Phoenix Business Journal: ​The five C’s of effective social network marketing

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoAs engineers, we struggle with using social networks to market our company. Engineers are not as in to social networking and they are adverse to anything that looks like a sale.  “The five C’s of effective social network marketing” goes over some of the things that have worked for PADT and should help similar tech companies get greater value – Clear Messaging, Consistency, Content, Conciseness, and Cross Platform.

Phoenix Business Journal: How to assemble the right product development team

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoHaving the right product development team is critical to the successful development of a new product.  In “How to assemble the right product development team” I take a look at what PADT has learned through the years about what makes a great team.

Full Color 3D Printer Road Show: First Stop a Success Including Radio Broadcast

ICOSA_07169Denver was the first stop on a trip around the Southwest for Stratasys’ new J750 Full Color 3D Printer.  We are showing this machine that is reinventing 3D printing off in person so people can see the device up close and hold the incredible parts it makes in their hands.

You can still sign up for the Salt Lake City or Phoenix events.

ICOSA_70965The Denver event was hosted by St. Patrick’s Brewery in Littleton, right down the street from PADT’s Colorado Office. Several customers and PADT employees gave talks on how to better use 3D Printing, including a presentation from Mario Vargas on the new Stratasys J750.

On top of all of that, local radio station KDMT, Denver’s Money Talk 1690, did a live broadcast from the event.  You can listen in here. Again, PADT employees and customers talked about 3D Printing as well as the new Stratasys J750.

ICOSA_30368We also made the local paper, check that out here.

Press Release: Innovative Additive Manufacturing Research Project Led by PADT Approved as Part of America Makes Multi-Million Dollar Grants

America-Makes-Logo-2We are pleased to announce that PADT has been awarded a grant from America Makes to further our research into combining our three favorite things:  Simulation, 3D Printing, and Product Development.  We will work with our partners at ASU, Honeywell Aerospace, and LAI International to study lattice structures created in 3D Printing, how to model them in ANSYS simulation software, and then how to use that information to drive product design.

A copy of the press release is below. Or read the official press release or download a PDF .

Press Release:

Innovative Additive Manufacturing Research Project Led by PADT Approved as Part of America Makes Multi-Million Dollar Grants

Arizona State University, Honeywell Aerospace and LAI International join PADT in technical research and educational outreach in 3D Printing

TEMPE, Ariz., July 25, 2016 — In one of the most critically needed areas of research in Additive Manufacturing, Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT), the Southwest’s largest provider of numerical simulation, product development and 3D Printing services and products, today announced its project proposal titled “A Non-Empirical Predictive Model for Additively Manufactured Lattice Structures,” has been accepted as part of a multi-million dollar grant from the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, America Makes. PADT’s proposal was one of only seven selected, and one of only two where the leading organization was a small business.

IMG_0349To complete the deliverables, Arizona State University (ASU), Honeywell Aerospace and LAI International are assisting PADT in technical research with contributions from Prof. Howard Kuhn, a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a leading educator in Additive Manufacturing, for workforce and educational outreach.

“While there are several efforts ongoing in developing design and optimization software for lattice structures in additive manufacturing, there has been little progress in developing a robust, validated material model that accurately describes how these structures behave,” said Dhruv Bhate, PhD, senior technologist, PADT and author and principal investigator of the proposal. “We are honored to be chosen to research this important issue and provide the tools to enable entrepreneurs, manufacturers and makers to integrate lattice structures in their designs.”

One of the most definitive benefits of additive manufacturing is the ability to reduce weight while maintaining mechanical performance. A way to achieve this is by adding lattice structures to parts before manufacturing.  The advantages are crucial and can result in increased design flexibility, lower material costs and significant reductions in production time for industries such as aerospace and automotive.

Another aspect of PADT’s winning proposal is the development of a first-of-a-kind online, collaborative living textbook on Additive Manufacturing that seeks to provide comprehensive, up-to-date and structured information in a field where over 50 papers are published worldwide every day.  In addition, the team will develop a training class that addresses manufacturing, testing, theory and simulation as well as how they are combined together to deliver robust predictions of lattice behavior.

