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Hi this is Scott Tarcy and welcome to the Engineering Entrepreneur PodcastI’m a mechanical engineer and the president of CADdesignhelp.com. My company does CAD work and prototyping. I love designing and inventing products and creating businesses around that activity.There are many podcasts out there about entrepreneurship and a few about inventing, but I have yet to find a podcast specifically about the engineering and technical side of entrepreneurshipSince I couldn’t find the exact podcast that interests me as a design engineer and entrepreneur, I decided to go out and create it myselfMy strategy with this podcast is to interview engineers, designers and inventors who have created businesses around their inventions and productsI specifically want to focus on the engineering and design side of their products and inventions

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Hi this is Scott Tarcy and welcome to the Engineering Entrepreneur PodcastI’m a mechanical engineer and the president of CADdesignhelp.com. My company does CAD work and prototyping. I love designing and inventing products and creating businesses around that activity.There are many podcasts out there about entrepreneurship and a few about inventing, but I have yet to find a podcast specifically about the engineering and technical side of entrepreneurshipSince I couldn’t find the exact podcast that interests me as a design engineer and entrepreneur, I decided to go out and create it myselfMy strategy with this podcast is to interview engineers, designers and inventors who have created businesses around their inventions and productsI specifically want to focus on the engineering and design side of their products and inventions

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Perfect for SolidWorks Inventors

By Rafael Testai - Jul 13 2019
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This is the perfect podcast for an inventor proficient in SolidWorks like me. Scott asks the right questions at the right time, with the perfect balance of talking to listening ratio.

Good stuff. Thanks guys.

By Julian @ Blackened Industries - Jul 10 2017
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Very informative. Keep it going.

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28 Ratings
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Perfect for SolidWorks Inventors

By Rafael Testai - Jul 13 2019
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This is the perfect podcast for an inventor proficient in SolidWorks like me. Scott asks the right questions at the right time, with the perfect balance of talking to listening ratio.

Good stuff. Thanks guys.

By Julian @ Blackened Industries - Jul 10 2017
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Very informative. Keep it going.
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Hi this is Scott Tarcy and welcome to the Engineering Entrepreneur PodcastI’m a mechanical engineer and the president of CADdesignhelp.com. My company does CAD work and prototyping. I love designing and inventing products and creating businesses around that activity.There are many podcasts out there about entrepreneurship and a few about inventing, but I have yet to find a podcast specifically about the engineering and technical side of entrepreneurshipSince I couldn’t find the exact podcast that interests me as a design engineer and entrepreneur, I decided to go out and create it myselfMy strategy with this podcast is to interview engineers, designers and inventors who have created businesses around their inventions and productsI specifically want to focus on the engineering and design side of their products and inventions

Rank #1: Engineer Your Own Success - Anthony Fasano- The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast 13

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This week on the podcast we have Anthony Fasano. Anthony is civil engineer by background. He has shifted his career from practicing civil engineering to becoming an entrepreneur in a few different areas. He is the Executive Director for The New York State Society of Professional Engineers, he runs the Engineering Career Coach podcast, and he runs The Italian American Podcast.

Anthony reached a high level of management at his engineering company at the age of 27 but he wasn’t satisfied with what he was doing anymore. We discuss how Anthony made his career change and how he found his true passion, which is helping engineers develop their career.

Key takeaways

  1. The engineers that are successful have powerful core skills. Skills like effective communication and the ability to speak in front of people.
  2. If you are going to be an Engineering Entrepreneur, technical skills are not enough. You must be able to network and market yourself
  3. LinkedIn is a great tool to make connections. This is how Anthony got started with his coaching career

To contact Anthony

If you are an engineer looking for career help, go to Engineering career coach website

If you are an entrepreneur looking to grow a business, go to Engineered Content

Links

Check out when Anthony interviewed me on his podcast

Nov 03 2016

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Rank #2: 3D Professional Networking - Chris Kaminsky – Ep42

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3D Professional Networking - Chris Kaminsky – Ep42

Chris Kaminsky runs  MI3D.co, which is a professional networking association focusing on all things 3D. The group is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Chris is a Mechanical Engineer by degree, currently working for GM.

He started the MI3D so he could get together with other 3D printing enthusiasts. They meet once a month and have had guests such as reps from Ultimaker, Autodesk, and more.

We talk about how he came up with starting the group and his future plans for the group. Then we move into some 3D printing projects he has done (like making molds for chocolate).

His number one tip for the engineering entrepreneurs: Get to know people. Even if the meeting isn’t what you wanted.

To contact Chris:

YouTube videos about the group (including meetings): 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX-HdXIZVFTNEGFyzPLrOog

Website (including blogs about events): www.mi3d.co

Email: michigan3d@gmail.com

Personal site: www.criscodesigns.co

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

Oct 02 2017

26mins

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Rank #3: From Aerospace Engineer to Entrepreneur– Amy Simpkins – Ep62

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From Aerospace Engineer to Entrepreneur– Amy Simpkins – Ep62

Amy Simpkins is a speaker, author, and thought leader in innovation and the CEO of renewable energy startup, muGrid Analytics. She's an MIT-trained aerospace engineer who caught the entrepreneurship bug and loves facilitating massive leaps forward for individuals and organizations.  She's recently published her book, Spiral: A Catalyst for Innovation and Expansion and believes that innovation is for everyone and holds the key to both personal fulfillment and lasting global change.

We discuss Amy’s journey from her days as an engineer with Lockheed Martin to her current role as CEO of muGrid.

At Lockheed, Amy worked on projects like low earth orbit satellites and acoustic vibration issues in astronauts’ ears.

Amy wanted to move into entrepreneurship, so she left Lockheed. She had a few failures, as most entrepreneurs do when they first get started. But now she has a book published and is successfully running muGrid Analytics.

MuGrid is a renewable energy business that creates custom energy storage solutions for private companies and municipalities.

You can contact Amy at:

www.Amysimpkins.com

www.mugrid.com

TheSpiralBook.com

This week’s show is sponsored by Gusto

Everyone loves payday, especially engineers. But loving a payroll provider? That’s a little weird. Still, small businesses across the country love running payroll with Gusto. Gusto automatically files and pays your taxes, it’s super easy to use, and you can add benefits and HR support to help take care of your engineering team and keep your business safe. It’s loyal, it’s modern — you might fall in love yourself.  Listeners get three months free when they run their first payroll. Try a demo and test it out at gusto.com/ee. That’s gusto.com/ee

Jan 04 2019

38mins

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Rank #4: All about Drones – Johnny McLendon – Ep48

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All about Drones – Johnny McLendon – Ep48

Johnny McLendon is a Photographer and Certified Drone Pilot. He uses a Phantom 4 Pro.

