Born and raised in Groningen, Sjors occasionally helped his father in the carpentry factory. He later moved to Enschede to pursue a college education in Industrial Design Engineering and immediately felt right at home between like-minded people. Not wanting to stand out in the creative crowd, he started playing guitar, designing posters and generally building fun things, making grateful use of his school’s lenient attitude towards personal projects. After some time, Sjors found a job at FabLab Enschede where he assisted artists, designers, architects, hobbyists, and really anyone at all with rapid prototyping. 3D printers and a laser cutter were among the most used tools for these projects.
Six months of internship at the octrooifabriek (Dutch for ‘patent factory’) provided a very interesting intermezzo. The internship concisted of the development of a vacuum cleaner for wheelie bins. Sjors was tasked with finding a solution to the problem of the imploding wheelie bins. After half a year of trial and error, prototyping, research, testing and CAD modeling, a strong concept had been developed and subsequently patented.
This concluded one of Sjors’ childhood dreams: becoming an inventor (the other dreams being: working for LEGO some day, and becoming a helicopter pilot.) During his minor (a handpicked engineering-heavy course with programming and thermodynamics, among others) he worked briefly at the FabLab again, and later worked on a technical packaging project as an industrial design engineer for No Nonsense Technical Solutions. At this moment, he is nearly at the end of his study, with only the graduation internship left to do.