ANSYS Breakthrough Energy Innovation Campaign – Advanced Electrification

Information regarding the first topic in the Breakthrough Energy Innovation Campaign has been released, covering advanced electrification and how ANSYS simulation software can be used to help solve a variety of issues related to this topic, as well as provide significant competitive advantages.

Additional content regarding advanced electrification can be viewed and downloaded here.

This is the first topic of a campaign that covers five main topics:

  1. Advanced Electrification
  2. Machine & Fuel Efficiency
  3. Effective Lightweighting
  4. Thermal Optimization
  5. Aerodynamic Design

Information on each topic will be released over the course of the next few months as the webinars take place.

Sign Up Now to receive updates regarding the campaign, including additional information on each subject, registration forms to each webinar and more.

We here at PADT can not wait to share this content with you, and we hope to hear from you soon.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​Arizona solidifies position as a leader in space technology

Just-Published-PBJ-1The resent launch of OSIRIS-REx probe to visit the asteroid Bennu was a milestone for Arizona.  In “Arizona solidifies position as a leader in space technology” I review how ASU, UofA and Tempe’s Kinnetx played a key role in device design and development as well as mission and scientific control.

Arizona Bioscience Celebrates Leaders New and Old

padt-azbio-awards-2016The Arizone high tech community gathered in downtown Phoenix Wednesday night to celebrate the leaders in the Biotech community at the annual AZBio Awards. As the premier event of a very busy AZBio Weekthe audience was joined by key companies and investors from outside of Arizona as well. The winners showed the diversity and promise of what companies in the state have accomplished and what they plan to do in the future. Governor Ducey also stopped by to say a few words about the progress that the community has made. A list of the winners can be found at the bottom of this post with links to more information describing what they have done to make the world a better place.

20160921_193755Every year we are pleased to see more and more people that we work with take home the trophies provided by PADT.  Once again we made the awards themselves using a combination of 3D Printing and traditional manufaturing.

As a bit of a humble brag, we had the pleasure of providing assistance to the following individuals, shools, and companies who were recognized:

Global Med was recognized as 2016 Bioscience Company of the Year. They have used PADT for prototyping and even low volume production of their innovative telemedicine solution. Their growth has allowed for the delivery of quality health car to places around the world that are ohterwise unreachable.

Salutaris MD won a Fast Track award for their device that treats wet macular digenerations.  We are proud to have been involved at the very begining during prototyping and most recently as they prepare for clinical trials.

ASU’s Dr. George Poste received the 2016 AZBio Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement for the significant contributions he has made during his carreer.  In addition the recipient of the 2016 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year award was the ASU BioDesign Institute’s Stephen Johnston, PhD.  The University in general, and the Biodesign Institute in particular, are long time customers and heavy users of ANSYS and Stratasys products proved and supported by PADT.

Paradise Valley School’s Marni Landry was recognized with the Michael A. Cusanovich Bioscience Educator of the Year.  PV school district was one of th first High Schools to adopt 3D Printing into their STEM ciriculum.

In addition, we were very pleased to see that one of our awards will be headed to Washington with Kyrtsten Sinema who was recongnized for her efforts to promote BioTech and Arizona in congress. Rep Sinema represents the district that includes PADT’s main office in Tempe and has been one of our favorite politicians since her bi-partisisn and common sense efforts in the Arizona State Legislature.

And finaly, a shout out to one of the other Fast Track award winners, Beacon Biomedical. PADT is looking at Beacon as an Angel Investment oportunity and they are across the hallway from PADT StartupLabs at CEI in Phoenix.

A big congratulations to all of the winners.  The Bioscience commnity in the state is growing and at or near critical mass. From High Schools to large corporations with everything in between, our local companies are making the world a better place through better health technology.