He uses his drone for creating maps and videos for large industrial facilities.

We discuss the technical aspects of drones. I don’t personally own one, but I have some friends that do, and I have seen them in action. I’m impressed with how stable the video is and how they can float in one place. One interesting fact I didn’t know: Drones needs GPS to maintain location. If GPS is unavailable (like when flying inside), you will need to manually maintain the position.

We also tie in 3D printing to the conversation. Johnny can create 3D contour maps from the data the drone collects. This can be used to 3D print a scale model of the land.

To contact Johnny:

Website: https://johnnymclendon.com

Email: info@johnnymclendon.com

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

Dec 26 2017

31mins

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Rank #5: Million Dollar Side Hustle with a Full Time Engineering Role – Tony Whatley – Ep49

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Million Dollar Side Hustle with a Full Time Engineering Role – Tony Whatley – Ep49

Tony Whatley is a mechanical engineer from Houston, Texas. He is also a serial entrepreneur.

Since he was 18 years old, he has worked in the oil and gas industry. He started out as a pipe fitter. He earned his college degree while working full time in the oil and gas industry.

Tony has worked his way up into a project management role. But during all of this, he always had a side hustle. His most successful side hustle was a website about cars, specifically GM aftermarket parts. The site had so many visits that it was generating $400,000 a year in recurring revenue. He sold that website in 2006 for over $1 million.

Tony gives some great tips about taking your dream and making it a reality. He is moving into consulting to help other people achieve success like him.

You can contact Tony at 365driven.com.

Jan 29 2018

36mins

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Rank #6: 3D Printing Advice from a Formlabs Engineer - Andrew Edman – Ep68

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3D Printing Advice from a Formlabs Engineer - Andrew Edman – Ep68

Andrew Edman is an Industry Manager for product design, engineering, and manufacturing at Formlabs.

He previously owned his own design company where he met the founders of Formlabs early on.

Andrew looks for use cases for 3D printing. One such example is at Ashley Home Furniture. He found uses such as using a 3D printed fixture that weighs much less and is faster to change over compared to their traditional machined fixture.

If you own a Formlabs machine, this podcast would also give you some inside info on some of the materials. We discuss specific use cases for the various materials.

Another part of our discussion was how to make silicone parts. Andrew used to work at Reynolds Advanced Materials., which is a company that makes silicone material. Typically, I will 3D print a mold and use that to form the silicone part.

Contact info:

Email edman@formlabs.com

Linked profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-edman-5434a621/

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @caddesignhelp

This week’s show is sponsored by Gusto

Everyone loves payday, especially engineers. But loving a payroll provider? That’s a little weird. Still, small businesses across the country love running payroll with Gusto. Gusto automatically files and pays your taxes, it’s super easy to use, and you can add benefits and HR support to help take care of your engineering team and keep your business safe. It’s loyal, it’s modern — you might fall in love yourself.  Listeners get three months free when they run their first payroll. Try a demo and test it out at gusto.com/ee. That’s gusto.com/ee

Jul 01 2019

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Rank #7: How Does 3D Scanning Really Work? – Matt Holling – Ep53

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How Does 3D Scanning Really Work? – Matt Holling – Ep53

Matt Holling is the engineering manager at Dezignworks. His company specializes in reverse engineering using both laser scanning and bridge CMM. If you don’t know what that is, listen to the podcast, we go over it.

Matt and I have done a lot of work together. While there are many ways to reverse engineer a part, laser scanning is becoming one of the most popular ways and I am often having him do this for me. Once I have the model, I can make edits to the model (add holes, threads, mirror the part, etc).

One major misconception about 3D scanning is that you simply scan a part and instantly have a usable CAD file. The reality is far from this, as the scanner itself only creates a point cloud file. We go over ALL the steps needed to go from the scan, to an STL file, and finally to a fully defined Solidworks file. His company has created a proprietary Solidworks add in to do this work, and the software is impressive (the software also works on Autodesk products).

You can contact Matt at:

sales@dezignworks.com

website: Dezignworks

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

Mar 29 2018

33mins

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Rank #8: Lean Manufacturing and Lean Startups – Jason Burt – Ep60

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Lean Manufacturing and Lean Startups – Jason Burt – Ep60

Jason Burt is the owner of Evolve Holdings, which is a consultancy that focuses on teaching and applying the principles of Lean Manufacturing.

Lean Manufacturing started off as the Toyota production system and centers around a continuous improvement culture and taking waste out of the manufacturing process. The first half of our conversation is about lean manufacturing and some examples.

The second half of our talk is about the lean startup philosophy. The lean startup is about not wasting time adding features to a product without first testing to see if anyone wants those features. What you want to do is create a MVP (minimum viable product) and test with customers before putting more work into it. And when you get feedback from customers, you want to revise the product accordingly and test again.

This is where 3D printing can be helpful, as it is very cost effective to edit and create a new version of a product.

Contact info

Linkedin profile

Website ehiipconsulting.com/engineeringentrepreneur

Oct 26 2018

32mins

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Rank #9: Freeeup Your Time – Nathan Hirsch – Ep50

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Freeeup Your Time – Nathan Hirsch – Ep50

We have hit 50 episodes of the podcast!

Nathan Hirsch is a serial entrepreneur, hiring expert, and the CEO of FreeeUp.com. He has hired hundreds of freelancers to build his companies and has been featured on over 100 business podcasts sharing his knowledge on hiring and entrepreneurship.

We talk about entrepreneurship strategies and marketing. Nathan has grown Freeeup.com with hardly any marketing dollars. Instead he has used word of mouth by being a guest on various podcast, including Entrepreneur On Fire.

He started Freeeup.com because he saw the importance of outsourcing tasks that are not his main skillset, and instead focusing on what he is best at. I often do this myself, as I outsource podcast editing, website work, and other tasks that are not related to engineering.

To contact Nathan:

FREEEup.com

Feb 06 2018

36mins

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Rank #10: Autodesk, AutoCAD, and Fusion 360 Engineer – Bryce Heventhal – Ep69

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Autodesk, AutoCAD, and Fusion 360 Engineer – Bryce Heventhal – Ep69

Bryce Heventhal is the Sr. Technical Marketing Manager for Fusion 360. He has 9+ years of CAD, FEA, and generative design experience, with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. When he is not designing, he is out rock climbing.

