Episode 78

78 - Hot Apricot Yoga

In this episode of Parts Department, Jem and Justin discuss failed products, ongoing improvements in 3D printing, hiring new staff, making progress on workflow systems, using AI to analyse business data, the growth of configurable CAD, and getting coworkers onboard with QR codes.

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  • Products that didn't do well that you love
  • That desk²
  • Whiteboard
  • Feel like keep making partial or temporary tools / fixes
  • One True Source (GD, FD, AT)
  • Source of Product info / Design files
  • Airtable, Shopify, Veeqo, Linear
  • Podcast recommendation - Heavyweight
  • Vividworks Update
  • Ask for email after N build time
  • Rhino fever continues
  • Rhino 8 live
  • Just right-click!
  • Josh nailing configurations
  • OpenAi Announcements - GPTs
  • Chatter.dev - Fusion connection
  • Fusion 360 > Fusion
  • New hire cultural inductions, getting better every time
  • QR Code


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Jem Freeman

Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia

Like Butter | Instagram | More Links

Justin Brouillette

Portland, Oregon, USA

PDX CNC | Instagram | More Links

About the Podcast

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Parts Department
Justin Brouillette (Portland CNC) and Jem Freeman (Like Butter) discuss CNC machines, their product design and manufacturing businesses, and every kind of tool that they fancy.

About your hosts

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Jem Freeman

Co-founder and director of Like Butter, a CNC focussed timber design and manufacturing business in their purpose-built solar-powered workshop. Castlemaine, VIC, Australia.
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Justin Brouillette

Founder of Portland CNC & Nack