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2016 AZBio Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement

George Poste, DVM, DSc, PhD, FRC Path, FRS

Arizona State University

2016 Bioscience Company of the Year

GlobalMed

2016 Public Service Award Honoree

United States Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema

2016 Arizona Bioscience Researcher of the Year

Stephen Johnston, PhD

Center for Innovations in Medicine, Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University

Michael A. Cusanovich Bioscience Educator of the Year

Marni Landry, Paradise Valley High School (CREST)

Jon W. McGarity Bioscience Leader of the Year

Mara G. Aspinall

AZBio Fast Lane Award Honorees

 

Nerdtoberfest

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It is time to gather with our customers, vendors, and partners for an open house at PADT’s Tempe headquarters for a celebration of the people and companies in Arizona that make physical products.

When: October 27, 2016
Metal 3D Printing Seminar: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Perfect Pitch Competition: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Open House: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: PADT’s Tempe Headquarters
7755 S Research Dr, Suite 110
Tempe, AZ 85284
Watch the Metal 3D Printing Seminar and Perfect Pitch live at:
bit.ly/padtlive 
How: Register now:  bit.ly/nerdtoberfest
What:
  • Come see PADT’s new metal 3D Printer – it is very cool
  • Attend a special pitch event where the valley’s best startup mentors pitch the same company to a group of judges
  • Marvel at the latest structural, fluid, and electromagnetic simulation software
  • See our lab and manufacturing areas
  • There will be beer, there will be pizza. We will have water and soda as well.
  • Stand in awe as you gaze upon our 1000+ core compute cluster
  • Meet the who’s who of Arizona technology people

Perfect Pitch Competition – The Battle for the Unicorn Cup

unicorn-goblet-1Perfect Pitch is a contest where teams present the same fictitious technology startup company. A group of expert judges will determine who gave the best pitch.It takes place from 4:30-6:00 and all are welcome. Learn more here.

Come see the best startup mentors in the valley pitch barqk!, our fake startup

Watch it live over the web here: bit.ly/padtlive 



A big thanks to our Sponsors:

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New Second Edition in Paperback and Kindle: Introduction to the ANSYS Parametric Design Language (APDL)

APDL-Guide-Square-Advert-1After three years on the market and signs that sales were increasing year over year, we decided it was time to go through our popular training book “Introduction to the ANSYS Parametric

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I’ll be honest, it was cool to see the book in print the first time, but seeing it on my iPad was just as cool.

Design Language (APDL)” and make some updates and reformat it so that it can be published as a Kindle e-book.   The new Second Edition includes two additonal chapters: APDL Math and Using APDL with ANSYS Mechanical.  The fact that we continue to sell more of these useful books is a sign that APDL is still a vibrant and well used language, and that others out there find power in its simplicity and depth.

This book started life as a class that PADT taught for many years. Then over time people asked if they could buy the notes. And then they asked for a real book. The bulk of the content came from Jeff Strain with input from most of our technical staff. Much of the editing and new content was done by Susanna Young and Eric Miller.

Here is the Description from Amazon.com:

The definitive guide to the ANSYS Parametric Design Language (APDL), the command language for the ANSYS Mechanical APDL product from ANSYS, Inc. PADT has converted their popular “Introduction to APDL” class into a guide so that users can teach themselves the APDL language at their own pace. Its 14 chapters include reference information, examples, tips and hints, and eight workshops. Topics covered include:

– Parameters
– User Interfacing
– Program Flow
– Retrieving Database Information
– Arrays, Tables, and Strings
– Importing Data
– Writing Output to Files
– Menu Customization
– APDL Math
– Using APDL in ANSYS Mechanical

At only $75.00 it is an investment that will pay for itself quickly. Even if you are an ANSYS Mechanical user, you can still benefit from knowing APDL, allowing you to add code snippets to your models. We have put some images below and you can also learn more here or go straight to Amazon.com to purchase the paperback or Kindle versions.

