Lightweight; a way of life
Over the years I developed Fransiscó into a lightweight engineering company. Not only is this an ever more important topic, as discussed in: Why lightweight is important for (almost) everything, but it actually started as a personal passion.
I always had cars famed for their lightweight nature and handling. From a stripped down Peugeot 106 Rallye to a Lotus Elise. There is just something about lightweight. Its efficient, dynamic and responsive. Even when looking for our new family car, I was comparing and selecting the candidates on weight.
When you have the lightweight virus, you start to have a different look on thing. When looking for new running shoes, I again studied the weight of trainers. I obviously leaned towards the lightest running shoe but then concluded; no shoe is as low as you can go. Even for me, barefoot was a step to far, so instead I ended up with a slim rubber sole around my foot, the Vibram 5 Fingers. Limited weight, still decent protection. Again efficient, dynamic and responsive. I could go on and on, from the lightest tent, to the lightest camping stove.
Over the years I have worked on a large variety of weight reduction projects. As with the running shoes, it is all about achieving the best possible compromise. Weight sometimes also has a positive contribution that you have to acknowledge. Examples are a balance weight in a crane, vibation damping or the thermal mass of a brake caliper. That’s why I often use the term rightweighting.
It is my ambition to keep fueling my passion and work on challenging rightweight projects, products and processes.
I’m the founder and owner of Fransiscó. I have a passion for lightweight and high performance engineering. In this blogs you will find occasionally a write-up of things that keep me busy. I you want to know more about my background, please have a look here…