Bryce started his career as an Applications engineer for a Solidworks reseller. He said that 80% of cases were installation issues and boring stuff.

CAD has come a long way over the years and we discuss how we both worked with old drawings to make 3D models. It amazes me that anyone could build a product at all before the modern CAD we have today.

Now Bryce works at Autodesk, specifically in the Fusion 360 technical marketing area, making tutorial videos on YouTube.

Fusion is a very interesting platform because it integrates with all the various Autodesk products. Solidworks only performs BREP forms. For example, if I receive a mesh file from a client, I typically must use a program like Blender first to get the polygon count to a manageable amount. In Fusion, you can work directly on mesh files and then go right back into traditional modeling.

Contact info:

Email: bryce.heventhal@autodesk.com

Twitter:  @BHeavyy

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @caddesignhelp

This week’s show is sponsored by Gusto

Everyone loves payday, especially engineers. But loving a payroll provider? That’s a little weird. Still, small businesses across the country love running payroll with Gusto. Gusto automatically files and pays your taxes, it’s super easy to use, and you can add benefits and HR support to help take care of your engineering team and keep your business safe. It’s loyal, it’s modern — you might fall in love yourself.  Listeners get three months free when they run their first payroll. Try a demo and test it out at gusto.com/ee. That’s gusto.com/ee

Average Joe’s Financial Coaching. Leading small business owners and employees to financial success! 

Average Joe’s Financial Independence teaches people how to correctly mange their money. Over 80% of people live paycheck to paycheck and Average Joe’s can help change that. People who have their finances under control are more productive at work and at home! Whether you are struggling to pay of debt or just trying to control your income , contact Average Joe’s today! They also work with Small Business owners to increase profit margins by assessing their expenses.

Their  coaching is virtual and can be done right from the comfort of your home! Please contact them today at 805-419-9777 for a FREE consultation. That’s Average Joe’s Financial Independence @ 805-419-9777

Helping you take control of your money!!

Jul 08 2019

20mins

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Rank #11: Asset protection for entrepreneurs – Scott Smith – Ep61

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Asset protection for entrepreneurs – Scott Smith – Ep61

This episode focuses on some important business aspects of being an engineering entrepreneur: things like asset protection, insurance, and tax strategies.

Scott is the founder of Royal legal solutions. His company specializes in asset protection for entrepreneurs. This includes what insurance to get, how to best structure your business for tax savings, and what to do when you get sued.

Scott and I discuss these 3 topics. Starting with liability, a good option for entrepreneurs is to set up 2 companies:

  1. Asset holding company – separate LLC that holds everything
  2. Shell company –runs operations of the business

Then we discuss retirement savings, specifically the details of a Solo 401k

Finally, we talk about lawsuits and what to do if you get sued.

Scott’s top tips are:

  1. Use a 2-company structure
  2. Set up a solo 401k
  3. wrap up everything in estate plan (living trust and will)

You can contact Scott at:

Royallegalsolutions.com

Real estate nerds podcast

512-757-3994

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The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

Nov 15 2018

19mins

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Rank #12: Innovation Freak Podcast – Nathan Kemmerer – Ep55

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Innovation Freak Podcast – Nathan Kemmerer – Ep55

It’s not often the title of my podcast is about another podcast, but that is the case this week.

Nathan Kemmerer (also a mechanical engineer like me) runs the Innovation Freak Podcast, which is a podcast that covers new innovation/technology around the world that has a positive impact.

Some of his episodes cover topics such as:

  1. Trash collection machine in the Baltimore bay
  2. Open sourced 3D printed prosthetic hands
  3. Airwolf 3D printers

Nathan also has some 3D printers of his own that we discuss, including the CR-10 and Tevo Tarantula.

You can contact Nathan at:

natek@innovationfreak.com

http://innovationfreak.com/

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

Jun 11 2018

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Rank #13: The Patent Process Explained – James Wilson – Ep56

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The Patent Process Explained – James Wilson – Ep56

This episode is one that you inventors out there should definitely listen to. Most people know what a patent is but not many understand the process it takes to get one.

In this episode I talked with James Wilson from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). James is the Assistant Regional Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office in Detroit.

We talk about the entire patent process, from idea creation to provisional patent, to non-provisional application and the review process. We uncover all the details inventors want to know, like costs, time frames, and the process.

There are some links from the podcast I will add once I get them from James. But those will be for the resources he described including how to get assistance on patent applications.

James’ parting advice is that the UPSTO strives to be one of the best government entities and that they are looking to hire more examiners. So if you are a professional with a technical degree, there might be an opportunity for you at the USPTO.

You can contact James at:

midwestregion@USPTO.gov

313-446-4800

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

Jul 09 2018

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Rank #14: Finance your Inventions – Matt King– Ep58

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Finance your Inventions – Matt King– Ep58

One of the most important things to take care of in the invention process is figuring out how to pay for all the steps needed to get your product to market. Unless you have a trust fund or a high paying job, you will likely need help getting your product to market.

It will take thousands (if not more) dollars to go from idea to final product. Costs will include CAD design, prototyping, market testing, advertising, production and so on.

Matt King is an expert in helping entrepreneurs get the funding needed to start their business. He runs Titan Consulting, located in my home city of Charlotte, NC.

In this week’s podcast, Matt and I talk about the right way to go about getting funding. To put simply, you should not go from your napkin sketch to trying to raise $20M. There are many steps before that and we discuss how to do it with practical examples.

You can contact Matt at:

Email mking@titan-industries.com

Phone number 704-231-8152

Sep 10 2018

28mins

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Rank #15: How to Patent an Invention – Alex Hobson – Ep70

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How to Patent an Invention – Alex Hobson – Ep70

Alex Hobson is founder and president of Invention To Patent Services.  He is also an inventor being listed on more than 20 U.S. patents.  He has more than 20 years of experience.

I’ve had other patent agents on the show before, but Alex is a little different. Alex was first a mechanical engineer and actually worked at a same company that I worked at before (WLGore.com, the Goretex company).

He started writing his own patents while at Gore and learned enough to change careers and go on his own writing patents.

We cover all topics of patents including allowance rate, priority date, difference between a patent agent and patent attorney, provisional patents, and more. If you are new or even experienced inventor, this is the show for you.