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There is Plenty of Space in Arizona: PADT Joins Discussion on Channel 8’s Arizona Horizon to Talk about the Space Industry in Arizona

arizona_horizonPADT’s Eric Miller was asked to return to take part in a discussion about the somewhat hidden Space industry in Arizona.  Eric was joined by Kjell Stakkestad, CEO of KinetX Aerospace to answer questions and provide insight into this critical part of Arizona’s high tech industry landscape.

The show features some serious but not-so-fun topics… and the title for the video reflects those.  So ignore the title and see what Eric and Kjell have to say starting at 17:55.

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Press Release: PADT Honored with 2016 Most Admired Leaders Award from the Phoenix Business Journal

PADT-Press-Release-IconWe are pleased to announce that PADT was recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of 2016’s “Most Admired Leaders.” It is a real honor to be recognized by our peers in the business community and reflects on the hard work and contributions of the entire PADT family.  We are especially honored to be included in such a great group of people.

We look forward to joining  everyone for the awards ceremony on September 27, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Please find a copy of the press release below.

The official announcement from the Phoenix Business Journal can be found here.

Official copies of the press release can be found in HTML and PDF.

Press Release:

Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies Honored with 2016 Most Admired Leaders Award from the Phoenix Business Journal

Award based on leadership, dedication and impact on an organization, and the Arizona community

TEMPE, Ariz., August 10, 2016 —  In a special honor that recognizes leadership within its organization and the community, Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT) announced today that the company is a recipient of Phoenix Business Journal’s 2016 Most Admired Leaders award.  Eric Miller, principal and co-founder of PADT will be on hand to accept the accolade on September 27, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

“Expanding from its headquarters in Tempe to offices throughout the Southwest, PADT is a great example of growth and success in Arizona’s entrepreneurial community,” said Jim Goulka, managing director of Arizona Technology Investors and CEO of Lone Mountain Associates, LLC. “The company’s leadership is known for its high level of integrity and is richly deserving of this award.”

PADT is the Southwest’s largest provider of numerical simulation, product development and 3D Printing services and products, but the company’s involvement in the communities in which it serves extends much further. In Arizona, PADT is an active angel investor and serves on the steering committee of Arizona Tech Investors as well as on numerous boards including BioAccel’s Council of Advisors and the President’s STEM Advisory Board of Grand Canyon University. Each year, PADT serves as a judge on the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Innovation Challenge and acts as a mentor to entrepreneurs seeking to start, build and grow their businesses.

“PADT is proud to be a part of Arizona’s community — an entire ecosystem of talented and innovative professionals,” said Eric Miller, Principal of Phoenix Analysis Design Technologies. “We are honored to receive this award, and could not have achieved it without the talented, hard-working, and energetic group of employees we work with every day.”

About Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies

Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies, Inc. (PADT) is an engineering product and services company that focuses on helping customers who develop physical products by providing Numerical Simulation, Product Development, and Rapid Prototyping solutions. PADT’s worldwide reputation for technical excellence and experienced staff is based on its proven record of building long term win-win partnerships with vendors and customers. Since its establishment in 1994, companies have relied on PADT because “We Make Innovation Work.” With over 80 employees, PADT services customers from its headquarters at the Arizona State University Research Park in Tempe, Arizona, and from offices in Torrance, California, Littleton, Colorado, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Murray, Utah, as well as through staff members located around the country. More information on PADT can be found at http://www.PADTINC.com.

 

Media Contact
Linda Capcara
TechTHiNQ on behalf of PADT
480-229-7090
linda.capcara@techthinq.com
PADT Contact
Eric Miller
PADT, Inc.
Principal & Co-Owner
480.813.4884
eric.miller@padtinc.com

 

Full Color 3D Printer Road Show: Salt Lake City Event Focuses on Real World Applications

slc-i4The second stop on our trip around the Southwest for Stratasys’ new J750 Full Color 3D Printer was in fantastic downtown Salt Lake City. This device is reinventing 3D printing, and we are showing it off in person so people can see it up close along with holding incredible parts it makes in their hands.

