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Bridging the gap between technical education & the workforce ūüéô Hosted by Matt Kirchner, each episode features conversations with leaders who are shaping, innovating and disrupting the future of the skilled workforce and how we inspire and train up students toward those jobs.¬†STEM, Career and Technical Education, and Engineering educators - this podcast is for you!Manufacturing and industrial employers - this podcast is for you, too!

The TechEd Podcast Matt Kirchner

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Bridging the gap between technical education & the workforce ūüéô Hosted by Matt Kirchner, each episode features conversations with leaders who are shaping, innovating and disrupting the future of the skilled workforce and how we inspire and train up students toward those jobs.¬†STEM, Career and Technical Education, and Engineering educators - this podcast is for you!Manufacturing and industrial employers - this podcast is for you, too!

    Using AI to Build Better Relationships with Your Network - Canay Deniz, CEO of Ren

    Using AI to Build Better Relationships with Your Network - Canay Deniz, CEO of Ren

    In a world of constant information overload, how do you stay connected with your network and build meaningful relationships? Canay Deniz, Co-Founder and CEO of Ren joins us on the podcast to discuss a groundbreaking software that leverages artificial intelligence to get you in touch with the people you care about most, at the times it matters most.

    Discover the power of AI in strengthening relationships, improving efficiency, and achieving professional success. Don't miss out on this eye-opening conversation that will change the way you think about networking and relationship management.

    3 Big Takeaways from this episode:
    Right person, right time, right context...AI can systematize luck: There are moments in life where the right circumstances can completely change the trajectory of your career. Usually that requires putting the right people together at the right moment within the right context, something we'd traditionally call luck. Ren is systematizing luck. By scouring over 350,000 sources across the Internet and prioritizing content to what matters most to you, you can discover the important moments in the lives of your network, connect with them at these opportune moments, and spark opportunities you never would've been able to construct otherwise.Properly used, AI can actually improve your relationships with your network: Many of the social media tools we use have the tendency to build shallow relationships defined by posting and reacting. Canay's team has worked hard to build a tool that does just the opposite. Ren was intentionally designed to foster meaningful relationships with your network. Properly used, the AI platform will save you the time of researching and discovering meaningful news about your network and allow you to focus on the personal connection with each person.When it comes to implementing AI, don't start with the tool, start with the problem you want to solve: There are a plethora of AI tools out there that claim to help businesses, schools and individuals do their work more efficiently. In the rush to embrace AI, make sure you're not investing in a solution that doesn't solve a problem in your organization. Just like any tool or software investment, start with the biggest challenges your organization is facing, then see what AI tools out there might solve that problem. Canay suggests some easy steps to get started on the process, along with some ideas on where to look for AI solutions.Special offer on Ren for The TechEd Podcast listeners!
    If this episode piqued your interest in Ren, we've got a special offer just for you. Click here to get started with Ren and use the code TECHED20 to get 20% off your first year.

    Connect with Ren online:
    LinkedIn  |  X (Twitter)  |  Connect with Canay on LinkedIn

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    • 47 min
    Breaking Down Data Silos: Why Smart Manufacturing Needs Standardization - John Dyck, CEO of CESMII

    Breaking Down Data Silos: Why Smart Manufacturing Needs Standardization - John Dyck, CEO of CESMII

    How do we make smart manufacturing part of our DNA in America? What's preventing small and midsized companies from adopting smart technology? How do we build a workforce capable of undergoing a digital transformation?

    These are the questions CESMII is working on, under the leadership of CEO John Dyck, who joins the podcast to talk about the democratization of smart manufacturing.

    From the challenges in rapidly training and retaining new employees to the growing significance of data engineering, we discuss the changing manufacturing landscape in the U.S. Is the convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) an absolute necessity for smart manufacturing? How is the technical debt accumulated over the last three decades influencing manufacturers today?

    Join us as we delve into the intricacies of data acquisition, efforts to standardize data architectures, the IT/OT convergence, micro-credentialing, and other factors that will instill in our listeners a "smart manufacturing mindset."

    3 Big Takeaways from this episode:
    Data architectures have to evolve from disparate silos to standardized platforms that can all work together on the shop floor: For decades, manufacturing has innovated one use case at a time, plant by plant. Now, each digital solution is vendor-specific and poses a major challenge to companies trying to create a single, cohesive data strategy. John shares how hundreds of organizations are currently working on creating standards to enable data to flow seamlessly in manufacturing operations.Standardization will democratize smart manufacturing in the U.S.: If manufacturing can devise an open-source, interoperable language and architecture for data which will enable any new software and hardware to work together, then small and midsize businesses have a chance at digital transformation. Not only will standardization democratize smart manufacturing on the enterprise level, it will also enable individual workers on the plant floor to be successful around data-driven systems without needing a degree in data science.The U.S. needs to adopt a smart manufacturing mindset: In the same way as quality, safety and continuous improvement became an ingrained part of manufacturing culture decades ago, a smart manufacturing mindset has to become part of the DNA of every American manufacturer. This means having a data-driven mindset for business decisions, for thinking about the way workers do their tasks, etc.Resources mentioned in this episode:
    To learn more about CESMII, visit their website: https://www.cesmii.org/Connect with CESMII online:
    LinkedIn  |  YouTube  |  X (Twitter)

