New project for Perspective Robotics / Fotokite

Perspective Robotics AG of Zurich – better known as Fotokite – was founded in 2014 and specializes in offering safe and simple solutions in the field of high-tech aerial photography, e.g. for firefighting, journalism or sports. The international team based in Zurich and Syracuse, NY, currently consists of 20 engineers, most of whom are from the ETH Zurich area.

Radiate Engineering is looking forward to partnering with Perspective Robotics for a first project.

Sponsoring of the ETH Moto Racing Project

Ten students of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich have set themselves the goal of developing a carbon frame for motorcycle racing. The final motorcycle will be shown at the Swiss Moto in February 2019. With the new carbon frame monocoque concept, the students also take part in the “MotoStudent” competition, a student competition in motorcycle racing. The project, which started in September 2017, examines how the advantages of carbon fiber can be combined with the requirements of a motorcycle frame, since a motorcycle chassis, despite the required rigidity, also has to offer a degree of flexibility, especially in inclined positions. In racing, although several attempts have been made to produce frames made of carbon fiber laminate, but ultimately returned all providers back to chassis made of steel or aluminum. By contrast, carbon frames and chassis are indispensable in bicycle construction and the automotive sector.

Radiate supports the project as a silver sponsor with, among other things, technical know-how and benefits in kind. We wish the ETH Moto Racing Team every success!

Selective laser sintering with the Sintratec Kit

Radiate extends the in-house prototyping lab with another component and goes a step further with the commissioning of the Sintratec SLS printer towards in-house composite and prototype construction. In the development process, it is important to check functions, form and processes at an early stage to ensure fast and targeted implementation of highly loaded and functional prototypes. The Sintratec Kit provides engineers and customers with completely new options for implementing market-ready disruptive solutions in the field of fiber composites. As Simon Grob, Head of Simulation Technology at Radiate, comments: “With Sintratec, we have found the ideal partner to help us get started with SLS technology, and we are much closer to our goal of expanding the ‘Additive Manufacturing’ sector brings.”

We’re welcoming Skope AG as a new client

The Skope Magnetic Resonance Technologies AG is a successful startup of ETH Zurich and develops and sells dynamic field cameras. A dynamic field camera measures the dynamic magnetic fields in an MRI scanner. MR researchers and engineers use this device at the MRI scanner to measure newly developed sequences, to reconstruct more accurate and quantitative MRI images, to verify the stability of MRI scanners, and to calibrate MR devices.

Radiate Engineering & Design is looking forward to working together with Skope in the future and to realize projects together.

Jonas Schmid and Simon Grob become partners at Radiate

Jonas Schmid (left) and Simon Grob (2nd from right) are new partners at Radiate Engineering & Design. Both have been working at Radiate in Zurich since 2015. Jonas Schmid studied mechanical engineering at the ETH Zurich and completed his studies with a MSc ETH ME. He is responsible for the design in Lightweight Product Development at Radiate as “Head of Product Development”. Simon Grob also studied at ETH Zurich and completed his training with a BSc ETH ME. At Radiate, Simon is responsible for Simulation Engineering as a structural optimization specialist and is also responsible for IT services.

The two new partners will join Radiate’s founders, Timothy Habermacher and Frederic Poppenhäger, responsible for Composite Materials and Processes and Consulting and Business Development.

1st Symposium on Lightweight Design in Product Development at CMASLab ETH Zürich

CMASLab at ETH Zürich hosted the first edition of the symposium “Lightweight Design in Product Development” on June 18th 2018. The purpose of this symposium was to selectively address and discuss actual topics along the entire value chain from material to design and fabrication, sharing research achievements at the leading edge of research and application and discussing and exchanging ideas on future trends.

Jonas Schmid from Radiate Engineering & Design contributed by presenting the latest findings and possibilities of advanced hybrid laminates with a special focus on the lightweight potential of Carbon/Flax hybrid laminate structures. Radiate thus forms a bridge between the latest research findings and their practical application for the composites industry.

The abstract from Jonas Schmid is available for download.

Picture: Copyright Cmas Lab


Radiate puts emphasis on Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing has reached a turning point. In the meantime, it has become a disruptive technology whose capabilities and price points, especially in the area of ​​development projects, have long since become competitive with “classical” production methods. While the moment and magnitude of impact varies with the nature of the product and production processes, it is time for every manufacturer and developer to recognize and understand the chances and opportunities of Additive Manufacturing.

Radiate Engineering has been working on various projects for quite some time, in which additive manufacturing is becoming increasingly important. Whether it’s developing an innovative orthosis or designing a rechargeable battery box for a transport drone (as shown in the pictures below), mechanical and design components in the internal composite lab are always developed using additive manufacturing and some are fiber reinforced plastics combined.

Timothy Habermacher, Managing Director at Radiate Engineering, comments: “At Radiate, Additive Manufacturing has become an established production technology for various industries and customers. Especially when it comes to highly loaded and functional prototypes, we use Additive Manufacturing in combination with fiber-reinforced plastics. The combination makes it possible to produce economic prototypes in order to generate user feedback as quickly as possible.

Innovation Workshop at Schindler

Together with the Schindler R&D team under the leadership of Volker Zapf, Radiate Engineering carried out an innovation workshop at Schindler. With around 10 participants, ideas for the improvement of the Schindler systems were developed during an afternoon. Various tools and techniques from the fields of applied improvisation and design thinking were used. Radiate thanks Schindler for the cooperation and the inspiring day.

Business-Apéro at Radiate Engineering

On October 5, Radiate Engineering received approx. 30 guests for a Business Apéro at their office in Zurich. There was a lively exchange alongside oriental fingerfood, beer and wine. A highlight was surely the presentation of a prototype of the Deldro AG, represented by Reto Büttner. The innovative delivery drone was developed in cooperation with Radiate Engineering – the project is still in the test phase and is continuously developed further. Among the guests at the Apéro were numerous customers and business partners of Radiate Engineering. Among others, Patric Hug and Philipp Gerrits of Orthotec, Paul Remy of Scott, Marcel Vollmer of CWA, Pius Kobler of Milkit, Roland Haas of Haas ProjectConsulting and Michael Krohn of Formpol. Radiate Engineering thanks all guests and is looking forward to the next Apéro!

CADFEM and Radiate enter into a cooperation

CADFEM (Suisse) AG is one of the pioneers of the application of numerical simulation in product development and one of the largest European suppliers of computer-aided engineering, as well as long-standing sales partner of the leading software producer ANSYS, Inc.

As part of a collaboration, CADFEM and Radiate will jointly carry out consulting projects in the field of FEM simulation. The goal of the collaboration is also to push forward the simulation-driven engineering in Switzerland and to increase the innovative power of Swiss companies.

Simon Grob, responsible for the simulation engineering at Radiate: “Simulations will be given even more importance in the future. We are pleased to work with CADFEM on a joint cooperation and to extend the know-how of Radiate in the field of numerical simulation in product development.”