Contact info:

Email: ahobson@invention-to-patent.com

800-634-0605

Invention-to-patent.com

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @caddesignhelp

This week’s show is sponsored by Gusto

Everyone loves payday, especially engineers. But loving a payroll provider? That’s a little weird. Still, small businesses across the country love running payroll with Gusto. Gusto automatically files and pays your taxes, it’s super easy to use, and you can add benefits and HR support to help take care of your engineering team and keep your business safe. It’s loyal, it’s modern — you might fall in love yourself.  Listeners get three months free when they run their first payroll. Try a demo and test it out at gusto.com/ee. That’s gusto.com/ee

This week’s show is sponsored by:

Average Joe’s Financial Coaching. Leading small business owners and employees to financial success! 

Average Joe’s Financial Independence teaches people how to correctly mange their money. Over 80% of people live paycheck to paycheck and Average Joe’s can help change that. People who have their finances under control are more productive at work and at home! Whether you are struggling to pay of debt or just trying to control your income , contact Average Joe’s today! They also work with Small Business owners to increase profit margins by assessing their expenses.

Their  coaching is virtual and can be done right from the comfort of your home! Please contact them today at 805-419-9777 for a FREE consultation. That’s Average Joe’s Financial Independence @ 805-419-9777

Helping you take control of your money!!

Jul 15 2019

41mins

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Rank #16: Serial Inventor, Entrepreneur and Daymond John Business Partner – Mike Watts– Ep65

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Serial Inventor, Entrepreneur and Daymond John Business Partner – Mike Watts– Ep65

Mike Watts is a serial entrepreneur who has started 6 product-based companies totaling over $50million in total sales. Mike is currently serving as Founder and CEO of LoveHandle, who manufactures patented custom-printed smartphone accessories and is a partner of Daymond John from Shark Tank.

Many listeners of this show are inventors and Mike took a slightly different approach than many inventors. Mike started out by partnering with an inventor of a lawn/garden product and manufacturing that inventor’s product, in return for giving the inventor a royalty.

After that product, Mike has created a smart phone accessory that makes it easier to hold your phone. The brand name is called Lovehandle (www.lovehandle.com). Daymond John (from Shark Tank) discovered his product and was so impressed with it that he contacted Mike and they have since partnered up to do business together.

Mike’s number one tip:

Seek out wisdom from those that have done it before

You can contact Mike at:

Mike@lovehandle.com

Instagram: @mikewattsceo

Mar 16 2019

19mins

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Rank #17: Everything you ever wanted to know about CAD – Will Gibbons - The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast 15

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Will Gibbons is a Training Specialist at Luxion, the makers of KeyShot rendering software. He's got a degree in Product Design and experience in marketing, product design and development and visualization.

Will has experience in more CAD programs than anyone else I know. We discuss many of the different programs out there and give the pros and cons of each. I mainly use Solidworks so this conversation really opened up my eyes to the different options when it comes to CAD. If you currently use CAD software or are interested in it, you will find a lot of value in this conversation.

Make sure you stick around to the special section at the very end, Will and I go into some extra discussions on Z-brush (a program used to create these masks).

Key takeaways

  1. There are so many CAD programs out there, that you need to pick the one or ones that best suit what you need
  2. For beginners looking to get into CAD, start with Fusion 360 because of the cost and flexibility

To contact Will

Website: Willgibbonsdesign.com

Instragram: @Willgibbonsdesign

Email: will@willgibbonsdesign.com

Nov 28 2016

47mins

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Rank #18: Creating Software Products – Jay Gibb – Ep57

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Creating Software Products – Jay Gibb – Ep57

Jay Gibb is a software engineer, but he is also an entrepreneur. He has started 2 companies, Arizona Bay and Cloudsponge (links are at the end).

Arizona Bay is a consulting firm that builds custom software. Cloudsponge is a digital asset (a product) that makes it easy for people to recommend your website to a friend. The easiest way to explain it is, imagine you just booked a place on Airbnb and want to recommend it to friend (or all your friends). Most websites have a place where you can type in each and every name, but good luck remembering all your friend’s email addresses. Cloudsponge solves this by integrating with your address book and you can simply click next to each name you want to send the Airbnb listing to.

Jay and I discuss how each business operates and how he came up with the idea for Cloudsponge. His advice: the best products come from solving your problems first and finding out many other people have the same problem.

We also touch on machine learning, which I didn’t know a lot about previously. Cool stuff!

You can contact Jay at:

Arizonabay.com

Cloudsponge.com

Jay Gibb LinkedIn

Aug 22 2018

35mins

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Rank #19: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) – John Laslavic– Ep64

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) – John Laslavic– Ep64

If you are an engineer at a mid to large company, you are well aware what PLM is. But if not, hopefully this episode will teach you a few things.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is how companies organize the process of creating and modifying products. Traditionally this applied to just the CAD data itself. This is important because if multiple engineers are working on a file, the system will keep the data organized so that everyone knows what the latest revision is and the status of the project (is the CAD in process, under review, or ready for tooling, and so on).

John is the CEO and founder of Upchain.com. Upchain is changing PLM by organizing the entire supply chain, not just the CAD data. This makes the entire product management smoother. After the CAD is done, other departments still have work to do like getting quotes for tooling. Upchain organizes this process.

Contact info

http://www.upchain.com

Mar 01 2019

37mins

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Rank #20: The Wheelchair Mountain Bike – Bowhead Corp (Chris Bagg and Will Gill) – Ep67

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The Wheelchair Mountain Bike – Bowhead Corp (Chris Bagg and Will Gill) – Ep67

23 years ago, Chris Bagg broke his back snow boarding. Chris was very into outdoor sports and wanted to continue his activities as a parapalegic.

Chris built his own custom wheelchair first. He needed this because all the stock chairs were too small for his 6 foot 8 inch size.

Next, he started working on his off-road wheelchair bike. He “modeled” the bike first using paper and foam, just to work on the concept. Then he started getting prototypes made from using Solidworks and creating waterjet cut parts.

Chris later brought in a Solidworks expert and engineer Will Gill. This is when their company Bowhead Corp was born. They now have a few products such as the Bowhead Reach and the Bowhead Traveler. You should go to their website and check out their pictures and videos in action.

