PADT has an Immediate Opening for a CFD Engineer

We just posted a new job opening on our website for an Experienced CFD Analysis Engineer.

The bottom line is that we are looking for someone who really likes variety, who really knows their stuff, and who likes doing both services and support work.  This position will join the rest of PADT’s CFD team in conducting CFD consulting, training, mentoring, support, and application engineering. Lots of fun, very challenging, and rewarding.

If you are interested, or if you know someone that is interested, send a resume to jobs@padtinc.com.  Put [PADTJOB] in the title.

 

Suite Available in PADT’s Building at the ASU Research Park

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We have a suite opening up on May 1, 2013 in the PADT Innovation Center at the ASU Research Park in Tempe.  Everyone drives through this business park and says to themselves “I’d really like to locate here some day.”  Well now is your chance.

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Located just off Elliot and the 101, the suite is just a hair under 7,000 square feet.  It is a good mix of office and lab space and is fully air conditioned with a lot of amenities that are perfect for a high-tech company. The previous tenant designed and tested high-end smart meters from this facility.  So if you make electro-mechanical type stuff, or are a medical device company, this suite would probably be perfect. Another advantage is that PADT is one of your neighbors, and your landlord.

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If you are interested, or if you know of someone that is interested, give Scott Rand a call at 480.813.4884 or drop him an email at scott.rand@padtinc.com.  He would be more than happy to show it to you and show you around.

Stratasys and Objet Merger Complete

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It is now official. Stratasys and Object have completed their merger to form a company worth over $3.0 Billion.  Actually, as we prepare this update it is up to $3.37B.  Obviously the markets thing this merger is a good thing.

And now Stratasys has a new logo and what we think is a great slogan: “For a 3D World”

You can read the press release here.

As a long time Stratasys distributor and a user of Objet’s and Stratasys systems in our rapid prototyping services business, we are very familiar with both product lines and look forward to the synergy of the merger.  These are two truly complimentary product lines.

Right now this merger will have no impact on how we do business with our existing customers for any of the product sales or services we offer, including sales of new systems, maintenance of existing machines, material ordering, or prototyping services with either FDM or PolyJet.  As the two companies combine organizationally we will keep everyone informed.

Learn more about the Stratasys line of Mojo, uPrint SE, Dimension, and FORTUS 3D Printers here.

Writeup on PADT Customer Ulthera in BizJournal

We just noticed a nice write-up in the Phoenix Business Journal on one of PADT Medical’s customers: Ulthera.

We are pleased to see them get the recognition they deserve for the success they have worked so hard to obtain.

Registered: We Make Innovation Work

PADT-We_Make_Innovation_Work-Trademark_Certificate-800wIt is official. We just got a letter from the US Patent and Trademark Office that “We Make Innovation Work” is now a registered trademark for PADT.

Here it is for the first time with the special r-in-a-circle:

We Make Innovation Work®

This new slogan for PADT was born out of being involved in applying for a couple of industry awards in 2011, doing a bunch of networking events, and starting the design of the new web site.  All at once I was being asked what it is we do and what makes us different.  Actually, I found the original email I sent when the idea for changing the slogan popped into my head, sent to Brenda at Newhouse Studios early in the design process:

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And there it was born. We used it in the acceptance speech for a couple of awards we won that year and then started using it on our literature. Hopefully it will serve us as well as “We Bring Dimension to Your Ideas” did for the first 10 or so years of PADT.

A big thanks to all of our customers out there who pay us to do what we truly enjoy doing and giving us the opportunity to, well –  “make innovation work” for them.

Arizona Innovation Grant Winners Announced, Three are PADT Related

 

imageThe Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) finished up the Fall 2012 Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant by announcing the six winners:

  1. Athena Wireless Communications, Surprise, AZ
  2. Instant BioScan, Tucson, AZ
  3. Post. Bid. Ship, Tucson, AZ
  4. Serious Integrated, Chandler , AZ
  5. Stat Doctors, Scottsdale, AZ
  6. Stimwave Technologies, Scottsdale, AZ

This is a great collection of companies that show a lot of promise. We are pleased to see the ACA making strong investments in the state’s technology sector. The bi-annual business plan competition awards qualified, innovative startups and early stage companies up to $250,000 in grant funding capital to grow their business, ultimately advancing innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in Arizona. Winning companies were selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants and 25 semifinalists.