“We have identified Additive Manufacturing as a key lever of innovation in our company and recognize lattice structures as an important design capability to reduce mass, improve performance and reduce costs,” said Suraj Rawal, Technical Fellow, Advanced Technology Center at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company – a leader in implementing Additive Manufacturing. “We also recognize the significance of this work in lattice behavior modeling and prediction as an important contribution to help implement the design, manufacturing, and performance validation of structures in our innovative designs.”

The award of this grant is another example of the leadership role that Arizona is playing in advancing the practical application of Additive Manufacturing, better known as 3D Printing.  PADT’s leadership role in the Arizona Technology Council’s Arizona Additive Manufacturing Committee, support of basic research in the area at ASU, and involvement with educating the next generation of users underscores PADT’s contribution to this effort and furthers the company’s commitment to “Make Innovation Work.”

About Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies

Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies, Inc. (PADT) is an engineering product and services company that focuses on helping customers who develop physical products by providing Numerical Simulation, Product Development, and Rapid Prototyping solutions. PADT’s worldwide reputation for technical excellence and experienced staff is based on its proven record of building long term win-win partnerships with vendors and customers. Since its establishment in 1994, companies have relied on PADT because “We Make Innovation Work.” With over 80 employees, PADT services customers from its headquarters at the Arizona State University Research Park in Tempe, Arizona, and from offices in Torrance, California, Littleton, Colorado, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Murray, Utah, as well as through staff members located around the country. More information on PADT can be found at http://www.PADTINC.com.

Media Contact
Linda Capcara
TechTHiNQ on behalf of PADT
480-229-7090
linda.capcara@techthinq.com
PADT Contact
Dhurv Bhate, PhD
Senior Technologist, PADT
480.813.4884
dhruv.bhate@padtinc.com

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PADT’s New Neighbors Break Ground

az-oncology-padt-ground-breakingIf you have visited PADT’s headquarters in Tempe, Arizona you know that we have been next to an empty lot since we moved in.  Today our new neighbors, Arizona Oncology, broke ground on their new East Valley facility.  Although we will miss watching the bunny rabbits and the unobstructed view of Elliot Road, we are happy to have a nice looking facility next door.

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During the groundbreaking ceremonies we learned that they are the largest Oncology treatment provider in the valley.  I also learned that other recent additions to the ASU Research Park bring the total of employees in the park to 6000.   The addition of Arizona Oncology’s 21,000 sq ft facility will add even more and will be a center for their research and clinical trials as well as a fully integrated care facility.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

 

 

 

Phoenix Business Journal: Why it’s time to stop using regulations as an excuse

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoWe have all experienced times where someone uses regulations and rules as an excuse to stop or slow some initiative in a company.  The blog post  “Why it’s time to stop using regulations as an excuse” is a bit of a rant on why this is a bad idea and what we can do to avoid it.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​For every Woz, you need a Jobs

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoA successful startup is often the result of how the leadership performs.  In most cases the ideal CEO doesn’t exist, and if you dig down you usually find that the company is being led by two people who compliment each other.  In “For every Woz, you need a Jobs” I look at one of the most famous, and successful such partnering and share some other examples and how to recognize and promote the ideal pairing.

IoT Innovator: How to turn your IoT idea into a product – Part Two

iotlogoPart 2 is out!  Making a product a smart and connected device requires a lot of planning and an understanding of how Internet of Things devices differ.  In “How to turn your IoT idea into a product” I review the key steps and offer suggestions to make for a more successful design process.  It is published in two parts:

Part 1 and Part 2

Composites Weekly: 3D Printing Advancements in Aerospace, Medical and Automotive – Interview

composites-weekly-logo-1PADT was recently asked to do an interview with Composites Weekly  to talk about what is new in the world of Additive Manufacturing.  Host Jonathan Taylor asked some great questions and we covered a lot of important advances and what to look for in the near future.   Listen here.

Phoenix Business Journal: Don’t forget the business objectives

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoIn the day to day process of putting out fires and dealing with minor issues, it is easy for business owners to loose site of the why.  In “Don’t forget the business objectives” I relay some recent thoughts on how to get back to the basics and drive decisions based on clearly communicated objectives.