You can reach them at:

https://bowheadcorp.com/

https://www.instagram.com/bowheadcorp/

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

May 17 2019

52mins

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CADdesignhelp.com Top 5 Projects 2019 – Scott Tarcy – ep 76

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CADdesignhelp.com Top 5 Projects 2019 – Scott Tarcy – ep 76

Changing things up this week, no guest. Instead, I reviewed my 2019 and picked my top 5 most interesting and unique projects I worked on. In summary they are:

  1. Candle Project
    1. 3D printed a mold to then make a silicone mold. A mold for a mold if you will
    2. Wax is poured into silicone mold
    3. Key lesson: make alignment keys too small
  2. Exercise Device
    1. Ab roller, foam roller and pushup bar all rolled into one
    2. Ability to lock rotation
    3. Used expanding foam
    4. Key lesson: use silicone mold for making foam parts. Getting foal off PLA plastic is a major pain
  3. Hood Exhaust
    1. Air filtration fire trucks
    2. Need to test removing and reinstalling the air filter tube 100,000 times
    3. 2 tables from 8020 Aluminum extrusions
    4. Designed in solidworks
    5. Built and tested
    6. Key lesson: used 3D printing to create some missing parts on the install day
  4. Gnome Head
    1. Xmas gift. A woman wanted her friends head on the body of a gnome
    2. Use photos to create head in 3D (used Maya). Scanning not an option due to her being too far from me
    3. Used Grabcad.com to find existing gnome 3D model
    4. Combined the head STL and gnome STL in blender
    5. Created breats on the gnome to make female version
    6. Key lesson: 3D printing this: SLA print much better result than FDM print
  5. Squash Racquet attachment
    1. Created 3D model of squash handle by measuring physical part
    2. Used client images to create cad file
    3. Device is a training aid to learn correct grip
    4. 3D printed a mold to make the prototypes
    5. Key lesson: to get a silicone part to hold onto something (like a grip) you want to design for about a 10-20% interference fit

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

Jan 21 2020

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Incredible invention: Control Your Stuff Just by Thinking About it– Ian Rowan– Ep75

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Incredible invention: Control Your Stuff Just by Thinking About it– Ian Rowan– Ep75

Ian is the inventor of one of the world’s smallest EEG wearable devices, Nurio. Ian has deep interest in all thing’s technology, especially Artificial Intelligence and its implications for the future of health. 

Nurio is a tiny electroencephalogram (EEG), a tracker that can record brain waves. It’s no bigger than an earpiece, all you need to do is think about a command to make it work.

You can use this device to control any internet connected device, like your TV, your Amazon Alexa and so on.

We get into discussing exactly how this works and how Ian was able to create such an incredible product, as well as his background and how he learned everything he needed to create this on his own.

Ian’s number one tip: Anything that you find yourself learning – take it all the way to its core.

Contact info:

Linkedin: Ian Rowan

Email: ian@mindbuilderai.com

Website: http://www.nurio.info/

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

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Dec 10 2019

36mins

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How Inventors can Succeed with Ecommerce – Rick Watson – Ep74

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How Inventors can Succeed with Ecommerce – Rick Watson – Ep74

Rick Watson is an eCommerce entrepreneur and operator based in New York City who, after spending the last 20 years in the industry, recently founded his own business , RMW Commerce Consulting ,where he helps companies launch new initiatives with strategic business advice. 

In particular, he spends a lot of time focused on companies in the supply chain and marketplace-related areas of eCommerce.

Rick and I discuss how inventors can succeed in selling online. As an inventor myself with over 20 products on Ebay, Amazon, and Etsy, I can attest to the challenges, but I also understand the benefits.

Rick’s number one tip

  1. Follow the pain. If you are in online commerce, search reviews for consistent feedback and look for areas to improve
  2. Listen on twitter for info on your category

Contact info:

    1. Website: Rickwatson.io
    2. Email: rick@rickwatson.io

Nov 14 2019

33mins

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Simulation Software – David Heiny – Ep73

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Simulation Software – David Heiny – Ep73

David is Co-Founder and CEO of SimScale. SimScale is a web-based simulation platform bringing together CAE (computer aided engineering) functionality, content and people.

Simulation is an engineering technique where a computer will approximate a situation, like the airflow through a heat exchanger or the load bearing ability of a bridge. These softwares are very powerful and can accurately predict many situations but up till now, owning the software and hardware required to run simulations was very expensive.

Simscale solves this issue by bringing simulation to the cloud. Much like Onshape has done with CAD software, Simscale is doing with simulation. Essentially you would be renting their computers/software to run your simulation. Additionally, Simscale has many great engineers to help you set up your simulation correctly.

Lastly, David and I discuss the technical side of how simulation works.

If you want to learn more, please go to:

Simscale.com

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

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Oct 08 2019

35mins

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Trademarks, Everything You Need to Know – Suzi Hixon – Ep72

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Trademarks, Everything You Need to Know – Suzi Hixon – Ep72

Suzi Hixon has been a trademark attorney and trademark creation strategist for 15 years. She has managed the trademark portfolio of a Fortune 100 company, as well as numerous small businesses and startups. She focuses on strong brand name creation ~ from both the legal and marketing perspective.

Suzi now runs her own company, helping individuals with their trademarks and branding. We discuss trademark protection in other countries, private labeling, and how NOT to pick a trademark.

Many people pick bad trademarks, based on a name that describes the product. Suzi says that if you have a new type of product, you want to pick a generic name and a brand name. For example, Band-Aid Bandages. Band-Aid is the brand name, and bandage is the generic name.

Suzi’s top tips:

Nothing stays the same, you want to pick trademarks that registers with customers

And you want names that are pronounceable

Contact info:

Suzi’s web course: trademarkquickstart.com

website: https://www.theprivatelabellawyer.com/

Sep 04 2019

37mins

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Twelve way to make a Prototype with Xometry – Greg Paulsen– Ep71

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Twelve way to make a Prototype with Xometry – Greg Paulsen– Ep71

Greg Paulsen is the Director of Application Engineering at Xometry. He is an expert in helping determine the best-fit manufacturing process for customer projects and discussing design-for-manufacturing for over 12 different manufacturing technologies from precision machining to 3D printing

Xometry is a manufacturing marketplace that provides instant pricing, lead times, and manufacturability feedback for custom parts in real-time through its website.

In our discussion, we go into the specifics of many of these processes, like Direct Laser Metal Sintering (DLMS), 3D printing SLA elastomers, FDM printing, Carbon 3D printing, HP Multijet fusion, and urethane casting.

We also discuss the business side of Xometry and how they use the same concept as Uber: utilize capacity of people and business who have the machines to make prototypes.

Greg’s number one tip: If a manufacturer does provide feedback, it’s not a critique of the part. They just want to make the best part they can for you.

