Pictures and Reflections from PADT’s 20th Anniversary Party

PADt-20-Logo-Rect-500wPADT held our 20th anniversary party at our primary offices in Tempe Arizona on April 10th. Despite the record high temperatures, around 400 people stop by to help us celebrate.  There was good food, good entertainment, and most importantly, good people.  

A highlight of the event is that April 10th was proclaimed PADT day in Tempe!  That was an unexpected honor.  

The only problem was not enough time to talk with everyone.  If you could not make it, no worries. We have several events planned throughout the year.

Here are some images that we captured:

Most of these pictures were taken by Aaron Moncur from PipelineDesign.

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TechShop Chandler: A Place for Makers, Builders, Inventors, and Engineers

The other day some visitors to PADT asked if we wanted to tour their new facility. Some place called TechShop Chandler. I had heard some about them, a place where you can have access to tech tools and technology, but I didn’t know much more than that. Wow, was I pleasantly surprised when we stopped by for a tour. 

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The tag line on their website reads: “TechShop is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to tools, software and space. You can make virtually anything at TechShop. Come and build your dreams!”  I have to say, that tag line looks pretty dang accurate.

The facility is located in the ASU Chandler Innovation Center just east of downtown Chandler. A great location close to the 202, and some good food and drink (not that that matters much… but if you are working on a project and need a break… just saying).  The building has been completely renovated and provides a great space.

Even in this new location (there are seven other location) in Chandler, they have fully functioning labs that contain the equipment and software one would need to truly build almost anything.  That in itself is pretty useful, but what is more important is they offer training on all of the tools they make available, often the missing piece in other attempts we have seen to offer technology and tools to people.

The offering of equipment and tools that we saw was very comprehensive and included a computer lab with full CAD software tools, a full wood shop with CNC routers, a full sheet metal shop, welding, machining, injection molding, electronics, laser cutting, 3D printing, and even industrial sewing.  They have lots of room for working and for meeting. 

On top of all that, they host programs for schools as well as meetups for the community. 

How it Works

TechShop describes their membership system like a gym.  You pay a monthly membership fee and, once you have successfully completed the training, you have access to the equipment, computers, and software at the facility.  As you would expect, they have discounts if you sign up for automatic renewal, a yearly membership, or if you add family members.  They also offer students (18 and older) and Active Duty Military a significant discount.  Corporations can negotiate memberships as well.  Check out the costs for TechShop Chandler here.  Just to give you an idea, the basic one month membership with no discounts is only $175/month.  Pretty affordable once you get your head around how many resources you get access to.

What do YOU want to make?

That is the heading at the top of their website, and it fits.  If you are a hobbyist,  inventor,  engineer,  student, or fabricator, you should check out TechShop.  Even if you have equipment at work or at home, it is a great resource to gain training and access to a wider variety of tools and equipment. All in a clean and positive environment working side by side with other like-minded members. 

Check them out on the web:

www.techshop.ws/ts_chandler.html 

Or give them a call and set up a visit: 480 327-0820.

For those of you reading this outside of the Phoenix area, there are locations in:

  • San Carlos, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Allen Park, MI (Detroit)
  • Round Rock, TX (Austin)
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Arlington, VA

With many more planned.

Effective Engineering Outsourcing

The effective use of outsourced engineering resources is a strategy that many successful companies are learning how to employ and doing it correctly has become a critical competency . Outsourcing allows companies to adjust to variable workloads, infuse their products with new expertise, and accelerate time to market. Unfortunately outsourcing can be very frustrating, and like any core competency, the skills needed to outsource take time and effort for companies to acquire. Here are some simple pointers on how to develop your outsourcing competency with fewer headaches and less time.

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Urgency – You have insufficient manpower to complete all your projects on time – and they all have important business ramifications. This is a time to consider outsourcing.

Temporary Need – If your lack of manpower seems to be ongoing – then hire permanent heads. If instead, the urgency you are feeling is temporary, consider outsourcing to get you through the crunch.

