Apps have been around for almost 10 years now (I know!) and when you take a step back and look at them, they often reflect the thinking of those early days. That is “Why it may be time to rethink how we think about apps” if your tech company uses apps in any way. The post talks about what makes a good app and what we should be looking for as what is next in mobile applications.
Although February is a short month, we have lots of activities scheduled to talk about new releases from both ANSYS and Stratasys as well as a STEM and Medtech event. Take a look for details below or visit the bottom of our home page to see the latest.
Arizona Science Bowl
|PADT will be attending this great event for middle and high schools. Dr. Bhate will be speaking to the middle school students|
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2017 Stratasys New Product Launch Webinar
|Stratasys is introduce some new products and you are invited to attend online to learn how once again they will advance 3D Printing to the next level. PADT’s engineers will not just share information about these new systems, they will also explain what we thing is important about each machine and what its new advantages are.|
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ANSYS 18 – Mechanical APDL & HPC Update Webinar
|ANSYS is rolling out a new version of their entire software platform, and we are offering seminars to help users understand what is new and cool. This first webinar will be focused on ANSYS Mechanical APDL and what is going on way deep under the hood.|
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AZ Tech Council MedTech
|Medtech has grown a lot in Arizona over the past couple of years, so the Tech Council is putting on an event for everyone involved to get together to network and learn. PADT will have a booth and will be talking about 3D Printing in medical devices. If you are at all involved in medical technology, you should attend.|
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ANSYS 18 – HPC Licensing Update Webinar
|ANSYS is rolling out a new version of their entire software platform, and we are offering seminars to help users understand what is new and cool. This second webinar will be focused on ANSYS HPC licensing and how that has changed.|
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Two weeks ago we were part of a fantastic open house at the ASU Polytechnic campus for the grand opening of the Additive Manufacturing Research center, a part of the Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub. What a great event it was where the Additive Manufacturing community in Arizona gathered in one place to celebrate this important piece in the local ecosystem. A piece that puts Arizona in the lead for the practical application of 3D Printing in industry.
I could go on and on, but better writers by far have penned some great stories on the event and on the lab.
And Hayley Ringle of the Phoenix Business Journal summed it all up, with some great insight into the impact on education and job growth in “See inside the Southwest’s largest 3D printing research facility at ASU”
And last but not least, here are some pictures related to PADT that ASU provided:
Cutting corners rarely pays off, and that is especially true in product development when you skimp on physical or virtual prototyping. In “Why accurate prototypes are important to product development success” I take a look at why accurate prototyping is so important, with some real world lesson learned as examples.
It’s all the rage. “Big Data!” fixes everything. There is a lot of hype around the value of knowing so much about so many things. The problem is very few people have figured out what to do with that data. But leading technology companies like GE are using a proven tool to get value from all that great data. In “How do you get value out of Big Data? Simulation!” I look at how numerical simulation can be used to create digital twins of what your products are doing in the real world, delivering huge benefits today.
PADT’s Manager of Human Resources, Lara Maack contributed a fantastic post to Forbes’ “Grads of LifeVoice” blog with her observations on how young employees in tech can improve their careers. In “Ask Not What Your Career Can Do For You, Ask What You Can Do For Your Career” she outlines ten basic steps every young tech worker can take to make the most out of what they have. If you are millennial in the workforce or deal with millennials, it is a useful read.
Not only is it a great article, but PADT’s very own Clinton, Patrick, and Stephen made it in the pictures of PADT’s representative “young employees”
The ANSYS Sales Team at PADT was honored last week when we were recognized four times at the recent kickoff meeting for the ANSYS North American Sales orginization. The most humbling of those trips up to the stage was when PADT was recognized as the North American Channel Partner of the Year for 2016. It was humbling because there are so many great partners that we have had the privilege of worked with for almost 20 years now. Our team worked hard, and our customers were fantastic, so we were able to make strides in adding capability at existing accounts, finding new customers that could benefit from ANSYS simulation tools, and expanding our reach further in Southern California. It helps that simulation driven product development actually works, and ANSYS tools allow it to work well.
Here we are on stage, accepting the award:
We were also recognized two other times; for exceeding our sales goals and for making the cut to the annual President’s Club retreat. As a reminder, PADT sells the full multiphysics product line from PADT in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. This is a huge geographic area with a very diverse set of industries and customers.
