- Søren Maagaard Olesen
- 34 år
- Ansat siden 2012
- MSc. Robot Systems Engineering from SDU
Can you briefly describe the area of business that you are working with, including your primary work tasks?
3Shape Audio provides 3D scanners and modelling software to hearing aid manufacturers. In my team, we make the software that connects the 3D scanners and software for designing customized hearing aids. The hearing aids are customized to each person, so they fit exactly to their ears. That means that the software needs to include a lot of information on ear anatomy.
We also provide more and more cloud services, ranging from order tracking to cloud-based 3D algorithms. In my role as a software architect, I mostly work with the software from 3D algorithms in desktop applications to cloud infrastructure and deployments.
What are the most exciting and challenging tasks that you face in your job?
3Shape has, together with our customers, transformed the way hearing aids are created. From a completely manual process, where you do everything by hand, to a digitized production flow, using 3D scanners, 3D software, and 3D printers. Still, designing a unique hearing aid that exactly fits a person's ear is a difficult task. Figuring out how we can continue to push the boundaries, and redefine the industry standards, is a super interesting and challenging task.
How do you use your education in your current position?
My education gave me a solid understanding of software fundamentals as well as a strong knowledge of 3D algorithms. When I started, it felt like my education in computer vision and robotics was almost designed for 3Shape. Having worked with robot movement in 3D during my education meant that I could contribute here from the start. Over the last few years, I have moved more towards software architecture, and now draw more on that part of my education.
Which three things are of most importance, when working in an organization like 3Shape?
There is a lot of freedom in the organization to move around and choose the direction you want to go. I moved from 3D algorithms in our applications to software architecture, because I felt my interest was changing in that direction.
I am still learning new things every day. I am surrounded by some of the brightest colleagues you can get, so there is always something new to learn. Combined with the ever-changing tasks at hand, it makes it really rewarding to go to work.
3Shape values employee welfare very much. There is a really a good work-life balance, which I find very important.
Why is 3Shape an attractive organization for you to work at?
The best argument wins. It doesn’t matter if you are a senior or junior developer, if you have an idea, and your reasoning is in place, you can make it happen.
We also have a quite young and social environment in 3Shape. There is a ton of activities going on all the time, from Friday bars to our scuba diving club, and board game nights. But for me, the most attractive part is that the products we provide, are actually used to make people's lives better. That is amazing.