If you are smart, proactive, love technology, and believe in win-win interactions with customers, then PADT might be the place for you.
In February, PADT held a Lunch and Learn with the AZ Tech Council on "Designing and Simulating Products for 3D Printing." The event sold out and we received a lot of interest in being able to attend over the web. So we have scheduled a second version of this presentation to be given live at CEI in Phoenix on March 23rd, 2015 that will also be broadcast over the web.
Here is some info on the presentation:
This proven technology has moved from prototyping to tooling and now the creation of final parts. However, you can't just print your existing design. PADT will cover the techniques and processes needed to evaluate existing designs to find parts that can be switched to 3D printing as well as how to design new parts to take advantage of 3D printing.
Monday, March 23, 2015
11:30am – 1:00pm
275 N. GateWay Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Please Register, we will send you login information
|Lunch will be Served for those attending live|
We will begin with a review on the current state of 3D Printing technologies, including the creation of accurate and usable metal parts. That will be followed with design guidelines and processes and finishing up with a look at how you can use simulation to drive the design your 3D Printed components so that they work.
Lunch is included so we need a headcount for those joining us at CEI, and we need to send login information to those attending over the web. So Please Register
PADT is looking for proactive and technical sales professionals interested in joining our team to represent ANSYS software products. There are multiple openings with opportunities in Southern California, the Phoenix Arizona metro area, Denver Colorado, Salt Lake City Utah, and Albuquerque New Mexico. Selling ANSYS with PADT is hard but rewarding work where you get to interface with smart and capable customers and work with one of the most respected ANSYS resellers in the world. Learn more on our career page or simply send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As 3D Printing matures it is impacting a larger area within manufacturing companies. Supply chain management is a key part of any organization that makes physical parts, and 3D Printing has a big, and sometimes ignored, impact there. The Institute for Supply Chain Management made the topic their cover article for the March issue of their magazine: Inside Supply Management. The article does a good job of pointing out the realities of 3D Printing in a real manufacturing environment.
The article featured input from PADT and other experts in the area. Even if you are not directly involved in the supply chain side of things, it is worth a read to understand how the technology impacts things. The section on building a business case for 3D Printing is especially useful.
There is a nice sidebar that covered some of the lessons we have learned here at PADT:
- Don't Cheap Out – get a commercial quality 3D Printer that doesn't cut corners
- It's not for everyone – make sure that 3D Printing has a real benefit for your company
- Understand quality needs – quality is different with 3D Printed parts, know this and work with it
- Set traceability standards – you need to know where your material came from and where the parts you make end up
If you have any questions about 3D Printing and supply chain, or any other impact of the technology, don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to talk about it.
Not long ago the sages in the additive manufacturing world said "Someday in the future we will be able to print a complete Turbine Engine." That someday is now, much sooner than many of us predicted. Researchers at Monash University in Australia recently created a modified version of a Safron Microturbo Auxiliary Power Unit using 3D Printing. The whole thing. Milestone Achieved.
The best article on this amazing story is on the Melbourne Examiner page:
Turbine Engines are really the peak of machine design. They contain every nasty thing you might run into in other machines, but spin faster and run hotter. It's hard stuff. The geometry is difficult, lots of small features and holes, and significant assembly and tolerance constraints. Getting a demonstrator built like this is a huge deal. As a former turbine engine engineer and a long time user of additive manufacturing, I'm amazed.
Check out their video:
The "3d Printer" they used was a huge Concept Laser Direct Laser Melting system. The technology uses a laser to draw on the top of a bed of powder medal, melting the medal in small pools the bind and create a fully dense part with cast like properties. They used three different metals: nickel alloy, titanium, and aluminum.
PADT has chosen to partner with Concept Laser for our metal 3D Printing strategy, which gives us additional excitement for this sucessful project.
Now that someone has achieved this milestone, the industry can move forward with confidence that even more can be done with metal 3D Printing. Much was learned in the creation of this advanced device that we can build on and apply to other industries and applications.
Much is said in the twittersphere and press about printing food or custom dog tags, but this sort of high value industrial application is where the real impact of 3D Printing will be felt. It shows that companies can develop new more efficient products in less time and that are not constrained by traditional manufacturing methods.
