Ray began his career as a tool & die apprentice in 1977 at age seventeen. After 15 years spent on the bench as a die maker and 10 years of part-time experience designing dies on the drawing board, Ray took a management position overseeing the die design department and the tool room of a metal stamping company. He started Accurate Die Design, Inc. in 2001 with 2D CAD software along with a die design add-on software package. In 2002, Ray saw the need for 3D die design, originally purchasing 3D CAD software, followed by the addition of a 3D die design software add-on. Gradually, the company that now consisted of three die designers evolved into a software development company named Accurate Die Design Software, Inc. Recognized as an expert in his field, Ray has been published numerous times in various trade magazines.