Next stop if Phoenix – sign up here!

The 3D Printing community in Utah is very mature and the attendees were mostly very experienced users of many different additive manufacturing technologies.  So we focused on real world applications for the J750 as well as other Stratasys systems.

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As is usual in this type of an event, the discussion between and after presentations are the best part.  People from Aerospace, sporting goods, medical devices, and consumer products swapped stories, suggestions, and tips.

It was also a family affair. with Jame Barker’s latest family addition was in attendence to help spread the word on the value of 3D Printing with Stratasys solutions:slc-baby-1Beyond the little guy, the other hit of the afternoon was the J750.  As seasoned additive manufacturing profesionals they see the incredible leap forward this machine represents – truly reinventing 3D Printing and opening up a huge range of oportunities.

Press Release: Innovative Additive Manufacturing Research Project Led by PADT Approved as Part of America Makes Multi-Million Dollar Grants

America-Makes-Logo-2We are pleased to announce that PADT has been awarded a grant from America Makes to further our research into combining our three favorite things:  Simulation, 3D Printing, and Product Development.  We will work with our partners at ASU, Honeywell Aerospace, and LAI International to study lattice structures created in 3D Printing, how to model them in ANSYS simulation software, and then how to use that information to drive product design.

A copy of the press release is below. Or read the official press release or download a PDF .

Press Release:

Innovative Additive Manufacturing Research Project Led by PADT Approved as Part of America Makes Multi-Million Dollar Grants

Arizona State University, Honeywell Aerospace and LAI International join PADT in technical research and educational outreach in 3D Printing

TEMPE, Ariz., July 25, 2016 — In one of the most critically needed areas of research in Additive Manufacturing, Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT), the Southwest’s largest provider of numerical simulation, product development and 3D Printing services and products, today announced its project proposal titled “A Non-Empirical Predictive Model for Additively Manufactured Lattice Structures,” has been accepted as part of a multi-million dollar grant from the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, America Makes. PADT’s proposal was one of only seven selected, and one of only two where the leading organization was a small business.

IMG_0349To complete the deliverables, Arizona State University (ASU), Honeywell Aerospace and LAI International are assisting PADT in technical research with contributions from Prof. Howard Kuhn, a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a leading educator in Additive Manufacturing, for workforce and educational outreach.

“While there are several efforts ongoing in developing design and optimization software for lattice structures in additive manufacturing, there has been little progress in developing a robust, validated material model that accurately describes how these structures behave,” said Dhruv Bhate, PhD, senior technologist, PADT and author and principal investigator of the proposal. “We are honored to be chosen to research this important issue and provide the tools to enable entrepreneurs, manufacturers and makers to integrate lattice structures in their designs.”

One of the most definitive benefits of additive manufacturing is the ability to reduce weight while maintaining mechanical performance. A way to achieve this is by adding lattice structures to parts before manufacturing.  The advantages are crucial and can result in increased design flexibility, lower material costs and significant reductions in production time for industries such as aerospace and automotive.

Another aspect of PADT’s winning proposal is the development of a first-of-a-kind online, collaborative living textbook on Additive Manufacturing that seeks to provide comprehensive, up-to-date and structured information in a field where over 50 papers are published worldwide every day.  In addition, the team will develop a training class that addresses manufacturing, testing, theory and simulation as well as how they are combined together to deliver robust predictions of lattice behavior.

“We have identified Additive Manufacturing as a key lever of innovation in our company and recognize lattice structures as an important design capability to reduce mass, improve performance and reduce costs,” said Suraj Rawal, Technical Fellow, Advanced Technology Center at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company – a leader in implementing Additive Manufacturing. “We also recognize the significance of this work in lattice behavior modeling and prediction as an important contribution to help implement the design, manufacturing, and performance validation of structures in our innovative designs.”

