Check out this great video from CEI about PADT’s new office in Phoenix.
Watch this space for more details as we get closer to launch.
Every year in November the Arizona technology community gathers to celebrate innovation in the state. The 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) was a great event for the state and for PADT. This years winners ranged from high school students to legislators to internationally recognized leaders in the software industry. And, unlike most tech events in the state, everyone was dressed up all fancy. The gala is put on by our friends at the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority.
This is a special event for PADT for a variety of reasons. We have been a sponsor of the GCOI for several years, hauling out our equipment and samples for a booth to show off Mechanical Engineering in the state. This year we were also honored to provided a judge to help choose the winners and we also made the trophies for those who won. In addition, PADT was the winner of the 2011 Pioneering Award. Every year we add more good memories to this event which puts an exclamation point on the year.
This years nominees was a great indication of the strength of technology companies and educators in the state. As always, the students who received recognition were the most inspiring. It is truly amazing what they have achieved while still in High School.
It was especially nice to see PADT customers Syncardia and Securaplane receive awards. Both companies are based in Tucson and are leading the way in their industries. Syncardia produces the only FDA approved total artificial heart, truly saving lives on a daily basis. Securaplane provides the aviation industry with a variety of security and power sub-systems.
We were also pleased to see Pat Sullivan take home a “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Pat started ACT! in the early days of personal computing, and many of us at PADT have been users of his software, and we still use it today at PADT. In addition, we are an investor in Pat’s new company, Contatta, through the Arizona Tech Investors.
This year the judges decided to add a special award, the Judges Award, for outstanding contributions to the technology community. The first ever winner was the Society of Women Engineers. This group is a big favorite of PADT because of their hard work to diversify the field and support many in school and in their careers.
Check out the article in the Phoenix Business Journal to see a full list of winners.
Once again, PADT provided the awards for the winners. It is one thing to see people you know and admire win an award, it is even more meaningful when you see them holding an award that you designed and made. Seeing Governor Brewer pose with her special award was kind of cool.
In the past, we have used a combination of 3D Printing and traditional methods to make the awards, but this year we were able to produce everything using additive manufacturing technologies.
The top portion of the awards was created on our Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 polyjet machine. This device uses inkjet heads to deposit layers of photo-curable polymers. It has four heads, allowing us to lay down support material, a base material, and two colors. We used a transparent material for the base, and mixed yellow and magenta to get the different colors that “float” inside the transparent oval.
The base was created on our FORTUS 400 fused deposition modeling machine using ABS plastic. Both of the parts were generated in CAD and printed directly. This application shows the power of 3D Printing. We were able to create 11 unique trophies without the need for tooling, special equipment, or expertise in any given process. We simply visualized what we wanted on the computer, then sent the resulting custom designs to the printers. Specifically, the unique text for each award was extruded as a solid inside the main body, floating above the state of Arizona.
Our very own Josh Heaps talks about how we use 3D Printers, STEM Education, and gives some advice on how students can best prepare for a stem career.
Last Thursday (10/30/2014) PADT was honored to host the closing event for this years “Arizona Manufacturing Month” The event was well attended with almost 300 people stopping for networking, food, beer, and some examples of the future of Manufacturing in the state.
The event was sponsored by:
A big draw for the evening was the “Future of Manufacturing” Exhibit where local firms showed off what they were doing. Exhibitors included:
In addition to all of the companies and customers who attended, we were pleased to have a great group of High School Robotics teams that showed up to share their robots with us and take part in a brief awards ceremony for PADT’s “2014 FIRST Robotics Grant” competition. Read more about that here.
All and all a great event and our staff wants to thank everyone for making it an enjoyable and value added gathering. We hope to see more of you here next year as momentum grows and more and more people learn about the Revolution in Manufacturing that is taking place in Arizona.
Here are some snapshots from the event:
Without hoopla or sponsorship from a major beverage company, Alan Eustace assembled a team of experts to shatter the record from jumping from the stratosphere. Paragon Space Development, someone we can proudly call a PADT customer, formed the backbone of the team that made the StratEx project so successful. Using their experience with creating self-contained and safe human environments, and their general awesome engineering know-how, they developed a system that used just a space suite instead of a full capsule. This allowed the parachutist to leap from 135,908 ft!
View a video of the successful mission here: nyti.ms/1D7SmnT
Read about it here in the New York Times (Ignore their ignorance on commenting that Eustace could not hear the sonic boom… sigh… it’s a shockwave, not a boom!)
Learn more about the whole project on Paragon’s SratEx page.
This project was about science and setting records, as well as proving out the technology for other uses. See where Paragon is going with this technology on the WorldView page- their answer to commercial space tourism that is practical and inspiring. worldviewexperience.com/
The state of Arizona has a vibrant and robust manufacturing community, something that most people do not know. To highlight this strong part of the state’s economy, the month of October has been designated as Manufacturing Month. Learn more at the ACA website.
PADT has been busy participating in a variety of events throughout the month of October. We are excited to celebrate the culmination of this amazing month.
Everyone is welcome!