Expertise – If you would like to incorporate different expertise into your products, and don’t possess that competency as part of your core team, consider outsourcing to bring in fresh expertise or an expert only when you need them.

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Non-core activities – You need to keep your team focused on what they do best: your core capabilities. Projects that don’t require your internal expertise are good candidates for outsourcing.

Proof of concept – You would like to explore some novel new concept and don’t want to distract your team, this could be a good project to outsource.

Ancillary products – If you want to develop ancillary products that augment your main product line, this can offer an opportunity to define a well contained project that is good for outsourcing.

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Get multiple bids – You need to find outsourcing partners that match your requirements for expertise, speed, and cost. Get proposals from several contenders and remember that these proposals say a lot about how the project will go. Define the project clearly because if you want good results from your partners, you need to clearly define the scope of the project and the outcomes you are looking for.

Crawl, walk, run – Outsourcing is a challenging skill and you should expect to go through a learning curve. To keep your risks low, start with smaller and shorter projects and then work up to more complex ones.

Look Long Term – Find partners that can serve you long-term.

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With over 50 engineers and 350 product development projects under our belt, PADT has tremendous experience and expertise to bring to bear on your problems. Let us show you how “We Make Innovation Work”

New Case Study: Product Development for Satellite GPS Messenger

Spot-Gen3-FrontOnPADT recently added a new case study to our website that is worth sharing.  Our involvement in the development of the new SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger was a fantastic example of PADT bringing a wide range of engineering resources to a single project: Industrial Design, Mechanical Design, Simulation, Testing, Vendor Management, Rapid Prototyping, and Manufacturing Consulting.

Download the Case Study

In the words of the customer:

“PADT has been like an extension of our own design team and totally understood our unique product design constraints from the get go.  Despite ever evolving product requirements and short design cycles, they managed to stick to their original schedule and provide a successful product design.  Additionally, their ability to coordinate with our overseas manufacturing partner has proved invaluable for getting through the difficult last stages of high volume mass production.”

– Eric Blanchard, Senior Design Engineer, Globalstar Inc.” 

It is always rewarding to see a product we worked on for sale to the general public:

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The following for images show some of the contributions we were able to make:

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First are the Industrial Design rendering along with an initial sketch. PADT worked with an Industrial Designer to realize the customer’s ergonomic and style needs.

Next is a view of the CAD model used. The entire product assembly was designed as an accurate 3D CAD model to enable faster downstream processes and meet stringent assembly and packaging demands.

The third image shows results from one of the FEA simulations done on a key component. Simulation was used to drive the design of critical components, avoiding testing and redesign further in the product development process.

And finally we share an image of one of the prototype models PADT made in house as part of this project. PADT’s in-house Rapid Prototyping capabilities were used to create multiple product models for fit, form, function, and style evaluation.

PADT can bring these capabilities, and many more, to help you bring your product to market. We can assist on the whole project or just provide resources where they are needed.

PADT can bring these capabilities, and many more, to help you bring your product to market. We can assist on the whole project or just provide resources where they are needed.

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2013 Cleantech Open Finalists Announced for Rocky Mountain Region

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Last week the Rocky Mountain Region of the Cleantech Open announced the three finalists and sustainability award winner that they will be sending to the Cleantech Open Global Forum in San Jose, CA this November to compete for the $200,000 award package. The finalists worked through the regional accelerator with twenty other companies and then competed to come out on top and travel to the national finals.

Read the press release here.

As a sponsor, PADT was honored to be in attendance at Denver’s Cable Center for the 5th Anniversary event.  The best part was that two of the three finalists were companies from Tucson Arizona.  The three winners were:

  • Grannus (Tucson, AZ) as a finalist and sustainability award winner for their zero-emissions process for making nitrogen fertilizer.
  • HJ3 Composite Technologies (Tucson, AZ) as a finalist for their composite infrastructure repair system.
  • OptiEnz Sensors (Ft. Colins, CO) as a Finalist for their in-situ organic chemical sensors.

We enjoyed working with all of the applicants throughout the year and look forward to working with the finalists as they move forward.  We wish them the best of luck and are rooting for them to return to the region as one of the winners.