Phoenix Startup Week has started! One of the key events on the first day centered on tours and talks at CEI, which kikced off with tours of PADT StartUpLabs, the advanced 3D Printing facility for startups located at CEI. This was followed with CEI tours and an afternoon of talks on Medical Device startups. Then the tours repeated for those who could not make the early ones.
There is a great article in AZ Tech Beat today covering the event and what we are doing at PADT StartupLabs:
Attendance was great, with a cross section of startups, established companies, the press, and people active in supporting the startup community. The visits gave us a change to explain how PADT is working with CEI to provide 3D Printing and design expertise to new companies at a reduced price, focusing on getting them over the early stages of product development quickly and effectively.
Right now PADT StartUpLabs is focused on working with other tenants at CEI. Engineers from PADT hold regular office hours to answer questions about 3D Printing and product development. Clients can also set up a consultation with anyone on our staff to talk about simulation, product design or test, quality systems, or manufacturing. The goal is to eventually expand these services to a broader audience.
This week's events are being followed closely on the twittersphere: #PHXStartupWeek, #yesphx. Or if you are middle-aged like me and use Facebook, like Phoenix Startup Week.
We hope to run in to lots of you at upcoming events!
Not in Phoenix?
Many of you who read this blog are not from the Phoenix area. You may be wondering "What, a vibrant startup community? I thought Phoenix was old people and nutty gun-totting right-wing nut-jobs?" Well, we certainly have a few of those but since WWII when large aerospace and electronics companies moved to the valley, Phoenix has been a major high-technology hub. It is an easy place to start a business and has all the resources and talent to be successful. PADT has been helping startups in the area for over 20 years now, and we continue to see a steady increase in the number and diversity of new companies that we interact with. So don't believe what you see on the news, this is a vibrant, high-tech place with great people and a business friendly outlook, affordable housing, and weather that doesn't force us to spend the morning shoveling out our driveways.
A lot is going on in the various sales groups at PADT after having such a strong 2014. We are very pleased to announce that the latest result of outstanding efforts across the board is PADT's new status as a Stratasys Platinum Commercial Partner. Stratasys, Ltd (SSYS), the leading provider of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) systems, designates only the best of their reseller channel as Platinum Partners. To obtain this highest level, PADT not only had to meet aggressive sales goals, we also had to make significant investments in resources and people. In 2014 we exceeded those sales goals by 25% and we opened up a fourth sales and support office, located just south of Salt Lake City in Murray, Utah.
Here is a pixture of our Additive Manufacturing Sales Manager, Mario Vargas, with one of PADT's principals, Ward Rand, pointing out our latest addition to our "wall o' awards."
You can read more about this on our press release here.
PADT has been selling Stratasys equipment for over a decade, and we have been using their systems for over fifteen years. We have seen them go from a few basic systems to a full offering of solutions from desktop hobby solutions to full production manufacturing centers. This year the team was able to help more customers find the right Additive Manufacturing system for their specific needs. In fact, many of the systems we sold in 2015 were additional machines or upgrades to current machines, showing strong customer satisfaction with Stratasys solutions.
We could never have achieved last years success and Platinum status without a fantastic team. Our sales professionals, application engineers, field service engineers, and support staff all strive to provide the highly technical win-win sales experience that PADT has become known for. They truly believe in this technology and are truly enthusiastic about finding new and better ways for our customers to apply it.
Those customers also deserve a heartfelt thank you for being such a pleasure to work with. Every day we get to interact with the full spectrum of users, from the preverbal garage startup to major aerospace corporations; and everything between. They teach us something new every day and we are always proud of the value that Stratasys and PADT are able to deliver to their product development efforts.
If you want to learn more about 3D Printing and why Stratasys systems have continued to outsell the closest competitors for years, please contact Kathryn Pesta at 480.813.4884 or email@example.com. She will put you in touch with one of our sales people located in your local area. Or you can visit www.padtinc.com/stratasys to learn more about the technology.
2014 was both a challenging and rewarding year at PADT. One area of the company that achieved success last year was the ANSYS Sales team. Lead by Bob Calvin, our account managers Oren Raz and Patrick Barnett worked with the support of our technical team throughout the year to help our customers find the right solution for their simulation needs. All that hard work resulted in a record year of sales for ANSYS products by PADT.
