Meet Dave Ciscel, a 2-time retiree (from the Air
Force and Boeing) who is seeking to redefine the
rapid manufacturing process.
I recently started CalRAM,
Inc. with John Wooten to make titanium parts from
powder - faster,
cheaper, etc. Now we need Blue Pen customers! I live in
Camarillo with my wife, bird dogs and have 3 kids, 5
grandkids, two surfboards, three horses, and two
mules. My main effort is to get CalRAM profitable
and avoid bankruptcy. Vacations are for hunting, any
time off is for surfing or playing with kids and
I attended in 2002 and 2004 and started speaking at
Bill Bellows' Understanding Variation classes in December 1996.
Tell us about a recent "a ha" moment.
CalRAM Inc uses a technology called Electron Beam
Melting (EBM). It's new technology so it seems
there's an a ha moment every other day. I am forced to
learn software called Magics, similar to a CAD
drawing. The best aha moment in long time was when I
figured out how to tie a diamond hitch on my mule by
What book are you reading now?
"General McKinney Reports" about air war in Pacific
in WWII, Harry Flashman series about British empire
in 1800s & Biblical histories about the origins of
the war with Islam.
What recent book have you read that you consider
both beneficial and readable?
"Undying Hatred" by Hal Lindsey, about the roots of
animosity between Islam and the Jews, and later the
Christians. We win this war in Iraq or no women are
to come to the In2:IN Forums. For that matter there
be any Forums. Not even in burkas.
What advice do you have for people new to the
Pay attention and network. Don't drink too much the
first day or you'll have a hangover the second day
like someone whose initials are A... B...
Are there any questions that we should add to the
member profile? If so, please provide us with the
question(s) and your answer(s).
It might be
interesting to ask if the respondent
feels there has been progress made in their life, or
their work, as a result of these Forums or other
The answer for me is Yes!
I have a much better understanding of corporate
structure and what
it takes to change a culture, and starting a
business with a desired culture, instead of copying
the culture of previous work place.