Hi, I am Willem Pennings. I’m 22 years old and was born in New Zealand, but I have lived in the Netherlands for well over a decade now. I study Mechanical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (‘TU/e’). I use this website as a means to publish information about my personal projects and life. The website has existed since 2012 and has seen a steady growth of content and visitors ever since. Topics include DIY (do-it-yourself), aerospace, electronics, mechanics and travelling, to name just a few!
At age 9, I started tinkering with simple electronics. Being very impressed with the fact that I could toggle a bulb with the press of a button, my box of components quickly became too small. I discovered rocketry at the age of 11 and quickly assembled my first rocket and launch platform. For me, launching a plastic bottle over the roof of our house was equivalent to putting a man on the moon…
Much has changed. My latest projects are powered by Arduino and Raspberry Pi microcontrollers. All machines and projects are designed and engineered using CAD (computer-aided design) tools such as Siemens NX and AutoCAD. My latest water rocket design consists of a carbon fiber composite body. It features a fully automatic parachute recovery system, which safely brings back the rocket from its 150 meter apogee. I have showcased my candy sorting machine in all sorts of media (inter)nationally. I keep developing and improving my skills to achieve ambitious goals.
This website is meant for anyone who is interested in the topics listed above, or just wants to stay updated. I hope to inspire some by encouraging them to build their own clocks, sorting machines, rockets and the like. I hope to entertain others using the photos and videos that are available. Lastly, I hope that you enjoyed reading this piece and will continue enjoying my content.
If you like my content or have any questions or inquiries, don’t hesitate to send me a message using the contact form on this page. Also consider checking out my travel blog website, worldwidewillem.com! It’s still being built up.