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Brian Bradtmiller is a distinguished Industrial Sales Manager at C&A Tool Engineering, Inc., bringing over three decades of invaluable experience to the machinery industry. Throughout his remarkable 34-year tenure at C&A Tool Engineering, Brian has showcased his expertise in project management, manufacturing operations management, and customer service. His extensive skill set encompasses proficiency in AutoCAD, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), process engineering, and sales, underscoring his versatility and adaptability in navigating complex machinery projects.

With a solid foundation in machine tool technology and machinist practices, Brian earned an Associate’s Degree from Ivy Tech Community College. His professional journey began at Azars Bigboy in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he served as Manager for eight years before transitioning to Seyfert Foods, further honing his managerial and sales acumen. Brian’s enduring commitment to excellence and his adeptness in program and project management have solidified his reputation as a stalwart professional in the machinery sector, making him an indispensable asset to C&A Tool Engineering and the broader industry.

C&A Tool, established in 1969, stands as a pioneer in high-precision contract manufacturing, boasting dynamic leadership, unmatched expertise, and cutting-edge equipment investments. With over 750,000 square feet across three locations, 650 skilled employees, and annual revenues exceeding $100 million, C&A Tool is a proud member of the MinebeaMitsumi family of companies, globally recognized for precision component manufacturing. Offering a comprehensive suite of engineering expertise and in-house production capabilities, including metal sintering, turning, grinding, milling, and advanced large machining, C&A Tool delivers tailored solutions to meet the most exacting specifications with unwavering commitment and proven results.

Marco Gonzales: Hello and welcome to the Think Factory podcast, where we explore the latest trends and innovations in business and offer executives and thought leaders a platform to freely express their thoughts and opinions on pertinent industry, professional and business subjects. I’m your host, Marco Gonzalez, and I am an attorney with Outside General Solutions and a contributing editor and host of The Think Factory. As a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and former aircraft structural specialist for Lockheed Skunkworks Division, I leverage my skills and experience minimizing risk for my clients and exploring cutting edge technology issues for the think factory Today, we have a special guest with us, Mr. Brian Brandtmiller, the Industrial Sales Manager of C&A Tool Engineering, a leading manufacturing and machining company that has worked in the unique and growing area of additive manufacturing, 3D printing, but with metal. Brian, thank you for joining us today.

Brian Brandtmiller: Thank you, Marco. Thank you for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here.

Marco Gonzales: Cool. Cool. Brian, look, let’s start off with you telling us a little bit about yourself and the company.

Brian Brandtmiller: Yes. So I’ve experienced in project management, I have a history in machining in the in the machining industry. I’ve been a C and C machinist, process engineer sales and a general engineer. I’ve not seen a tool for 35 years. I started off in a grinding machine on second shift, worked my way up to be the supervisor in the department, then worked myself into a project manager until I got to my present position as the industrial sales manager. K Tool is located in Northeast Indiana. It has two facilities in Churubusco and one in Albany, Indiana. We are experienced and we have experienced engineers. We are advanced equipment to meet whatever your tolerance needs would be. We have direct laser sintering machine equipment. We have grinding, turning, milling and electrical discharge. We also have a large equipment section which goes up to 72 inches. We also have the largest group of contract manufacturing equipment in the hemisphere. We have set we 750,000 square feet, 600 plus of the most skilled employees you’ll find.

Marco Gonzales: Wow, that’s pretty impressive. Brian. Our listeners may know they’ve heard of 3D printing, additive printing, and that has gained in popularity and use in the last decade or two. But additive printing with metals is still not widely known or understood. So why don’t you explain exactly what is additive printing with metal and how that technology works?

Brian Brandtmiller: Okay, be happy to additive manufacturing otherwise or otherwise known as direct laser centering or 3D printing with metal. It is basically where you take powdered metal. A laser goes across reading a model and burns in place powdered metal and it works layer by layer and grows it up until you have the entire the entire object grown.

Marco Gonzales: Wow. That’s pretty interesting. You know, you gave us a video of how that process is. So we’re going to play that. And afterwards, why don’t you explain what’s going on in that video?

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