We are still a relatively young company, but WallPen® has already experienced a lot… Grab a coffee and enjoy our adventurous logbook.
The basic idea
For more than 25 years Andreas Schmidt was managing director and employer in the field of training, presentation and sales of 3D CAM/CAM software, mainly in the German automotive, aviation and mechanical engineering industries. He had the idea to start a company selling Chinese wall printers on the German market.
He orders his first printer.
The Chinese printer bursts into flames (without nonsense!) the first time Andreas tries to print with it. Money gone! The Chinese manufacturer was no longer available.
It seems as if dreams would go up in smoke.
“I’ll build it myself!”
Second try: A printer from another Chinese company arrives. The eight year-old heavily used laptop is full of pirated copies. What’s more, the functions are restricted, the print reliability is low, and multiple malfunctions interfere with stable.
Andreas decides to build his own printer.
Initial schematic diagrams
Initial schematic drawings for the printer are created as the search for high-quality components and reliable suppliers begins. The printing technology and motors are also taking a more concrete shape. The many years of experience in planning and construction is of course of great benefit to the project.
90 % “Made in Germany”
The first suppliers in Germany are found. The WallPen will only be purchasing laser technology, printer heads, and ink from leading companies abroad. A first employee developed an initial software program for the printer, although it has yet to product successful results.
15 patents registered
Solutions for every faced difficulty over the last few months where found – many of them new and unexpected. WallPen GmbH registered a total of 15 patents with the help of a leading German patent attorney.
Setback followed by a stroke of luck
The Southern European programmer ended his months of work by heading home for Easter vacation, after which he did not return to Germany. There was a good reason for this: His program didn’t work. After a first shock, Andreas considered this a stroke of luck: Programmer Ramazan Köprülü got in contact with him, became his first serious employee, and ultimately created software that could provide quality printing results. Today his code is the backbone of the WallPen.
No ink flow
The first test print starts. The printer is running and moving over the surface – but no ink is flowing. Searching for a solution to the problem, Jochen joined the team. He turned the right screw and helped create the first successful print.
The first successful wall print has decorated an old wall chart with a knight in black and white. The printer is working exactly like it should! The staff is in a state of cautious euphoria.
July – September 2016
Contacts from initial customers
Things are moving at a rapid pace. The news spread through forums and by word of mouth: now there’s a German wall printer. While Niklas writes the app for the tablet used to operate the printer, Andreas is already receiving phone calls from all over the world. The first interested customers are already sending in binding orders.
Delivery starts soon
Deadlines for our initial deliveries are drawing closer. The app is being updated once again. The team receives contacts from several agencies, and first distribution partners are under contract. The days seem much too short to handle all the things which still need to be completed before the market launch.
A perfect exterior
Construction of the first five WallPen E1s is complete, and all components have been assembled. The final tests before completion are starting. The first customers will be receiving training in February. A marketing concept is being developed, and implementation of marketing measures has begun.
Critical completion phase
The final phase before completion is always the most exciting. Small optimizations and setting changes are made after daily practical tests. Everyone on the team is exhilarated – it’s a little bit like the days before a birth.
Customers have been trained, the bags are sewn and printed, and the printer’s been thoroughly tested. In two weeks, the first models of the Wallpen E1 will be making their way into the world. The WallPen is already receiving attention in the press: Angela Göbler from the IHK Journal visited the company’s headquarters in Wissen.