Contact info:

www.Xometry.com

support@xometry.com

Email: gpaulsen@xometry.com

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

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Everyone loves payday, especially engineers. But loving a payroll provider? That’s a little weird. Still, small businesses across the country love running payroll with Gusto. Gusto automatically files and pays your taxes, it’s super easy to use, and you can add benefits and HR support to help take care of your engineering team and keep your business safe. It’s loyal, it’s modern — you might fall in love yourself.  Listeners get three months free when they run their first payroll. Try a demo and test it out at gusto.com/ee. That’s gusto.com/ee

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Average Joe’s Financial Independence teaches people how to correctly manage their money. Over 80% of people live paycheck to paycheck and Average Joe’s can help change that. People who have their finances under control are more productive at work and at home! Whether you are struggling to pay of debt or just trying to control your income , contact Average Joe’s today! They also work with Small Business owners to increase profit margins by assessing their expenses.

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Aug 27 2019

49mins

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How to Patent an Invention – Alex Hobson – Ep70

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How to Patent an Invention – Alex Hobson – Ep70

Alex Hobson is founder and president of Invention To Patent Services.  He is also an inventor being listed on more than 20 U.S. patents.  He has more than 20 years of experience.

I’ve had other patent agents on the show before, but Alex is a little different. Alex was first a mechanical engineer and actually worked at a same company that I worked at before (WLGore.com, the Goretex company).

He started writing his own patents while at Gore and learned enough to change careers and go on his own writing patents.

We cover all topics of patents including allowance rate, priority date, difference between a patent agent and patent attorney, provisional patents, and more. If you are new or even experienced inventor, this is the show for you.

Contact info:

Email: ahobson@invention-to-patent.com

800-634-0605

Invention-to-patent.com

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

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This week’s show is sponsored by Gusto

Everyone loves payday, especially engineers. But loving a payroll provider? That’s a little weird. Still, small businesses across the country love running payroll with Gusto. Gusto automatically files and pays your taxes, it’s super easy to use, and you can add benefits and HR support to help take care of your engineering team and keep your business safe. It’s loyal, it’s modern — you might fall in love yourself.  Listeners get three months free when they run their first payroll. Try a demo and test it out at gusto.com/ee. That’s gusto.com/ee

This week’s show is sponsored by:

Average Joe’s Financial Coaching. Leading small business owners and employees to financial success! 

Average Joe’s Financial Independence teaches people how to correctly mange their money. Over 80% of people live paycheck to paycheck and Average Joe’s can help change that. People who have their finances under control are more productive at work and at home! Whether you are struggling to pay of debt or just trying to control your income , contact Average Joe’s today! They also work with Small Business owners to increase profit margins by assessing their expenses.

Their  coaching is virtual and can be done right from the comfort of your home! Please contact them today at 805-419-9777 for a FREE consultation. That’s Average Joe’s Financial Independence @ 805-419-9777

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Jul 15 2019

41mins

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Autodesk, AutoCAD, and Fusion 360 Engineer – Bryce Heventhal – Ep69

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Autodesk, AutoCAD, and Fusion 360 Engineer – Bryce Heventhal – Ep69

Bryce Heventhal is the Sr. Technical Marketing Manager for Fusion 360. He has 9+ years of CAD, FEA, and generative design experience, with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. When he is not designing, he is out rock climbing.

Bryce started his career as an Applications engineer for a Solidworks reseller. He said that 80% of cases were installation issues and boring stuff.

CAD has come a long way over the years and we discuss how we both worked with old drawings to make 3D models. It amazes me that anyone could build a product at all before the modern CAD we have today.

Now Bryce works at Autodesk, specifically in the Fusion 360 technical marketing area, making tutorial videos on YouTube.

Fusion is a very interesting platform because it integrates with all the various Autodesk products. Solidworks only performs BREP forms. For example, if I receive a mesh file from a client, I typically must use a program like Blender first to get the polygon count to a manageable amount. In Fusion, you can work directly on mesh files and then go right back into traditional modeling.

Contact info:

Email: bryce.heventhal@autodesk.com

Twitter:  @BHeavyy

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @caddesignhelp

This week’s show is sponsored by Gusto

Everyone loves payday, especially engineers. But loving a payroll provider? That’s a little weird. Still, small businesses across the country love running payroll with Gusto. Gusto automatically files and pays your taxes, it’s super easy to use, and you can add benefits and HR support to help take care of your engineering team and keep your business safe. It’s loyal, it’s modern — you might fall in love yourself.  Listeners get three months free when they run their first payroll. Try a demo and test it out at gusto.com/ee. That’s gusto.com/ee

Average Joe’s Financial Coaching. Leading small business owners and employees to financial success! 

Average Joe’s Financial Independence teaches people how to correctly mange their money. Over 80% of people live paycheck to paycheck and Average Joe’s can help change that. People who have their finances under control are more productive at work and at home! Whether you are struggling to pay of debt or just trying to control your income , contact Average Joe’s today! They also work with Small Business owners to increase profit margins by assessing their expenses.

Their  coaching is virtual and can be done right from the comfort of your home! Please contact them today at 805-419-9777 for a FREE consultation. That’s Average Joe’s Financial Independence @ 805-419-9777

Helping you take control of your money!!

Jul 08 2019

20mins

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3D Printing Advice from a Formlabs Engineer - Andrew Edman – Ep68

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3D Printing Advice from a Formlabs Engineer - Andrew Edman – Ep68

Andrew Edman is an Industry Manager for product design, engineering, and manufacturing at Formlabs.

He previously owned his own design company where he met the founders of Formlabs early on.

Andrew looks for use cases for 3D printing. One such example is at Ashley Home Furniture. He found uses such as using a 3D printed fixture that weighs much less and is faster to change over compared to their traditional machined fixture.

If you own a Formlabs machine, this podcast would also give you some inside info on some of the materials. We discuss specific use cases for the various materials.

Another part of our discussion was how to make silicone parts. Andrew used to work at Reynolds Advanced Materials., which is a company that makes silicone material. Typically, I will 3D print a mold and use that to form the silicone part.

