Two guys, a 2,600-pound Austrian named Helga and a new kind of micro-manufacturing

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Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 am

Meet Helga. She comes from Austria and has a stare that vaporizes wood. She's intelligent, extraordinarily precise and big. If you were to welcome Helga into your home, you first would knock down a wall. She weighs 2,600 pounds.

That was one of the first things Josh Powell and Nick Mauer, the duo behind MTRL Design, needed to do. They needed to get Helga — also known by her technical name, the Trotec SP 1500 — into their work space at the Mastercraft Building in north downtown.

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