What: Celebrating Arizona Manufacturing – The Special Closing Event of the 2014 Arizona Manufacturer’s Month
When: October 30th, 4-7pm
Where: PADT – 7755 S. Research Drive, Tempe, AZ 85284
Please register at: bit.ly/MMclosing
Food and drinks will be provided.
In addition to networking and celebrating, several companies involved in Manufacturing will be in attendance for an exhibit focused on the future of manufacturing.
Exhibitors attending include:
If you have questions about the event or are interested in exhibiting, please contact Kathryn Pesta at email@example.com.
We are very excited to offer 3 different 3D Printer and Scanner bundles to our customers. Each contain a variety of products to help you achieve optimal results. They are all products that we use here at PADT everyday. It is everything you need for 3D Scanning & Printing that works!
Geomagic Capture Scanner and Mojo 3D printer bundle
Enjoy a commercial level 3D scanner and printer combo at an affordable entry level price. This bundle starts with a Geomagic Capture Scanner coupled with Geomagic Wrap software enabling users to easily and accurately scan a physical model and transform point cloud data, probe data and imported 3D formats (STL, OBJ, etc.) into 3d polygon meshes for use in manufacturing, design and analysis. Because we know your time is valuable, this bundle also includes a geoCUBE computer workstation built specifically for handling the large number of data points typically encountered when performing scanning. Finally, print your model in your choice of a variety of colors on ABSplus using your Mojo 3D printer. With this bundle you can easily go from scan to print with for only $25,899. Training is included.
Departmental Desktop Printing Solutions
The Mojo 3D printer from Stratasys is a great solution to start making quality, duarable 3D models – right out of the box. And now the price makes it even more affordable to have a 3D printer in every department. A Mojo 3D printer with material package and Support Cleaning system now starts at $5,999 but we are offering a bundle discount for all your departmental needs with prices starting at $28,995 for 5 and $57,490 for 10 Mojos. Everything you need to get a 3D printer on every floor!
Entry-level Reverse Engineering and Printing
This entry-level reverse engineering package starts with a Geomagic Capture scanner with Geomagic Wrap software so that you can seamlessly scan and process data. Construct a usable CAD model from your scan data using SpaceClaim’s geometry creation tools. Everything runs on the included geoCUBE computer workstation that efficiently handles the large amounts of data produced. When you are ready to print your design, you can use the included uPrint se Plus. This all-in-one solution helps you save on design time and reduce outsourcing costs by bringing it all in-house starting at $41,400 including training.
Bundles are available through 12/31/14. Contact us for more info.
PADT Colorado is excited to be partnering again with Alignex for a 3D printer demo/happy hour at their upcoming networking event.
The event is from 10 am to 6pm and will feature guest speakers discussing the latest in engineering and design productivity. PADT will be on site to discuss 3D printing during their happy hour from 5 to 6pm.
For more details and to register for the event please click here.
The month of October in Arizona is Manufacturer’s Month. Part of the Arizona Commerce Authoritie’s RevAZ program, this month of celebrations is an opportunity for those of us who make stuff, or support people to make stuff, to spread the word that the manufacturing community is robust, diverse, and has a major impact on the local economy.
Learn more on the RevAZ site: www.manufacturingrevolution.com
PADT is attending three events, and hosting the closing event for the month. We hope to run in to you at the first three, and consider this the first of many invitations to join us for an open house and celebration on October 30th.
The three events open to the public are:
The Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AzAMI) at Mesa Community College (MCC) is celebrating National Manufacturing Day by opening its doors to the community. Guided Tours of its enhanced machining, processing and additive manufacturing labs will be offered between 10am and 2pm.
1833 W. Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85202
Check out the event details here.
The Southern Arizona Tech + Business Expo is the regions premier showcase event for Manufacturing Month. Working in collaboration with the Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners (SAMP), The Arizona Manufacturing Council (AMC), the RevAZ Program of the Arizona Commerce Authority, and the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona; the Expo will host informative panel discussions on strategies to grow your business faster.
The Westin La Paloma Resort
3800 E. Sunrise Drive
Tucson, AZ 85718
Check out the event details and register here.
PADT is proud to host the closing celebration for Arizona Manufacturer’s Month. A variety of companies and organizations will be exhibiting their activities in the future of manufacturing. Visitors will get a chance to see some of the more advanced applications of manufacturing in the state as well as tours of the PADT facility.
Food and drinks will be provided along with great opportunities to network and get to know the community a little better.
7755 S. Research Drive
Tempe, AZ 85284
Register for the event here.
Last week, on September 17th, the Arizona Bio Technology community gathered for the 20144 AZBioAwards. This year PADT was once again privileged to not only attend, but to again 3D Print the awards themselves. PADT also had a both, which gave us an opportunity to talk with many of our customers who were attending.
This event honors some of the leaders in industry and is a chance for everyone involved to get together and celebrate all the progress that is made each year in this area.
PADT was also pleased to receive recognition for our 20th Anniversary from AZBIO.
You can view a press release about the whole AZBio Week, including the awards, here.
You can see pictures from the event on Facebook, here.
Here is a picture of the awards we made:
And here is our both with Ward Rand, Josh Heaps, and Andrew Miller interacting with a customer:
PADT just released a line of computer workstations specifically designed for use with a variety of optical scanners: geoCUBE Scanning Workstations.