PADT is very honored to note that we have connections with three of the winners:

Serious Integrated is a company that PADT has made several investments in and we are also proud to have them as a customer.  We just recently covered them in this very blog.

Post. Bid. Ship. is another company that PADT has invested in, in this case through the ATIF Sidecar Fund 1. 

Stimwave Technologies is one of PADT’s rapid prototyping customers.

Several of PADT’s owners also participated as early round judges to help select the semifinalists.  We had to recuse ourselves from a large number of applications because so many of our customers are involved, which is great to see.

Congratulations to all the finalists and to the winners, and we look forward to meeting new companies in the next competition.

Printing from this Blog

A quick note before I head out for a Chris Isaac concert (my wife is a fan, and I’m supportive… but let me note that she did not support me by going to see Rush) I wanted to let our readers know about printing on this new blog.

Long time The Focus readers are used to having a “Print” link that will make a  nicely formatted printout of articles.  Some people like to do that and then share them with others or keep them in a book for reference. On the new WordPress based blog there is no need for that. Simply go to the article itself by clicking on the title, then print it out using your browsers print function. WordPress takes care of the formatting.

Have a great weekend!

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Local Involvement: PADT Leading Efforts to Improve Business Climate in Littleton, CO

PADT’s very own Norman Stucker is leading efforts through the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce to grow the business community in Littleton. Norman is heading up a commitee charged with creating coordination and synergy between businesses, non-profits, and local government.

This morning was the first community meeting for the committee. Speakers included a small graphic arts company owner, the director of the local YMCA, and the Littleton city manager. The messaclearly the same from everyone, that Littleton is “open for business”

PADT is very proud to have one of our employees play such an important role in the community.

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PADT at the 9th Annual Colorado Space Roundup

PADT is pleased to be an exhibitor at this years Colorado Space Roundup. This is a great event where everyone involved in space gets together and talks about what needs to be done to improve and grow the aerospace ecosystem in the state. We are pleased to see many of our customers here, and have already met some new friends.

The location is at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, a very cool facility with a nice view out front. It was also nice to see so many grcrust companies, many who are customers, listed with PADT on the sponsor page.

Veebow.com: Smart Phone Coupons

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Giving back to the community you come from is something that PADT strongly believes in. We extend this belief not just to charities, but also to the technology business community that helped to create the company we are today.  One way in which we do that is through strategic Angel investments in local technology startup companies.
In this series, we will take a look at the companies that PADT has invested in, where they are in the startup process, and why PADT invested in them.  Hopefully we will cover two a month.  To learn more about PADT’s investment program, visit our Technology Investing page.

 

imageVeebow.com is not a typical technology investment for PADT.  The company “was founded by Tom Vitale and Edward Loew to connect buyers with savvy companies through local, regional and national special deals using a free application on smart phones and mobile devices.”  Why does PADT have an interest in a mobile phone coupon application? We will get to that below, but first a little bit about the company.

The Company

Based in the Phoenix area, with offices in Los Angeles, Veebow.com is a startup that was born out of a missing capability in the market place.  No one provides a method for consumers and merchants to easily and affordably  use coupons on a smart phone. There are plenty of discount applications out there, but non of them are free AND mobile oriented.  They usually cost money for the consumer, or are web based systems moved to mobile.  Veebow is mobile from the ground up, and costs the consumer nothing. In fact, you actually make some money when you use a coupon through the application, because users earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards.

Veebow Couponing app developed by Amadeus ConsultingThe merchant side is also different.  Instead of having to pay for deals to get published, or instead of using the deal company as a middleman to pre-sell things, Veebow only charges the merchant when a coupon is used.  The merchant only pays when they get a customer.  That is very attractive to merchants that are unhappy with most of the deal sites out there.