A big "Thank You" needs to go out to all of our fantastic customers who make selling and supporting this tool such a pleasure. Our success is a direct result of the success that they are having in the application of ANSYS, Inc. technology to improve their products and their product development process. I know that sounds kind of "salesy" but it is true. We keep selling more of this stuff for one simple reason, it works.
And making it work is also the job of our technical support team, our engineers who serve as application engineers, and the business support staff that takes care of the details.
This week we were lucky to have Bob Thibeault, the new ANSYS Director North America Channel, and Clark Cox, the ANSYS Channel Account Manager, visit Phoenix and we were able to get a picture with them as we placed our 6th annual sales achievement medal on our "wall o' awards."
Things are already off to a great start for 2015 and we hope to be working with even more customers as we help them explore new and profitable ways to apply this technology.
People are interested in how to better do design and simulation for products they manufacture using 3D Printing. When the AZ Tech council let us know they had a cancelation for their monthly manufacturing Lunch and Learn, we figured why not do something on this topic, a few people might show up. We had over 105 people register, so we had to close registration. In the end around 95 total people made it to the seminar, which is more than expected so we had to add chairs. Who would have thought that many people would come for such a nerdy topic?.
For an hour and fifteen minutes they sat and listned to us talk about the ins and outs of using this growing technology to make end use parts. Here is a copy of the PowerPoint as a PDF.
We did add one bullet item in the design suggestions area based on a question. Someone pointed out that the machine instructions, what the AM machine uses to make the parts, should be a controlled document. They are exactly right and that is a very important process that needs to be put in place to get traceability and repeatability.
Here are some useful links:
Join or at least follow America Makes: https://americamakes.us/
Follow the evolving standards, and use the standard terminology, on the ASTM page: – http://www.astm.org/Standards/additive-manufacturing-technology-standards.html
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If you missed this presentation, don't worry, we are looking to schedule a live/web version of this talk with some enhancements sometime in March. Watch the usual channels for time, place, and registration information. We will also be publishing detailed blog posts on many of the topics covered today, diving deeper into areas of interest.
Thank you to the AZ Tech Council, ASU SkySong, and everyone that attended for making this our best attended non-web seminar ever.
We have been using SpaceClaim with ANSYS Workbench for about four years now, and we always liked it. Then it came as part of the Geomagic Spark tool and we got more excited. This was a powerful geometry creation, editing, and reapir tool that was saving us time all across PADT. The, when ANSYS, Inc. purchased the company SpaceClaim we got realy excited. So excited that we decided to become a reseller of the full product, and not just the ANSYS or Geomagic tools. The addition of a module for working with STL files sealed the deal and as of the begining of the year we are offering all flavors of SpaceClaim to our customers.
To get started learning about why we love this program so much, check out this video showing the new features in the latest version:
Then go visit their YouTube channel and watch videos that may be of special interest to you.
Or, contact us here at PADT and we would be happy to share with your our enthusiasm for this tool.
We had the pleasure of working with Hill Air Force Base in Utah to implement a Rapid Prototyping or 3D printing solution using Stratasys’ Fortus 900. Since implementing the machine, they have seen some enormous money and time cost savings without compromising quality.
The printer at Hill AFB is used for a variety of applications from form and fit testing of new designs, tooling, and fixtures to training aids and end use parts. They have received lots of positive feedback from their customers because they are able to adapt and quickly make changes to meet their specifications.
The Fortus 900 is the largest FDM printer offered by Stratasys and is about the size of a mini-van. Material options include a variety of thermoplastic materials with capabilities ranging from high heat tolerances and impact resistance to chemical resistance.
For more details on the success at Hill Air Force Base, check out an article they recently published here.
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It has been a great 20th anniversary year for PADT. And we decided to close it out with some fun. Now, if you know engineers, getting them to take part in any team building event is tough. And many of our employees came to PADT to get away from such things. The phrase "team building" causes a Pavlovian eye roll. As we discussed options for November, we looked at a lot of activities. When we settled on doing an event that not only involved teams, but also color coded shirts, puzzles, and (gasp) a lean towards being healthier I said "we should try it, but it probably won't work" and hoped to be proven wrong. Even with the help of the great folks at Physix, I didn't have high hopes. But you don't know until you try.
I was proven wrong.
