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Strategic Planning, BHAG’s, and Chicken Nuggets

Welcome to 3D From Nothing Powered by Metalmite, the Show where you will learn all about 3-D printing and additive technology, and I am your host, Tom Gendich.

Metalmite is a full-service machine shop that specializes in 5 and 6 axis CNC machining, CNC grinding, Wire EDM and 3D Printing. We are a 50 plus year old corporation started by my father, Michael Gendich the Third. I took over as CEO in 2009 and am continuing the manufacturing legacy as a third-generation owner.

In these programs you will learn what kinds of printers are out there and what kind of materials you can print on. Who is using these printers, what kinds of things should you be looking at printing. As well as hearing form experts in the field through interviews we will be conducting. And, as always you can go to our website 3-Dfrom where you can get free giveaways and learn more about what we’re doing and about how the name comes from my father, who said “At some point will make parts out of nothing” – and today we are doing just that with 3D Printing and additive technology.  Music fades out…

Welcome Guest- Patrick Davidson, Metalmite Vice President

Today we have a special treat for our listeners, Metalmite’s very own- Patrick Davidson.  Patrick had been a customer of Metalmite’s for 14 years while at two different organizations, in 2018 we had the opportunity to have him join our Leadership Team as our Vice President of Operations.  Patrick has a rich history of leadership development and strategic planning. As a former math teacher, both to high schoolers and for Villanova University, Patrick used his gift for mathematics to help teach others and understand their environment through math. Today Patrick is leading Metalmite in a strategic way to create a cohesive team using a balanced scorecard and a winning plan.  We are going to dive into this plan today and understand his process a little better. Then we will discuss 3D Printing and how it is influencing the processes at Metalmite and for our customers.

Patrick, welcome to our show. Thanks Tom. Glad to be here. Yeah, we’re excited. I know you’re very passionate about both metal and about strategic initiatives. I wanted you to be able to share with our audience today a little bit about some of that. Sure. Well, one of the things that I’ve done over the years is a lot of self reflection and self understanding.

Other than things I did many years ago is take the strengths finder 2.0 assessment. It kind of tells you what your top five strengths are, the things that you do well naturally. And strategic is actually my number two futuristic and strategic are my top two. So when it comes to strategic planning and futuristic thinking, those are things that come very naturally to me.

In addition, I’ve been in many organizations that have great hearts and great intent. And yet when you look at the things that people are working on every day it tends to not be the most strategic, most important things that they want to be working on. The great story told by Stephen Covey and the seven habits of highly effective leaders, right, where he talks about the professor puts the glass jar on the podium in front of his students and he takes out three big rocks and he puts them into the jar until the last one comes to the top.

And he says, now is the jar full? And the students say, yes, And then he reaches underneath the podium and grabs a bag of gravel and pours it in. And all the gravel fills in the spaces around the rocks. He says, now, is it full? And they pause and they say, we think so. And then he reaches underneath. He grabs a pale of sand and pours it in all around the gravel until it fills up.

And they said, is it full? And they said, probably not. He said, well, you’re learning. And he grabs a pitcher of water and pours it in until it’s right to the top. And he says, what’s the moral of the story. And all of these fast driving, hard, hard going students said, there’s always room for more. You can always squeeze more in.

And he looked at it and he said, no, the moral of the story is if you don’t put the big rocks in first, they won’t fit. And so what we need to remember is there’s always going to be the gravel and the sand of our work lives. There’s always going to be those tasks and things that we have to get done. But if we put those into the jar first, if we put those into our day first and our schedule first, they don’t leave room for the big rocks.

The most strategic things that will align with getting us to where we really want to go. And so that’s why I’m super passionate about strategic planning, because it helps us remember what the big rocks are and keep the big things first. Yeah, that’s fantastic. And it’s, it’s fits perfectly because just as the, as the big rocks, keep us going where we need to go at metal mine.

I shared in the first episode a little bit about our just cause. And that is to help create products that help people move in the direction they need to go. And so, again, we, we’ve given a lot of time and thought and specifically you and I have spent time with our leadership team over the last couple of years, talking about our why and what gets us out of bed.

