Design Engineer at FACC

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January 2013 to February 2014


FACC (Fischer Advance Composite Components) a composite materials company for aeronautical industry in Austria. web


Business jets. Interiors. Automated furniture. Mechanical & electronic designs. Integration & new concepts.

Problem-solving oriented design of furniture (mechanisms), focused on conceptual design:

  • More than 9 designs to be patented (several hinges, overhead bins turning systems, etc.).
  • Advice and conceptual contributions solving a variety of mechanical design issues.
  • Advice about usability and human factors for electronic and mechanical systems.
  • Advice about electronic devices, sensors, motors, power consumption, etc.


“What I like most on Rafael is his unorthodox approach to problems and, resulting from this, his sometimes absolutely surprising solutions.” read letter
Wilfried Konrad
Team Leader Mechanic Design Engineering, FACC AG. (My direct responsible at FACC)

“I have worked with Rafa for over eight months now and found he has a very keen work ethic. The harder the problem, the more keen he is to find solutions... and he does.”
Gary Blount
Colleague at FACC AG with more than 30 years experience

“Rafael is the most creative person I have met in this company (professional and personal aspect). I have had the opportunity to see this year his extraordinary skills in Geometry, Calculous and Mechanism Design.
He is strongly motivated by his job and has a really strong optimization oriented personality. If I had to recommend a Design Engineer he would be my first option.”
Andrés Ramirez
Colleague at FACC AG

“ Open-minded, creative and team player”
Oltan Izmirli
Colleague at FACC AG

“I would like to highlight his creativity, persistence and his ability to analyze problems and propose solutions”
Mónica Perez Vazquez
Colleague at FACC AG


Balanced bin adaptive gas spring according to the weightpatenting
weight sensitive catcher system to add few extra closing force in case of no weightpatenting
groove sliders system to coordinate rise & turn for a dado tablepatenting
D2 hinge high-stiffness hidden hinge for big tablesintegrated in actual project
header mechanism a mechanism to move down the header when a door turnintegrated in actual project
end stop simple adjustable end stop limitintegrated in actual project
emergency bin opening system to open the special bin for the emergency materialintegrated in actual project
toilet hingesimple turning system for a toilet coverintegrated in actual project
steel wire table systemwires & poles system to aid on the raising and alignment of dado tablesintegrated in actual project
pilot tabledefinition of two different deploying systems for a pilot tableintegrated in actual project
simple oblique hingeversatile hidden hinge for thick panelsin repository for future projects
eccentric pinsswing hinge for doorsin repository for future projects
D1 hingehigh-stiffness hidden hinge for big tablesconcept developed
Banana hingehigh-stiffness hidden hinge for big tablesconcept developed
oblique hingeversatile hidden hinge for thick panelsconcept developed
Leaf hingeswing hinge for doorsconcept developed
steel belt table systemminiature steel belt system to aid on the raising and alignment of dado tablesconcept developed
table legperiscope plain leg for three leaves tablesconcept developed
divan pull outpulling out heavy weights from under a divan without touching the floorconcept developed


    During this year CATIA has been my main tool (70% of my time). I have learnt a lot from other colleagues and by myself about hierachy for parts and assemblies , about proper procedures for Part Design, about publication processes to keep everything coherent, about sketching, using formulas and parameters, about creating dinamic sketches, about catalogues, about kinematics and mobile assemblies... and also many functionalities and shortcuts.
    CATIA is a huge tool. I basicly use Part Design, Assembly Design, Shape Design and Kinematics. About these funtionalities, I would say that my knowledge at the begining was 2/10 and now it is around 7/10.
  • Mechanical design
    CATIA is a tool, but it is useless if you do not understand the physics at the background. During this year I have exercise a lot my creativity on mechanical designs.
  • Aeronautical Industry
    I had no idea about all the protocol related to the aeronautical industry (and similar industries). This year I have learnt a lot about procedures, certifications, requirements, priorities, restrictions...
    Do not misunderstand me, when I say I have learnt I mean that now I understand about their existence... I am not interested in jobs related to those topics, but now I know how to deal with them to do my work: design.