 

Presentation: Realizing Your Invention in Plastic, 3D Printing to Production

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PADT was honored to be invited to present to the Inventors Association of Arizona on September 4th, 2013. This well attended event focused on giving an overview on plastic parts, their design, and there manufacture including a quick look at additive manufacturing.

Here is a link to a PDF of the presentation:
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Also, during the presentation some animations showing the various additive manufacturing (3D Printing) processes didn’t play. You can find them here on an previous blog posting.

 

Humbling Feedback from PADT’s Product Development Customers

Case-Studies-Screen-ShotWhen we decided to redo our website we were told by all of the experts that you need case studies and you need testimonials.  Being engineers, we immediately pushed back saying that none of our customers will give us the input we need.  We are happy to report that we were wrong. So wrong that we are humbled by the fantastic response.

Our initial effort is focused on documenting some of the projects we have done in our Product Development and Medical Device Development groups.  You can see the eleven case studies we currently have on our Successes page.  There is some good information there on how PADT helps companies develop their products.

But what we are most proud of are the awesome testimonials we have received directly from our customers.  We are usually not ones to brag and toot our own horn… but we were proud enough of these testimonials to where we felt it was OK to let them toot our horn for us.

“PADT did a great job translating our prototype ideas into a fully-designed, manufacturable product. From multi-disciplinary engineering to project management to fabrication, PADT did it all. PADT worked collaboratively with our team to understand requirements and to solve technical hurdles in order to deliver a product that best fit our expectations.”
– Garrett Beauregard, Senior VP of Engineering, ECOtality Inc.

“I found there to be great benefit in going through PADT’s disciplined steps for the development of an updated prototype of our device. Restarting with a more systematic approach, and analyzing each component fresh, made me feel confident about every aspect of the new design.”
– Neil R. Crawford, PhD Associate Professor, Spinal Biomechanics Barrow Neurological Institute

“PADT’s Design Team was instrumental in working with Orthosensor throughout the design and development activities of the Orthosensor Knee Balance. Their commitment and flexibility to our business needs allowed us to bring our product to market in a significantly shortened period of time.”
– Juan C Fernandez, COO, Orthosensor Inc

“SynCardia has chosen to work with PADT based on their ability to develop close personal relationships, to create and implement engineering solutions rapidly, and to support SynCardia’s innovative drive for our life-saving technology.”
— Douglas A Nutter, COO, SynCardia Systems, Inc.

“PADT has provided a number of valuable services for Ulthera ranging from design work and ergonomic improvements, to manufacturability and V&V testing. Over the past 18 months, PADT worked closely with our engineering staff to ensure the successful launch of our redesigned Deep See Handpiece. Our successful collaboration allowed us to focus our internal resources on our core competencies while leveraging PADT’s skill sets. Ulthera also benefited from PADT’s adaptable, customer-specific, Design Control process to minimize the QC documentation requirements on the Ulthera staff”
— Michael Peterson, Vice President, R&D, Ultherea, Inc

“For the last 2 years we have worked with PADT to develop our ClearView technology. Their team has helped us with many aspects of product development and commercialization. They have been a very valuable asset and I would highly recommend them to any startup that needs to navigate the pathway to market.”
— Tom Blondi, President, EPIC Research & Diagnostics

“PADT has demonstrated strong concept creation and development testing abilities – and have done so with very short time schedules. PADT was in charge of a key component development for our Fuel Cell System, and accomplished it as planned. Owing to PADT’s challenging spirit, Nissan was able to lease the 2005 model FCV’s to some customers in the early period of 2006. In addition, Nissan has been able to continue the FCV leasing program for five years with PADT’s reliable support.”
— Arai Takayuki, Senior Manager, EV Systems Laboratory, Nissan Motor Company

“The PADT experience was a positive one from my first phone conversation with them to the delivery of the end product. The engineers delivered a prototype that was exactly what I envisioned in a short 8 weeks. PADT will be my choice in the future.”
— Bob Rife, R.R.T.

