Peter, Technical Drawer CAD - Waregem
As a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) Drawer at TVH, I draw parts in 3D and 2D. It is amazing how my favourite hobby, LEGO, has contributed to the spatial insight I need in order to perform this job.
Just like many others, I loved playing with LEGO when I was a child. Of course, during my adolescence, my interest faded a bit, but this re-emerged when I turned 18. You can find LEGO in 90% of all attics - as children's toys that are no longer used - but actually it is a lot of fun for adults as well. You should consider me an AFOL: Adult Fan of LEGO.
As an 18-year old I became a paramedic and volunteer at the Red Cross. I collected the series of ambulances and Red Cross airplanes that LEGO had brought out. During a training course in disaster relief, I suggested that I would make a LEGO scale model of that specific disaster. Using that scale model, they could then give very specific lessons. I did the same for the Medical Intervention Plan West-Flanders in 1987. That is how the idea grew to build LEGO scale models for external parties: exhibitions, companies, cities ... I also use my LEGO skills at TVH, because you learn how to assemble and disassemble things, what components have to be connected ... For example, I built various miniature lift trucks to display here at work. You can find more self-built models here .
A lot of LEGO fans take pictures of their constructions and then post them on an online forum. You can really establish a business with LEGO, as a builder or as a collector/reseller. I strongly compare this to TVH. LEGO fanatics have developed their own system in which they assign a reference to every possible brick, which simplifies the process of reselling or building of incomplete sets.
In 2002, at an exhibition, I ran into someone who had the same idea as I: establish a very own LEGO community. Together with four other people, we founded BeLUG (Belgian LEGO User Group), the Belgian version of the original American LUG. BeLUG holds one general meeting per year, to evaluate the operation. Usually, we go to shows or exhibitions together, where we explain our community to other people. As a club, we also organise about four exhibitions per year, throughout the country. After 17 years the club already has approximately 800 members!
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