Contact info:

Email edman@formlabs.com

Linked profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-edman-5434a621/

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @caddesignhelp

This week’s show is sponsored by Gusto

Everyone loves payday, especially engineers. But loving a payroll provider? That’s a little weird. Still, small businesses across the country love running payroll with Gusto. Gusto automatically files and pays your taxes, it’s super easy to use, and you can add benefits and HR support to help take care of your engineering team and keep your business safe. It’s loyal, it’s modern — you might fall in love yourself.  Listeners get three months free when they run their first payroll. Try a demo and test it out at gusto.com/ee. That’s gusto.com/ee

Jul 01 2019

52mins

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The Wheelchair Mountain Bike – Bowhead Corp (Chris Bagg and Will Gill) – Ep67

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The Wheelchair Mountain Bike – Bowhead Corp (Chris Bagg and Will Gill) – Ep67

23 years ago, Chris Bagg broke his back snow boarding. Chris was very into outdoor sports and wanted to continue his activities as a parapalegic.

Chris built his own custom wheelchair first. He needed this because all the stock chairs were too small for his 6 foot 8 inch size.

Next, he started working on his off-road wheelchair bike. He “modeled” the bike first using paper and foam, just to work on the concept. Then he started getting prototypes made from using Solidworks and creating waterjet cut parts.

Chris later brought in a Solidworks expert and engineer Will Gill. This is when their company Bowhead Corp was born. They now have a few products such as the Bowhead Reach and the Bowhead Traveler. You should go to their website and check out their pictures and videos in action.

You can reach them at:

https://bowheadcorp.com/

https://www.instagram.com/bowheadcorp/

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

May 17 2019

52mins

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The Wonder Wallet Invention – Alan Beckley– Ep66

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The Wonder Wallet Invention – Alan Beckley– Ep66

Alan Beckley is an entrepreneur, inventor, and podcaster.

His degree is in aerospace engineering but worked a lot of his career in project management.

In 2012, he hit it big with an invention of his, the Wonder Wallet.

Today he continues to invent but also but also focuses on helping other inventors to succeed with his website alanbeckley.com, which has webinars for inventors, online courses, and his podcast, called Inventors Helping Inventors. 

Alan and I discussed in detail exactly how he went about inventing his product, from initial idea to the final licensing deals with As Seen on TV and Direct TV and retail sales.

Alan’s number one tip:

Do you due diligence. Inventors often don’t do enough patent searching and Google searching to see if their product already exists

You can contact Alan at:

Alanbeckley.com

972-989-1002

Alan-beckley@msn.com

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This week’s show is sponsored by Gusto

Everyone loves payday, especially engineers. But loving a payroll provider? That’s a little weird. Still, small businesses across the country love running payroll with Gusto. Gusto automatically files and pays your taxes, it’s super easy to use, and you can add benefits and HR support to help take care of your engineering team and keep your business safe. It’s loyal, it’s modern — you might fall in love yourself.  Listeners get three months free when they run their first payroll. Try a demo and test it out at gusto.com/ee. That’s gusto.com/ee

Apr 04 2019

42mins

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Serial Inventor, Entrepreneur and Daymond John Business Partner – Mike Watts– Ep65

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Serial Inventor, Entrepreneur and Daymond John Business Partner – Mike Watts– Ep65

Mike Watts is a serial entrepreneur who has started 6 product-based companies totaling over $50million in total sales. Mike is currently serving as Founder and CEO of LoveHandle, who manufactures patented custom-printed smartphone accessories and is a partner of Daymond John from Shark Tank.

Many listeners of this show are inventors and Mike took a slightly different approach than many inventors. Mike started out by partnering with an inventor of a lawn/garden product and manufacturing that inventor’s product, in return for giving the inventor a royalty.

After that product, Mike has created a smart phone accessory that makes it easier to hold your phone. The brand name is called Lovehandle (www.lovehandle.com). Daymond John (from Shark Tank) discovered his product and was so impressed with it that he contacted Mike and they have since partnered up to do business together.

Mike’s number one tip:

Seek out wisdom from those that have done it before

You can contact Mike at:

Mike@lovehandle.com

Instagram: @mikewattsceo

Mar 16 2019

19mins

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) – John Laslavic– Ep64

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) – John Laslavic– Ep64

If you are an engineer at a mid to large company, you are well aware what PLM is. But if not, hopefully this episode will teach you a few things.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is how companies organize the process of creating and modifying products. Traditionally this applied to just the CAD data itself. This is important because if multiple engineers are working on a file, the system will keep the data organized so that everyone knows what the latest revision is and the status of the project (is the CAD in process, under review, or ready for tooling, and so on).

John is the CEO and founder of Upchain.com. Upchain is changing PLM by organizing the entire supply chain, not just the CAD data. This makes the entire product management smoother. After the CAD is done, other departments still have work to do like getting quotes for tooling. Upchain organizes this process.

Contact info

http://www.upchain.com

Mar 01 2019

37mins

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The Business of Bioscience – Susan Goebel – Ep63

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The Business of Bioscience – Susan Goebel – Ep63

Susan is what I call a Bioscience Entrepreneur. She went to college for Biology and her first job out of school involved creating displays in museums, but these aren’t your average displays. One display she worked on was the structure of the human heart, using an actual heart!

She then worked for a while in the animal health industry.

But this type of work was not for her, so she moved onto entrepreneurship.  Using her experience in animal health, she started her own company for animal health. Some advice from me hearing this story is that if you want to start your own business, one of the best ways is to get a job/apprenticeship and learn while working for someone else, as she did. My story is the same, I worked for 10 years for large corporations before starting my own business as a design engineer.

One of her top products she helped make was a vaccine for cattle for Ecoli, but the purpose of the vaccine was to prevent Ecoli from affecting humans further down the food chain. This is a fascinating series of cause and effect that makes you really appreciate how everything is so connected.

Susan’s company also has worked on immunotheraputics for cancer, specifically bladder cancer.

Her company also works with companies as a strategic partner to get government funding, get VC capital, and help with the regulatory (FDA) process.

Susan’s top tips are:

  1. Check your assumptions. Make sure you know what your assumptions are and make sure they are correct
  2. Business planning – don’t dismiss it

You can contact Susan by email at s.goebel@bell.net

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

Jan 17 2019

37mins

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From Aerospace Engineer to Entrepreneur– Amy Simpkins – Ep62

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From Aerospace Engineer to Entrepreneur– Amy Simpkins – Ep62

Amy Simpkins is a speaker, author, and thought leader in innovation and the CEO of renewable energy startup, muGrid Analytics. She's an MIT-trained aerospace engineer who caught the entrepreneurship bug and loves facilitating massive leaps forward for individuals and organizations.  She's recently published her book, Spiral: A Catalyst for Innovation and Expansion and believes that innovation is for everyone and holds the key to both personal fulfillment and lasting global change.

We discuss Amy’s journey from her days as an engineer with Lockheed Martin to her current role as CEO of muGrid.