“For the last 3 years I have worked with PADT Medical as a physician-inventor of medical devices. Their engineering team is professional, punctual, and responsible. Their management is exemplary. I recommend PADT Medical to any potential Client.”
— Charles J. Filipi M.D., Medical Director, SafeStitch Medical, Inc.

At PADT “We Make Innovation Work” and these fantastic testimonials give specific examples of how we have done that for others. If you would like to learn how PADT’s products and services can help you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Startup Lesson Learned 5: Understand the Need, Focus on the Solution

10_Tech_Startup_Lessons_Learned-1_thAbout the Series “10 Tech Startup Lessons Learned”
PADT is a company focused on helping companies bring their physical products to market. As “We Make Innovation Work” for our customers, we learn a lot about what does and does not work in technology startup companies. In addition, we were once a startup ourselves and we now participate in Angel investing.  All of this has taught us a lot of valuable lessons.
In this series we will share some of those lessons learned and explore the basic concepts and ideas that will help startups overcome the odds and become successful.This posting is the second installment for our series. The previous postings were:

We hope that you find it useful and we look forward to sharing our thoughts on this topic with you.

It has been some time since we have added to this series, mostly because we have been busy working with companies both large and small helping to make their innovation work.  Its good to be busy.  We have also become further involved with several new startups by providing services, mentoring, and angel investing.  All of those experiences reinforced an important lesson we have learned through the years: you must have an honest and deep understand of the need in the marketplace, and your focus must be on finding the best possible solution for that need.

Need: What it is, How Much, and How Many

A technology startup is created as a business that uses some sort of technology to solve some sort of need in the market.  The need may already be met by existing solutions, it may be unmet, or it may even be a need that no one knows they have.  So first, find a need.  That is where you start.  Define the “Why” for your technology.  Then make sure that those who want that need met are willing to pay more for meeting that need than it costs you to provide the solution – profit.

People want coffee.  They will pay around $4.35 for coffee. It costs you $0.50 to make and serve a cup– profit. Switch out coffee with any other need and the equation is the same.

It is also a good idea for the need to be one that is large enough that the risk of doing the startup is counterbalanced by the possible return.  The old higher risk requires higher potential rewards equation. Taking our food example a bit too far, there are people who want Donkey Milk Cheese. They will pay over $600/pound for it.  But if there are only a few hundred of them, you will have a hard time getting investors or employees to invest a lot of money or time in your endeavor. Good enough for a family farm that just needs to make a little bit of money, but not good enough for a technology startup – low or negative profit.

This stuff is startup fundamentals.  Identify the market from a business standpoint and really understand it as a market: how strong is the demand (impacts price) and how big is it.

Avoid Overdoing the Need Part

Most companies start by identifying a credible and real need, then they veer off the road and start obsessing about why that need is important.  Going on and on about how bad the current solutions are, how it is ignored by others, how others just do not understand it, or that is is the next “big thing.”  These things matter, but only in terms of how they contribute to how much people will pay for a solution and how many of them there are. 

It is not uncommon for us to listen to a pitch and have the CEO of a startup spend over half of their time talking about the need in the market.  Going on and on why the need is significant or important.  This should be a small part of a pitch, simply presented to gain some interest and establish the size and desire of the market.

Meet the Need: Develop a Complete Solution that Works and Makes Money

So the easy part is done. A need is identified and the potential financial return for meeting it is also quantified.  Now comes the hard part – finding the right solution. As a technology startup, that solution is most likely technology based.  It could the the application of existing technology or it could require the development of a new technology.  Either way your job as a startup is to turn that solution into a product or service that can be sold to the market.

This is where you focus should be. Even if you have not solved the technical problems, you should be planning out what resources and how much money you will need to solve them.  If you are looking for funding, investors are going to want to know less about the nuts and bolts of the technology and more about how much it costs to get the technology working, and how much it will cost to produce or maintain the technology you will be selling.

