First international trade fair experiences

What should we expect at an international trade fair? All our preparations to present in front of international trade fair visitors revolved around this very question. We were unsure what to expect from the several thousand visitors, who would frequent the fair in the next three of four days. What questions would they ask? What should we tell them? What would we show them? And, above all,who do we want to see at our stall? On our first three international trade fairs we gathered some experience and are now able to at least partially answer these questions. The Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB) supplied us with funds to finance our exhibition at the trade fairs.

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How we set up our new workshop

You already saw our new workshop on the premises of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in our Facebook-Post. Little by little we set it up. The rolling machine was the first to move in from our office. We also built a huge a workbench. Soon this is where we will glue together the special film that makes our CompactChart unique..

Open-jaw wrenches – just polished
Open-jaw wrenches – just polished

But where do our tools come from?

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Time flies – six months of EXIST grant

Once upon a time there was a young flipchart called Philip. And Philip’s dream was to fly. All his cousins laughed at him for his dream, after all, how was he supposed to fly? “You can stand and roll – but fly? Flying is just for dreamers! Look in the mirror, Philip!”

But Philip held onto his dream and, instead of catching dust, hit the road, meeting the inventors of “CompactChart”, who were headed in the same direction. It’s less lonely together!

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”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.