Scanning technology has come a long way. It is relatively easy to scan a real physical part with a variety of different scanning technologies and capture the geometry for use in inspection, design, reverse engineering, or to directly replicate a part with 3D Printing. The problem is that a good scanner produces a huge number of data points and a standard office computer, laptop, or even most CAD workstations bog down and perhaps even crash when you try to view or manipulate that much data.
When we ran into that exact problem here at PADT when we were doing scanning services for customers. On a nice CAD workstation it was taking almost a whole day to clean up and process a full scan or a large part. Our manufacturing team asked if they could power one of the CUBE Simulation Computers we use for CFD. If you know CFD people you know they said “No, but can I also run on your box if you are not using it?” So they went to our IT staff, the people who design CUBE systems and asked for a custom built machine for scanning.
The result was a breakthrough. That 20 hour job was finishing in about two hours and we were able to spin the points and the resulting triangle file around on the screen in real time. We liked it so much we decided to come up with four systems spanning the needs of scanning users, and offer them along with the scanner we sell, or to anyone that might need one.
Below is a screen shot of the table showing the four systems, from a basic small box that you can use to drive your scanner, to the power system that we use. You can download the brochure here, or visit the web page here.
It is now official: PADT has an office in the Salt Lake City area, second after the class A office space in Austin, TX. Last week we signed a lease for a space at 5282 S Commerce Dr in Murray, Utah. We have been looking for a while and when this location opened up we felt it was located in a great spot and was the size we needed. It is 17 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, less than 30 minutes to most of our SLC customers, and not a bad drive to those who are north and south, right up or down I-15.
This office will focus on providing sales and technical support to our Utah Stratasys and ANSYS customers. It will provide enough space for a few demo 3D Printers and also has a great meeting room for training and mentoring sessions.
You can read more in the official press release here.
To get a feel for where it is located, here is a screen grab.
Proximity to some of the best skiing in the country was not much of a factor in the decision process… but it helped.
Here is a shot of Anthony, Doug, Patrick, and Mario modeling in the hallway.
It will take us a month or so to get everything up and running, but once done we will set up a time for an open house. Watch this space for more about our continued growth and success in Utah.
PADT has been asked to share our expertise in 3D Printing at three different events in the month of September. We look forward to the opportunity to talk about how additive manufacturing is being used today, and how it can be used in the future.
September 11, 2014 – Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah Manufacturers Association Summit
We will have a booth and will be participating in the summit, representing the application of additive manufacturing. This informative all-day seminar will teach you about the revolutionary UtahCAN Database and how it can benefit your company, how to utilize social media to your advantage, better handle impacts on your business and leadership strategies to change your workplace.
September 12, 2014 – Albuquerque, New Mexico
TechFiestaABQ2014 TechRev: State of the art and Digital Fabrication
PADT’s very own Jeff Strain will be on the “State of the art and digital fabrication” panel from 9:00 to 10:00. TechRev is a full day conference featuring tracks for technologists, entrepreneurs and the business community produced by the NM Technology Council.
September 18, 2014 – Phoenix, Arizona
SAE Arizona Section September Meeting
PADT co-owner Eric Miller will be giving a presentation on Additive Manufacturing technologies.
We hope to see you at one of these events. If you would would like PADT to participate as a speaker, panel member, or an exhibitor, please contact us and we will check our schedule. We truly do love talking about this stuff.
Look for even more chances to interact with PADT on 3D Printing in October, during the Arizona Manufacturing Month.
The Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Technology Council named the winners and finalists today for the 11th annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) awards. You can read about it at the Phoenix Business Journal.
As always, a great list of finalists and winners. We were once again pleased to see a tow PADT customers in the list:
These two outstanding companies, along with the other finalists, show the breadth and depth of technology companies in Arizona. From industry leading small business software providers to a start-up built around a better shovel, tech companies across the state are growing and making people around the world stand up and take notice.
The educational Award winners and finalists were also great to see, showing the future of technology is also strong. The Future Innovators of the Year are always our favorite, their projects making me feel like I really slacked in High School.
As usual, PADT will be at this years Celebration where the awards, 3D Printed by PADT, will be handed out. We hope to see many of you there.
PADT has always been a proud supporter of STEM education in our community. This summer we have been busy planning some new activities to help support local schools. Today we are busy attending the Innovation Arizona Summit which is a joint collaborative of the Arizona SciTech Festival, the MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix and the Arizona Commerce Authority.
As part of our attendance, we will be promoting our first ever 3D printing contest, 3DPAZ which will challenge high school students in Arizona with the task of creating or improving an existing engineering product. We are very excited to be launching this contest and cannot wait to see what students come up with. Please visit our website for more information on how to take part in this contest by clicking here.
We are also very excited to be extending our support to the FIRST Robotics Competition by way of a new grant program for Arizona schools or organizations that are competing in the in the 2014/2015 FRC season. If you are interested in either the 3DPAZ contest or the FRC Grant program, please email Kathryn Pesta at firstname.lastname@example.org.