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MakerCast - The Podcast For Makers

This show is about being a maker and everything it means to be one. MakerCast seeks out makers of things and celebrates their uniqueness, skill set, and drive. Their stories, the themes that drive them, and the real answers to your questions are found here. Passionate people in the fields of CNC machining, welding, fabricating, 3D printing, education with STEM curriculum, and woodworking, to name a few. Whether in a makerspace or garage or barn, making is the heart of us.
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May 27, 2016

Bill Fienup started his career in product development while still a student in grade school. Though his perpetual motion machines were doomed to failure, they sparked a lifelong passion for product development that persisted throughout his life. Now, as president of Catalyze Chicago, Bill runs an incubator for hardware startups where he uses his experience to help others bring their products to market. 

Follow along as we talk to Bill about:

  • Bringing a product to market
  • The risk inherent in the traditional secretive product design model
  • The gap between prototype and production
  • NDA vs MVP
  • Experimentation, failure, and iteration
  • The importance of losing
  • The benefits of community and diversity of talent

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May 20, 2016

As a soldier in the US Army, Mike Merzke found himself making rudimentary furniture for his fellow soldiers while deployed to Iraq. His making hobby made life a little more comfortable for the soldiers away from home. Now, as Mike nears retirement from the Army, he is building his former hobby into a business — Merzke Custom Woodworking. Join us as we talk to Mike about:

  • Viewing mistakes as practice instead of failures
  • Smart shop expansion and the right time to buy new tools
  • Using social media for business portability
  • Expectations as a roadblock to success

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May 13, 2016

Tim Molinaro is a content creator and engineer. In his spare time, he runs Into the Dirtshop, a channel devoted to both making things and fixing things. With a passion for trash picking and working with reclaimed materials, Tim also has a flair for automotive work. His videos teach us that you don’t need a fancy shop to be a maker. You just need the desire to do it.

Join us as we talk to Tim about:

  • Working with reclaimed material and picking the trash
  • Private school, public school, and feeling like an outsider
  • Being inspired by a negative college experience
  • Finding a “real” job in Engineering
  • Making Into The Dirtshop a self-funded enterprise
  • Pricing your work

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May 6, 2016

Izzy Swan is an incredibly prolific person. Between furniture design, a truly prolific array of YouTube videos, and spending time with his children, Izzy still considers himself “as retired as he’s going to get.” Izzy found success by forging his own path. He has emerged as a prominent figure in the maker community with a reputation for creative problem solving and playful designs. Listen to our conversation with Izzy as we discuss:

  • Having children and maintaining playfulness
  • Finding one’s place in the world
  • Not finishing college
  • Enjoying what you do: The right job versus the right people
  • Prioritizing happiness over wealth
  • Problem-solving and creativity
  • Learning from frustration
  • The importance of growing community

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May 1, 2016

Curtis Buchanan makes chairs, but not just any chairs. He makes Windsor chairs the way they have always been made — by hand, starting from logs. A poor student throughout his academic career, Curtis found his passion only after leaving college without much of a plan. A succession of odd jobs and over 100,000 miles of hitchhiking gave Curtis a thirst for experience and a tolerance for risk that would serve him well in his career as a maker of fine furniture.

This episode was originally published on April 1st, 2016. Due to an error in the feed, it has been republished here. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 

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