As 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.
Having 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.
Denver 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.
The 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.
We also made the local paper, check that out here.
We 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.
If 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.
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!
We 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.
A 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.
Part 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:
In 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.
July 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.
July 17: ACTE – AZ Summer Conference
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 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
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
|Friday, July 22, 2016 – 112:00 PM AZ/PDT, 1:00 PM MDT
ANSYS Solutions for Electric Machine Design – Encore
|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.
Every 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.
Our 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.
PADT’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.
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We 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.
Startups 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.