The need to come up with a working solution is so fundamental some may ask why this is even listed in a “Lessons Learned” list.  It is obvious.  But our experience is that a large number of startup companies take the solution on faith. It is not uncommon for us to be hired by a startup, especially in the clean-tech sector, who wants us to help them evaluate or improve their technology.  When we look at the technology we often find that it is not unique, not as good as they think it is, or simply does not work.  And this is after the company has funding, employees and interest from customers.

A complete solution also includes a manufacturing or distribution plan. For software, this has become somewhat trivial, but for hardware solutions it is often overlooked.  You need to know as early as possible if you can make your solution, how long it will take to make, and what it will cost to make it.

A Solution Looking for A Problem is a Bad Thing

When you talk about a market need and a solution, you always need to ask yourself if a startup has a solution, but is looking for a problem to solve.  With the rising trendiness of the whole “pivot” thing many people downplay this more than they should. If the market is wrong, pivot. That is an expensive and painful process. 

We often see brilliant technical solutions that have a significant “wow” factor associated with them. They are often well executed and examples of how to do technology right. But they do not have a market or a market has not been identified.  This often results from an unrealistic assessment of the need up front. If you develop a Donkey Milk Cheese that is truly a work of art, your business will fail because you now need to create a market for Donkey Milk Cheese as a cheese, or find a new problem that can be solved with Donkey Milk Cheese. Perhaps it is a good foot balm?

It’s a Business

People have problems with understanding their market and focusing on their solution when they forget that what they are doing is a business.  A tech startup is not a club, a social experiment, or a family adventure. It can look like all of those things, but it is a business. And not just any business. It has significant financial and technical challenges and the expectation for it is rapid and significant growth.

Without the identification and understanding of a clear market need, and a team that is focused on providing a technical solution that makes business sense, a startup will surely fail and may not even be able to attract funding.

G3Box Raising Funds to Send First Maternity Clinic to Kenya

20130408100433-g3box-FINAL_LOGO_adjustWe are very pleased to let our community know about some great progress that has been made by a startup here in Phoenix called G3Box.  What is G3Box?

“G3Box converts steel shipping containers into medical clinics. We passionately pursue healthcare concerns around the world with a commitment to integrity, humility, and collaboration. We Generate Global Good.”

They hit a major milestone this weekend when they raised enough money to ship their first526595_461714910568706_1510356826_n clinic to Kenya Africa.  But they are still raising more money to help them deliver an even better solution.

We at PADT really like this startup for a simple reason: they have developed an efficient, practical, and well engineered solution to a real world problem that has a positive impact on the world.  We also like the fact that the company came out of ASU and that one of the key players is a part time PADT employee, Susanna Young.

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Check it out for yourself: http://www.g3boxllc.com/

If you find their idea as compelling as we do, then maybe you can help fund them to get their real clinic into the hands of people who need it.

A Look at the “First to File” Change to Patents in the US

On March 16th of this year (last Saturday) there was a major change to how you claim rights to an idea in the US, and it came and went without much fanfare.  That is when the US changed from a “first-to-invent” system for deciding who gets to rights to an idea to a “first-to-file” system.  It snuck up on me as well. I remember when the “America Invents Act” was passed and signed in 2011, and I remember thinking “I should remember this”  but it got here and I forgot.  So I did a little research to make sure I understood what was going on and I have shared what I found here.

I recommend you start with the Wired.com article that started me on my search, it is a good overview. After googleing around for a while I found that most of the on-line information was the same, they were just rephrasing the USPTO press releases.  This is my summary:

  • This is a big shift. Instead of documenting when you came up with an idea in a note book on some other type of system, you now just have to file your idea first. This is the more common practice around the world.
  • They passed this law to avoid all of the cost of litigating when you are trying to prove who came up with an idea first.  Now it does not matter, it is whoever gets their paperwork submitted first. 
  • The definition of prior art is also changed, meaning that if you disclose your invention to the public anywhere in the world, you have stuck your claim in the ground and you have 12 months to file a patent before anyone else can. You basically get a one-year head start if you just share your ideas with the public and can document it.
  • But if you use this exception you give up some rights in other countries.
  • If someone is using an idea but did not patent it, and someone else develops the same idea independently, then the first person can still use the idea even if a patent is issued to the second person.  This is prior use and it comes in to play often with trade secrets. You use your trade secret to make a product, then someone else independently develops the same idea and gets a patent, they can not sue you. You have to right to keep using it if you can prove commercial use.
  • A confidential sale of a product containing patented technology no longer starts the 1 year period to file a patent.
  • The cost of getting a patent has changed, mostly going up.
  • How you appeal things has changed. Honestly, I do not understand the current process well enough to get a feel for the new process.

