On our December 8th show, we talked about advances in manufacturing driven by new technologies. We continue the discussion with Chuck Pettis, Marketing VP at Makerbot -- just one of the companies making 3D printing more widely available. He's also the founder's Dad, so we asked him what Bre Pettis, Makerbot's founder, was like as a kid. We also talked about the company's new retail store in New York where visitors can get 3D models made of their faces -- while they wait.
For the second half, we spoke with the makers of a rapidly prototyped car, the SGT01. Our guests from Team Wikispeed were CEO Joe Justice, Rob Beresford, expert in all machines that move, and Clayton Osterman, shop steward and Scrum Master in Lynnwood, Washington. We spoke about agile and test-driven development, how they build cars differently than the big manufacturers, and how they manage a diverse group of volunteers from around the country.
From the paper napkin to prototyping, to the factory and packaging, hear how products get made. Our experts Nadra Angerman of Angerman Communications Group, Barry Beyerlein of FWD Global and Steve Kidd of CimTech put it all together. They explain how the Internet, rapid prototyping and 3D manufacturing are helping entrepreneurs get products to market faster than ever before.
Products made with 3D printers and rapid prototyping technologies.
We took some time outside of our regularly scheduled program to meet with Mark Graban from San Antonio, TX to talk about Kaizen -- Japanese for "change for the better" -- a management method used by some of the biggest companies.
Mark's first book, "Lean Hospitals," has been translated into seven languages. His new book is called, “Healthcare Kaizen" -- a common sense approach to revamping the healthcare system. He came by to share his ideas for improving all types of businesses, even small ones.
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Just like the importance of buying organic or free trade, it's of equal value to understand the people who make the products we buy. Wally Bell spent 12 years working for REI on compliance, and now he's a consultant who helps U.S. companies establish fair labor practices.
In a perfect world you shouldn't have to worry about how your stuff is produced.
Hear Wally explain some of the key problems and by way of example, we discuss Apple and Foxconn at length.
There has to be a decision within the company that labor compliance is important.
If you're wondering how you can produce your products fairly, you'll want to listen to the ideas and advice outlined in this interview.
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