Design Engineer at FACC
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January 2013 to February 2014
FACC (Fischer Advance Composite Components) a composite materials company for aeronautical industry in Austria. web
Business jets. Interiors. Automated furniture. Mechanical & electronic designs. Integration & new concepts.
Problem-solving oriented design of furniture (mechanisms), focused on conceptual design:
- More than 9 designs to be patented (several hinges, overhead bins turning systems, etc.).
- Advice and conceptual contributions solving a variety of mechanical design issues.
- Advice about usability and human factors for electronic and mechanical systems.
- Advice about electronic devices, sensors, motors, power consumption, etc.
“What I like most on Rafael is his unorthodox approach to problems and, resulting from this, his sometimes absolutely surprising solutions.” read letter
Team Leader Mechanic Design Engineering, FACC AG. (My direct responsible at FACC)
“I have worked with Rafa for over eight months now and found he has a very keen work ethic. The harder the problem, the more keen he is to find solutions... and he does.”
Colleague at FACC AG with more than 30 years experience
“Rafael is the most creative person I have met in this company (professional and personal aspect). I have had the opportunity to see this year his extraordinary skills in Geometry, Calculous and Mechanism Design.
He is strongly motivated by his job and has a really strong optimization oriented personality. If I had to recommend a Design Engineer he would be my first option.”
Open-minded, creative and team player”
“I would like to highlight his creativity, persistence and his ability to analyze problems and propose solutions”
|Balanced bin ||adaptive gas spring according to the weight||patenting|
|weight sensitive catcher ||system to add few extra closing force in case of no weight||patenting|
|groove sliders ||system to coordinate rise & turn for a dado table||patenting|
|D2 hinge ||high-stiffness hidden hinge for big tables||integrated in actual project|
|header mechanism ||a mechanism to move down the header when a door turn||integrated in actual project|
|end stop ||simple adjustable end stop limit||integrated in actual project|
|emergency bin opening ||system to open the special bin for the emergency material||integrated in actual project|
|toilet hinge||simple turning system for a toilet cover||integrated in actual project|
|steel wire table system||wires & poles system to aid on the raising and alignment of dado tables||integrated in actual project|
|pilot table||definition of two different deploying systems for a pilot table||integrated in actual project|
|simple oblique hinge||versatile hidden hinge for thick panels||in repository for future projects|
|eccentric pins||swing hinge for doors||in repository for future projects|
|D1 hinge||high-stiffness hidden hinge for big tables||concept developed|
|Banana hinge||high-stiffness hidden hinge for big tables||concept developed|
|oblique hinge||versatile hidden hinge for thick panels||concept developed|
|Leaf hinge||swing hinge for doors||concept developed|
|steel belt table system||miniature steel belt system to aid on the raising and alignment of dado tables||concept developed|
|table leg||periscope plain leg for three leaves tables||concept developed|
|divan pull out||pulling out heavy weights from under a divan without touching the floor||concept developed|
During this year CATIA has been my main tool (70% of my time). I have learnt a lot from other colleagues and by myself about hierachy for parts and assemblies , about proper procedures for Part Design, about publication processes to keep everything coherent, about sketching, using formulas and parameters, about creating dinamic sketches, about catalogues, about kinematics and mobile assemblies... and also many functionalities and shortcuts.
CATIA is a huge tool. I basicly use Part Design, Assembly Design, Shape Design and Kinematics. About these funtionalities, I would say that my knowledge at the begining was 2/10 and now it is around 7/10.
- Mechanical design
CATIA is a tool, but it is useless if you do not understand the physics at the background. During this year I have exercise a lot my creativity on mechanical designs.
- Aeronautical Industry
I had no idea about all the protocol related to the aeronautical industry (and similar industries). This year I have learnt a lot about procedures, certifications, requirements, priorities, restrictions...
Do not misunderstand me, when I say I have learnt I mean that now I understand about their existence... I am not interested in jobs related to those topics, but now I know how to deal with them to do my work: design.