The award of this grant is another example of the leadership role that Arizona is playing in advancing the practical application of Additive Manufacturing, better known as 3D Printing.  PADT’s leadership role in the Arizona Technology Council’s Arizona Additive Manufacturing Committee, support of basic research in the area at ASU, and involvement with educating the next generation of users underscores PADT’s contribution to this effort and furthers the company’s commitment to “Make Innovation Work.”

About Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies

Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies, Inc. (PADT) is an engineering product and services company that focuses on helping customers who develop physical products by providing Numerical Simulation, Product Development, and Rapid Prototyping solutions. PADT’s worldwide reputation for technical excellence and experienced staff is based on its proven record of building long term win-win partnerships with vendors and customers. Since its establishment in 1994, companies have relied on PADT because “We Make Innovation Work.” With over 80 employees, PADT services customers from its headquarters at the Arizona State University Research Park in Tempe, Arizona, and from offices in Torrance, California, Littleton, Colorado, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Murray, Utah, as well as through staff members located around the country. More information on PADT can be found at http://www.PADTINC.com.

Media Contact
Linda Capcara
TechTHiNQ on behalf of PADT
480-229-7090
linda.capcara@techthinq.com
PADT Contact
Dhurv Bhate, PhD
Senior Technologist, PADT
480.813.4884
dhruv.bhate@padtinc.com

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PADT’s New Neighbors Break Ground

az-oncology-padt-ground-breakingIf you have visited PADT’s headquarters in Tempe, Arizona you know that we have been next to an empty lot since we moved in.  Today our new neighbors, Arizona Oncology, broke ground on their new East Valley facility.  Although we will miss watching the bunny rabbits and the unobstructed view of Elliot Road, we are happy to have a nice looking facility next door.

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During the groundbreaking ceremonies we learned that they are the largest Oncology treatment provider in the valley.  I also learned that other recent additions to the ASU Research Park bring the total of employees in the park to 6000.   The addition of Arizona Oncology’s 21,000 sq ft facility will add even more and will be a center for their research and clinical trials as well as a fully integrated care facility.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

 

 

 

Be One of the First to Witness 3D Printing Reinvented

 

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According to some, the novelty of 3D printing has been wearing off — its mentioned in daily conversations, used on Grey’s Anatomy episodes, incorporated in high school and college classes. Most iPhone-wielding millennials know what it is and how it works. It’s not a “new thing” anymore, right?

Wrong.

Coming to Denver, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix — Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT) invites you to be one of the first to meet the Stratasys J750 3D Printer: the latest introduction in the portfolio of PolyJet 3D Printers. The Stratasys J750 is the first-ever full-color, multi-material system, which finally addresses the frustration of designers who want realistic models but have to contend with inconsistent color results and rough finishes from current technology.

Ready to register now? Click here and jump right to it! Or keep reading . . .

Unlike other 3D printers currently in existence, the Stratasys J750 can operate with five different colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, black and white — all of the primary colors in the CMYK color process, just like day-to-day 2D full-color printers. The Stratasys J750 also achieves very fine layer thicknesses, enabling high surface quality and the creation of models and parts with very fine, delicate details, where current 3D printers usually result in relatively rough surface finishes.

What does this mean for those who use 3D J750_Hand2 - High Resolution JPGprinting? The Stratasys J750 not only delivers incredible realism but it’s also the most versatile 3D printer available. Designers and producers can say goodbye to the days of adopting multiple 3D-printing technologies and still resorting afterwards to extensive post-processing, such as sanding, painting and bonding.

Before the Stratasys J750, no single 3D printer could deliver full color, smooth surfaces and multiple materials. Now, however, you can print realistic prototypes, presentation models, Digital ABS injection molds, jigs, fixtures, educational and promotional pieces, production parts – or all of the above, with one system.

The Stratasys J750 even goes one step past versatile, simultaneously being the fastest, simplest, and easiest 3D printer to use. The printer includes several user-requested upgrades, such as server functionality, six-material capacity, and even three print modes that are suitable for different priorities: high speed, high mix and high quality. Additionally, where some 3D printing processes must run in a dedicated facility due to the possible hazard of the materials, chemicals and post-processing steps involved, the Stratasys J750 3D Printer uses a clean, easy process, with no hazardous chemicals to handle.