PADT Events – July 2016

PADT-Events-LogoJuly is usually a non-eventful month but this year we have a couple of special webinars and the debut of a 3D Printer that many of us have been waiting a long time to get our hands on.  So take a look at what we have planned and what we did in June.


azte-logo-July 17: ACTE – AZ Summer Conference
Tucson, AZ

This annual event is the place where Educators go in Arizona to learn about technology.  The Association for Career Technical Education of Arizona hosts this annual gathering of everyone involved in career and technical education.  PADT will have a booth and we will be talking about the power of 3D Printing in the Classroom.


stratasys-j750-color-3d-printer-headStratasys J750 Road Show
See the First Practical Color 3D Printer

July 25: Littleton, Colorado – Register

July 27: Salt Lake City, Utah – Register

July 29: Scottsdale, Arizona – Register

Stratasys recently released the most advanced PolyJet 3D Printer on the market. The J750 promises to be a game changer by printing complex parts with diverse properties quickly while minimizing post processing time. See the spectacular full-color 3D printed models ranging from lifelike prototypes to lifesaving surgical-planning models, and comprehensive teaching aids to customized manufacturing tools.

  • Check out the newest 3D Printing Technology
  • Speak directly with Additive Manufacturing experts
  • Hear how other companies have implemented 3D Printing

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We have several great Webinars on tap for June. All PADT webinars are recorded, so even if you can’t make the specified time register and we will send you a link to the recording.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – 12:00 PM AZ/PDT, 1:00 PM MDT
ANSYS Solutions for Electric Machine Design
Register
Friday, July 22, 2016 – 112:00 PM AZ/PDT, 1:00 PM MDT
ANSYS Solutions for Electric Machine Design – Encore
Register
TBD in July
Webinars on ANSYS AIM
Watch this space for the date and registration link.

June Events in Review

Not much happened the first part of the month, then in the last two weeks we packed it in. Read below to see what our team was up to.


padt-utah-tech-council-breakfast-1Every year the Utah Technology Council has a breakfast focused on “The Future of Technology in Utah.”  This year Governor Gary Herbert was able to participate. Lots of great interaction and we can share that the future of technology looks bright.


 


The Colorado space community showed up in force for this year’s Jefferson County Aerospace & Defense Small Business Industry Day. Norm and James were there talking with customers and many people interested in learning about real world applications for 3D Printing in Aerospace.


MN-hpc-1Our most far flung event for the month was PADT’s David Mastel participating in the Twin Cities ANSYS User Meeting put on by Epsilon FEA.  Hosted by current valued partner and former PADT employee Rod Scholl, these meetings are always well attended. David was able to share our thoughts on High Performance Computing and answer some great questions on how to wring that last ounce of performance out of your compute hardware.

Denver’s Money Talk 1690: Interview on State of Manufacturing in Colorado

kdmt-logo-1PADT’s Norman Stucker joins Nathan Morimitsu from Manufacturer’s Edge to discuss the current and future state of manufacturing in Colorado.  Norman speaks to the impact of 3D Printing and how it is changing manufacturing. It is a great discussion that looks beyond the hype and shares where Additive Manufacturing is today and how it is being applied in the real world.

Listen here:

Want to learn more, email us at info@padtinc.com

Phoenix Business Journal: ​The assumption game: on wasting time second guessing

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoWe all spend time trying to figure out what the other guy is really up to, second guessing requests for information and crafting responses to simple questions.  In “The assumption game: on wasting time second guessing” I expose some of my own failures in this area and how I try and stop wasting time second guessing and get back to getting things gone.

IoT Innovator: How to Turn your IoT Idea into a product

iotlogoMaking a product a smart and connected device requires a lot of planning and an understanding of how Internet of Things devices differ.  In “HOW TO TURN YOUR IOT IDEA INTO A PRODUCT” I review the key steps and offer suggestions to make for a more successful design process.

You can find Part 2 here.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​5 simple suggestions for startups on how to keep your early investors happy

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoStartups and their early investors always start on the best of terms, but more times than not the relationship goes south. In “5 simple suggestions for startups on how to keep your early investors happy” I offer up some basic steps you can take to keep these key supporters happy and ready to help again when you need them.