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    • 46 min
    3D Scanning: A Multi-Purpose Tech for Your Industry 4.0 Toolbox - Fanny Truchon, President of Creaform

    3D Scanning: A Multi-Purpose Tech for Your Industry 4.0 Toolbox - Fanny Truchon, President of Creaform

    3D scanning has been around for decades, but the technology today truly qualifies as an Industry 4.0 tool. Creaform is one of the world's leading developers of 3D scanning technology, and Fanny Truchon leads that business as it seeks to design the most cutting-edge, high precision and accessible devices for all industries.

    If you don't know much about 3D scanning, be prepared to be amazed by the multitude of applications and capabilities this technology has. From product design, reverse engineering and inspection, to artifact archiving, 3D modeling and medical applications, 3D scanning is something every manufacturer and technical program should invest in.

    Plus, hear about brand-new product Creaform has just launched that will totally revolutionize 3D scanning.

    3 Big Takeaways from this episode:
    3D scanning is truly an Industry 4.0 technology: 3D scanners use lasers, cameras, lights and sensors to measure millions of data points in just seconds, creating a 3D rendering of objects large and small with a precision that measures in microns. Learn how 3D scanning, artificial intelligence and data analytics are making this technology a must-have in multiple industries.3D scanning has an unbelievably wide range of applications: About 90% of 3D scanning is used for standard manufacturing practices: reverse engineering, first article inspection, quality inspection during production, and surface damage assessment. But hear about some more unique applications, like forensics, art and artifact preservation, construction, medical uses, and even 3D character development for games and movies.New technology announcement: HandySCAN MAX: Fanny announces the launch of Creaform's newest scanners, the HandySCAN MAX series. This new technology is capable of measuring large parts - up to 50 feet - using just a handheld scanner!Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Learn more about Creaform: https://www.creaform3d.com/enDiscover the new HandySCAN MAX seriesEducators, Creaform has teaching packages designed specifically for the classroom and lab. Learn about 3D scanning solutions for education.Connect with Creaform online:
    LinkedIn  |  YouTube  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  X (Twitter)

    Episode page: https://techedpodcast.com/creaform/
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    • 35 min
    How to Get Started on Automation, Right Now - Four Conversations with Tech Experts at The Automated Shop Conference

    How to Get Started on Automation, Right Now - Four Conversations with Tech Experts at The Automated Shop Conference

    What if you could supercharge your small to midsize job shop with the power of automation? That's what The Automated Shop Conference (TASC) was all about, bringing together experts in automation to help SMBs take actionable steps on their digital transformation journey.

    The TechEd Podcast served as co-technical director at the inaugural conference, along with Modern Machine Shop's Editor-in-Chief, Brent Donaldson. Now, you're getting all the best insights from TASC compiled into one podcast episode!

    Hear four conversations with four technology experts who share strategies for automation you can start implementing today.
    4 Big Takeaways from this episode:
    Collaborative robots are a first choice for automation with a long-term view of success: with Jerry Perez - Executive Director of Global Accounts, FANUC America. Cobots are a great choice for your first automation project. They are easier to deploy, provide a more positive user experience, and have a lower threshold for employees learning how to program and operate them. They're a gateway for future automation.No-code and AI-powered automation are making it possible for any company to automate: with Andra Keay - Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics and Vice President of Global Robotics at AMT. This new evolution of robotics is moving so quickly and making it so easy for manufacturers to find a simple solution that they can benefit from. Plus, it's an order of magnitude more affordable today than it was decades ago. So there's no excuse - get started today, because your competitors already are.Calculating ROI on automation requires a longer-term view, plus you'll need to consider some "hidden" factors: with Steve Alexander - Vice President of Operations & Standard Products at Acieta. Increasing capacity, adding shifts, employee retention...these are all positive impacts that an automation investment can bring your company. Learn more about how to calculate ROI on automation.Looking for answers? Manufacturers today are more open to sharing what's worked for them: with Fabian Schmahl - Managing Director of Bold Promises Delivered. We talk about all the benefits of automation: it creates a culture of innovation where employees are engaged with their work, it makes you a destination employer for skilled talent, it helps you be more profitable...but how do you get started? Fabian has great advice on where to find answers, including networking tips, industry resources, and brands and integrators you should look into.Resources mentioned in this episode:
    The Automated Shop Conference is returning in 2024 as part of IMTS in Chicago! Check out their site for all the details.TASC is powered by Modern Machine Shop, Production Machining, and the team at Gardner Business Media.Connect with our guests' organizations:
    FANUC America  |  Silicon Valley Robotics | The Association for Manufacturing Technology  |  Acieta  |  Bold Promises Delivered
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    Education Reimagined: What America Can Learn from the Success of North Dakota - Governor Doug Burgum, Presidential Candidate

    Education Reimagined: What America Can Learn from the Success of North Dakota - Governor Doug Burgum, Presidential Candidate

    Innovation, not regulation. This is the mindset North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has instilled in his state's approach to education. As a result, innovation abounds across the state.