Kickoff: Halloween and Pumpkin Launching
We started with a kickoff event on Halloween, which was nice enough to be on a Friday this year. In the past we have carved pumpkins and built a dry-ice pumpkin mortar. This year we fed everyone to get them in a good mood and then put them in teams. After some trivia contests we moved over the the first event – a pumpkin slingshot.
We finished up the kickoff event with rules and a list of ways to get points: go to lunch with team mates, go for a hike, attend a class at Physix, get a fitness assessment, lose weight, answer the weekly quiz, and walk. The easiest way to get points was to keep track of your step count.
Three Weeks of Getting Points
The next three weeks were fun. Different teams approached things differently. Some opted to lunch together, often.
Others did a fitness assessment or attended a class. One team even tried to take a hike… on Photoshop:
Funny how their picture on Camelback Mountain looks a lot like their lunch picture…
After a bit of a kerfuffle on Body Mass Index results from the fitness assessment, we held a brown bag seminar by the lake. The reason why Physix is a great match for PADT is that their approach to health is science and fact based. No chakra alignment here. So Shannon came armed with statistics, studies, and fancy measuring devices with dials on them that we could write down numbers from.
There was also a weight loss competition. Points for every pound lost. There are and will not be pictures from that portion of the event. But we can share that some people dropped a few pounds over the three week period, and some more than a few.
Turkey and Contests
At the end of the three weeks we gathered together again to take part in our annual Thanksgiving Feast, and compete to win some additional points for our teams.
We started with a plank contest. Expecting 5 or so people to participate, maybe one from each team. Everyone gave it a shot:
Most people lasted a minute, then they started to drop.
A ton of people lasted to 2 minutes, then 3, then 4. 6 people were holding at 4:30.
Purple had a strong showing, Renee lasting past 5 minutes. Clinton held strong for purple. Don, and Demola held on for Orange and Black.
In the end, Demola won a ton of points for his team, lasting past 6 minutes.
Next we tried a relay event that involved passing a ball over our heads and taking a step, then running to the back, then passing… what was that again. It took us a while to figure it out. In hindsight, we should have created a process diagram before the event.
But Green and Black figured it out and charged to the finish line… not even stopping when one competitor stumbled. No one left behind, as long as they have the right shirt color.
Inside, we had a timed puzzle building event. It got kind of nasty when the teams realized that each team had two pieces from another puzzle. People get aggressive when points are on the line. There may have been some hiding, there may have been some prying of fingers open.
The last event was to build a tower out of spaghetti, string, tape, and a marshmallow. Whoever got their marshmallow the highest got the points. Four of the teams built tripods and went for height.
Two teams figured out that spaghetti bends and breaks. Blue felt that building a box was better. I guess that is thinking outside the box?
But the winner was a combination of tripod and "stoutness." Green figured it out:
There was a dessert contest as well. I grudgingly mention it because my dessert didn't make it into the finals… but I'm not bitter, not at all.
After that we all went back to work while the PADT HR and Physix teams summed up all the points and figured out who won.
Green, thanks to their tower, squeaked into third place:
Some were happier than others about the competition.
Second place was won by the superior team, and we would have won if my dessert had been in the finals:
And the winners were the Black Team.
You have to admit, they do look pretty confident.
What we Learned
Overall, the three weeks were a nice distraction from a very busy period. Some people that would not have normally spent time together, did. Some people learned a bit about fitness or nutrition that they didn't know before. A lot of people walked a lot more.
We also learned a couple of lessons:
You can have a positive and constructive team building event at a company that is kind of wired to go against such corporate group-think activities.
Not everyone wants to participate. That's OK and it is no reason why those that do can't have fun. And you can find small ways for people to take part.
Some people are REALLY competitive.
The average core strength at PADT is stronger than we thought.
The breath mints we got to combat coffee breath are 50 calories, and the average person has to walk around 500 steps to burn them off.
If you don't take these things too seriously, they can be fun and a nice break.
PADT's employees are clever. They tried to get points for waking up in the morning and mouse clicks. You have seen the Photoshop picture. They also wanted to pass off the PADT Medical skeleton as Don Pegg after his diet. It didn't work.
For those of you who are thinking of doing a similar event at your company, some key words of advice:
Bring in someone to help that is a good fit for your culture. Don't try and fit a standard or large company approach to a small or medium company. Find someone that gets you and maybe pushes your organization a bit further than you would push it on your own.
Keep it short, keep it simple.