I wanted to spend a minute. The last episode people understood or heard from me what are just cos mission, vision, and then our core values were, but I wanted to spend a little time with, with kind of understanding the why behind it going behind the curtain, if you will. So can you talk a little bit about where these ideas come from?

Are you just a genius that came up with it or there’s some other people that that led us in that direction? No, I’m no, I’m no genius. As you indicated at the outset, I’m a mathematician at heart, so I like rules and, and and regulations. But yeah, no, in fact Simon Sinek is probably the one that has written the most on it in the last decade.

Starting with you know, his Seminole work start with Y and then leaders eat last. And most recently as of this time, you know, his work on the infinite game, which is about the just cause and an infinite mindset, you know, those who have contributed, you’ve got, you know, Jim Collins, of course, in his.

Work good to great talking about the Beehag setting the course for that Pat Lencioni and his five dysfunctions of a team and all of the things he’s published, even Brenae Brown has really weighed in as a sociologist into, into the psychological and sociological implications of all of this, but at its at its heart.

Right. Mission. The mission is why we exist. It’s why we even get out of bed in the morning. It’s the intrinsic reason we even exist as an organization. That’s the mission, right? The why the vision is where it’s, where we’re going, the direction we’re headed. It’s that true North. Every time you take out your compass, no matter what, what you’re facing, the needle will go North.

That’s the vision. That’s where we’re headed. The core values are what make us, us as you know, what metal might. We’re not the only machine shop in the world. We’re not even the only additive shop in the world. There are lots of other facilities out there, but there are things that make metal might uniquely metal might.

Those are our core values. They’re how we do things here. So if the mission is the why and the vision is the where the core values or the how, that’s, how we do things around here and what it’s, what makes us, us the non-negotiables. If you want to be a part of the metal night team. And then there’s the just cause.

And this is really getting a lot of treatment here recently, and that just causes the thing that’s, that’s bigger than even the mission at metal might. It’s that thing that you know, really is trying to change the world. If you will. It’s a, it’s a vision of what could be in the future that we may not even see in our lifetimes.

And I say in our lifetimes, you’re, you’re in my lifetime as Tom, you know, we may die try and even metal mites, lifetime. But the idea is it’s so important and such a driver that we’re going to move toward it with whatever energy and whatever time we have left the simplest example, the pick on here we find ourselves in the month of February, wherever we’re recording, this is is Martin Luther King or his just cause was a world where people of all races had equal opportunity and were treated equally.

He, he was going to in and unfortunately early did die trying, but the point was, he wasn’t sure if he would see that in his lifetime or the next generation’s lifetime, but it was so important. It was worth moving toward with all the energy and resources that he had. Yeah. And I think that’s important to, to step into, as a, I’ve heard Todd Simon Sinek say, you know, Martin Luther King had gave the, I have a dream speech, not the, I have a plan speech.

And I think I think as, as leaders, we also look at how do, how do we get buy-in right? How do we get our team to be excited about something? And I think if we come and say we have a three-step plan and we’ll increase sales by 10% at the end of the year you know, we’ll see some yawns in the room and we’ll see some people tired, but I think to your point, if you, if you, if you set a vision far enough out and, and, and something that you couldn’t even attain potentially in your lifetime, it gives a sort of a fixed point for, you know, in, in sailing terms, it gives it, it gives a point for someone to sail towards, right.

Well, exactly. And make no mistake about it. You have to have a plan, right? Failing to plan is planning to fail as they say. So we all need to have one of course, but to your point, a plan is not a motivator. A plan is a how we achieve the thing that motivates us. And so that, you know, you talked about having that vision of where we want to go, that, you know, the, the mission is the thing, right.

That Y that literally gets us out of it. And we roll over. What’s the thing that when we think about our, I shoot up and then we smile literally, as we’re just waking up. Yeah. We’re getting after that today. That’s not the plan, the plan doesn’t get us out of bed that way. Although we have one and it helps us get there.

It’s the why. Right. It’s the knowing that we’re going to move toward fulfilling our just cause today. Right. Well, and like I said, if we can talk a little bit about the  and the big, hairy, audacious goal, I think Jim Collins originally started talking about that with the good degrade series w you and I met several years ago and started developing this.

