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Hi this is Scott Tarcy and welcome to the Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast

I’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 entrepreneurship

Since I couldn’t find the exact podcast that interests me as a design engineer and entrepreneur, I decided to go out and create it myself

My strategy with this podcast is to interview engineers, designers and inventors who have created businesses around their inventions and products

I specifically want to focus on the engineering and design side of their products and inventions

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast Scott Tarcy

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Hi this is Scott Tarcy and welcome to the Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast

I’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 entrepreneurship

Since I couldn’t find the exact podcast that interests me as a design engineer and entrepreneur, I decided to go out and create it myself

My strategy with this podcast is to interview engineers, designers and inventors who have created businesses around their inventions and products

I specifically want to focus on the engineering and design side of their products and inventions

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

    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

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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

    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

    • 36 min
    How Inventors can Succeed with Ecommerce – Rick Watson – Ep74

    How Inventors can Succeed with Ecommerce – Rick Watson – Ep74

    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
    Follow the pain. If you are in online commerce, search reviews for consistent feedback and look for areas to improve Listen on twitter for info on your category Contact info:
    Website: Rickwatson.io Email: rick@rickwatson.io

    • 33 min
    Simulation Software – David Heiny – Ep73

    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

    • 35 min
    Trademarks, Everything You Need to Know – Suzi Hixon – Ep72

    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/

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

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

    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
     

    Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @caddesignhelp
     

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A good mix of entrepreneurism and engineering

If you’re an engineer or other technical professional and thought about having your own business, this podcast will provide you with the encouragement and practical advice you need. It’s focused mostly on engineers who design products or help with prototyping and 3-D printing. I would love to see more guests from other parts of engineering, such as civil, geotechnical, chemical or noise engineering, because many of them also want to have their own firms and work directly for clients. I’d also like to see more from the female side of the population, because it’s important to show women and girls that they too can take a business idea and make it a reality. But it's a good resource for anyone who has a technical bent, who has the dream of independence, or who has an idea they want to make happen.

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