This should get your started with a basic foundation so you can go to the US Patent and Trademark Office site and really dig in to the actual details:

www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/index.jsp

Unfortunately the law itself is not a new law, but it edits the current laws so I found it very hard to follow.  The Wikipedia page is a bit easier to follow and seems to cover most things, even some of the more obscure aspects of the law.  The National Law Review also provides a pretty good summary

What Does this Mean to Me, My Company, My Startup?

It means a lot.  The days of jotting an idea in a book and getting it notarized are now a thing of the past. Whoever is in charge of your intellectual property policies and processes should have already made changes in your organization (I missed that boat by a bit). Here are some thoughts:

  • You still need to keep good track of ideas and when you had them. You still need to prove that you really invented the thing and you did not steal it.
  • You should also link those ideas to when they were first used commercially. Tracking prior use of trade secrets is now very important when avoiding a patent infringement case.
  • Look at filing patents or at least provisional patents much sooner.  This means:
  • You need to budget a lot more for IP protection
  • Or, you need to decide early on that an idea is not worth protecting, you can no longer wait to act because you have the invention event documented.
  • How US patent law relates to foreign patent law has changed. And when foreign countries recognize a US patent has changed. If this impacts you, then get an understanding of it.
  • As always with anything legal, you need to get hold of your lawyer and discuss this with them.  As everyone goes down this path things will change, especially as everyone starts litigating. But in the long run, this should reduce litigation and make things simpler.  Just be aware of the change and adapt to it.

    Innovation Arizona Website: InnovationAZ.com

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    It is here.  And it is really well done.

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    Arizona has been a place where the pioneering spirit, innovation, and good old fashioned brain power could combine to make entrepreneurial successes.  But until now, the fact that Arizona is so spread out and that Arizonans tend to be so independent meant that there has been no single place to go to learn about what is going on, what is available, and who the players in this area are.

    With today’s launch of InnovationAZ.com that has changed.  After spending a some time delving through the pages I can tell you that the Arizona Commerce Authority has done a great job pulling this dynamic and changing community together in one place on the web. Sections include:

    • Programs for entrepreneurs
    • Resources for anyone involved in innovation
    • A review of the Tech Community in Arizona including who is here, what makes the state such a successful place for technology companies, and what industries thrive here.
    • A comprehensive guide to funding of all types that is available in the state

    Check it out, I already learned a thing or three I did not know before I scanned the sight. While you are at it check out the sister sites:  azaerospace.com and azsolarstate.com.

    2013 Cleantech Open Launch

    CleanTech Open LogoLast night was the kickoff gathering for the Rocky Mountain region of the Cleantech Open at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. It was a great gathering where all of the fantastic volunteers who run the event and provide mentoring get some much deserved recognition.

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    2013-Rocky-Mountain-Cleantech-Open-LaunchBetter yet, midnight was the official start for the 2013 Cleantech Open.  If you are involved in a Cleantech startup of any kind, or know someone who is, we strongly recommend that you apply to participate in this years competition. PADT is involved in a lot of startup organizations, accelerators, and incubators, and we have never seen an activity that adds so much value for their participants, giving those that make it through the process with a huge head start on success.

    Apply here

    Don’t know about the Cleantech Open? Here is a blurb from their website:

    The Cleantech Open provides entrepreneurs and technologists the resources needed to launch and create successful and sustainable clean technology companies. We do this through our accelerator programs which provide participants with training, mentoring, infrastructure, relationships and funding opportunities to help grow them into world-class cleantech companies.