But as I’ve shared this Beehag with a few people, the first response is, is always for somebody to either laugh at me or their eyes get really big. And I’m sure they’re thinking, you know, why are these guys wasting their time dreaming? About growing a business 10 or 15 times larger than it already is.

So can you talk a little bit about, you know, why we set such a large seemingly unattainable goal out there? Sure. Well, first of all, in, in fairness to other people most people have never been given the permission by anybody else or given themselves permission to really embrace what it is to go after what some would envision as a dream.

Right. They would say it’s a dream. I would say with the plan and the process that we have, it’s much more than that. And I can talk about here in a minute, some examples where, where they became reality, but you have to be bold enough and also vulnerable enough to allow yourself to think big enough.

About something you don’t yet know how to achieve. And for many of us, many of us who are competitors, many of us were taught how to win the idea of thinking about something. We don’t yet know how to do sounds not only audacious, but in some cases ridiculous. And so in people’s defense, many of us haven’t been taught that it’s okay to do that.

Not only is it okay, it’s necessary. I’ve had the opportunity to be at a few organizations that grew in those kinds of multiples inside of 10 years. You know, in, in one case from, you know, revenue growing from 10 to 36 million in 28 months in another case growing from 18 million to 75 million in about three and a half years, I mean, these, these kinds of things that people wouldn’t dream of, they wouldn’t allow themselves through.

Cause they don’t think they’re realistic. And a key part of it is exactly what we talked about. If you’re willing to put the big, hairy, audacious goal out there, then you use so many of these, these tools and these gifts that we’ve been given to say, okay, if we want it to be there in 10 years, if we allowed ourselves to think about that, but gave ourselves the freedom to dream like that, where would we need to be in three years in order to get there in 10?

And now people start to say, well, I think if we were here, we could be there. All right. Well, if we could get there then, then where do we need to be in a year? So where would we need to be at the end of this year to get there in three years to get there and 10 years, and ultimately then you boil it down once more to say, okay, we’re going to get there at the end of this year.

What are the priorities we have to have this quarter and you do this each quarter of the year. And those are the big rocks. Those are the things you put into the jar. First. Those are the things you focus on before the sand and the gravel of your day. And if you do that with discipline, Time and time and time again, organizations have realized results that they never believed were possible because they first allowed themselves to dream.

And then secondly, they used the plan. Yeah. And I think that’s the key right there as, as I’ve had to explain it to a few people. Why, why such a big. Seemingly unattainable goal, and then you drill it down once they understand the why, because it is actually and giving us our quarterly objectives. And as you, and I know we meet every week and discuss these and, and we have each of us personally has goals and our other leaders have goals and objectives to hit on each quarter.

So. As we get through a year, we’re kind of checking those boxes and seeing it. Recently I heard a story from preacher and I just wanted to share it because it, it, it helped me understand the point of what we’re doing about this. He was talking about, I think he had gone to Naipaul on a mission trip with a group and, and this guide said they needed to go to a certain destination and they were hiking.

He said, well, it felt like hours. And he was exhausted. And the guys with them were exhausted. And they just couldn’t wait to stop. The guy finally stopped and he said, John, Hey, are we there? Is this, is this where we’re going? Because they’re all huffing and puffing and getting some water. And the guide smiled and said, no, let me show you.

And he points off and he says, we can picture this in Nepal. There’s there’s mountains. And it’s, it’s not a lot of roads and stuff. He points way off to the distance. And he says, do you see that blue speck on top of that mountain way over there? And, and everybody’s, you know, squinting their eyes and looking, and he said, pastor, we need to get to tonight.

And the preacher said, there’s, there’s no way. I mean, there’s bad weather coming. I’m exhausted. You know, and, and the guide said, no, I I’m taking it. And that’s where we need to go. And so they ended up doing it and then they, they accomplished that. They made it to this little, this little blue shack before the bad weather and everything came in.

And I thought that story was such a great picture for, for multiple reasons. One they had a point off in the distance that seemed unattainable to a group that doesn’t normally, you know, mountain climb and hike, but two, they had a person, a guide with them that had done this trip many times and he knew they had to get there before evening.

And so they had, they had he did in that case, have a plan. And a way to get there. So in a lot of ways I feel spoiled at metal might cause we have the in-house guide. Right? Cause, cause you’ve been through this a couple of times you’ve seen it firsthand. And since our discussions with you and I I’ve had a few strangers that, that, you know, came into the facility and shared their stories, that they also.

Went from a smaller organization to five and 10 and even 15 times their size in a short period of time. And each of them had a different story of how that happened. It was customer driven or it was work driven or it was, you know, vision-driven but, but I think that’s the point, right? I mean, we got to have that, that point off in the distance and we got to have a way to get there.

Well, exactly. So, I mean, you, you illustrate in your example, the exact things that are required, first of all, there was a vision of where we’re going, the true North. It was way off in the distance, but we knew we needed to get there. So we knew the direction we needed to head. If this is a preacher and he’s on some kind of a mission, he had why he knew why it was so important to find a way to get there.

You know, so internally he was motivated by a Y and then you needed to have a way you needed to have plan. And in this case, the preacher didn’t have to own the plan cause the guide owned the plan. And so he was able to allow to delegate the actual plan to the guide, trusting that the guide knew where true North was and they were all headed in the same direction.

Exactly. Well, and as we’ve discussed many times, I think that’s why you and I make a good pair because I love the dream and I love the passion behind it. But when it comes to the plan, I think that’s definitely your, your side of the table to make sure we’re on task. So I think that’s where the two of us worked well together.

As we as we, as we leave that section, I think we want to talk a little bit about 3d printing, additive manufacturing side, and how that was brought to metal might DM that really focused on your joining the team a few years ago. I remember you first coming in and talking about your, your medical orthopedic experience and you started seeing.

Advantages of 3d printing in that world for ’em. And I’ll let you speak specifically, but I think it was knees and hips wasn’t it, but it was being printed at that point. Yeah. And I think the early in medical device, the early applications really focused on more facial. And some of the printers that are literally in the hospitals for printing when you have massive trauma to the skull and the facial area, because each of us are so uniquely shaped that they have to reform that in a unique shape so they can print, you know, sort of a framework around which they can rebuild the bone.

But very quickly then people begin to look at things like porous structures. So so many knee and hip implants have a poorest structure that normally is either used, put on with titanium plasma, spray, or use a centered bead coating, but something to create a porous structure. So you get bone in-growth and then you get the mechanical bond between the bone that’s still is owned by the person and the implant, but now they figured out rather than a two step process of access, actually three to four step manufacturer.

Center on beads, then finished manufacturing. They could actually print the implant with the poorest structure right on it. And so that was a growing area when I was in med device of use for the, for the additive manufacturing. And of course there’s always the need for very quick turns that subtractive manufacturing just can’t support.

So somebody is in a development cycle. They want to do some testing on some joints. They want to do some. Testing on some initial surgical devices, what they’ll do is they’ll print them because they literally can have them in, in, you know, one to three days, depending on complexity and post-work, and that those were the big things that were going on in med device.

And I think that’s what I found. Interesting. I remember when you’re telling me some of these early stories Initially when 3d printing came on the scene, at least to my knowledge, around 2025 years ago, the idea of 3d printing was, was to get it concept. A lot of that was SLA the sub Foxy that forms into an image of the part.

It was not a functional part and it was not a a very useful part, but it was inexpensive to create a 3d model and, and use it. But. When I started hearing you talking about it in this, in this medical device industry, what I found interest, it wasn’t just about cost savings or even time savings.

You had mentioned that it was because of this porosity that is important to the function of the part. And in some cases you told me about arts that were 3d printed, that couldn’t even be made using the subtractive methods. As, as, do you remember that specifically? Of course there are features that as we all know, cannot be made with subtractive manufacturing, especially if you have internal channels and things like that.

I do know that when you get into centered bead coding, you, you are limited in terms of the size and shape of the beads in terms of how large and the shape of those pores. You free up a lot of those constraints when you’re going to 3d print it. As long as each layer has some part that’s adhered to the layer before it, you now have some freedoms and some abilities to build some pore sizes and some structures that may not be achievable with sintered bead coating or titanium plasma spray.

Yeah. If I remember properly Before you were in med device, of course you were in aerospace, you were another customer of ours there. You had experienced seeing them using, was it electron beam, welding, where they were making some links, spars for the F 22 fighter. Yeah, I don’t remember off hand if it was the F 22 or the F 35, the joint strike fighter.

But I remember, yes. So the company I was working for had a sister division St. Parent company that did electron beam, freeform fabrication. They called it it was very rough in terms of nowhere near the precision that we’re seeing, of course, in a medical device or something like that. But imagine a wing spar, I mean, this huge piece will originally, those were giant blocks of titanium.

The cost makes my stomach hurt to even think about, and then the hours and hours of hours of hogging it. So you paid for all this titanium and like 90% of it ends up in the bottom of the machine, right? It’s chips. So hours of machining to, to throw away very expensive material. And what they figured out is they could lay using electron beam and a spool of titanium wire.

They could lay a rough. Shape of the part, think about like a forging only they were laying it down. So the titanium savings was huge and then they would pass it to the company I worked for to do the machining, the machining say dozens and dozens of hours per spar. If I remember right, the cost savings per wing spar was over a million dollars between the titanium itself and the machine time.

So in that case, I mean, we are talking about a cost savings and, and potentially a time savings. So you do have both of those advantages of 3d, but then I know in aerospace because we’ve had this conversation, thousands of times, there there’s a big fear about the material and can we verify the integrity of the material and is it as good as something that comes from a mill?

But, but as you and I both learned in a lot of cases, an additive part actually has a better integrity and more concrete properties. We’ve learned to print a dog bone alongside of a part and, and go ahead and let the test lab break it and, and do some testing. So were you able to see that as well in both medical and aerospace?

Sure. I mean, and that’s part of the whole thing, right? It’s, it’s changed and it’s new and it’s different. So everybody hesitates and of course in medical, it’s the FDA and aerospace, it’s the FAA. So there’s always going to be somebody making you prove it. However, there’s ways that we prove it with subtractive manufacturing, from bars that have inconsistencies and processes and stringers and all kinds of issues that can exist in, in cold and hot roll materials as well.

And so there’s no perfection. You can do the exact same kind of post manufacturing inspections on a printed part that you can do on a manufactured subtractively manufactured part. So if that’s the way you want to confirm it, it’s possible. I’ve seen instances too, where they act either print a Dodd bone or keep a sample of the powder.

If it’s a powder bed machine, all kinds of different ways. They do that. So that after the fact that there’s any questions about. Effectiveness. We can always go back and test. Yeah. So when you came on board with us and we had this this history an experience you had just seen, one of the first things we did of course, was send you to the additive show.

I believe that was in Detroit that year. Do you remember going there and talking to some of those specialists? I think there were one of the keynote speakers was one of the leading. I don’t remember if he is from MIT, but he was one of the leading PhDs and additive technology. Yeah. Fascinating things going on.

For you sports nuts out there. One of the, one of the things that I had no idea. It was additive manufacturing was being used for was actually the internal structure for safety in the football helmets being used by all of the pros you know, they’ve done all kinds of studies. And so they designed this thing to be able to have some give from the impact perspective, but protect the skull and, and obviously concussions are a big deal.

These days I thought. Oh fan, you know, just a fantastic application that I was completely unaware of, but they can do that uniquely to each individual. Yeah, because of the shape of the head. So that, I mean, of course we talked about a second ago. There are some parts that are not manufacturable with subtractive.

So I saw some really fantastic examples, internal channeling, you know, fluid channels that go around and intersect that you could never put in a there allowing. So what’s happening now is we now have a young, new group of engineers who are cutting their teeth with additive. They’re now thinking about designing a part for additive and that’s it.

It’s a total mind shift, right? If you think about somebody who’s trained to design a product that’s made of parts that can be manufactured from, from attractive manufacturing, we’ve constrained their design right out of the gate. That constraint doesn’t exist anymore. And so I saw a lot of fantastic examples of that.

As well as even some I wouldn’t say millions and millions, but some relatively high volume manufacturing where they’re building throughout a whole cube and then capturing samples. Throughout the cube. So they’ve got tests. So one of them was, I don’t know that I can mention the automotive company’s name, but some relatively high-end vehicles.

And they had a very unique part. It was very difficult to make, and they were printing them for their production vehicles and then capturing samples all throughout the build. So if there’s ever a question about integrity, they could not only test. A sample from that build, but from that area of the build, because every part was uniquely numbered, you knew exactly where it came from within the bill.

Interesting. So in, in high volume production for automotive, we’re seeing 3d printing on, on vehicles today. Huh? Yeah. So it was tens of thousands. You know, I think is what they were getting after. Cause this was a pretty high end vehicle. It wasn’t it wasn’t like my F-150 where they’re going to make, you know, two or 3 million this year, but it was a yeah, relatively high, but like I always thought of additive is sort of much more niche and low volume and prototype, but they were definitely opening it up to production.

Right. And, and so of course that, that show and that experience led to our first purchases metal mines back in 20, I wouldn’t go, it was 2018 where you had found some of your connections from the medical field had a a great deal on some machines. And so of course we brought it in and we’ve started our in house printing since then.

Right. And now we’re up to seven printers with our print farm. So again, we. We’ve used the technology for years with suppliers outside. We’ve we’ve brought it. In-house here the last three to four years and it just continues to grow in our own uses. Well, I know we’re getting sensitive on time here.

We, we promise everybody we’ll keep us 25 minutes. I did want to end with a couple current events. If you will, we can do a throw back to our school days. As I was Looking around an industry. I found a few articles here that we’re so into the manufacturing world that we’re making either parts for customers, fixtures, and tooling for ourselves.

And we’re finding some unique, we just re we’ll get into this in a future show, but we just printed some things out of a a rubbery Silicon type product. So we’re finding our own uses in our industry, but as 3d printing in general is being used in the world. I found it really interesting and, and all these notes will be on our notes page at 3d, from, but we have some medical testing going on right at a 3d printing industry deck count.

It says together with several research institutions companies across the region, readily three D. Will play its part in 3d printing. I living model of the human pancreas and a bid to improve the testing for diabetes medication. Specifically, the company will be signing out as the project’s official bio printer manufacturer adopting its proprietary contact lists, tomographic illumination technology to suit these particular needs of pancreatic tissue.

What I found. Shocking there. As, as we talk, we start talking about living tissue, they’re actually printing and creating a human organs in order to do medical testing on it. That was, that was something, at least in my world that blew my mind. Had you ever heard of anything like that? I haven’t heard of printing living tissues, but if they’re finding ways to do that, Of course, as we all know, unfortunately, pancreatic cancer doesn’t have a cure of any type that we know of.

There’s no chemotherapy or radiation to cure pancreatic cancer. So if they can begin to use these sorts of things in ethical ways to study how they can stop some of these things, I think that’s beautiful. Yeah. And another article that popped up again, I’ll have a link to it. It was I M E C H news.

But it’s talking about in the future pharmaceutical companies will the bypass, the. Time-consuming prehuman stages enabling this technology of bioprinting 3d printing of living cells and other materials to create biological tissue and organs. The article goes on to talk about they’re actually using this now in COVID research.

It says by using human cells and the printers such as the Novo gen bio-printer. Researchers can replicate targeted tissues throughout the body, such as skin or liver tissue. We can have it exposed to virus, viral particles, bacteria, and the drugs before the microscope and other observations.

So again, obviously a at this current timeframe, the time we’re recording this, we’re a year into the COVID international pandemic. And we have a few vaccines out there, but now they’re actually using 3d printers. For the testing of different medicines. And so in multiple ways, this is helping us because instead of testing these things on, on live humans, we’re testing it on something we can 3d print.

“Together with several research institutions and companies across the region, Readily3D will play its part in 3D printing a living model of the human pancreas in a bid to improve the testing of diabetes medication. Specifically, the company will be signing on as the project’s official bioprinter manufacturer, adapting its proprietary contactless tomographic illumination technology to suit the particular needs of pancreatic tissue structures.

… aims to fabricate its first set of working pancreas models within three years. The models themselves will be printed at UMC Utrecht and EPFL, which pioneered the use of volumetric printing for biofabrication…

Another Article talks about printing organs in order to assist in testing the help prevent Covid spread!

“In the future… pharmaceutical companies will bypass all those time-consuming pre-human stages. The enabling technology is bioprinting – 3D printing of living cells and other materials to create biological tissue and organs.

By using human cells in printers such as the NovoGen Bioprinter from Organovo, researchers can replicate ‘targeted’ tissues throughout the body, such as skin or liver tissue. They are exposed to viral particles, bacteria and drugs before microscopic and other observation.

Bioprinting made headlines last year after projects including the development of ‘organoids’ at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in North Carolina. Led by Dr Anthony Atala, the team built miniature lungs and colons to assist Covid-19 research, the New York Times reported.

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So again, I found that quite amazing to learn about that. Yeah, I think the opportunity to bring things to market more quickly and without putting additional humans at risk is present some fantastic opportunities. Of course, we’ll need to be very careful on the ethical side with all of those things. But I think again, if they’re monitored carefully, I think these can be great breakthroughs.

Yeah. Yeah. And then, and then we get into the interesting side here. I know and I was sharing these links with you. Your, your first thing is like, what, what are you sharing this for? So as we find that we’re, we’re, we’re printing, living tissue to help in the medical advances. This article pops up out of the, of the sun.

But it was a newspaper out of the UK. Again, the link is on our webpage here. KFC is working with a Russian 3d bioprinting company to create a lab produced chicken nugget, the fast food giant announces it’s the meat of the future concept. And it plans to have the product ready to test by the end of the year.

Unfortunately, it sounds like they probably will be testing that on live humans, but KFC says in a statement, there’ll be taking the next steps and it’s innovative cats that by creating the restaurant of the future. I’m picturing I think my wife said the the jets since cartoon, when we were kids, are the 3d printing your brain first in your lunch and dinner here.

So yeah, there’s actually some, some videos a link. If, if people are that interested, they can, they can check it out. It’s it’s interesting to me, they have three different vials. And, and it’s all natural vegetable based substances. And and they’re printing it to look like a chicken nugget, but I’m sure it’s like a, like a black bean burger or one of these impossible burgers.

“KFC is working with a Russian 3D bioprinting company to create lab-produced chicken nuggets.

The fast food giant announced its ‘meat of the future concept’ and plans to have a product ready to test by the end of this year…  KFC said in a statement: “KFC is taking the next step in its innovative concept of creating a “restaurant of the future” by launching the development of innovative 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken meat in cooperation with the 3D Bioprinting Solutions research laboratory…  The idea of ​​crafting the “meat of the future” arose among partners in response to the growing popularity of a healthy lifestyle and nutrition,”

KFC 3D Printing nuggets??

But yeah, we were talking about 3d printing. I had not thought about chicken nuggets, so it’s a whole new joke if you want fries with that. Right. Exactly. And then the last part again, you know, the chicken nuggets is one thing, but a 3d printed steak. So again, there’s, there’s actually a YouTube video.

We’ve, we’ve linked to this one. And Israeli startup plants are invented the world’s first realistic 3d printed steak, all made from non-meat products are in the information, provided to the company by routers in the media line. Re redefine meats is the ultimate made at a combination of soy and pea protein, coconut fats on flower oil, along in Africa or flavors, the company is based just South of Tel Aviv.

It’s worked with its butchers and others to digitally map. More than 70 cents oral parameters which includes the cuts, texture, juiciness, fat distribution in mouthfeel. So I watched this YouTube a little bit, very, very interesting. They actually studied there. There’s this whole science of studying the marbling of a good steak and where the fat and the Venice, and they actually created a a solid model and a blueprint of the perfect steak in there.

If they’re able to exactly replicate it every time. So, pretty interesting. Again, that’s something I had thought of. I kind of like for difficult speak, but it’s interesting to think about the 3d printed steak, right? Well, if 3d printing part doesn’t work out, at least with the model, maybe we can grow a cow.

That’s perfectly marbled. Yeah. Now, now we’re getting into those ethics things. Exactly.

3D Printed Steak?  An Israeli start-up claims to have invented the world’s first realistic, 3D-printed steak made from non-meat products, according to information provided by the company to Reuters and the Media Line. Redefine Meat’s “Alt-Steak” is made out of a combination of soy and pea proteins, coconut fat and sunflower oil, along with natural colors and flavors. The company, based in Rehovot, south of Tel Aviv, says it worked with butchers and other experts to digitally mapped more than 70 sensorial parameters — including the cut’s texture, juiciness, fat distribution, and mouthfeel…


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