Dreams do come true

Paper Dreams - This is the story of composite design engineer Paul Bischof

Paul studied mechanical engineering at the Graz University of Technology in Austria but his fascination with composite materials stretches back way beyond that. From the age of eight, he's been building paper models of planes and cars, and for the last decade has been building 1/10th scale models of Formula One and sports cars. Pauls' work is... flawless. Each model contains around 6,500 individual parts, takes upwards of a year to complete and can be seen on Paul's blog. It's the sort of thing that can really catch the attention – which is why our chief designer Rob Marshall wrote to Paul and asked if he might be available to come to Milton Keynes for a little chat... 

Paul still spends his (incredibly limited) free time building paper dreams but during the working day he's using Siemens PLM software to do something very similar on a workstation at Red Bull, albeit with carbon fibre rather than cardboard, tinfoil and discarded giftwrap. He says it best himself: "The best thing about working at Red Bull is that it's basically my hobby!"

In October 2014, Paul returned to the Graz University of Technology, to finish his Master Studies in Mechanical Engineering.