About us

A passion for lightweight engineering

Our team is a kind of "lightweight engineering task force" consisting of specialists from a wide range of disciplines who complement each other perfectly. What drives us are the challenges of lightweight engineering, which we solve in the best possible way for the benefit of our customers.

Axel Reinsch,
Founder and CEO ar engi­neers

Dear visi­tors,

Even during my appren­tice­ship as a ship­builder, I was most fasci­nated by being part of projects in which light­weight compo­nents made of fibre compos­ites were used.

Above all, the combi­na­tion of state-of-the-art engi­neering and the imple­men­ta­tion of exciting light­weight and simu­la­tion projects with my team at ar engi­neers gives me fresh moti­va­tion every day. We have been able to find inno­v­a­tive solu­tions together with our customers over the past 12 years and thus meet the chal­lenges of light­weight engi­neering.

Indus­tries are constantly changing and espe­cially in current times, solu­tions are required that meet sustain­ability require­ments while mini­mizing tech­nical constraints. With ar engi­neers, I see our task as meeting this constant change with new ideas and contin­u­ously growing to meet the chal­lenges.

I hope you enjoy browsing our website. If you have any ques­tions or comments, I look forward to hearing from you.

Making it lighter – for over 12 years.

For more than 12 years, we have been using our steadily growing know-how to ensure that light­weight struc­tures can be manu­fac­tured with lower costs and mate­rial usage and also have a longer service life or achieve maximum stiff­ness with the lowest possible weight. We make it possible for you to greatly shorten compo­nent devel­op­ment cycles and ensure the long-term product quality of complex composite compo­nents and assem­blies.

The mile­stones of the ar engi­neers story


F1 racing
high-end racing yachts
aircraft manu­fac­turing (Airbus)

Discovery of passion for light­weight design by Axel Reinsch

After an appren­tice­ship to a composite ship­builder and studying to become an aero­nau­tical engi­neer, two years’ expe­ri­ence in composite struc­ture simu­la­tion with a focus on full-scale testing, simu­la­tion and adjust­ment of the test results. This was followed by various expe­ri­ences abroad in racing, F1 and Amer­icas Cup for two years, with the focus on simu­la­tion and compo­nent devel­op­ment including manu­fac­turing. After 5 years of profes­sional expe­ri­ence, Axel Reinsch founded his own company in July 2010 to realize his dream of building up a light­weight task force”.

struc­tural simu­la­tion and compo­nent devel­op­ment, fila­ment winding, fibre composite manu­fac­turing.


New indus­tries:

Foun­da­tion of ar engi­neers by Axel Reinsch

Hiring of the first full-time engi­neers as well as some students.

Ansys was chosen as the simu­la­tion tool and Solid­works as the CAD tool.

New compe­ten­cies:
first automa­tions of composite design calcu­la­tions with Ansys ACP and Python.


New indus­tries:
Civil engi­neering
off-shore plat­forms
wind energy

Foun­da­tion of ar engi­neers GmbH

In order to be able to offer customers better simu­la­tions, HPC licenses (High Perfor­mance Computing) were obtained, in order to be able to calcu­late in parallel on many CPU cores and thus increase result quality through higher quality FE models. Thanks to this exper­tise, various new projects imple­menting fibre composite calcu­la­tion and opti­miza­tion, including with OptiS­lang, were won.

New fields of compe­tence:
Simu­la­tion of large models, numer­ical opti­mi­sa­tion


New industry:
roller­coaster engi­neering

New field of activity, roller­coaster construc­tion

New customer gained in the area of amuse­ment rides – design , calcu­la­tion and mould design of composite compo­nents of a children’s roller­coaster for the Amer­ican market. New chal­lenges concerning the disci­pline of simu­la­tion, automa­tion of calcu­la­tions and docu­men­ta­tion are neces­sary, calcu­la­tion of more than 130 load cases for three different assem­blies with different mate­rials and connec­tion types. Successful presen­ta­tion of the results by us – together with our customer – to their end customer in the USA.

New fields of compe­tence:
Automa­tion of calcu­la­tions and docu­men­ta­tion, produc­tion plan­ning


Move to new premises

Move into the new office premises at Kühne­höfe” in Hamburg, also an impor­tant basis for providing the appro­priate space for growing personnel numbers with more experts in the disci­plines light­weight engi­neering, simu­la­tion and compos­ites.


Start of calcbond devel­op­ment

Based on the masters thesis of an employee, for which he devel­oped an internal tool to calcu­late bonded joints faster, more precisely and more econom­i­cally, the devel­op­ment of a web-based plat­form was started in-house. This enables customers to calcu­late bonded joints even without adhe­sive bonding know-how.

New fields of compe­tence:
Adhe­sive bonding tech­nology, soft­ware devel­op­ment

Partic­i­pa­tion in funded research projects

Hy-FiVE – Hybrid joining tech­nology for joints in maritime appli­ca­tions”, a publicly funded R&D project with 7 other collab­o­ra­tive part­ners.

Content: Model­ling & simu­la­tion of novel joining tech­nolo­gies for hybrid steel-composite struc­tures.

FAnTe­Stick: Fatigue analysis and test proce­dures for the design of bonded joints”, as the first inde­pen­dent research project of ar engi­neers GmbH in coop­er­a­tion with Leibniz-Institut für Verbundw­erk­stoffe GmbH, content: fatigue strength of struc­tural bonded joints

New fields of compe­tence:
Hybrid joining tech­nolo­gies, bonded joints under fatigue load and produc­tion moni­toring of rotor blades


Launch of the calcbond plat­form

calcbond is a unique, web-based calcu­la­tion tool for simu­lating a wide range of adhe­sive bonds. Major adhe­sive manu­fac­turers such as Sika, Huntsman and Kisling are repre­sented with prod­ucts and their perfor­mance data. The public beta version of calcbond is being tested by the first external users. Based on plenty of user feed­back, calcbond is being inten­sively devel­oped for indus­trial appli­ca­tions. The soft­ware has been offi­cially released since 13 June, 2022.