At Lockheed, Amy worked on projects like low earth orbit satellites and acoustic vibration issues in astronauts’ ears.

Amy wanted to move into entrepreneurship, so she left Lockheed. She had a few failures, as most entrepreneurs do when they first get started. But now she has a book published and is successfully running muGrid Analytics.

MuGrid is a renewable energy business that creates custom energy storage solutions for private companies and municipalities.

You can contact Amy at:

www.Amysimpkins.com

www.mugrid.com

TheSpiralBook.com

This week’s show is sponsored by Gusto

Everyone loves payday, especially engineers. But loving a payroll provider? That’s a little weird. Still, small businesses across the country love running payroll with Gusto. Gusto automatically files and pays your taxes, it’s super easy to use, and you can add benefits and HR support to help take care of your engineering team and keep your business safe. It’s loyal, it’s modern — you might fall in love yourself.  Listeners get three months free when they run their first payroll. Try a demo and test it out at gusto.com/ee. That’s gusto.com/ee

Jan 04 2019

38mins

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Asset protection for entrepreneurs – Scott Smith – Ep61

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Asset protection for entrepreneurs – Scott Smith – Ep61

This episode focuses on some important business aspects of being an engineering entrepreneur: things like asset protection, insurance, and tax strategies.

Scott is the founder of Royal legal solutions. His company specializes in asset protection for entrepreneurs. This includes what insurance to get, how to best structure your business for tax savings, and what to do when you get sued.

Scott and I discuss these 3 topics. Starting with liability, a good option for entrepreneurs is to set up 2 companies:

  1. Asset holding company – separate LLC that holds everything
  2. Shell company –runs operations of the business

Then we discuss retirement savings, specifically the details of a Solo 401k

Finally, we talk about lawsuits and what to do if you get sued.

Scott’s top tips are:

  1. Use a 2-company structure
  2. Set up a solo 401k
  3. wrap up everything in estate plan (living trust and will)

You can contact Scott at:

Royallegalsolutions.com

Real estate nerds podcast

512-757-3994

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The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

Nov 15 2018

19mins

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Lean Manufacturing and Lean Startups – Jason Burt – Ep60

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Lean Manufacturing and Lean Startups – Jason Burt – Ep60

Jason Burt is the owner of Evolve Holdings, which is a consultancy that focuses on teaching and applying the principles of Lean Manufacturing.

Lean Manufacturing started off as the Toyota production system and centers around a continuous improvement culture and taking waste out of the manufacturing process. The first half of our conversation is about lean manufacturing and some examples.

The second half of our talk is about the lean startup philosophy. The lean startup is about not wasting time adding features to a product without first testing to see if anyone wants those features. What you want to do is create a MVP (minimum viable product) and test with customers before putting more work into it. And when you get feedback from customers, you want to revise the product accordingly and test again.

This is where 3D printing can be helpful, as it is very cost effective to edit and create a new version of a product.

Contact info

Linkedin profile

Website ehiipconsulting.com/engineeringentrepreneur

Oct 26 2018

32mins

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From Gear Head to Group Head – Paresh Shaw– Ep59

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From Gear Head to Group Head – Paresh Shaw– Ep59

Paresh is a mechanical engineer who founded Enginpreneur Academy, which is a course to transform engineers into innovators, entrepreneurs, and inspiring leaders.

He also runs the nonobviouscompany.com, which is a training company that addresses the 6 biggest challenges companies face today, like disruption and innovation, believability crisis, and passive loyalty.

Our talk focuses mainly on how engineers can improve their people skills to move up in their jobs. Most engineers have pretty good technical skills, but often lack in their ability to lead others and communicate effectively. You could throw me into that group up until a few years ago when I started my own company and had to learn how to manage people.

We joke that before I was simply a “grunt” (my words, not Paresh). But it was true, I simply did whatever job my boss told me to do. I didn’t act as a leader or show much initiative.

We talk about many ways to improve these skills. Paresh says there are “7 deadly blind spots” that engineers have that become career limiters. We discuss these and ways to overcome them.

To learn more and contact Paresh, please see links below:

Enginpreneur Academy

nonobviouscompany.com

Oct 11 2018

30mins

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Finance your Inventions – Matt King– Ep58

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Finance your Inventions – Matt King– Ep58

One of the most important things to take care of in the invention process is figuring out how to pay for all the steps needed to get your product to market. Unless you have a trust fund or a high paying job, you will likely need help getting your product to market.

It will take thousands (if not more) dollars to go from idea to final product. Costs will include CAD design, prototyping, market testing, advertising, production and so on.

Matt King is an expert in helping entrepreneurs get the funding needed to start their business. He runs Titan Consulting, located in my home city of Charlotte, NC.

In this week’s podcast, Matt and I talk about the right way to go about getting funding. To put simply, you should not go from your napkin sketch to trying to raise $20M. There are many steps before that and we discuss how to do it with practical examples.

You can contact Matt at:

Email mking@titan-industries.com

Phone number 704-231-8152

Sep 10 2018

28mins

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Creating Software Products – Jay Gibb – Ep57

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Creating Software Products – Jay Gibb – Ep57

Jay Gibb is a software engineer, but he is also an entrepreneur. He has started 2 companies, Arizona Bay and Cloudsponge (links are at the end).

Arizona Bay is a consulting firm that builds custom software. Cloudsponge is a digital asset (a product) that makes it easy for people to recommend your website to a friend. The easiest way to explain it is, imagine you just booked a place on Airbnb and want to recommend it to friend (or all your friends). Most websites have a place where you can type in each and every name, but good luck remembering all your friend’s email addresses. Cloudsponge solves this by integrating with your address book and you can simply click next to each name you want to send the Airbnb listing to.

Jay and I discuss how each business operates and how he came up with the idea for Cloudsponge. His advice: the best products come from solving your problems first and finding out many other people have the same problem.

We also touch on machine learning, which I didn’t know a lot about previously. Cool stuff!

You can contact Jay at:

Arizonabay.com

Cloudsponge.com

Jay Gibb LinkedIn

Aug 22 2018

35mins

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Perfect for SolidWorks Inventors

By Rafael Testai - Jul 13 2019
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This is the perfect podcast for an inventor proficient in SolidWorks like me. Scott asks the right questions at the right time, with the perfect balance of talking to listening ratio.

Good stuff. Thanks guys.

By Julian @ Blackened Industries - Jul 10 2017
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Very informative. Keep it going.