What drives us and where do we want to go?
Coming from mechanical engineering with many years of experience in fixture construction and handling, our field of activity has meanwhile changed.
For a long time, besides software engineering, I also did software development in the CAD area.
Starting with help programs to simplify and automate the 2D drawing, in the early 1990s came also applications for architects. So was my stair module the world's 1st, which could draw a staircase from a few inputs automatically and could even display it in 3D, although the actual drawing program that could not. And all this under DOS :-).
In the mid-90s, my work continued to shift towards CAD development, and the engineering became less.
My development for trade fair planning became the basis for a large exhibition planning system that was / is in use at several large exhibition companies in Germany for a long time (and probably still today).
The actual execution of these modules, however, was taken over by a larger company and I became responsible for the communication between users and programmers.
This was my job until mid-2015.
But in the end of the 90s I started modeling again. This can also be done intensively, so came in 2002 the first CNC milling machine and 2003 a small lathe, which I then converted to CNC (CAD and computer were my business).
In 2005, I opened the shop microHELIS.de with CFRP tuning parts for T-REX450 helicopter.
Gradually, I've designed parts and mechanics for all T-Rex sizes and completely custom mechanics.
We also have our own scale rotor heads in the program.
However, something fatal happened in autumn 2014, a friend from an RC Heli Forum asked me if we could also make parts for a simulator stick with our 3D printer.
I should have guessed that the answer :"of course" lead to what happened then.
The handle became the 1st complete mechanic for the UH-1 Collective. Of course, this must also be tested, so I started making parts for my favorite helicopter, the EC-120. Another Sim-infected model builder could get us an original EC-135 Cyclic grip to scan in. It takes a lot of effort to get the scan data to work, but we have a pretty high demand on our result.
In the process, I get a lot of help from my wife Susanne, who already loses herself in the 3D spheres of Rhino3D. She reworks the scan data, or creates the 3D objects out of images with dimensions, which I then mostly breathe into functional life. Otherwise, my wife makes "technical clothing" including inflatable exhibition stands and product replicas. She has already done some model balloon special shapes (and such a model balloon is already 12m high). Together we worked for several years with and for a company in Aachen that built man-carrying hot air airships. And we were involved in the development of a 6-seater version of these aeronautical devices.
Over time, some replica controls will come. Also, a motion platform haunts me already around in the head.
In this sense, we will continue