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The future of manufacturing is digital. We explore the technologies that are transforming fabrication, from advanced 3D printing to AI-assisted design, and get to know the leaders who are bringing them to the factory floor. The Digital Factory is hosted by Jon Bruner and presented by Formlabs.

The future of manufacturing is digital. We explore the technologies that are transforming fabrication, from advanced 3D printing to AI-assisted design, and get to know the leaders who are bringing them to the factory floor. The Digital Factory is hosted by Jon Bruner and presented by Formlabs.
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The future of manufacturing is digital. We explore the technologies that are transforming fabrication, from advanced 3D printing to AI-assisted design, and get to know the leaders who are bringing them to the factory floor. The Digital Factory is hosted by Jon Bruner and presented by Formlabs.

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English


Episodes

Episode 16: Live from Formnext with Joris Peels, Nora Toure, and John Hart

11/21/2018
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Last week a large part of the 3D printing industry gathered in Frankfurt to visit Formnext, an immense additive manufacturing trade show. In this episode, recorded in the hallway outside the Formnext show floor, we bring you interviews with three authorities on 3D printing: Joris Peels, editor-in-chief of 3DPrint.com; Nora Toure, founder of Women in 3D Printing, and A. John Hart, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT and co-founder of Desktop Metal. Visit...

Duration:00:37:14

Episode 15: Stephen Hooper on the integration of design and manufacturing

10/25/2018
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Computer aided design software is becoming more sophisticated: it’s moving to the cloud, it’s beginning to offer generative capabilities, and, broadly speaking, it’s bringing manufacturing closer to design. In this episode of the Digital Factory Podcast, Jon Bruner talks with Stephen Hooper, Vice President and General Manager of Autodesk’s Fusion 360, about how those developments in CAD software are driving major changes in the practices, roles, and capabilities of product...

Duration:00:33:12

Episode 14: Elizabeth Koprucki reflects on IMTS

9/27/2018
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This week we present three conversations from IMTS, the giant manufacturing technology trade show that comes to Chicago every other year. In this episode Jon Bruner speaks with Elizabeth Koprucki, Assistant Director of Fab Lab and Design at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, about the importance of giving creators direct access to tools. Be sure to listen to the other two episodes in this series, #12 featuring Spencer Wright of The Prepared, and...

Duration:00:11:40

Episode 13: Zach Kaplan reflects on IMTS

9/27/2018
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This week we present three conversations from IMTS, the giant manufacturing technology trade show that comes to Chicago every other year. In this episode we speak with Zach Kaplan, founder and CEO of Inventables, about why pure performance is played out, and the importance of accessibility in next-generation manufacturing tools. Be sure to listen to the other two episodes in this series, #12 featuring Spencer Wright of The Prepared, and #14 with Elizabeth Koprucki from the University of...

Duration:00:19:07

Episode 12: Spencer Wright on IMTS

9/27/2018
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This week we present three conversations from IMTS, the giant manufacturing technology trade show that comes to Chicago every other year. In this episode we speak with Spencer Wright, author of The Prepared and head of partnerships at nTopology. He's an authority on 3D printing, so he's able to make sense of the enormous range of 3D printing processes and machines that appeared at IMTS this year. Be sure to listen to the other two episodes in this series, #13 featuring Inventables CEO...

Duration:00:30:46

Episode 11: How Jabil Circuit Adopts New Manufacturing Technologies with John Dulchinos

9/20/2018
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Jabil Circuit is a $20 billion contract manufacturer that produces everything from specialized medical devices to mobile phone accessories. Since Jabil doesn’t own any of the brands that roll off its lines, the company’s entire value is in its ability to spin up multitudes of new manufacturing processes that meet new requirements from its clients. In this episode of the Digital Factory Podcast, Jon Bruner speaks with John Dulchinos, Jabil’s Vice President of Digital Manufacturing. He’s...

Duration:00:31:10

Episode 10: CAD in the cloud with Jon Hirschtick

8/9/2018
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Computer aided design, or CAD, has followed the arc of computing over the last 50 years: the first CAD programs were command-line applications that ran on mainframes, which gave way to graphical software that ran on desktop PCs. The next generation of CAD software can run almost anywhere, including in a Web browser or on a phone. As CAD becomes available on every platform, it’s changing the way that engineers and designers work by bringing more people into contact with CAD and by making...

