This episode features an in-depth discussion with Joel Johnson. Together with his brother Justin, Joel has created BoXZY, what they refer to as the most versatile desktop fabrication device on the market. BoXZY is a triple-threat tool that combines a 3D Printer, CNC Mill, and Laser Engraver in one compact cube.
BoXZY's rise to stardom happened seemigly ovenight. They were fully funded on Kickstarter in 24 hours.
But that isn't the whole story.There was a very long road that BoXZY's makers had to endure.
We also talk about makerspaces - the one In particular that Joel and Justin's team works out of is TechShop.
TechShop offers safety and basic usage training on all the tools and equipment, and on various other topics. For most equipment, a safety and usage class must be completed before it may be used.
Other Machine Company's Ezra Spier discusses the story behind The Othermill. Born out of a DARPA challenge, and famous in tech circles for a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, Other Machine Company is now at the top of their game. Learn how the company faced challenges, and learn why the Othermill is so useful for so many makers around the world.
Jon Baklund, owner of Baklund R&D, paints the picture of life in the CNC job shop. The customer base is widely varied, and each customer has unique requirements. Jon's crew of makers works every day on different challenges. Examples include machined or 3D printed pieces that will aid a surgeon, or go to Mars.
Jon doesn't necessarily hire machinists; in fact, he makes makers! Work ethic, punctuality, and good attitude is the combination that Jon looks for - the rest, he and his crew of makers will teach.
Our guest for the inagural episode of the show wrote a popular article for ThomasNet entitled "How to Spark Interest in Manufacturing Among Our Youth". We discuss the article, the skillsgap, the current state of manufacturing, and compare the way things were to the way things are now. The conversation revolves around what it takes to inspire youth to consider and get excited about a life in manufacturing.
Karen Norhiem is the Executive Vice President of American Crane & Equipment Corporation, located near Philadelphia with 3 separate plants totalling 226,000 Sq Ft housing over 180 skilled Employees. American is a leading manufacturer of cranes, hoists and other material handling equipment.