    Hear firsthand from Governor Burgum about all the unique ways North Dakota is disrupting education and laying the foundation for other states to adopt a new model that is better for students, better for schools, and better for communities.

    In this episode:
    Learn why states should flip their focus from inputs to outcomesEmployers: hear why you're already too late when you start recruiting students in high schoolK-12 districts: get a 3-step roadmap for building a career readiness modelHigher education: discover the four forces that are disrupting higher education - and how you can respond.Plus, hear about the Governor's areas of focus as he runs for president of the United States and seeks to bring the success of North Dakota to the rest of the country.

    3 Big Takeaways from this episode:
    Education should focus on outcomes, not just inputs: Too often, education fixates on inputs (what's the budget?) rather than on student outcomes. If we can flip that model and prioritize the outcomes we're producing in students (stackable skills, competencies, relevant knowledge), then we can align the budget to ensure those outcomes are met.Career readiness is a journey that starts in kindergarten. Here are the three steps K-12 districts should implement: Governor Burgum outlines how school districts can maximize exposure to all different career options for students at each level of their K-12 journey. Career awareness begins in elementary school, career exploration happens in middle school, and career education happens in high school. Listen to the episode to hear what each step entails.Higher education is being disrupted by four forces: Technology, economics, demographics, and a culture mindset shift are all impacting higher education today. Leadership must respond to these forces with a willingness to adapt the higher education model to remain relevant.Resources mentioned in this episode:
    North Dakota Office of the GovernorGovernor's Summit on Innovative EducationTo learn more about Governor Burgum's presidential campaign, visit: dougburgum.com

    Connect with Governor Burgum online:
    Instagram  |  Twitter / X |  Facebook  |  YouTube

    Episode page: https://techedpodcast.com/governorburgum/
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    • 40 min
    How Industrial Machines Merge Creativity with Engineering and Inspire the Next Generation of Makers - Bre Pettis, Founder & CEO of Bantam Tools

    How Industrial Machines Merge Creativity with Engineering and Inspire the Next Generation of Makers - Bre Pettis, Founder & CEO of Bantam Tools

    There is so much overlap between art and engineering...so much creativity that goes into the making of things. Bre Pettis knows this firsthand. As a puppeteer-turned teacher-turned entrepreneur, Bre founded MakerBot and helped democratize 3D printing, making it accessible for Fab Labs and MakerSpaces all over the country.

    Today, Bre is at it again with Bantam Tools, a manufacturer of desktop CNC machines that are inspiring and equipping today's industrial innovators and tomorrow's inventors.

    In this episode, Bre is sharing all his experiences in the world of STEAM and innovation with our audience. Learn about the origins of MakerBot and Bantam Tools. Discover why students need access to the tools that can help them bring ideas to reality. And learn why having industry-grade machines in classrooms helps bridge the gap from education to the workforce.

    3 Big Takeaways from this episode:
    Let's take huge, difficult machinery and make it accessible, friendly and affordable for students: This is how we equip students for today's high-tech workforce. Bre is on a mission to remove the barriers that keep students from being able to design and create what's in their mind. With the right tools and resources (like 3D printers, desktop CNC machines and even pen plotters!) students can get the introductory skills that translate into real careers.There is unique value in both additive & subtractive manufacturing: Now that most students have access to 3D printing, it's time to bring subtractive manufacturing back into the classroom. Both technologies have a unique use case that students should identify and explore. Bre talks about when to use which technology, and the real benefit of letting a student experience the creative process from ideation to finished part.Students find their "aha" moments in technical education: From Fab Labs to Makerspaces to STEAM classrooms and Tech Ed labs, students discover new aptitudes and a love for making when they're given the right set of tools and resources. Bre shares how schools can help identify the right teachers to lead these endeavors, unlocking new potential for both the students and the educators.Resources mentioned in this episode:
    To learn more about Bantam Tools, visit their website: www.bantamtools.comInterested in the NEW Bantam Tools desktop CNC milling machine powered by FANUC? Visit this page to learn more.Learn more about what Bre is up to: https://brepettis.com/Connect with Bantam Tools online:
    Instagram  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  YouTube  |  LinkedIn

    View episode page: https://techedpodcast.com/bantamtools/
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    • 44 min

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