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The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast

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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Engineer Your Own Success - Anthony Fasano- The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast 13

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 The engineers that are successful have powerful core skills. Skills like effective communication and the ability to speak in front of people. If you are going to be an Engineering Entrepreneur, technical skills are not enough. You must be able to network and market yourself 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

19mins

3 Nov 2016

Rank #1

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

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.

36mins

29 Jan 2018

Rank #2

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

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 Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @caddesignhelp

36mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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

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

33mins

29 Mar 2018

Rank #4

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How to Patent an Invention – Alex Hobson – Ep70

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!!

41mins

15 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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3D Printing for Investment Casting - Jerry Lepore – Ep43

3D Printing for Investment Casting - Jerry Lepore – Ep43 This week we have Jerry Lepore. He is the CEO of Spectra3D, which is a 3D focused development company located in Asheville North Carolina (my home state). Spectra3D specializes in 3D printed investment casting patterns and tooling, as well as Cosplay props & more. They use Stacker and Fusion3 Design 3D printers. Some topics discussed include: How 3D printing for Investment Casting works. 3D printing is using a new technology to improve the process of an ancient technology like investment casting His largest ever print job (1800 pieces and it took a month to complete, running nonstop) 3D printed 5 foot cos play axe His top tips for the Engineering Entrepreneurs? 1.       Get a 3d printer and try things 2.       Take your hobby and turn into a business To contact Jerry 1.       Follow on twitter: @spectra3Dtech 2.       Spectra3D.com The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

32mins

9 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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From Aerospace Engineer to Entrepreneur– Amy Simpkins – Ep62

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

38mins

4 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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Simulation Software – David Heiny – Ep73

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 Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @caddesignhelp

35mins

8 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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

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/

37mins

4 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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The Patent Process Explained – James Wilson – Ep56

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

1hr 5mins

9 Jul 2018

Rank #10

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Innovation Freak Podcast – Nathan Kemmerer – Ep55

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: Trash collection machine in the Baltimore bay Open sourced 3D printed prosthetic hands 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

29mins

11 Jun 2018

Rank #11

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Creating Software Products – Jay Gibb – Ep57

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

35mins

22 Aug 2018

Rank #12

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Lean Manufacturing and Lean Startups – Jason Burt – Ep60

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

32mins

26 Oct 2018

Rank #13

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The Wonder Wallet Invention – Alan Beckley– Ep66

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 --------------------------------- 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

42mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #14

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

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

19mins

16 Mar 2019

Rank #15

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

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

52mins

17 May 2019

Rank #16

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Finance your Inventions – Matt King– Ep58

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

28mins

10 Sep 2018

Rank #17

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

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

12mins

21 Jan 2020

Rank #18

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) – John Laslavic– Ep64

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

37mins

1 Mar 2019

Rank #19

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

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 There are so many CAD programs out there, that you need to pick the one or ones that best suit what you need 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

47mins

28 Nov 2016

Rank #20