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Episode 271: Fab Lab Hub Provides Training for the “New Collar” Workforce

Automatic three dimensional 3d printer performs product creation. Modern 3D printing or additive manufacturing and robotic automation technology.

Hosts Lewis Weiss and Tim Grady welcome Sarah Boisvert, founder of Fab Lab Hub, an organization that helps start new maker spaces, conducts workforce and entrepreneurship training in digital fabrication, and organizes the annual DigiFabCon. 

Find out how they help people “Dream it…Design it…Fabricate It…Change Your World!” only on Manufacturing Talk Radio

MEET YOUR HOST

Lewis Weiss

Mr. Lewis Weiss is Host of Manufacturing Talk Radio and President of All Metals & Forge Group, the principal sponsor of the show. He has 60 years in the metals industry as a manufacturer of open die forgings and seamless rolled rings, running a business that sells forged products globally to OEMs, major manufacturers, mid-size first- and second-tier suppliers, and small metalworking companies. Lewis Weiss puts his experience in manufacturing to good use as an expert consultant on various TV and radio programs nationwide.


Tim Grady

Mr. Tim Grady is an Executive Producer and Co-host of Manufacturing Talk Radio. He brings more than 25 years of knowledge as a senior strategist and business advisor to companies of all sizes in more than thirty industries, advising them on revving up revenues, macro and micro marketing, strategic selling, organization optimization, website ergonomics, data mining, and other external or internal factors that can accelerate or impede business operations and net profit.


SPECIAL GUEST

Sarah Boisvert

Sarah Boisvert has more than 30 years of experience in the design, development and commercialization of high-technology products utilizing digital fabrication including laser machining and 3D printing. Her graduate work in market segmentation at Johns Hopkins University led to her expertise in productization of high tech devices. Ms. Boisvert is a co-founder of the commercial division of Potomac Photonics Inc. of Baltimore, Md., which she joined to commercialize a proprietary RF-discharge excimer laser. Following the sale of the company in 1999, Ms. Boisvert founded Fab Lab Hub, part of the MIT-based Fab Lab Network, in order to foster entrepreneurship and workforce training in digital fabrication manufacturing skills. Fab Lab Hub has produced DigiFabCon since 2010, a conference and Fab Festival dedicated to demonstrating how digital fabrication is changing the world. During this time she also consulted for the non-profit Fab Foundation, which supports more than 1,200 fab labs worldwide. There she developed strategic plans, implemented marketing communication and conducted fundraising. She returned to Potomac part time as chief 3D printing officer in February 2014.

In 2016, Ms. Boisvert conducted a study – partially funded by a contribution from the Verizon Foundation – into digital skills needed for operators and technicians in manufacturing. For the study, she interviewed leaders at 200 companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 100 multinationals from a wide variety of industries. The data resulting from her work is the basis of this book. Ms. Boisvert is a fellow and past president of the Laser Institute of America and has served on the Optical Society of America’s Industry Advisory Board as well as on the boards of numerous international technical societies. For fun, she creates 3D-printed jewelry.

Links:

https://store.photonics.com/Product.aspx?SPID=25

Fab Lab Hub

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