    Since its inception in 2006, the Cleantech Open has awarded over $5 million in cash and services to support cleantech growth companies. The 727 participating companies in the Cleantech Open’s accelerator programs have raised more than $750 million in external capital.

    They also have a great video from last years finals that explains the value of the whole competition:

    PADT is very proud to be a regional sponsor and is looking forward to also volunteering throughout the year.

    If you have any interest in joining those that are using technology and capitalism to solve the mound of energy and environmental problems that we face, consider getting involved in the Cleantech Open.  You will not regret it.

    Colorado Cleantech Open Launch on Thursday, February 28, 2013

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    PADT is honored to be the sponsor for the Cleantech Startup Launch & Learn that is being held at the South Denver Chamber of Commerce.

    Here are the details:

    Come join us for refreshments and networking with the cleantech community at the South Denver Metro Chamber as we launch the Cleantech Open 2013 Business Accelerator in the Rocky Mountain Region.

    This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, volunteers and sponsors to learn more about the organization and help lead the Cleantech revolution in the Rockies.

    Overview of Evening:

    5:00 – Networking, Food and Beverages 

    6:00 – Overview of 2013 Cleantech Open 
           – Hear from Past Alumni 
           – 2012 Accomplishments & Volunteer Appreciation         

    It is FREE, but please register so they can get a good count and have a name tag ready for you:

    http://cleantechlaunch.eventbrite.com/

    Automated Intellectual Property Protection with Traklight

    traklight-logoEvery innovator faces the same problem: how do I make sure that I have protection for my Intellectual Property (IP).  Back “in the day” when I started in this world we wrote everything down in a numbered lab book and that was the record.  But these days we just never write anything down, it is all electronic.  Spending hours printing and pasting into a notebook just does not work.

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    Enter Traklight.  This is a portal for people with IP that needs to be protected, from at-home inventors to full sized companies.  We met the people behind the site through some mutual friends and had a sit down with them to understand what they were offering.  We were so impressed we thought it was definitely worth sharing.

    ID your IP

    There first offering is a wizard that… well I could write something or just quote their site:

    If you don’t know what Intellectual Property you possess, our ID Your IP questionnaire walks you through interactive questions and provides a Potential Intellectual Property report. If you want to identify your risk of losing your IP, take our IP Risk Quiz.

     IP Vault

    For an established company like PADT, we really like their IP Vault. This is a resource for organizing all your files with time stamps that help prove what you came up with, when you came up with it.  Not only does it organize and stamp your IP, it also stores it securely in the cloud so you do not have to worry about loosing it, or even if you do backups, you do not have to worry about moving it if you or your computer moves.  Very useful.

    IP Cloud

    As  a leader in modern IP protection, the folks at TrakLight.com have also stepped up and created a resource for people creating IP called IP-Cloud. There are some great links here, everything from lawyers to marketing companies to software developers.  PADT is even listed.

    Learn More

    The best way to learn about TrakLight.com is to visit their website at… you guessed it: http://www.traklight.com.

    You can also watch their cool video:

    Seven Case Studies on Product and Medical Device Development

    This morning we added the seventh case study highlighting some customer stories to PADT’s new website.  These short documents highlight a project that our product and medical device development teams worked on with a variety of customers, from Nissan to a medical device inventor. 

    You can view them under the Successes portion of our website, or browse the list below:

    Clearview Diagnostic TechnologyTHE WORLD’S FIRST AND ONLY FDA APPROVED TOTAL ARTIFICIAL HEART

    SynCardia has chosen to work with PADT based on their ability to develop close personal relationships, to create and implement engineering solutions rapidly, and to support SynCardia’s innovative drive for our life-saving technology” — Douglas A Nutter, COO, SynCardia Systems, Inc.

    SynCardia turned to PADT Medical to carry out a comprehensive series of product verification testing within a very challenging timeframe.  Continuous and successful collaboration between PADT and SynCardia professionals guaranteed the program’s success.