In addition, ANSYS, Inc. announced that PADT was one of several Channel Partners who had obtained Elite Certified Channel Partner status. This will allow PADT to provide our customers with better services and gives our team access to more resources within ANSYS, Inc.
Once we made it back from the forests and hills of Western Pennsylvania we were able to get a picture with the full sale team. Great job guys:
We could not have had such a great 2016 without the support of everyone at PADT. The sales team, the application engineers, the support engineers, business operations, and everyone else that pitches in. We look forward to making more customers happy in 2017 and coming back with additional hardware.
Metal 3D Printing is one of the more exciting areas of additive manufacturing, and we are learning a lot about how to safely operate our new system. Our very own Dhruv Bhate, PhD shared those lessons learned in this new video:
The video stresses the importance of keeping an inert environment to keep part quality and to ensure a safe operating environment. Our Concept Laser Metal 3D Printer uses high powered lasers to melt metal powder one layer at a time to build 3D Parts. This process produces soot that is highly flammable.
Dhruv shows the process we use to break the part from the machine, clean the chamber of soot, and replace the filter that captures the soot.
To learn more about PADT and how we can help you with your 3D Printing, product development, or Numerical Simulation needs, please visit www.padtinc.com
Use this link to see all of our blog posts on Metal 3D Printing
Let’s be honest, the mouse and keyboard are outdated interface methods that serve us well, but voice recognition is pretty dang awesome and efficient. In “Voice recognition, the new thing in computing” I write an entire post using voice recognition about the pros and cons of voice recognition. That is almost meta. Please enjoy, it was a fun one to do.
I’ve had enough. The destruction of facts and truth in public and business is not acceptable. The Phoenix Business Journal has allowed me a nice big soap box to rant from as a guest this week on their regular “My View” feature.
Usually I don’t make a direct apeal for anyone to read my musing, let alone share it. Now I am asking you to read “My View: Tech leaders need to take a stand for facts and truth” and if it resonates with you, please share it with others. I believe what I said:
“So what can we do? We must dig our heals in and challenge misinformation, or at least demand supporting facts. We cannot back down when those we call to task use bluster and misdirection to avoid answering our challenge. Call them out on their tactics, don’t accept lies, don’t stoop to their level of name calling, stick to the facts, and stay on topic.”
Thank you for your consideration.
Usually getting coffee is just getting coffee, but a recent trip turned into some deep thoughts on user interface design. “Um, the coffee machine needs more water and 5 rules to improve your user interface design game” explains my encounter with the office caffeine dispenser as well as five key rules that everyone should follow when developing a user interface for a product.
On January 18th, ASU will officially Launch their Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub, the Largest Additive Manufacturing research and teaching center in the Southwestern US. PADT is proud to have partnered with ASU as well as with Concept Laser and Honeywell to get this important piece of the local manufacturing ecosystem started and to keep it growing.
Located on the Polytechnic School at ASU in Mesa, Arizona, this facility is amazing. And you can see it for yourself, the public is invited to the launch on January 18th, 2017 at 9:00 am. ASU Polytechnic Dean Kyle Squires and the Director Ann McKenna will be speaking as will our very own Rey Chu, John Murray from Concept Laser, and Don Godfrey from Honeywell. Tours will follow. Learn more and register for this free event that will bring together the local 3D Printing community here.
You can also learn more by reading the official press release from Concept Laser that outlines what the center does and the partnerships that make it possible:
For our Christmas parties at PADT we generally have over 40 employees so a traditional secret Santa gift exchange takes to long. So a couple of years ago we downloaded a right-left gift exchange story from the internet and it was a big hit. We ran out of stories on the internet, so we started writing our own, usually in some sort of over-the-top style. This year, 2016, many of us had become addicted to West World, so a good old fashioned Western seemed appropriate.
Everyone gets their gift and forms a big circle in the middle of the room. Someone with a strong voice reads the story and every time the world LEFT is read, everyone passes the package they have to the left. Every time the world RIGHT is read, everyone passes the package they have to their right. You should pause a bit at each LEFT/RIGHT to give people a chance to pass.