New field of compe­tence:
Devel­op­ment of web-based soft­ware to market matu­rity

Further research project won

E2MUT - Emis­sion-free elec­tri­fied maritime urban trans­port”.

Start of another research project as a joint project in the maritime envi­ron­ment. Research into adap­tive CFRP hydro-foils for extended reduc­tion of ship drag and research into instru­men­ta­tion for long-term opti­miza­tion (durability/​weight).

New fields of compe­tence:
Fluid mechanics and sensor tech­nology


Use of the simu­la­tion soft­ware LS- DYNA

With this world­wide leading simu­la­tion soft­ware for explicit FEA, exten­sive dynamic processes can be mapped for our customers. This shortens devel­op­ment cycles, espe­cially in the auto­mo­tive sector, and reduces the amount of mate­rial used for compo­nents. This strengthens our range of services, partic­u­larly in the areas of crash and impact analysis.

New areas of exper­tise:
Crash simu­la­tion for auto­mo­tive industry, simu­la­tion of dynamic processes


Launch of the new website: ar-engineers.com

The growth of ar engi­neers GmbH and the asso­ci­ated expan­sion in our areas of exper­tise was only inad­e­quately commu­ni­cated by the existing website. There­fore, the commu­ni­ca­tions strategy for the ar engi­neers brand was updated and imple­mented in, among other projects, a completely redesigned website.

Making the world a little lighter

With this goal in mind, the ar engi­neers team on the feasi­bility of customer requests for light­weight construc­tion works in a young and inno­v­a­tive envi­ron­ment. The focus of ar engi­neers is on the design and calcu­la­tion of fibre compos­ites in the fields of aero­space, ship­building, auto­mo­tive and wind power. To strengthen our team we are looking for an imme­diate…

Devel­op­ment engi­neer (m/​f/​d)

Your tasks:

  • Collab­o­ra­tion in indus­trial and research projects
  • Devel­op­ment, veri­fi­ca­tion and opti­mi­sa­tion of light­weight struc­tures (metal & fibre composite)
  • Design & drafting of struc­tural compo­nents and assem­blies
  • Project manage­ment & customer commu­ni­ca­tion
  • Devel­op­ment of soft­ware tools for the opti­miza­tion of calcu­la­tion processes
  • Support in the devel­op­ment of the online plat­form calcbond (www.calcbond.com)
  • Devel­op­ment of novel design and calcu­la­tion methods for fibre composite & hybrid mate­rials

Your profile:

  • Completed univer­sity studies in the field of mechan­ical engi­neering, ship­building, auto­mo­tive engi­neering, aero­space engi­neering or compa­rable.
  • Focus of study on the strength of materials/​structural analysis/​fibre compos­ites or compa­rable
  • Expe­ri­ence in the veri­fi­ca­tion of light­weight struc­tures
  • Good FEA knowl­edge in the area of linear and nonlinear statics
  • Knowl­edge of dynamic simu­la­tion (implicit/​explicit) and struc­tural opti­miza­tion is an advan­tage
  • Prac­tical expe­ri­ence in the processing of fibre compos­ites is an advan­tage
  • Basic knowl­edge of program­ming with Python desir­able
  • Confi­dent handling of MS-Office tools
  • Good (tech­nical) English skills
  • Analyt­ical and concep­tual skills as well as creativity in finding solu­tions
  • High degree of inde­pen­dent and team-oriented work

We offer: 

  • A team of highly moti­vated engi­neers who are passionate about giving their all to take engi­neering in light­weight design to the next level.
  • Early assign­ment of areas of respon­si­bility and creative freedom in your own areas of respon­si­bility
  • Flex­ible working hours & remote work option
  • Attrac­tive, compet­i­tive compen­sa­tion
  • Regular team events to promote a posi­tive atmos­phere in the work­place

Student place­ment in soft­ware devel­op­ment (m/​f/​d)

Your tasks: 

  • Collab­o­rate in the devel­op­ment of soft­ware for engi­neering B2B web appli­ca­tions (full stack).
  • Imple­men­ta­tion of concepts to improve soft­ware archi­tec­ture & DevOps prac­tices for existing appli­ca­tions
  • Main­te­nance of soft­ware infra­struc­ture in devel­op­ment & produc­tion envi­ron­ment
  • Supporting the team in tech­nical product devel­op­ment and knowl­edge transfer & building in soft­ware devel­op­ment & DevOps methods/​tools
  • Devel­op­ment and docu­men­ta­tion of creative solu­tions for tech­nical issues
  • Inde­pen­dent error analysis and trou­bleshooting in case of software/​hardware malfunc­tions

Your profile:

  • Ongoing studies in STEM field with a strong focus on programming/​software devel­op­ment.
  • Good (tech­nical) English skills
  • Analyt­ical and concep­tual skills as well as creativity in finding solu­tions
  • Expe­ri­ence working with web appli­ca­tions (Django, SQL, Node.js) with hosting services (AWS, Heroku) an advan­tage
  • Expe­ri­ence in front-end devel­op­ment with Vue.js an advan­tage
  • Enthu­siasm for tech­nical prod­ucts and good tech­nical under­standing desir­able
  • High degree of inde­pen­dent and team-oriented work

We offer:

  • A team of highly moti­vated engi­neers who are passionate about giving their all to take light­weight engi­neering to the next level
  • Flex­ible working hours & remote work option
  • Attrac­tive, compet­i­tive compen­sa­tion
  • Regular team events to promote a posi­tive atmos­phere in the work­place