One other thing that makes Veebow different is where the idea for the company came from.  Tom Vitale, one of the founders, is married to the actress Valarie Bertinelli.  A life long coupon clipper, she was complaining about what a pain it is to use coupons, and that all of the online and mobile options are difficult to use or cost money.  From that complaint came the idea and the name for Veebow – Tom’s nickname for his wife.  Her involvement is a significant marketing advantage for the company.

veebow-managementThe Veebow Management Team

The Technology

The technology on for this startup is not bleeding edge. The mobile apps are written in native IOS and Android and use standard location services and communication to work.  There is a backend tool that sits in the cloud which houses the database and does all of the heavy lifting as far as finding what the user is looking for.  Nothing too special, but a lot of work to implement and something that needs to be done right.  So the technology focus is really on executing correctly

Because of this, the real technology challenge for this product was taking the desired user experience and making it a reality.  It is one thing to sit in a room and talk about how an application should work, and another to make it happen in the real world.  Veebow just released their first major revision of the user application and you can tell they have really thought things out and put a lot of effort into making the experience special.  As the product matures and they modify and improve the user experience, look for more sophistication and ease of use in the application.

PADT’s Interest

Eric_and_VB1We are interested in this company for three reasons. And no, one of them was not meeting Valarie Bertinelli. (although, that was pretty cool, and she is as nice and funny in person as you imagined. We did get a picture with yours truly during an event in Phoenix).  As PADT grows our services and works with a wider range of companies, we have to continually learn more about other spaces and other processes used to get products to market and sold.  Sometimes we make investments in companies because their products or services are directly related to what we do, and sometimes it is because they offer us the opportunity to learn about areas we want to understand better.  The latter is why we invested in Veebow.

The first area of interest for us is the mobile application aspect.  As products get smarter they are going to be moving towards monitoring and control through mobile applications. This is already showing itself to be true in medical devices, and we are seeing it with more customers in other industries every day.  Our involvement with Veebow has already taught us a lot about mobile app development, connections to cloud based backend database applications, and user experience issues.

A unique challenge that Veebow faces is that they need to market to consumers and vendors at the same time.  PADT has no direct experience with marketing to retail merchants or consumers, but many of our customers deal with this on a daily basis.  We feel that by being involved with Veebow we will get an up close look at this very important dynamic, and give us insight that we can use when working with our customers.

The most important reason for our investment in Veebow is that we think it is a great idea, with a good team, and a workable plan. In short, we think it is a good investment that will make a nice return on our investment while growing jobs and the technology ecosystem in Arizona.  This is the type of win-win situation we strive for.

Status

The team at Veebow is very busy with a local test launch in the Phoenix area, closing out this round of funding, and finishing up some very nice tools for their merchants.  They are starting to see some traction with consumers, as they get more merchants signed up.  This is an effort where they need growth on both sides at the same time to be successful.

They are also adding to their team, making some great hires for key positions that will allow them to grow and be successful. We have already seen a positive impact on the software side and are seeing some very serious momentum on the customer acquisition side of things.  Local restaurant company Fox Restaurant Concepts is an early participant as is the national hat chain Lids.  Many others are in negotiations.

Best of all, the users seem to like it.  The droid version has 4.5 stars out of 5 and the iPhone version has 4 out of 4.  We feel that is pretty good considering how picky consumers are.

You can help PADT help our local tech startup community by downloading the application for your iPhone or Android device and using it.  It works all around the country.  What is the worst thing that will happen? You might save some money.

I know, this is bordering on advertising, but at the same time we would really like people to use it and spread the word.  Growth of this company will provide PADT with experience and capital that we can use to provide you with better products and services..  Also, when this is the next big thing, you can tell your friends that you know someone who invested in the idea early.

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Welcome to the new PADTINC.com and Expanded Blog

padtinc_com_home_page_screen_shotIt has been a long road but we have finally arrived. You can see it at www.PADTINC.com. Not only is the site new, but we have a new and expanded blog that covers the whole company and not just ANSYS related topics. 

Jump right in and take a look, or hang here a bit as we share a little history of how we ended up with the site we have:

About three years ago we decided to redo our website.  Several of us tried, but we were just too busy with other things. Or we found we lacked one or two critical skills to get it done. Plus our old site was still doing well with the search engines, bringing in business, and providing information to the community. No one was pushing us to get it done (OK, our sales team was getting pretty frustrated) and it was not easy, so it languished. Still no new website.