You can find our older stories here
– Elf Family Christmas (2017)
– Western Christmas (2016)
– Star Wars Christmas (2015)
– Fairy Tail Christmas (2014)
– Science Fiction Christmas (2013)
– Romance Christmas (2012)
– Film Noir Christmas (2011)
Trixie and the Christmas Miracle
A train whistle echoed in the distance as US Marshal Dilan McRightland brought his horse Righty to a stop on the left side of the ridge. Down below, right in the middle of the valley was his destination, the place he had been headed right towards for three weeks. Wrightville Gulch. He’d seen a lot of dusty towns, not much more than a few buildings on the right and left side of a crooked street. Left to his own devices he would have left his job and gone right back to his family farm on left bank of Ohio river, right below Louisville Kentucky. But he had sworn an oath to uphold justice, to make sure that wrongs were righted, and that no criminal was left free to cause more harm. It was the right thing to do.
He dug his heals into Righty and they headed right down the trial, towards an encounter that would have been best left alone.
As he entered the town from the… south, he surveyed both sides of the street. On the right was a bank, livery stable, and what looked like a hotel that may not be where the ‘right type of people’ stay. The other side of the street held a saloon, blacksmith, general store, and a Chinese restaurant: Right and Wrong Noodles. Dilan assumed that the fugitive he was seeking was in the saloon. So he tied up Righty, using a left hitch not, and went right in the swinging doors.
It took a while for his eyesight to adjust to the dim interior. A long mahogany bar filled the wall. On the… other side, there was a stair case that led to rooms on the second floor. Right in the middle of the room stood a giant Christmas tree. That was right, Dilan thought, today was Christmas Eve. It has been a long time since he had enjoyed a right proper Christmas. He began to day dream about snowy Christmas mornings when a shout brought him right back to reality.
“Hey! You looking for me, stranger?” A man dressed in head to toe in black leather stood on the left side of the Christmas tree. “If you are Lefty Peterson, then yes.” Replied Dilan. “I’m US Marshal Dilan McRightland and I’ve traveled all the way to Wrightville Gulch, right here in the middle of no-where, to bring you to justice.”
The two men stared at each other across the room, their right hands hovering over their six shooters, which for now were left in their holsters. “I don’t think you have it right, Marshal. When I left the Stanton brothers for dead, right in the middle of Dodge City, I left that life behind me. I’m clean now, I’ve got a wife and kids. I started over. You know what I did was right, they deserved to die. So the right thing for you to do is get back on your horse and get right out of town.”
This left Marshall Dilan a bit baffled. What if Lefty was right? And then he stood up straight and looked Lefty in the eye. “The law is the law lefty, doesn’t matter if you think what you did was right, it is up to a jury to decide that.” Lefty looked right back, and snarled “The only way you are taking me back is as a corpse. If you don’t leave in a coffin yourself. Their right hands slowly moved to their guns.
Just when they were about to draw a girl dressed like a dancer the left bank of the Sein in Paris, dashed right between them. “Stop right now!” she shouted. “Gosh Nabit! It’s Christmas Eve. Have you any heart left, either of you?” She turned to Lefty “Lefty, darling, you don’t have to die. If you think what you did was… justified, go with the marshal, argue your case.” She spun to face Marshall McRightland “And you, you come riding in here on Christmas ever, where we was having ourselves a right nice party, and you threaten our friend Lefty, that just aint right either!”
Dilan stood. He could see the star on his chest reflected in the mirror behind the bar, and he could see the star right on top of the tree. And he looked right at the dancing girl, a small tear falling from her right eye. “Lefty” he said “you agree to let me handcuff you to that bar there, and we can have ourselves a right proper Christmas ever and morning. And then we ride out of here and you get your day in court. Does that sound…. All right?” Lefty thought for a minute, then responded “I right reckon that is the right thing to do. Right here and right now on Christmas eve, maybe some peace on earth is what we need.”
And so on that Christmas Eve in a dusty town right in the middle of no-where, a little Christmas spirit, and a fiery dancing girl named… Trixie, brought a little peace on earth and goodwill towards men to a place called Wrightville Gulch.
It seems like the trend these days is for large companies to not do R&D in house. Instead the let StartUps develop innovation and then buy it when the market proves it out. I had to ask myself “Is acquiring disruptive innovation good for everyone?” I don’t think it is and explain why in this week’s blog post.
We have a problem. At some point it become not just OK, but prefered to count on amateurs to tackle difficult problems. In politics and in business it is a trend to go with people who have no background and no experience. Seeing the results, I a not a fan. In “When did we start thinking amateurs were a good idea?” I look at this disturbing reality, why it is a bad idea, and offer some suggestions on turning things around.