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Experienced Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineering Professional

Hi! I am Gilbert, a mechanical engineer, based in The Netherlands near Amsterdam and founder of Fransiscó. We specialise in concept development, product engineering and lightweight structures.


Since my childhood, I have the desire to create something new, from a blank sheet of paper. After a very exiting motorcycle adventure driving from New York to Los Angeles, I got the idea to develop an all electric adventure motorcycle. I quit my job and started working on the adventure motorcycle, while doing freelance work to pay the bills.

What I Do

I’m a freelance mechanical engineer. I support small and large teams with concept development, all the way to proof of concept and start of production.

Since I learn and adapt extremely quickly, it allows me to work in various industries and for various clients. Over the years I worked in automotive, motorsport, industrial, marine and consumer products. 

Over the years I specialised myself in lightweight engineering, a passion of mine. Someone once called me the “Heavyweight Professional in Lightweight Engineering”. Competences, techniques and technologies related to lightweight are:

How I Work

In the majority of cases, I work out of my own office and prototyping workshop. Next to video meetings I frequently visit the customer for face-to-face meetings. Under circumstances, working onsite is also a possibility.

I either work with my own equipment and licenses, or if needed, I use the clients software licenses and hardware.  

I have extensive experience in the following engineering tools:

  • Solidworks

  • Siemens NX

  • Onshape

  • PTC Creo

  • Autodesk Inventor

  • Autodesk Fusion 360

  • Catia V4, V5 and 3Dexperience

  • SolidEdge

Product Data Management (PDM)
  • Solidworks PDM (including administrator)

  • Autodesk Vault

  • Teamcenter

  • 3DExperience

Simulation & Analysis
  • Solidworks Simulation Professional

  • Solidworks Motion Analysis

  • Onshape Simulation

  • Altair Simsolid

  • Altair Inspire

  • Salome Meca

  • Matlab / Simulink

  • Autodesk Nastran

& Experience

2022 – 2023


Concept & Product Development | Prototyping

  • +GF+| Concept development of a new pipe connector system with a focus on LCA (Life Cycle Analysis)
  • Illy | Concept Development of a new generation Coffee Machine Brew Unit
  • Miele | Product Development & Analysis of a new kitchen appliance product line
  • B/S/H | Product Development of a micro plastic filter

2020 – 2022

IMS Group B.V.

Senior Product Development Engineer | Technical leadership of the internal engineers + external hires. Setting-up and streamlining an internal engineering department. Strategy development and technology roadmapping. 


Insumo B.V.

Product development of an electric propulsion unit for marine applications. Focus on rotor development.


DSM Additive Manufacturing

Topology Optimisation Consultant – Technical support for the prototype development of DSM‘s additive manufacting/3D printing platform.



Concept development of the inwheel motor of Lightyears Solar Car. 

1 patent applied

2018 – 2019

Carbon Performance Ltd.

Chief Technology Officer – Developing highly optimised automotive products using Additive Manufacturing and an internally developed software platform. 


Emons Group B.V.

Development of the E-Push system, a lightweight glass fixation system for trailers.  


SKF Research And Development Center

Development of carbon composite suspension components


Vuijk Engineering Rotterdam

Topology optimisation of a spud lifiting system. 


Royal IHC

Analysis, optimisation and redesign of a hydraulic manifold, suitable for Metal Additive Manufacturing. Result: from 13.6kg to 900g

2011 – 2014

SKF – Automotive Development Center

Concept Development Engineer – Concept development of lightweight systems and components of the automotive and motorsport clients. Worked with Carbon composite projects, electric vehicles and additive manufacturing.


1999 – 2003 – HTS Autotechniek

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor in Automotive Engineering

2003 – 2007 – Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Department: Control Systems Technology

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