There are a few moments in life where everything stops, and you just have to take in the fact that something momentous is happening. I feel “The Falcon Heavy launch was not just cool, it was a big deal.” I was able to watch it in a public An individual decided he wanted to go into space. And he went. That is what is called a “game changer.” The power to achieve your dreams has never before been so possible. Hats off to Mr. Musk for wanting to do something big, and doing it.
When you think about manufacturing and PADT, you will most often think of Additive Manufacturing, or more generally 3D Printing. Although this new and exciting area of technology is the foundation of our Advanced Manufacturing department, it is only one part of what we offer. As discussed in the opening piece in this series, our manufacturing team also offers part scanning and reverse engineering services. What many people do not know is that our experts, often working with our product development team, also offer consulting services for all kinds of manufacturing.
When it comes to getting parts made, a company needs to find the right manufacturing methods, the proper processes, the right vendor, and the right manufacturing plan to get their parts made correctly and cost-effectively. This is true if they manufacture and assemble in-house, if they outsource the entire process, or if they do a combination of building, buying, and assembling. PADT is a valuable resource that can help investigate options, provide advice on next steps, and even serve as a liaison between our customers and their suppliers and vendors. Whatever the product, whatever the manufacturing technology, and wherever the facility, PADT can help.
Here are some typical examples of what we have done for customers. If you do not see what you need, no worries, contact us anyway and we can figure it out. Simply put, if you need help getting stuff made, we are here to help.
Finding Manufacturing Solutions
Getting products made can be hard. And pressures in most segments for greater performance in less volume for less cost are making manufacturing challenges more difficult every year. Many times traditional methods and processes that have worked in the past just can not get the job done. That is where PADT comes in to look at your needs with fresh eyes backed with a wealth of knowledge about different manufacturing solutions. Sometimes we help change the design and sometimes we change the process, and often we work with our customer to do both so that they can get their parts made.
Vendor Identification and Management
Many customers come to us with a simple request: Find someone that can make this and help us get it made. They may not have the staff with the proper experience needed to find, qualify, and manage vendors. Or those people may simply be too busy. PADT’s network of proven vendors combined with our project management expertise makes for a simple and single point solution for customers large and small. From supply chain, through inspection, to shipment, our team can take on the tasks you need to be done to make sure your products show up ready and to specification where and when they need to be there.
Injection Molding Consulting
The most common type of consulting that we conduct for customers is helping them with injection molding. If they need a straightforward part with no technical challenges, then there are literally thousands of vendors that can do that job. But if the plastic parts they need have challenges, if normal injection molding suppliers have look at the parts and scratched their heads, that is when PADT can step in and solve problems. We can use our knowledge of plastic part design, our large network of expert injection molders, and proven problem-solving skills to find a way to get those difficult parts made in a timely and affordable manner.
Developing New Technologies
Sometimes, there just is not an existing way to get something made. There may be technologies that get close, but nothing that already exists in the right combination. That is when PADT’s advanced manufacturing, simulation, and design skills can all come together to develop new technologies and processes to enable true innovation. From new material combinations to novel post-processing approaches, our team can bring in other experts and suppliers to find ways to push out beyond the leading edge of advanced manufacturing.
We Make Innovation Work
No part of bringing products to market stresses the importance of making innovation work more than manufacturing. This is where all of the ideas and solutions come together to create a physical product. Every product is unique, and every product has unique manufacturing problems. That is why PADT’s Manufacturing Consulting is called on by customers across industries to solve problems and find solutions. And that is why if you are facing manufacturing challenges, you should call on PADT to help you.
While wandering through a maze of booths at a recent trade show, I stumbled upon something quite amazing. “A ping pong-playing robot? The world has just changed” explores how sensors, the cloud, and artificial intelligence is leaping forward and making science fiction real.
Scanning is one of the fastest growing parts of PADT’s business, and with the announcement of a new agreement to distribute for ZEISS Industrial Metrology, we are growing even faster. Blue Light 3D Optical Scanners are amazing devices that allow users to create accurate surface maps of almost any geometry. We have been using this technology in-house for our scanner services for some time, now we wanted to also make them available to our customers.
You may remember when PADT announced that we had partnered with Steinbichler to provide 3D optical scanners. Well, we are not dumping Steinbichler. Their technology was acquired by ZEISS Industrial Metrology. We have been waiting for the acquisition to finish up and for the Steinbichler team to be fully integrated before we signed up to represent these fantastic devices again. That happened and we are back selling them in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.
What we like about these optical devices are the incredibly accurate lenses, from ZEISS, and the large and accurate CCD chips. This combination gives fantastic quality. In addition, we can swap out different lenses for specific applications and the software that comes with the system is outstanding. After beating our device to death last year on services work, we feel very comfortable recommending it to all of our customers.
Here is a video on the primary product we are selling, the ZEISS L3D 2:
And that is also the advantage of buying your optical scanning solution from PADT. We use this stuff every day on a variety of applications. So we understand our needs, and we know how to get the most out of the hardware and software. So when you are making your decision on what to buy, and when you need support once you have made your investment, you know PADT is the best option to help you out.
Visit our web pages for ZEISS equipment and software here.
Here are links to the latest brochures as well:
As always, just give us a call at 480.813.4884 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more
For my Valentine’s Day blog contribution to the Phoenix Business Journal, I share my somewhat unpopular opinion that the current decline in US business dominance is due to the fact that we are just too selfish. “Is selfishness in business always a good thing?” explores the idea that If we all do a little less for us and more for each other, we may find ourselves in a better world.