Don't let the negative people drag it down. You will have some people that this is not a good fit for. If you try and please them, they will still be unhappy and it will lesson the event for others. Just accept that not everyone will be on-board and move on.
Place your tongue firmly in your cheek. If you take these things too seriously, they will fail. Make some fun of yourselves and the activity, it takes that edge off.
If you do it right, you might even get engineers to touch each other.
We noticed that customer and neighbor Soitec Phoenix Labs had a great writeup in the AZ Republic. Their substrate technology was used to make a multijunction solar cell for use with conentrated solar, delivering an amazing 46% efficiency. The standard right now in the mid to low 20% for single junction, the most common technology available. The article actually does a pretty good job of explaining the technology, why Soitec has something special, and some insight into their LED technology as well.
A big congrats to the team and we can not wait to hear when you break 50%!
They have a great video on their CPV efforts on their website.
Soitec is a french company that purchased GaNotec a few years back. Their Phoenix Labs is across the lake in the ASU Research Park in the ASU MacroTechnology Works building and PADT has provided a variety of services to the company since it started as GaNotec. We have worked with many of their employees at other Semiconductor Equipment companies before GaNotec was founded.
Congrats to everyone!
PADT has been offering 3D Scanning solutions for some time. Over time the company has added the sale of 3D Scanning hardware and software, training for 3D Scaning, and limited 3D Scanning services. With the addition of a full time scanning engineer, PADT is now able to offer deciated scanning servcies to our customers.
Ademola Falada joins our team from Minnesota where he worked for a scanner manufacturer, CGI, for two years after graduating with an engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. He brings extensive knowledge of scanning equipment and the scanning process. Since joining PADT in the late summer, he has been providing limited services to our existing customers as he builds up our scanning capability and puts everything needed to provide a world class service in place. He will be assisted by engineers and technicians that have been providing scanning on a part time basis in the past.
By offering optical and cross sectional scanning, PADT can provide a more accurate solution to a broader range of customers.
Read the press release on this expanded service below
You can also review our scanning services on our website.
Or simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480.813.4884 and our team will be more than happy to explain what we can do and provide you with a quote.
It is with incredible sadness that we must inform you that our friend and co-owner of PADT, Mark Johnson, passed away on November 25th from complications due to melanoma. He was with his wife, resting comfortably when he left us. This is a huge loss to anyone that ever knew Mark.
He joined PADT in the early days with the goal of building the company’s product development capability. His focus and the focus of his team was using engineering to make the world a better place. They did this directly through their work in alternative energy and medical devices and indirectly by helping companies from a wide range of industries. There are hydrogen powered cars and buses today humming down the street using pumps and blowers that were Mark’s creations. Doctors are using devices every day to treat patients that Mark helped to design and test. He also participated in the Startup and Medical Device engineering community in Arizona, serving as a judge, mentor, and board member across multiple organizations. And as a co-owner of PADT, he helped direct the company, contributing strongly to our culture and reputation in the community.
Before joining PADT, Mark had a similar impact at Garrett (AlliedSignal, Honeywell), The University of Arkansas, and Ballard. Few people in our industry had such a strong understanding of engineering fundamentals and his ability to apply that basic knowledge to help customers across industries will be sorely missed.
Outside of work, Mark was a loving father and husband, who always took time to be with his wife and two children. Those of you who knew him outside of work know how important they were to him, and he to them.
Since his passing many people have asked how they can honor Mark or share their thoughts on him. We are recommending that those who wish to honor him simply follow his example. Look for the good in people, help others when you can, and always ask questions. Mark was a master questioner and often answering those questions revealed more to the person he was asking the question of than anyone else. He often began meetings with new customers and partners with a simple statement: “I want to warn you, I like to ask questions, lots of questions.”
In that this blog is mostly read by people in technology, the best way you can honor his memory is to carry on his mission of using technology to make the world a better place. Help a startup, develop a more efficient system, commercialize a new technology that improves the lives of the less fortunate, enhance patient care, or help to explore and understand our universe. There are so many ways that those of us involved in engineering and science can make a huge difference, just as Mark did.
Please feel free to leave your thoughts about Mark in the comments below. If you would like to send a note or card to his family, please mail it to:
Mark Johnson Memorial
7755 S Research Dr, Suite 110
Tempe, AZ 85284