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Before and after: the big office makeover

One year ago, in January 2021, we were able to take a look at our future office and workshop space at Hohlstrasse 176 for the first time. At that time, it was not yet clear how exactly we would set up. Soon we made a plan and put it into action. A lot of work and effort went into it, but it was worth it. The difference in the photos between before and after shows it clearly – we are very happy in our new place!



A familiar face is new to the Team

Radiate Engineering & Design is pleased to welcome a returnee. With immediate effect, Melanie Kuhn supports the team in the areas of production and administration. As an experienced technician, Melanie knows how to work with prepreg processing, laminating and vacuum technology. Due to her previous activities, Melanie also has a sound knowledge of administration, which is a very valuable addition to the team.

Melanie Kuhn has already worked for Radiate once and supported the two founders Frederic Poppenhäger and Timothy Habermacher in the production of prototypes of the full carbon wheel OOCYCLE in a very early phase. Some impressions of this are included in the production film which can be seen here.

Melanie comes from near Lucerne and, in addition to her work for Radiate Engineering & Design, she also works for the BeeYo company from Hochdorf, which, among other things, produces beeswax wipes as an alternative to aluminum or cling film and offers a delivery service for food and products from regional companies and farmers.

We extend a warm welcome to Melanie and wish her a successful start!

Radiate Startup Session

Are you working in a Startup and facing engineering and design challenges for your physical product? We’re here to help you out!

Having once been a Startup ourselves, we know the challenges young companies face and how difficult it is to bring a product to the market.

That’s why we created the Radiate Startup Session to offer support to young up-and-coming entrepreneurs. In a free, one-hour session (roughly – we won’t stop until all your topics have been discussed), our engineering experts will discuss your challenges concerning product design, prototyping, design for manufacturing, production planning or industrialization.

We offer the Radiate Startup Session to all companies that are based in Switzerland, involved in physical product development and are not older than 5 years.

If that sounds interesting to you, please contact us!


Designed by Zirconicusso / Freepik

Project Circleg and Fotokite Sigma win the Design Prize Switzerland

On Friday, 5 November 2021, the Design Preis Schweiz Edition 21 awards ceremony took place in Langenthal’s Markthalle. The biennial event was held for the 16th time and is considered to be the most important event for the Swiss design industry. The seven-member jury selected a total of 15 award winners from 36 nominations in nine categories.

We were pleased to see that 2 Radiate Engineering & Design customers were among the winners this year.

First, Project Circleg won in the category “Going Circular Economy” – Jury verdict: “With the help of a cleverly woven ecosystem, they have done everything right, considered everything and developed a convincing solution for all aspects of their complex task – a great achievement!”

Secondly,  Perspective Robotics won in the category “Product Investment” – As the jury put it: “The Fotokite Sigma proves to be an extremely useful tool for the emergency response of professional rescue workers, providing real-time aerial images of the scene. The design of the aircraft and its base station appears both practical and unpretentious.”

We feel privileged to be involved in both projects and are happy to continue to support Perspective Robotics and Project Circleg on their way!

Partner network study program Computational and Data Science

The use of data for mobility, health, trip planning or weather forecasts is ubiquitous. Data-based models are also becoming increasingly important in product development. At Radiate Engineering & Design, simulation-driven engineering has been part of our core competence from the very beginning.

We are therefore pleased to share our knowledge in a cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons in the new study programme “Computational and Data Science” and to support the education of future knowledge workers. The areas of cooperation cover various fields, including the support of technical experts on the part of Radiate or the possibility to accompany bachelor theses.

More information about the Computational and Data Science program can be found here.


What’s behind the Circleg Cycle

Ever wondered, how the prosthetic legs from our client Project Circleg are made? You can find it out in this short 2 minute explainer video which drives you through Circleg’s entire production cycle. A journey of a PET bottle transforming into a highly functional lower-limb prosthetic. Congratulations to this very informative “behind the process”-look.

Free consulting session for Startups

Having once been a startup ourselves, we know the challenges young companies face and how difficult it is to take the first steps. That’s why we created the Radiate Startup Session #1 to offer support to young up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Have you recently started a new business and face engineering and design challenges? Our engineering experts will help you developing your idea, creating a prototype or even discuss with you questions in regard to production planning and industrialization.

We offer the Radiate Startup Session #1 to all companies that are based in Switzerland, involved in physical product development and are not older than 5 years.

So let us know about you and your ideas, contact us and let’s start the first Radiate Startup Session #1 together!


Designed by Zirconicusso / Freepik


Radiate expands prototyping capabilities with brand new CNC milling machine

Since the birth of Radiate, prototyping is in our DNA, incorporated in a simulation driven engineering approach. Due to the limited size of the current CNC workhorse, Radiate recently acquired a new, larger CNC milling machine, which enables us to prototype and manufacture larger parts such as tooling molds, aluminium or steel parts up to sizes of 2m x 1m. With its gantry build, the machine from the german Company BZT is incredibly accurate for its size and can handle high acceleration and speed in order to increase efficiency. We are excited to be able to offer further manufacturing capacities for our customers!

Project Circleg wins Cybathlon

Only recently, the Project Circleg team presented its new prototype, the Circleg Zero. Now the team has won the Cybathlon 2020 competition in their category. Andre Frei overcame the obstacle course as the fastest with the advanced Circleg Zero prosthesis.

The Cybathlon is an international competition for assistance systems. Teams from all over the world measure their prototypes in six different disciplines. Last weeks, over 50 teams competed against each other. Project Circleg started with the two pilots Andre Frei and Beat Schwarzenbach to test the Circleg Zero prosthesis, which is still a prototype. The victory in the Cybathlon has now shown that the new prototype works perfectly. Radiate is happy about the success and congratulates our customer!

Mario Tischhauser joins the Radiate Team

As a new addition to the Radiate team, we welcome Mario Tischhauser as our new Head of Prototyping Lab. A trained wood sculptor and forest warden, Mario has excellent skills and knowledge of various materials, craft techniques and in the use of machines. Through his former work in the 3D printing industry he has not only experience in prototyping, but also the ability to innovate and good organisational skills. Flexibility, independence and perseverance are also part of his qualities – this fits very well with Radiate. We are very happy to have Mario with us and wish him a good start in his new environment.