Martin Balk

Martin Balk

Web developer and Engineer

Welcome to my online resume, I am a creative, mechanical- and software engineer specialized in web development with ruby and ruby on rails and engineering/3D design for 3D printing. I am always looking for awesome projects to work on, so feel free to contact me!

Next to this I love travelling, kitesurfing and playing around with tech stuff like my 3D printer and drone.


Front-end

  • HTML5 & CSS3
  • JavaScript, jQuery & React.js
  • Bootstrap
  • Advanced CSS techniques (flexbox, web components, grid, animations,…)
  • UX/UI best practices

Back-end

  • Ruby
  • Ruby on Rails
  • SQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • APIs & web services

Tools

  • Command lines
  • Sublime Text
  • Git
  • GitHub
  • Sketch
  • Heroku
  • Amazon S3

Projects

ActivityDuck

Book outdoor activities

Etsy scraper

Static landing page generator for Etsy shops

Disciplines

  • Automation
  • Shipbuilding
  • 3D Printing
  • Renewable energy

Tools

  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Autocad
  • Solid Works
  • Cura
  • Fluidsim

Diplomas and certificates

  • Bachelor of engineering
  • level 3 diploma Work preparing -Technical drawer-
  • NIL. TIG welding level 1
  • NIL. Mig/Mag Welding level 1
  • VOL-VCA (safety)

Projects

Solarboat student team

Solar powered racing boat.

Invita

The awesome outdoor first person shooter game.

Characteristics

  • Creative
  • Ambitious
  • Eager to learn
  • Hard working

Languages

  • Dutch: Native
  • English: Fluent
  • German: basic

Hobbies

  • Working on side projects
  • Kitesurfing
  • Travelling
  • 3D Printing
  • Learning new skills

Other projects and activities

Spottiapp

Find out what is happening nearby.

Quadcopter drone

My drone hobby project.

3D Printing

3D printing both comercially and as a hobby.

Etsy shop

Etsy shop with items based on 3D printing.

My journey

Full-stack web development bootcamp

Le Wagon Amsterdam

The Full-stack webdevelopment bootcamp from Le Wagon is focused on Ruby and Ruby on Rails. On Front-end we learned, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery & React.js, Bootstrap, Advanced CSS techniques and UX/UI best practices. On Back-end we learned, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, SQL, PostgreSQL, APIs & web services.

2016 - present

Slace and Greendesk

Founder

3D Printing and design. Started several Etsy shops with 3D printed products designed by me. Also printing and designing for clients directly or via 3D Hubs.

2015 - present

Invita

Founder

With Invita we are developing a game where users can play a very realistic first person shooter game outdoors with a laserweapon that works together with the smartphone of the user. I am managing a team of students that are developing the hard- and software. I am combining all the components and am developing the housing of the weapon and the company.

2015 - 2015

Bachelor of engineering

Amsterdam university of applied sciences, Engineering, Design & Innovation

The graduation project for my study Engineering, Design & Innovation was about creating an alternative first person shooter game that promotes physical exercise and social contact. The goal of the project was realizing two working prototypes which has been successfully accomplished with an 8 as the final grade.

2011 - 2015

Internship

Solarswing, Delft

I worked on the product optimization of the Solarswing reflect (a new type of solar blinds). I investigated how PV technology could be applied to achieve an optimal autonomous system.

2014 - 2014

Spottiapp

Founder

Spottiapp is an app where users can leave messages on locations so that users can stay up to date on what is happening nearby. I successfully crowdfunded the idea ($23.000,- )and had the app developed by a 3rd party. Had publications in several newspapers and on local tv channels. Spottiapp can be downloaded in the iOS Appstore.

2013 - 2013

Travelling

Traveled in southern Africa

Lived in Cape Town for 6 months and traveled through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Lesotho

2013 - 2014

Intermediate Technical Education

Horizon College, Hoorn

Mechanical engineering.

2007 - 2011

Internships

Multiple internships during technical education

I have made several steel constructions and worked on canal cruise ships and motor yachts at Slot Jachtbouw. Designed and calculated a manifold for gas packages at De Gouw. Worked as a quality controller with different measuring devices, including 3D measuring equipment at Nijdra Group. I have CAD drawn and calculated a wheelhouse for a 10 meter ship and got experience in drawing other ships at Naval office Herman Jansen. Gained experience in the yacht building industry at Hakvoort.

2007 - 2011

Preparatory Secondary Vocational Education

SG De Triade, Edam

vocational learning route metalworker.

2003 - 2007