Coo­kie? You bet!

The smell of coo­kies is in the air at our Trai­ning Cen­ter in Schie­der-Schwa­len­berg. Nor­mal­ly our trai­nees and dual stu­dents work here in our own trai­ning work­shop.

The smell of coo­kies is in the air at our Trai­ning Cen­ter in Schie­der-Schwa­len­berg. Nor­mal­ly our trai­nees and dual stu­dents work here in our own trai­ning work­shop. More than 70 juni­or employees start their pro­fes­sio­nal life at Phoe­nix Con­tact every year. At the moment, most of them are at voca­tio­nal school or uni­ver­si­ty or work mobi­le from home. The few peop­le who are cur­r­ent­ly working on site the­re­fo­re curious­ly stretch their heads out of their offices. Have they smel­led right? Did anyo­ne actual­ly bring coo­kies? The scent trail leads to the office of the Juni­or Busi­ness Unit, our juni­or com­pa­ny of trai­nees and dual stu­dents. And inde­ed: the­re is a tin of coo­kies on the table. But wait a minu­te, what is that sym­bol on the coo­kies?

Flo­ri­an Rei­ni­cke

For a digi­tal Advent calen­dar on our Insta­gram account of the trai­ning we wan­ted to bake coo­kies in the shape of the Phoe­nix Con­tact logo,” says Flo­ri­an Rei­ni­cke, who is com­ple­ting his trai­ning as an indus­tri­al clerk. “We then very quick­ly deci­ded to pro­du­ce the coo­kie cut­ter in the 3D prin­ter. We have our own in the trai­ning work­shop. So we nee­ded an expert in 3D prin­ting.

A P from 3D

Marc Strath­mei­er is cur­r­ent­ly in his 3rd year of trai­ning to beco­me a tech­ni­cal pro­duct desi­gner. During his appren­ti­ce­ship he learns to crea­te and modi­fy 3D data sets and docu­men­ta­ti­on for com­pon­ents and assem­blies using tech­ni­cal soft­ware. “For­tu­n­a­te­ly I alrea­dy had a CAD file of our logo in 2D”, says Strath­mei­er. CAD stands for com­pu­ter-aided design and refers to the tech­no­lo­gy for crea­ting designs and tech­ni­cal drawings with the aid of a com­pu­ter pro­gram.

Marc Strath­mei­er

To make the who­le thing three-dimen­sio­nal, we first had to con­si­der whe­ther we wan­ted to cut out the logo com­ple­te­ly or just emboss the con­tour on a coo­kie. Becau­se of the filigree con­nec­tion of the cir­cle in the midd­le of the ‘P’, we deci­ded on the second opti­on.

The next steps were to deter­mi­ne the depth of the embos­sing. In addi­ti­on, the shape had to reflect the logo in a mir­ror image. “This is the only way the logo will be right on the coo­kie after­wards.”

Strath­mei­er then loa­ded the finis­hed model into the 3D prin­ter. The prin­ter uses the Fused Depo­si­ti­on Mode­ling pro­cess for prin­ting. “The pro­cess invol­ves fee­ding a roll of plastic wire wound onto a print head whe­re it is hea­ted,” exp­lains Strath­mei­er. “The print head then tra­vels along the con­tour of the 3D model and builds up the pro­duct lay­er by lay­er. In the case of the coo­kie cut­ter, the lay­ers are 0.2 mm thick. After four hours, the mold was prin­ted and Marc Strath­mei­er pas­sed the baton to the baker.

Knead, prick, bake, deco­ra­te

Michel­le Lührsen

Not qui­te at baker’s hours, but with 8 o’clock in the morning Michel­le Lührsen jugg­led with but­ter, sugar, eggs and flour in the local kit­chen. After four hours the work was finis­hed. 25 cho­co­la­te coo­kies were per­fect, “my fami­ly was hap­py about the rest,” said the bud­ding indus­tri­al clerk with a smi­le. When the offi­ci­al task of making the coo­kies was com­ple­ted and the pho­tos for Insta­gram were in the box, the trai­nees on site were delight­ed with the sweet snack. And inst­ruc­tor Sebas­ti­an Ger­har­din­ger was also allo­wed to tas­te. “He just spo­ke with inst­ruc­tor Mari­on Ditt­rich via Micro­soft Teams. She worked mobi­le and was very envious that she could not try our cor­po­ra­te coo­kies.

Ste­fa­nie Theil

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