The Prepared

The Prepared
A podcast about engineering, manufacturing, and the business of hardware product development.

GE Additive
May 19, 2019 • 43 min
We visit GE’s Additive Technology Center in Cincinnati and hear the history of GE Additive.
The global scrap market with Adam Minter
May 3, 2019 • 57 min
Adam Minter is a columnist at Bloomberg and author of Junkyard Planet - Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash-Trade.
Anna Shedletsky, Instrumental
Nov 16, 2018 • 60 min
We talk with Anna Shedletsky about analyzing and identifying manufacturing defects.
Toyota City with Lucas Lappe
Nov 12, 2018 • 32 min
We talk about auto manufacturing & Toyota City with Lucas Lappe
Zach Dunham, Centerline Labs // The Public Radio
Sep 26, 2018 • 59 min
Spencer and Zach recap ~10 months of US-based consumer electronics manufacturing.
Rony Kubat, Tulip Interfaces
May 8, 2018 • 63 min
We talk with Rony about manufacturing engineering, industrial alphabet soup, and how Tulip is making operations faster and more flexible.
Kipp Bradford
Mar 25, 2018 • 54 min
This week we talk with Kipp Bradford about low volume/high value manufacturing, the tradeoffs of domestic & international trade, and Kipp’s varied & impressive career history.
Danielle Applestone, Bantam Tools
Mar 18, 2018 • 53 min
We talk with Danielle Applestone about building desktop CNC machines.
Tara Pham, Numina
Mar 11, 2018 • 57 min
We talk to Tara Pham about Numina, doing business with cities, and running a small startup.
Max Haot, Launcher Space
Mar 4, 2018 • 61 min
We talk with Max about what it’s like to develop rockets. Crazy, right?
Season 2 intro
Feb 27, 2018 • 8 min
A quick update & preview of Season 2 of The Prepared’s podcast
Mo McBirney
Dec 11, 2017 • 45 min
We talk to Mo McBirney about manufacturing engineering and her career working at Tesla and Makerbot.
Reilly Brennan, Future of Transportation + Trucks
Dec 4, 2017 • 47 min
Reilly Brennan is an investor, industry observer, and writer of the excellent Future of Transportation newsletter. In this episode, we discuss all aspects of innovation in transportation today.
Nov 13, 2017 • 54 min
We talk to CW&T about running a two-person product studio.
Liz Corbin, The Institute of Making
Oct 31, 2017 • 51 min
We talk to Liz Corbin about nitinol, aerogel, and other spectacular materials.
Craig Cannon, Y Combinator
Oct 16, 2017 • 65 min
Spencer talks to Craig Cannon about The Container Guide, doing projects with friends, and podcasting.
Janet Lieberman, Dame Products
Oct 7, 2017 • 72 min
We talk to Janet Lieberman, CTO of Dame Products, about the intricacies of engineering and manufacturing sex toys.
Jonathan Cedar, BioLite
Sep 24, 2017 • 54 min
We talk to Jonathan Cedar about BioLite’s business, mission, running a consumer product recall, and the process of obtaining carbon credits.
John Barnes
Sep 10, 2017 • 84 min
We talk to John Barnes about single crystal casting, working at Lockheed Martin Skunkworks, and the future of metal powder bed fusion. John is Managing Director of The Barnes Group Advisors.
Post campaign status
Jul 26, 2017 • 44 min
Zach & Spencer run through the emotional phases of completing a Kickstarter campaign & the next steps along The Public Radio’s journey. AND, a quick overview of where The Prepared’s podcast is heading.
Jun 30, 2017 • 34 min
Spencer calls in from Taiwan to talk about The Public Radio’s supply chain, what it means to be made in the USA, and progress on our Kickstarter campaign.
Centerline Labs & Gabe Ochoa
Jun 19, 2017 • 43 min
A conversation between Zach, Spencer, and Gabe Ochoa on the eve of The Public Radio’s relaunch. We discuss tool-making, crowdfunding pre-launch strategy, and the niche infrastructure required to run logistics for hardware businesses.
Centerline Labs & The Public Radio
Jun 14, 2017 • 86 min
A conversation between Zach Dunham and Spencer Wright about The Public Radio on the eve of its Kickstarter relaunch. We discuss the past four years of working on The Public Radio as a side project, and its future as a product and business.