When people look at PADT and where we are located, they almost always say “You should open an office in Austin, the tech community there is a perfect fit for your skills and culture.” We finally listened and are proud to announce that our newest location is in Austin Texas. This new office will be initially focused on ANSYS Sales and Support across the great state of Texas. We have had customers for other products and services in the state for decades and are pleased to have a permanent local presence now.
As an Elite ANSYS Channel partner, we provide sales of the complete ANSYS product suite to any and all entities that can benefit from the application of numerical simulation. Across industries, we bring a unique technical approach to both sales and support that is focused on identifying need and then selecting the right toolset, training, and support to deliver a return on the customer’s investment as soon as possible. And the initial product purchase is just the start. Our ANSYS customers are our partners that we grow with, always ready to help them be better at whatever it is what they do. Customers in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado already know this, and it is time for the engineering community in Texas to benefit from the experience.
Because we will be there for the long term, we are taking our time to look around the area. Our new salesperson, Ian Scott, is an Austin native and who has worked in the engineering software space for some time. He will be working with existing customers and partners in the area to find the right location for us long-term. But we are already putting plans in place to deliver outstanding training, hold meetings, and maybe even a celebration or two while we settle in.
Over time we will add local engineers and additional sales staff to meet the needs of the state, which as you know is big. And we have big plans for PADT and Texas starting with this ANSYS Sales and Support role, it is just the beginning.
Make sure you watch this blog, social media, or our newsletter for announcements on a celebration for our new office as well as technical events we will start holding very soon.
We look forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. If you are in Texas, please reach out to us and send us any suggestions or recommendations you may have. We are really looking forward to growing in Austin and across the Lone Star State.
The “D” in PADT stands for design. It has been an integral part of PADT’s service offering since the company was started. Design, or more broadly Product Development, is the engineer process of defining, designing, testing, prototyping and transferring the manufacturing of a product. From concept to manufacturing, or any point in between, PADT’s engineers can help with product development.
Doing product development with PADT is about defining product requirements and then stepping the team through a proven process that iterates efficiently and results in working hardware that has been tested and verified. This approach works across industries. We have worked on products for golfing, designed the insides of an electric vehicle fast charger, designed and built an alpha-machine for semiconductor manufacturing, reconfigured the configuration of an avionics device, developed several medical devices through clinical trials, and tested the fittings on an artificial heart.
We specialize in working with companies that have an engineering staff, but don’t have the specialization or capacity need to complete a project entirely in-house. Our engineers become part of the customer’s team and can work on specific tasks, a subsystem of the product, or complete the entire process. Regardless of the scope, it comes down to our providing our customers with experienced and capable engineers that can plug in where they are needed.
There are four characteristics that set PADT apart from other design houses that help with product development:
We have been providing product development services since 1994. As of this post being published, we have 30 engineers onstaff and we have helped over 400 customers with their product development needs. Many of those customers choose to use PADT over and over again letting us design and test their products.
What sets PADT apart from most providers of design or product development is the fact that we are problem solvers. Product development is primarily the process of identifying problems and finding solutions. And that is what our engineers excel at and thrive on. We are brought in by customers because we can answer the tough questions.
It does not matter how experienced your staff is, or how amazing your tools and equipment. To be successful in product development you need to have a proven Project Management process. PADT’s process has been developed over decades to provide a flexible methodology to ensure requirements are defined, that they are met on time. It drives the entire process to achieve deliverables on-time and on-budget with minimal customer oversight.
Project managers and design engineers work with simulation, test, software, and manufacturing engineers to address the needs of the complete product lifecycle. Almost every capability that is needed is available within PADT’s walls, and a tested network of approved vendors fills in any missing needs.
One of the best ways to understand these difference is to watch our video on Product Development here:
You can also review some of our great case studies:
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Or, check out our brochure:
If you are developing a product of any kind, then please contact PADT so we can explore where and how we can help with that process. Our slogan is “We Make Innovation Work.” Join over 400 other companies who have trusted PADT to make their innovation work.
“Are you using gamification to improve your customers’ and employees’ experience?” In this blog post, I look at something that was a big trend a few years ago that has unfortunately faded. Introducing a little competition can make a big difference for customer and employee success.
Most companies invest a lot of money into software productivity tools and then expect the various tools to work together. The reality is that connecting different products is hard, and is a common cause why many implementations fail. In “Climbing the steepest technology slope: 5 suggestions for better productivity software integration” I make some suggestions based on real-world experience.
The concept of digital fingerprints a technology that is finding its way into everything from food safety to tracking online fraud. It is so powerful that all technology companies should know what it is and understand how it plays in their products and services. I take a look at what it is and how to take advantage of it in “Digital fingerprint: The emerging technology that will identify the world around us.“
While looking at disconnecting my home from a cable provider, I came to the realization that millions of other consumers were doing the same thing. This would change Cable TV forever. And what about other technologies, like the ones our company is built on. In “Cutting the cord and the freight train of change headed toward all of us” I muse on what could happen and what we can do about it
On a recent trip to San Francisco, I spent some time working in a coffee shop. It’s different there. “Phoenix is not Silicon Valley — and we shouldn’t want it to be” is a look at what I observed and why I’m happy to be part of this community.
Computer simulation has been a critical part of designing products for some time now. But it is also a valuable tool in understanding and protecting your intellectual property. In “Computer simulation has been a critical part of designing products for some time now” I share what every company needs to know about this powerful tool.
It is that time of year again, prediction season. I share “My Arizona tech sector projections for 2018” to just see how right or wrong I will be in 12 months.
If you spend as much time flying for business as I do, you begin to notice that there are different types of business travelers. I explore the differences in “Flying for business gives you options to work, or not work at all” and throw some categories on business travelers. Which type are you?