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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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Oct 30, 2015

Jeff Hooper is the creative mastermind behind Backhand Bikes.

Using AutoDesk Fusion 360 and the practical knowledge he has gained in working a career in manufacturing, Jeff creates designs that are almost organic, but are CNC machined from metal.

We talk about CAD/CAM, solid modelling, climb milling versus conventional milling, IMTS, ToolingU, and the perceptions versus the misconceptions of a college education.

Show notes are available at:

www.podcastformakers.com/jeff-hooper

 

 

 

Oct 23, 2015

In this episode we learn all about how Linn from Darbin Orvar got started in making and where she sees the maker movement going. Some of the topics discussed include:

Growing up in Sweden, and the expectations for school age children

Growing a successful following on YouTube

The origin of the Darbin Orvar name

Talkin' BoXZY, talkin' Carley

Patreon

www.podcastformakers.com/survey

Advice for the Maker Movement - do what you want to do!

You can learn more on the shownotes page.

Oct 16, 2015

Jim and Jason were nice enough to come on the show, and we had a great time and great conversation. The main topic we focused on was how do we get students interested in manufacturing? We need to change perceptions:


1. Get talking about how clean the shop environment is
2. Show that modern machines are the definition of high technology
3. Get more women involved in manufacturing
4. Get aesthetics on display
5. Highlight innovative thinkers

Don't forget to jump over to visit the show page so you can connect with the guys!

www.podcastformakers.com/makingchips 

Oct 9, 2015

A degreed engineer by trade, Tom spends his days pushing paper, and doesn't have the opportunity to scratch the maker itch.

Nights and weekends is when Tom is able to spend his personal time doing small woodworking and metalworking projects in his home shop.

We dive into his back story, if a college degree is the right choice, Tom's current crowdfunding campaign to restore a Southbend lathe, and where he sees the future of the maker movement.

Visit the show notes page:

http://www.podcastformakers.com/tom-utley/

 

 

Oct 2, 2015

TechShop is a membership-based DIY workshop that provides members with the use of tools and equipment. CNC metal cutting machines, manual metal cutting machines, 3D printers, sewing machines, and woodworking machines are all available to its members.

CoFounder Bob Thomas explains how TechShop grew out of an idea and continues to thrive on the passion of the makers inside, plus a whole lot more.

Visit www.podcastformakers.com/bob-thomas for show notes and links.

Sep 25, 2015

Carl Fiester and Peter Matoian are the makers behind Cape Brewed Gear.

The guys make unique bottle openers with a "twist".

www.podcastformakers.com/cape-brewed-gear/

 

Sep 18, 2015

Welcome to this MakerCast episode with Aaron Sanchez

Aaron, along with his father, Andy, is a maker of beautiful furniture using unique materials for high-end clients.

Hear about a carpentry/woodworking job at the Firestone Mansion.

Hear about how Aaron and his father ran a typical wood shop, making cabinets and custom pieces.

Hear about the decision to deviate into rustic southwest furniture and how their specialization profited greatly.

We discuss if specializing and eliminating options made it easier to work with clients.

Visit the full notes at www.podcastformakers.com/aaron-sanchez for more

 

Sep 11, 2015

After attending public high school with no shop classes, this weeks guest attended North Bennett Street School in Boston to receive formal training in 18th-century cabinet and furniture making. 

The North Bennett Street School is a trade school that’s 130 years old dedicated to preserving the craft of furniture making. The school offers eight full-time professional programs train students for careers in: Cabinet and Furniture Making, Carpentry, Jewelry Making and Repair, Bookbinding, Locksmithing and Security Technology, Piano Technology, Preservation Carpentry, and Violin Making and Repair.

Kyle describes his favorite piece - a segmented circular donut with over 2000 pieces.  It took over 100 hours to finish.

Hear about how Kyle has done projects for Snoop Dog, Disneyland, Metallica, and Jelly Skateboards.

We discuss how Kyle never wants to lose the human touch of his designs and craft.

You can get more info at the show notes page for this episode by visiting www.podcastformakers.com/kyle-toth

Sep 3, 2015

Todd builds CAD models that are CNC friendly. Lissten in as we learn all about how Todd got started, and what he sees for the future of homegrown CNC routers.

 

www.podcastformakers.com/todd-bailey

Aug 21, 2015

Bill Padnos and Sarah Brooks share the following about the NRL program:

Some students begin in early elementary years with STEM-related activities, and then begin participating in BotsIQ in middle and high school years.

The students learn to work as a team and are often offered internships and even full-time jobs in partnering manufacturing companies as a result of the program.

Students learn every aspect of the manufacturing process during their projects: securing funding, beginning designs, marketing, testing, refining, documentation, and time and project management.

When students are immersed in the manufacturing process, they begin to realize that they could “do this for a living.”

