, sales.


"...if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree..." - Albert Einstein

Work Experience

Sr. Mechanical engineer

DOER Subsea Robotics and Submersible Systems

March 2005 - December 2012

Oh dude, I worked on some fun projects with interesting people like Eric Schmidt (that guy is Brilliant), James Cameron (most driven guy I've ever met) and Paul Allen's people. That guy has a pretty sweet boat. None of them would remember me. I personally built the hydraulic system on Jim Cameron's world record breaking sub. I designed and fab'd a robot to sample dirt under a kilometer of ice in Antarctica. When mr. Allen's submersible failed in Bermuda, they called me in to fix it. I did it in one night, saving tens of thousands of dollars a day in operational costs. I assembled a team of world-renowned scientists to advise in the design of a glass-hulled, full ocean depth (the Everest for the subsea community), submersible for Eric Schmidt. I also started the design of the glass sphere, and convinced both Schott Scientific and Corning to bid on the multi million dollar project. Then the bubble popped, and Schmidt pulled the plug. :( good times, but for that last part. That sucked when the once-in-a-lifetime project got killed. But we got up and built the dirt sampler, then commissioned it in lake Tahoe and shipped it to the Ice.

Sr Mechanical Engineer

Rainin Instruments

January 2013 - Today

I design precision mechanisms for laboratory equipment. I am the mechanism guru. I work closely with the IP department. My language is used extensively in our patents. It's all very hush hush, so I can't give too many details. Product development. Precision injection molding with engineering polymers. Precision machining. Mechanism development using high rate iteration via additive manufacturing. Intern and junior engineer wrangling.


Arten Designs

January 2014 - Today

IP and Product development. currently, long term IP development for tensegrity structures. The main effort has been towards an active seating solution. It's amazing. IP dev for a magnet based fidget toy. investigating additive manufacturing. This one was developed as a way to fund the development of the seat. Several other projects are in the stealth phase. More to come.


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

BSME- mechatronics

2001 - 2004


Professional Engineer

California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists