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Episode 018 – Lou Rassey, Co-Founder & CEO, Fast Radius

On this episode of the Executives’ Exchange, Lou Rassey, Fast Radius’, Co-Founder and CEO discusses how a third-generation manufacturer leads the company that the World Economic Forum has recognized as one of the nine most innovative factories. Lou shares how the company embraces the micro-factory model and can make the “unmakeable” through reliance on cloud manufacturing. Tune in to learn about Fast Radius’ mission to empower the world, the excitement and potential in industry 4.0, and more.

:58 – Early upbringing in Detroit as a third-generation manufacturer
3:40 – Lou discusses the early years of working for Chrysler and how it drove his interest in innovation
5:44 – The impact and empowerment through the accessibility to innovative technology
7:00 – Lou discusses MIT Leaders for Manufacturing Fellowship Program, Industry 4.0 and McKinsey & Company
11:12 – The broken supply-demand infrastructure and Fast Radius’ solution of cloud manufacturing
18:18 – Evolving to improve component supply through cloud manufacturing & Fast Radius’ empowering platform for innovation in the world
22:35 – Fast Radius’ recognition as a manufacturing lighthouse; the micro-factory model and customers tapping into infrastructure and create new technology and sustainable, scalable supply chains
27:55 – Lou discusses MxD, Fast Radius’ home in Chicago & how the city can maintain its status as a hub in innovative manufacturing
33:36 – Fast Radius’ range of career pathway roles & becoming the digital assistant to engineers
38:05 – The next steps of Fast Radius’ & the global environmental impact of the Cloud Manufacturing Platform
42:42 – Lou discusses Fast Radius’ rapid printing during the pandemic
47:55 – Rapid Fire

Episode Link: Fast Radius

Host: Margaret Mueller, CEO & President, The Executives’ Club of Chicago
Producer: Eva Penar, Chief Content & Communications Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago

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