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.

Phoenix Business Journal: These 7 Arizona companies are quietly leading in space exploration and commercialization

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoThe news is full of success after success in commercial space. What many people don’t know is that Arizona companies are playing a key role in many of the recent successes, and setting records of their own.  In “These 7 Arizona companies are quietly leading in space exploration and commercialization” I take a look at seven local organizations, large and small, who are making a difference.

Sometimes it is only about speed! Team building at the Kart track

SIMSAL-2016_06_14-Racing-3Every once in the while you need to get out of the office and run your co-workers off a track. For whatever reason, when members of our Sales and Support department put on some helmets and strapped themselves in to electric racing karts, they got very competitive.

The people who sell and support 3D Printers and Simulation software left their Stratasys and ANSYS brochures at home and headed to the Octane Raceway in Scottsdale, AZ for some fun and decompression. They have been working hard all year making customers happy, and they needed a way unwind.  So the drove in circles.

Fun was had by all. Only a few curse words were exchanged. Mario was asked to get a more subtle shirt.

The only disappointment is that the winner of the event was Oren Raz… most of us back at the office were pulling for Clinton Smith to take the trophy.

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Albuquerque Business First: Viewpoint – 5 things that make high-tech business in NM unique (for better and worse)

ABF-Albuquerque_Business_FirstNew Mexico is a unique place in culture, beauty and art. It’s also very unique when it comes to the high-tech industry — both in good ways, and in bad. In “Viewpoint: 5 things that make high-tech business in NM unique (for better and worse)” I share some of my thoughts on what makes New Mexico special from a tech business standpoint.  This is our first posting for the New Mexico cousin of the Phoenix Business Journal. We hope to do more.

Simulation Driven Product Development with Free Form Fabrication

am-topo-prezo-titleJoining Two of PADT’s Favorite Things: Simulation and 3D Printing

Recent advances in Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) have removed barriers to manufacturing certain geometry because of constraints in traditional manufacturing methods. Although you can make almost any shape, how do you figure out what shape to make. Using ANSYS products you can apply topological optimization to come up with a free-form shape that best meets your needs, and that can be made with Additive Manufacturing.

A few months ago we presented some background information on how to drive the design of this type of part using ANSYS tools to a few of our customers.  It was a well received so we cleaned it up a bit (no guarantee there all the typos are gone) and recorded the presentation.  Here it is on YouTube

Let us know what you think and if you have any questions or comments, please contact us.

Phoenix Business Journal: The next revolution in manufacturing is full automation

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoManufacturing is about to go through a major revolution, one that will have impact around the world. A new generation of automation will be changing the way things are made. In “The next revolution in manufacturing is full automation” I take a look at what it all means.

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Additive Manufacturing Service is Back on Line at PADT

sls-sinterstation-padt-2Everyone needs a vacation. After over 15 years of service our Sinterstation 2500Plus needed some facility upgrades  and machine updates. That work is now done and our SLS system is back up and running and better than ever, producing parts for customers who have come to count on its unique capabilities.

sls-housing-bracket-1Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is a process that uses a high power laser to fuse a bed of powdered material together, sintering the loose powder into solid geometry. It is one of the more mature and robust 3D Printing processes available and is especially well suited for making large strong parts.

We currently run Nylon 11 and Glass Filled Nylon 12 in our machine which has a build volume of 13″ x 11″ x 16.5″ and a layer thickness of 0.004″

sls-sinterstation-cleaning-padt-1Few service providers have as much experience as PADT with this system, we have been using it for over 15 years. During that time we have upgraded almost every component and during the recent downtime, the system was fully calibrated and tuned for maximum precision and performance. We are also experts on how to post process the parts that come out of this machine, including painting and other coatings.

Just a Part of 3D Printing at PADT

PADT features 3D Printing services using Stratasys FDM and PolyJet technologies, making precision parts with a wide variety of materials and colors. We also offer Stereolithography (SLA) Additive Manufacturing services along with soft tooling and injection molding consulting.

 

Demo-Room-Pic-1If you are using a big impersonal 3D Printing “mill” or are not sure where to get your 3D Printing done, reach out to PADT. We have been doing it since 1994 and have hundreds of happy and loyal customers.

email: rp@padtinc.com

call: 480.813.4884

or visit our Rapid Prototyping Services pages at:

www.padtinc/com/rp

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PADT Events – June 2016

PADT-Events-LogoThe year is almost halfway over and the pace of events that PADT is attending and holding is slackening a bit as we account for summer vacation and, in Phoenix, the blistering heat.   Take a look below to see what we have planned, mostly webinars, and review what happened in a fun filled May below.


utah-technology-councilJune 20: Utah Technology Council
“Future of Technology in Utah “
Sandy, UT

PADT’s Anthony Wagner and James Barker will be attending this outstanding event featuring key members of the Utah technology community and the Governor or Utah, Gary Herbert.


colorado-business-roundtableJune 28: Jefferson County Aerospace  & Defense Small Business Industry Day
Lakewood, CO

PADT’s Norman Stucker and James Barker will be manning a booth at this gathering of  small but active Aerospace companies in the area to talk learn how everyone can contribute to Colorado’s dynamic Aerospace industry sector.


June 29: epsilon-fea-logo-smallTwin Cities ANSYS User Meeting
“HPC and Numerical Simulation deep dive”
Minneapolis, MN

Join David Mastel the IT Manager/Chief HPC Architect for PADT, Inc. and ANSYS users in the Twin Cities area for an ANSYS user meeting including technical presentation with handouts.


PADT-Webinar-Logo

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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – 1:00 PM (MST)
Engineering the Internet of Things Devices with ANSYS Simulation
Register
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – 11:00 AM (MST)
Modeling FDM Structure and Properties: The Key to Enabling Functional Part Production
Register
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – Multiple Times
Flownex SE providing systems simulation to the Oil and Gas industry
Part Production
Register

May Events in Review

We attended a lot of events in May where we learned a ton, and continued to grow our network.


iot-world-picPatrick Barnett and Eric Miller ventured out to the heart of the Silicon Valley to attend Internet of Things World 2016.  We learned a ton and met a couple of potential suppliers. Learn more about what we learned on our IoT page: www.padtinc.com/iot


 


rapid-2016The big, huge, important event for the month was RAPID in Orlando, FL.   PADT’s Rey Chu and Dhruv Bhate attended, and Dhruv presented.  The highlight of the show was seeing all the new products that were introduced, especially from Stratasys. We were also able to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.



sbir-conf-2016-picThe most informative event of the month was the National SBIR/STTR Conference.  PADT’s Rob Rowan flew to our nation’s capital and was able to meet with many of the people who are in charge of the SBIR projects we are bidding on.  Rob felt that the best part was getting to better know what our customers are really looking for.