    READ FULL STORY

    Clearview Diagnostic TechnologyCLEARVIEW: A NOVEL MEDICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE

    “For the last 2 years we have worked with PADT to develop our ClearView technology. Their team has helped us with many aspects of product development and commercialization. They have been a very valuable asset and I would highly recommend them to any startup that needs to navigate the pathway to market.”— Tom Blondi, President, EPIC Research & Diagnostics

    From 2010 – 2012, PADT worked with EPIC to help them develop their ClearView diagnostic technology. PADT provided engineering, quality, manufacturing, and regulatory support. During this period, EPIC was able to raise over $6 million in private investment, achieve 510(k) submission, conduct a clinical trial at a Johns Hopkins affiliate with devices delivered by PADT, and transfer the product to manufacturing with a local contract manufacturer.

    READ FULL STORY

    High Pressure Hydrogen Pump A COMPACT HIGH PRESSURE HYDROGEN PUMP

    PADT has demonstrated strong concept creation and development testing abilities – and have done so with very short time schedules. PADT was in charge of a key component development for our Fuel Cell System, and accomplished it as planned. Owing to PADT’s challenging spirit, Nissan was able to lease the 2005 model FCV’s to some customers in the early period of 2006. In addition, Nissan has been able to continue the FCV leasing program for five years with PADT’s reliable support.— Arai Takayuki, Senior Manager, EV Systems Laboratory, Nissan Motor Company

    PADT worked with Nissan for 4 years to develop a high pressure, high performance hydrogen pump. We have now delivered over 200 working systems and have supported fielded vehicles since 2006.

    READ FULL STORY

    Germicical Light for Tracheal TubeGERMICIDAL LIGHT FOR ENDOTRACHEAL AND TRACHEOSTOMY TUBES

    The PADT experience was a positive one from my first phone conversation with them to the delivery of the end product. The engineers delivered a prototype that was exactly what I envisioned in a short 8 weeks. PADT will be my choice in the future.” — Bob Rife, R.R.T.

    In 8 short weeks PADT Medical transformed a recently patented invention into a functional prototype. This novel Endotracheal Tube includes a germicidal light to reduce the risk of pneumonia in patients requiring prolonged airway intubation. This device is a good example of PADT’s ability to quickly convert an inventors ideas into a working, functional prototype.

    READ FULL STORY

    Portable Fuel Cell Power SupplyPORTABLE FUEL CELL POWER SUPPLY

    PADT worked with PolyFuel for 18 months to develop a fuel cell based, laptop power supply that was powered from a methanol fuel stock. We started with a blank sheet and developed a POC system that included the fuel cell stack, all of the custom components and controls, and was hybridized with a Lithium-ion battery pack. During that period Polyfuel was able to raise Venture Capital to develop their product.

    READ FULL STORY

    Portable Fuel Cell Power SupplyCLINICAL SPECIMEN COLLECTION SYSTEM

    The ReadyFreezer will rapidly freeze biospecimens collected from any tissue, using any surgical retrieval device, and in any hospital or clinical setting to preserve key biomarkers.  This project took full advantage of PADT’s internal simulation and analysis capabilities as well as our in-house rapid prototyping services.

    READ FULL STORY

    Endoscopic Obesity Treatment ToolAN ENDOSCOPIC TOOL FOR THE TREATMENT OF OBESITY

    For the last 3 years I have worked with PADT Medical as a physician-inventor of medical devices. Their engineering team is professional, punctual, and responsible. Their management is exemplary. I recommend PADT Medical to any potential Client.— Charles J. Filipi M.D., Medical Director, SafeStitch Medical, Inc.

    In 2006, PADT was approached by a physician who had developed intellectual property that centered on endoscopic treatments for obesity and was founding a new company called SafeStich Medical. PADT served as SafeStitch’ engineering team for several years, developed a suite of related products, helped them achieve 510-k status on their first product, and supported their effort to build a permanent engineering organization. In June of 2010, SafeStitch raised $5 Million of capital to help commercialize their technologies.

    READ FULL STORY

    If you are interested in learning more about our Product Development team or PADT Medical, contact us and we will be more than happy to discuss your needs.