3D-printer in my office

My bold question was answered with a 3D-printer to play with. I took home a ‘Driedeebox’ sold by AMR-Europe in Marknesse. I was visiting the company to bring a printer that needed some overhauling and was able to look around a bit.

Visit to AMR-Europe in Marknesse, the Netherlands

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Global climate observation system conference Amsterdam

In March 2016 I was volunteering to the Global climate observation system (GCOS) conference in Amsterdam. The conference was hosted by the Royal dutch academy of science and took place at the’Trippenhuis’ Amsterdam.

Fundamental design concept for the GCOS, a system of climate relevant components of the established observing systems

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My Office

My favorite space I like to work is my office down town Joure. Together with friends we rent the complete building shown on the banner picture above.

I love this place very much because it is close to my home, the shops and borders to a beautiful park. In the office I occupy a very little room of 4.5 times 4.5 meters with two windows, a small and a bigger with a park view!

Office building right with view on main street

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My Linux experience

Somehow I like to puzzle with thoughts, real puzzles, but also with computers. Enter Linux. Linux, or Linux/GNU as it’s called officially is a heaven for puzzlers.

My skill level is to install operating system, even obscure ones and use them. Programming is still a step I might make, up to now I only do some basic HTML and CSS. You can call me a Linux user, just like you are probably a Windows or Mac user.

Small project, massive impact

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Design software Solidworks

Solidworks first came to my attention when I was student at the Technical higher vocational school ‘Hogeschool Haarlem’. We had to train us to become more skilled with Catia, computer aided drawing for large organisations sold by Dassault systems. My first real experience with Solidworks was a trainee ship at an engineering company that was using CAD for engineering. I learned it using a textbook with examples I had to practice.

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Supervisor installation ship roll-stabilizers

June 2011 I represented Matn’s Stabilizers as supervisor for installing a pair of ship roll-stabilizers in Labuan, Malaysia. I was asked to install the stabilizers together with the ship engineers. The stabilizer arrived in a large wooden crate and had to be disassembled on the spot to make it small enough to install the parts in the ship.

Besides disassembling we had to install a reducer in the existing hub of the previous stabilizer. Naturally a cavitation between the existing and new hub had to be dealt with. We filled the cavity with liquid metal, a very strong polymer that was casted from inside the ship.

Super yacht at Labuan ship yard

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Sailing instructor

From childhood I was close to water. In the first years my mom and dad owned a barge they used to live on, regular life was in a normal house. I grew up in a small town close to the Frisian lakes and every vacation we went by boat to the lakes and sailed. So sailing is in my blood. It was much later I learned sailing in a professional way.

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Neuro-linguistic programming

During the months between September 2011 and March 2012 I participated in a course Neuro-linguistic programming or NLP in Groningen. Together with a group of twenty people I tried to improve my communication skills. At the finish of the course I received an certificate of participation and a red rose.

red rose

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Designing products in the cloud

This fall I took time to learn about the new service of Onshape to CAD design products in standard web browsers. My wish has been fulfilled, I can CAD design independent of Microsoft Windows operating system. Onshape uses the cloud to store and version manage all your files. Powerful data center computers compute and send information to your web browser do the rest. Software engines of the web browser render the incoming data and pipe the information to the screen of your mobile phone, laptop or personal computer.

CAD model on laptop, tablet, mobile

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Building unmanned autonomous helicopter

Between August 2008 until January 2009 I assisted the company Infinious with building a unmanned autonomous vehicle (UHV). We used Solidworks for design and cad-cam software to cnc mill molds for the hull and other parts, including the rotors! The structural parts were created by carefully apply woven carbon fibres alternating with unidirectional fibers in a mold and injected with epoxy resin by creating a vacuum. After about sixteen hours the epoxy resin was sufficiently cured and the product could be unloaded from the mold.

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