So about a year ago, we started looking for a website design company that would work with us the way we wanted to work. This was a more difficult task then we envisioned.  We were not looking for someone to make us an online brochure. We were also not looking for someone to set up a content management system that we could upload short bits and pieces to.  We also did not want someone that would create a site that we could not get into and mess with.  We also ran into a problem with people really not understanding the kind of customer who comes to the PADT website and the type of content they expect. And we wanted it in Adobe Dreamweaver (I know, 2005 called and they want their web design tool back. At least we are not using ColdFusion.)

After looking for a while, we found Newhouse Studios, http://webstrategyaz.com/. They have worked with technical companies in the past, and actually still had people who could use Dreamweaver.  They took us through a real design process where different designers (artists really) shot us different look and feel concepts:

We opted for the second one, and the real hard work began.  After refining the colors and fonts, we started laying out the site.  What a chore!  PADT really can be represented on the web as 4 or 5 different companies, and the web needs of each area of the PADT is a bit different. But we did it, lots of multi-color post-it notes all over a big board with arrows going everywhere.

Then we slowed down because we had to write content.  And lots of content. Over 90 pages of content. Some were short, some very long, some cut and paste. And each one had to be proofed, optimized for search engines and then formatted properly.

Somewhere in the middle of it all we found we needed some nice images, so we called on DM Photo to put on their commercial photography hat and shoot a bunch of stuff in and around the office. The results were better than we could have hoped for and upped the professional look of the site.

So we just kept on crunching out pages, adding images, and reorganizing as we went.

padt_blog_pagesAnd in parallel, we launched a new blog hosting server using WordPress, and we expanded the topics for our blog from just ANSYS to all the area that PADT works in.  It will also be where we post news, like this posting. So our blog now has: News, The Focus, Product Development, PADT Medical, The RP Resource, and Fun. It is our hope that The RP Resource will become as popular as The Focus. We also hope that the “Fun” page will be fun. That is yet to be proven.

And we worked, and we let other things get in the way, and we dropped a few balls.  Nothing unusual for a new website. If you have tried to do this, you know what it is like. But we kept moving forward, and we eventually got there. We are done!

Thank you to everyone who helped out and all of our customers and vendors who put up with the old site.  We are pleased with the results and hope you find it useful and entertaining.

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Turkey Feed at PADT, 2012

As we gear up for the holidays we think it is very important to prepare our employees for the coming trials.  As part of that, we have an annual Turkey Feed the Friday before Thanksgiving.  This allows us to spend some time together as a company before the craziness starts, share some food, and be thankful in our own way.

It was a perfect day out there today as we got ready:

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The food was from Boston Market.  Not great cousin, but hot, on time, and tasty.

We all enjoyed taking some time out of our cubicles and in the sun:

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We wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and a joyous and peace filled holiday season.

Building CUBE Mini-Clusters in the Clean Room

It is a busy time in the world of CUBE computers. We are building our own new cluster, replacing a couple of older file servers we bought from “those other guys” and building a 128 core mini-cluster for a new CUBE customer.  We ran out of room in the IT cubicle so we looked around and found that PADT’s clean room was not being used.  A few tables and tools later and we had a mini-cluster assembly facility.

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With the orders that customers have told us are on the way before the end of the year, this is going to be a busy area through December.

Join PADT at the 2012 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation

imageThe awards are all done and are sitting on Jen’s file cabinet.  It is time once again for the Arizona Technology Council’s Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) Awards.  It does not seem like it could have already been a year since PADT won an award last year. But it has.  And we can not wait to celebrate what a great year it was.

Learn more about the event here.

We will be back  this year, in our booth before the ceremony, in the audience with everyone else waiting to see who wins, and afterwards at the dinner. Please stop on by and say hello.

PADT’s very own Susanna Young Named as one of 2012’s Top Young Entrepreneurs by The Arizona Republic

imageMany PADT employees were looking through their newspaper (or browsing it online) and saw our very own Susanna Young made this years list of the Valley’s top Young Entrepreneurs.

Susanna worked as an intern at PADT while she was going to ASU and still works part time when she is not trying to make the world a better place by building G3Box into a viable company.  If you don’t know about their effort to make medical clinics from steel shipping containers, check out the website and learn more.

Here is a link to the article online:

http://www.azcentral.com/business/arizonaeconomy/articles/20121102young-entrepreneurs-arizona-2012.html 

Scroll to the end of the slideshow to read about Susanna. 

Congratulations. It is good to see good people, and an engineer, get recognized by the business press.