”A photoshoot” – just what we needed

Our website, promo material, and social media were in dire need of up-to-date pictures of our current team and the weather this summer was superb, outright perfect for a photoshoot. Anny, Sanny’s longtime companion, had a splendid idea: She suggested they ought to have their pictures taken on the grounds of the disused mine “Alte Elisabeth” in Freiberg. The site commands a fine view of the historic town of Freiberg and provides intriguing backdrops with industrial charm. The setting was great: the sun was shining and there were hardly any visitors on the premises, which enabled us to roam about freely and remain undisturbed.

We won’t keep you on tenterhooks any longer! Check out these great pictures that were edited by a professional. We would also like to express our gratitude to Anny, who took these the lovely pictures.

Team CompactChart on an old steam tankTeam looking into an old chimneyTeam looking at the horizonSanny ReichMarwin GaubeMarwin Gaube

Let’s smarten up

…we have made another big step. Up to now, all our samples had been manufactured using standard components, which we could easily customise and replace. Yet, despite colourful plastic panels and insets, we were often asked, if the CompactChart was also available in a pretty design and not so technical. The functionality has already convinced prospective customers, but there is always room for improvement – and improve we shall!

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After countless tries finally, a sample

For over a year we have been trying to adjust the joints of our functional sample. Unfortunately, Item’s standard joints as well as those provided by other manufacturers do not meet our requirements. That’s why we started designing our own. After joints manufactured using conventional 3-D printing processes and materials had failed because they did not exhibit the required strength, we tried to re-mill commercial joints to our needs. Sadly, these too were unstable… Continue reading “After countless tries finally, a sample”

Founding consultation grant

Last Monday, in a consultation with the IHK, we laid the groundwork to obtain our SAB “Founding consultation” grant. During the session, we stated wishes and problems that we needed advice on. By the end of August, we hope to submit the application to fund us to the Saxonian Development Bank (SAB) while at the same time looking for a suitable advisor on technical questions regarding our #CompactChart. We have already looked into multiple regional offers and will decide by the end of the month. Our focus will predominantly be on compiling a user manual. Also better usability of folding mechanism shall be addressed.

We are very excited about the results of the consultation and are looking forward to new impulses. Have you already subscribed to our Facebook page?

A team must grow

Today we held our first big team meeting. The goal was to get everyone up-to-date and conduct an analysis of our StartUp, to figure out where there was room for improvement. Now we are working on and ticking off those points one-by-one. We are currently preparing tenders, especially for the economic sector.

Are you looking for an internship or a place to write your thesis? We offer you an interesting job alongside the opportunity to actively participate in the development of the CompactChart and contribute your own ideas. All you have to do is to send us your application. There is a lot to do, so let’s get started.

Settled on a design

Well, what should our #CompactChart look like? A bit noble, but also simple and functional. The survey conducted at the ORTE 2017 and in our circle of friends and acquaintances did not yield a distinct result. That’s why we sat down once again and discussed what we had come up with. The takeaway from that discussion was that Design 2 shall be implemented. It is simple yet dynamic. Now it’s time for the implementation. We still have a lot of construction work ahead of us.

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survey at the ORTE 2017
survey at the ORTE 2017

Market presentation – Who is this “customer” everyone speaks of?

SAXEED’s incubator programme requires several milestones to be achieved. Today was one of those days where you had to present a ton of your work. The guiding question was: “Who is this ‘customer’ everyone speaks of” and where do I find him? We went through an entire questionnaire to help us brainstorm as many details as possible about the potential market and our customers. Cramming all of that into a 10-minute pitch is not exactly easy. But it clear things up a lot.

You think you could be a potential customer? Find out by liking our Facebook page, following this blog or volunteering as a tester. Find out if the CompactChart is the right thing for you and help us improve with your feedback.

First public appearance at the ORTE

Today was a very special day. For the first time, we revealed our CompactChart to the public eye. The presentation of our prototype took place at the SAXEED booth at the ORTE. The TU Bergakademie Freiberg hosted the fair. This was also where we conducted our design study, but more on that later. During a lecture we told our little genesis story and it seemed to appeal to the audience; they are looking forward to future developments of the CompactChart.

CompactChart at it's first fair - ORTE 2017
CompactChart at it’s first fair – ORTE 2017