Duration:00:27:52

Episode 9: 3D Printing for Railroads with Stefanie Brickwede

4/23/2018
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It’s hard to imagine an application for 3D printing that’s more complex or heavier-duty than keeping a railroad running, but Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s railroad operator and a global logistics player, is doing just that. In episode 9 of the Digital Factory Podcast, we speak with Stefanie Brickwede, who runs the additive manufacturing program at Deutsche Bahn and founded Mobility Goes Additive. We discuss the company’s applications for 3D printing, how she’s approached cultural change around...

Duration:00:17:47

Episode 8: 4D Printing with Kristina Shea

4/5/2018
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Most people who design 3D printed objects want them to keep their shape as closely as possible after printing, but an emerging field known as 4D printing aims to make objects that can reconfigure themselves after fabrication. In episode 8 of the Digital Factory Podcast, we speak with Kristina Shea, professor of Engineering Design and Computing at ETH Zürich, on why self-assembly and 4D printing could be foundational design technologies in the very near future, with applications from...

Duration:00:33:07

Episode 7: Digital Assembly with Michael Todd

3/21/2018
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Product assembly is a big factor in production time, labor cost, and complexity. 3D printing can be used to consolidate multiple parts into a single part that couldn’t be produced conventionally, but most products still need at least some assembly. Fasteners are fiddly and snap-fits are fragile. An emerging solution: advanced adhesives, applied with automated machinery—a step toward fully digital assembly. In episode 7 of the Digital Factory Podcast, we sit down with Michael Todd, vice...

Duration:00:27:56

Episode 6: The evolving business of hardware with Eric Klein

12/12/2017
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We sit down with Eric Klein, partner at Lemnos, a leading early stage hardware venture fund. Klein and his partners provide direct investment and intensive coaching for hardware entrepreneurs in areas like robotics, aerospace, and connected devices. Play the full podcast to hear about: - The challenges of hiring for early stage hardware startups - How more accessible electronics and hardware-as-a-service models are changing the hardware business - How the hardware renaissance is...

Duration:00:37:22

Episode 5: Urban Manufacturing with Krisztina "Z" Holly

11/29/2017
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We sit down with Krisztina “Z” Holly, host of the Art of Manufacturing podcast and founder of the MAKE IT IN LA initiative, a coalition of organizations that support the manufacturing ecosystem and inspire entrepreneurs to turn their passions into real products in Los Angeles. Play the full podcast to hear about: - The surprisingly broad and sophisticated Los Angeles manufacturing sector–America’s largest - The steps cities can take to become hotbeds for manufacturing and...

Duration:00:30:53

Episode 4: Reinventing Metal 3D Printing with Ric Fulop

8/2/2017
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In honor of our conference on digital manufacturing, The Digital Factory, Formlabs has created a podcast! In this series, hosted by Jon Bruner and guest host David Cranor, we’ll explore the future of the factory floor through conversations with experts who are changing the way things are made. In episode 4, Jon and David sit down with Ric Fulop, the founder and CEO of Desktop Metal, founded in 2015 with the goal of reinventing the way design and manufacturing teams print with metal. Like...

Duration:00:23:56

Episode 3: Metal, Lattices, and Beyond with Spencer Wright

7/5/2017
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In honor of our conference on digital manufacturing, The Digital Factory, Formlabs has created a podcast! In this series, hosted by Jon Bruner and guest host David Cranor, we’ll explore the future of the factory floor through conversations with experts who are changing the way things are made. In episode 3, Jon and David sit down with Spencer Wright, head of product at nTopology, where he helps build software that generates specialized lattices suited for specific manufacturing...

Duration:00:34:03

Episode 2: Connecting the Dots with Gian Paolo Bassi

5/24/2017
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In honor of our conference on digital manufacturing, The Digital Factory, Formlabs has started a podcast! In this series, hosted by Jon Bruner, we’ll explore the future of the factory floor through conversations with experts who are changing the way things are made. In episode 2, Jon sits down with Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO of SolidWorks, one of the leaders in 3D computer-aided design (CAD) technology. SolidWorks has revolutionized the availability of sophisticated, parametric solid modeling...

Duration:00:26:45

Episode 1: The Future of 3D Printing with Max Lobovsky

5/9/2017
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In honor of our conference on digital manufacturing, The Digital Factory, Formlabs is pleased to publish the first episode of our new podcast! In this series, hosted by Jon Bruner, we’ll explore the future of the factory floor through conversations with experts who are changing the way things are made. In episode 1, Jon sits down with Formlabs CEO and founder Max Lobovsky to explore the present and future of 3D printing. Play the full podcast to hear: - Max’s take on where additive...

Duration:00:23:17