Jay Rogers is the CEO & Co-Founder of Local Motors, a game-changing company focused on disrupting the American automotive industry with new ideas, brilliant design and 3D printing. Jay is a life-long fan of cars and learning. Previously, John served for 6 years in the United States Marine Corps, where he was an Infantry Company Commander. He has worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., as an investment analyst at Ewing & Partners, and at a startup medical device company in the People’s Republic of China.
Jay is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar). He lives in Arizona with his wife, Susannah, and four sons, John, Charles, Houston, and Ralph.
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You Will Learn:
- How Jay got started with the automotive industry and how he views himself as a maker rather than a fixer. Vehicles constantly challenge our notions of getting from one place to another.
- The introduction of modern 3D printing technologies in the automotive industry.
- Making prototypes by lowering the variable of resolution was key in being able to test & produce 3D printed cars.
- Looking at different materials and tools in creating an optimized vehicle for transportation.
- How the manufacturing industry will evolve in terms of manufacturing and distribution. Systemically the way cars are being made can be transformed. Furthermore the systems behind car creation will evolve and improve.
- Comparing the creation of a car chassis and body to the body of a human.
- Why the sharing of 3D files should be encouraged and incentivized. Sharing is considered valuable in a world where people are afraid of getting things stolen.
- The story behind one of the toughest challenges which is not failing enough and taking even bigger risks.
- Some of Jay’s favorite 3D printing tools and services including: TinkerCAD, small scale 3D printers and integrating parts with tooling and casting.
- 3D printers are a liberating tool but should not be prioritized over other manufacturing methods that may be more effective.
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