Apps have been around for almost 10 years now (I know!) and when you take a step back and look at them, they often reflect the thinking of those early days. That is “Why it may be time to rethink how we think about apps” if your tech company uses apps in any way. The post talks about what makes a good app and what we should be looking for as what is next in mobile applications.
Cutting corners rarely pays off, and that is especially true in product development when you skimp on physical or virtual prototyping. In “Why accurate prototypes are important to product development success” I take a look at why accurate prototyping is so important, with some real world lesson learned as examples.
It’s all the rage. “Big Data!” fixes everything. There is a lot of hype around the value of knowing so much about so many things. The problem is very few people have figured out what to do with that data. But leading technology companies like GE are using a proven tool to get value from all that great data. In “How do you get value out of Big Data? Simulation!” I look at how numerical simulation can be used to create digital twins of what your products are doing in the real world, delivering huge benefits today.
PADT’s Manager of Human Resources, Lara Maack contributed a fantastic post to Forbes’ “Grads of LifeVoice” blog with her observations on how young employees in tech can improve their careers. In “Ask Not What Your Career Can Do For You, Ask What You Can Do For Your Career” she outlines ten basic steps every young tech worker can take to make the most out of what they have. If you are millennial in the workforce or deal with millennials, it is a useful read.
Not only is it a great article, but PADT’s very own Clinton, Patrick, and Stephen made it in the pictures of PADT’s representative “young employees”
Let’s be honest, the mouse and keyboard are outdated interface methods that serve us well, but voice recognition is pretty dang awesome and efficient. In “Voice recognition, the new thing in computing” I write an entire post using voice recognition about the pros and cons of voice recognition. That is almost meta. Please enjoy, it was a fun one to do.
I’ve had enough. The destruction of facts and truth in public and business is not acceptable. The Phoenix Business Journal has allowed me a nice big soap box to rant from as a guest this week on their regular “My View” feature.
Usually I don’t make a direct apeal for anyone to read my musing, let alone share it. Now I am asking you to read “My View: Tech leaders need to take a stand for facts and truth” and if it resonates with you, please share it with others. I believe what I said:
“So what can we do? We must dig our heals in and challenge misinformation, or at least demand supporting facts. We cannot back down when those we call to task use bluster and misdirection to avoid answering our challenge. Call them out on their tactics, don’t accept lies, don’t stoop to their level of name calling, stick to the facts, and stay on topic.”
Thank you for your consideration.
Usually getting coffee is just getting coffee, but a recent trip turned into some deep thoughts on user interface design. “Um, the coffee machine needs more water and 5 rules to improve your user interface design game” explains my encounter with the office caffeine dispenser as well as five key rules that everyone should follow when developing a user interface for a product.
It seems like the trend these days is for large companies to not do R&D in house. Instead the let StartUps develop innovation and then buy it when the market proves it out. I had to ask myself “Is acquiring disruptive innovation good for everyone?” I don’t think it is and explain why in this week’s blog post.
We have a problem. At some point it become not just OK, but prefered to count on amateurs to tackle difficult problems. In politics and in business it is a trend to go with people who have no background and no experience. Seeing the results, I a not a fan. In “When did we start thinking amateurs were a good idea?” I look at this disturbing reality, why it is a bad idea, and offer some suggestions on turning things around.
Metal AM Magazine publishes an article by PADT!
Our 10-page article on “Modeling the Mechanical Behavior of Cellular Structures for Additive Manufacturing” was published in the Winter 2016 edition of the Metal AM magazine. This article represents a high-level summary of the different challenges and approaches in addressing the modeling specific aspects of cellular structures, along with some discussion of the design, manufacturing and implementation aspects associated with AM.
Click HERE for link to the entire magazine, our article starts on page 51. Digital editions are free to download. Swing by PADT in the new year to pick up a hard copy or look for it at our table when you visit us at trade shows.
To stay in touch with the latest developments at the intersection of AM and Cellular Structures, connect with me on LinkedIn, where I typically post 1-2 blog posts every month on this, or related subjects in Additive Manufacturing.
A bit of a twist for this weeks Phoenix Busines Journal blog post… “How far away are we from 3D Printing the androids on ‘Westworld?‘” In discussing this great new reboot of a classic, and yet another fantastic cautionary tale from Michael Crhichton, a couple people started wondering how far off the tech in the show is. The answer, well you will have to read the article.
The state of Arizona has made some great strides in creating a vibrant and growing startup community. Only a few things are missing and the big one right now is that “The Arizona startup market needs bridge funding for growth” Check out the article to get my feelings on the topic, what our problems are and how we can fix them.
A few years back PADT turned one of our training courses into a book, and even though it is about an obscure programming language for a software product that is only known to our industry, it has done well. In “Publishing your own book, technology makes it easy” I review how truly easy and affordable on-demand self publishing can be. You can see the book here “Introduction to the ANSYS Parametric Design Language – Second Edition”
Our work on 3D printed honeycomb modeling that started as a Capstone project with students from ASU in September 2015 (described in a previous blog post), was published in a peer-reviewed paper released last week in the proceedings of the SFF Symposium 2016. The full title of the paper is “A Validated Methodology for Predicting the Mechanical Behavior of ULTEM-9085 Honeycomb Structures Manufactured by Fused Deposition Modeling“. This was the precursor work that led to a us winning an 18-month award to pursue this work further with America Makes.
Download the whole paper at the link below:
ULTEM-9085 has established itself as the Additive Manufacturing (AM) polymer of choice for end-use applications such as ducts, housings, brackets and shrouds. The design freedom enabled by AM processes has allowed us to build structures with complex internal lattice structures to enhance part performance. While solutions exist for designing and manufacturing cellular structures, there are no reliable ways to predict their behavior that account for both the geometric and process complexity of these structures. In this work, we first show how the use of published values of elastic modulus for ULTEM-9085 honeycomb structures in FE simulation results in 40- 60% error in the predicted elastic response. We then develop a methodology that combines experimental, analytical and numerical techniques to predict elastic response within a 5% error. We believe our methodology is extendable to other processes, materials and geometries and discuss future work in this regard.
If you spend time in the Southwest startup community you here a lot of complaining about not enough seed money. In “The startup ecosystem cries of despair: ‘There’s no seed money‘” I share my perspective that tight markets make for smarter investments.