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- The Prepared. It’s both a weekly newsletter and an occasional podcast
- Spencer claims he is a fake engineer since he was an english major
- Grew up in the Hamptons doing construction
- Dealing with subcontractors in the construction industry
- Custom bicycle frames for $2K
- Mahogany experience from the construction industry led to a job building custom robot doors for a beach house.
- This is where he brought in his co-host on the prepared Zach Dunham to do audio design (Zach was a guest on this show on episode 350)
- Later they brought in Todd Bailey to do the control electronics (Todd was a guest on this show on episode 194)
- This trio decided to take the MIT online electronics course, 6.002x
- Zach and Spencer built The Public Radio together, which they are still selling.
- This is made and programmed by Worthington Assembly
- Sourcing – finding parts for the robot doors
- They worked out of an old Northrup Grumman facility that used to make jets
- Choice paralysis
- Spencer’s full time job is at nTopology
- They do 3D printing software for non-traditional uses.
- We previously talked a little about 3D printing for non-traditional (rocket building at Relativity Space) uses with Brent and Bryce a couple episodes ago.
- Wrote about the titanium / metal powderbed fusion
- CAD software designed for printing implants
- Porous hip cup that bones can grow into.
- Precision Castparts Corp
- Acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in 2015
- Flyknit shoes – Nike
- Trend spotting
- Reducing number of tollgates to bring a product to market
- Procuring parts more easily – most software isn’t great
- Localization of manufacturing
- US vs China
- Insourcing manufacturing of the Public Radio
- Work instructions using Tulip
- Spencer talked to Rony from Tulip on The Prepared podcast
- Spencer uses PartsBox.io to search for parts in his personal inventory
- Find Spencer on most social media channels as pencerw
Reminsent of the “Pedantic or Andrantic” show.. what’s the words he uses to describe his background.. oovrah? ersat?
It was oeuvre, which is a french word that pretty much means your body of work or your life’s work.
There’s no “u” in Northrop.