Students learn that most jobs in manufacturing don’t require a four-year college degree, and some jobs are available to them immediately after high school.

Many of the partnering companies recruit employees from the high school competitors

www.podcastformakers.com/gonrl  (Thats: Go! N.R.L.)

Jul 31, 2015

In this episode we discuss:

 

Life in military service - Serving in the United States Air National Guard

 

Donating time to local charitable organization

 

Grassroots Makerspaces

 

STEM and STEAM

 

www.podcastformakers.com/survey

Jul 12, 2015

This episode is an in-depth interview with Doug Fontaine about CARVEsmart. The patented CARVEsmart quick change vise jaw system was invented by machine shop owner Bill Ehnstrom to save time and reduce costs in his own operation. Shortly thereafter, Ehnstrom partnered with veteran machine tool industry expert Doug Fontaine to form Bellatex Industries and commercialize CARVEsmart.

http://www.podcastformakers.com/carvesmart-vise-jaws/

 

Jun 19, 2015

In this episode we discuss:

 

Life in military service - Serving in the United States Marine Corps

Growing up poor

Finding materials to work with

The origin story of the Kentucky Knows (Kentucky Nose)

Paying tribute to those that helped in the past

Weathering the storm so you know what a sunny day is.

Donating products to local charitable organization

www.podcastformakers.com/tony-davis

Jun 5, 2015

In this episode we discuss:

Growing up in a machine shop as a Natural Born Maker

Introduction to CNC

EDM (Electrical Discharge Machining) Wire versus Sinker (aka Conventional, or, Ram EDM)

Where can companies find skilled workers? Tradeschools?

Makerspaces like Techshop

What else is there besides college?

People want the skills that Vocademy teaches

Vocademy is NOT a tradeschool

Is it a lie that you will make more by going to college?

The Experts on How To Run A Makerspace

Flipping the way education is done

TED Talk – The Marshmallow Challenge

STEM, STEAM, and really making things – not just on the iPad

 

Retirement – The Silver Tsunami

www.podcastformakers.com

www.vocademy.com

 

May 21, 2015

In this episode we discuss:

How makers in the garage outpace OEMs in innovation 

The contract manufacturing environment and idle machine time

Rethinking production in a JIT on-demand world

Paying attention to "the Prosumer"

Overbuilding and undercapacity

The long-time Request For Quote (RFQ) Process and how machine setup time drives pricing (the "old" model)

The MakeTime Request For Utilization of Open Machine Hours (the "new" model)

How innovation drives job creation

The skillset to interpret the engineer's wishes

Where the idea for The MakeTime Marketplace came from

Pebble.co and crowdsourcing manufactured commodity parts

The new manufacturing frontier - the perfect buyer and the perfect seller

visit www.podcastformakers.com for more details

May 1, 2015

Carley Eisenberg is the owner and blacksmith of Iron Mountain Forge. She is a designer and maker of organic, nature inspired furniture. If her name sounds familiar, you may remember her as a semi-finalist on Ellen Degeneres' Furniture Design Challenge which aired on HGTV.

Carly's work is exquisite. You have to go to her website and see the level of craftsmanship she brings to her pieces. Each one is a combination of hand-forging and beautiful woodworking.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Carley's Branching Out Kickstarter Campaign
  • Ellen's Furniture Design Challenge on HGTV 
  • RISD graduate program thesis
  • Miami of Ohio
  • Glass Blowing
  • Red Cloak Studios 
  • Vivian Beer as a mentor
  • CNC Plasma cutter
  • Example of 2D CAD nesting
  • MIG and TIG welding 

visit www.podcastformakers.com for more details and notes

 

 

Apr 12, 2015

The origins of BluBin - car trouble leads to a revelation
Launched in 2012, Blu-Bin is truly making 3D printing accessible to the masses
Science Fairs, architectural models, historical buildings on SketchUp
Will 3D printing truly find its way into everyday life?
How do you bridge the gap between the idea and the reality?
Either sketch what you need and have the CAD model created, and then the finished item, or, send them your own CAD model to have printed.
Expertise. Francising, with a twist
What kinds of materials are used in 3D printing?

www.podcastformakers.com

Mar 28, 2015

Jessica completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Object Design at Towson University. Her extensive CAD training supplmented with hands on experience working with a family of 3D printers has lead her to collaborate with professionals in the architectural, medical and design fields.

Listen to the interview where we explore the topics of being a maker, performing client work, building a 3D printer from a kit, art, design and fashion, mentoring high school students, the use of 3D printing to aid in prosthetics, and more.

www.podcastformakers.com

 

 

Mar 13, 2015

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. 

Mar 6, 2015

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.

 

Feb 27, 2015

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.

 

Feb 19, 2015

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.

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