The Stratasys J750 is one choice among an ever-growing array of 3D printers in the marketplace. But its capabilities and versatility make it more than just a 3D printer; It’s a solution-maker.

In other words, Stratasys has just invented 3D printing. Again. PADT’s 3D Printing team can help you pick the best printer for your job and provide you with one-on-one engineering and prototype support.

If you’re at all interested in technology, you won’t want to miss this printer’s big coming-out day.

Check out times and locations below.

Denver – Monday, July 25th    J750 Shoes 1

Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

REGISTER

Salt Lake – Wednesday, July 27th

Hilton Salt Lake City Center

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

REGISTER

Phoenix – Friday, July 29th

ASU SkySong

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

REGISTER

   

 

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.

Webinar on Demand: Make Functional Prototypes More Economically with 3D Printed Injection Molds

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Make Functional Prototypes More Economically

With 3D Printed Injection Molds

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3D printed injection molds created by Arad Group

One of the most dramatic impacts of 3D printing on design and manufacturing is with injection molding. Companies such as Seuffer, Unilever, Arad Group and Whale report significant savings in molding costs and production time by 3D printing injection molds to test designs before mass production and produce small quantities of custom parts.

Learn more by viewing this 60-minute webinar as Gil Robinson, Stratasys senior application engineer, explains the what, why and how of 3D printed injection molding.

3D Printed Molds Save Time and Money for Specialty Lighting Company

Western Technology is a manufacturer of specialty lighting solutions that cater to a variety of highly specialized industries such as aviation, oil and gas, and maritime.  Their products are used in a variety of environments making it important that the design is both versatile and functional.

In their Utah office, they have been successfully utilizing a Stratasys PolyJet 3D Printer to create polyurethane molds.  By using 3D printed molds, they have been able to save both time and money over traditional manufacturing methods.

Western Technology’s 3D Printed Toggle Mold

 “Below is a pictorial of how we’ve used our new 3D printer to develop and create polyurethane parts. The parts we are producing in this mold are used to trigger a magnetic sensor inside a sealed aluminum box. Each part has a magnet and aluminum insert cast inside.” Lyal Christensen at Western Technology

The mold was printed using a Stratasys Objet 500 Connex 1 printer in a Vero Blue material (standard plastic).  This is the final result after support material has been removed.

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The mold is comprised of two halves that each have 3 different parts to create this Polyurethane mold.  Below one side is shown in an un-assembled view.

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Steel pins are press fit into the 3D printed part with ease to help with locating the magnets in the correct location.  Also you can see that the part has a gloss finish to it.  The parts were printed in the glossy mode which helps in minimizing the amount of support material needed to print the parts.

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Inserts and Magnets are added to the mold along with a Urethane mold release agent.  The Aluminum inserts are held in the right place by screws that keep the inserts suspended so that the Urethane can engulf all sides of it.

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The clamped mold then has the Urethane fed into it which is poured at room temperature.  Once all of the cavities are filled, the mold is left to cure at room temperature for just under one hour.  Using this technique, they are able to complete 6 or 7 sets per day.

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The following morning the screws and the insert bridge are removed.

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The mold is pried apart using a flathead screwdriver at specific cutout locations that were printed into the mold.  With a simple turn of the wrist, this mold is easily separated.

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There is a little bit of flash which can easily be removed.  These parts are almost ready for the customer.

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The parts are cut away and are ready for de-flashing and finishing.

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At Western Technology, Lyal estimates this mold would have cost $2,000+ to manufacture in just man hours.  They were able to get 400+ parts out of this mold and are still using it.

If you would like to learn more about how to implement 3D Printing into your processes to save time and money, contact us at sales@padtinc.com.

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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