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Press Release: Concept Laser, Honeywell, and PADT Build Largest Additive Manufacturing Center in Southwest at Arizona State University
Posted on January 11, 2017, by: Eric MillerOn January 18th, ASU will officially Launch their Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub, the Largest Additive Manufacturing research and teaching center in the Southwestern US. PADT is proud to have partnered with ASU as well as with Concept Laser and Honeywell to get this important piece of the local manufacturing ecosystem started and to keep it growing. Located on the Polytechnic School at ASU in Mesa, Arizona, this facility is amazing. And you can see it for yourself, the public is invited to the launch on January 18th, 2017 at 9:00 am. ASU Polytechnic Dean Kyle Squires and the Director Ann McKenna will be speaking as will our very own Rey Chu, John Murray from Concept Laser, and Don Godfrey from Honeywell. Tours will follow. Learn more and register for this free event that will bring together the local 3D Printing community here. You can also learn more by reading the official press release from Concept Laser that outlines what the center does and the partnerships that make it possible:
Posted on January 10, 2017, by: Trevor Rubinoff
Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies Presents:
ANSYS Startup Program: The Significance of Simulation
Do you work for a startup of know someone who does?
PADT would like to invite you to attend our upcoming webinar in support of the ANSYS Startup Program.Click Here to register for this webinar
Posted on January 3, 2017, by: Eric MillerWelcome to 2017. We are all very excited about what we have planned for events this year. As we travel around the country, and the world, we hope to have to chance to meet many of you who follow PADT. 2017 will look a lot like 2016 except that, based on your feedback, we will be trying more on-line webinars and events. As always, contact us if you have any questions.
Launch of ASU Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub
01/18/17 ASU Polytenic Campus Mesa, AZ
|PADT will be on-hand at ASU Polytechnic school for the launch of ASU's new Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub. Stop by to see their new facilities and meet the students and staff along with partners like PADT that helped make it happen.|
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ANSYS Startup Program Webinar: The Significance of Simulation
|This seminar will discuss how ANSYS simulation software can be used by startups to shorten their time to market and reduce their manufacturing costs. We will discuss what simulation is and how to use it effectively, as well as go over the ANSYS Startup Program and how it gives early stage companies access to world class simulation.|
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Invited Speaker at the 2017 Arizona Science Bowl (High School Event)
01/28/17 ASU West Campus Glendale, AZ
|PADT's Dhruv Bhate, PhD will speak to students at the High School Science Bowl. This is a great event, and if you have never been, you should go. The level of technology and scientific rigour fo these Middle School and High School kids is amazing.|
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Tesla Test Drive at PADT
01/30/16 PADT Tempe Tempe, AZ
|Yes, you read that right. We will be inviting customers to come to PADT and see how the simulation and 3D Printing technologin we sell, support, and use is applied to advanced automotive systems - Cool Cars! Tesla Motors has been kind enough to partner with us to allow a select few the oportunity to test drive a Tesla. Look for your invite via email and register quickly, space is limited.|
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Press Release: New 3D Printing Support Cleaning Apparatus Features Large Capacity for Stratasys FDM Systems
Posted on November 17, 2016, by: Eric MillerBuilding on the worldwide success of previous products in the family, PADT has just released the new SCA 3600, a large capacity cleaning system for removing the support material from Stratasys FDM parts. This new system adds capacity and capability over the existing benchtop SCA-1200HT System. A copy of the press release is below. At the same time, we are also launching a new website for support removal: www.padtinc.com/supportremoval. The SCA 3600 can dissolve support from all the SST-compatible materials you use – ABS, PC, and nylon. A "no heat" option provides agitation at room temperature for the removal of Polyjet SUP706 material as well. The SCA 3600's versatility and efficient cleaning performance are built on the success of earlier models with all the features you have come to expect, in a larger and more capable model. Since the launch of the original SCA-1200 in 2008, PADT has successfully manufactured and supported the SCA family of products for users worldwide. Common requests from desktop SCA users were for a larger system for bigger parts, the ability to clean many parts at the same time, and the option to remove supports from PolyJet parts. The SCA 3600 is the answer: Faster, larger, and more capable. SCA 3600 Key Features are:
- Removes soluble support from ABS, PC, and nylon 3D printed FDM parts
- Removes soluble support from PolyJet 3D Printed parts
- User-selectable temperature presets at 50, 60, 70, and 85°C and "No Heat" for PolyJet
- User-controlled timer
- Uses cleaning solutions from Stratasys
- Unique spray nozzle optimizes flow coverage
- 230 VAC +/- 10%, 15A
- Whisper-quiet operation
- Includes rolling cart for easy movement, filling, and draining.
- Capacity: 27 gal / 102 L
- Size: 42.8" x 22.8" x 36.5"/ 1,086 x 578 x 927 mm
- 16” x 16” x 14” / 406 x 406 x 356 mm removable large parts basket
- Integral hinged lid and small part basket
- Stainless steel tub and basket
- Over temperature and water level alarms
- Automatic halt of operation with alarms
- Field replaceable sub-assemblies
- Regulatory Compliance: CE/cTUVus/RoHS/WEEE
Posted on November 16, 2016, by: Eric MillerIf 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.
Posted on October 28, 2016, by: Eric MillerThe verdict is in, if the company barq! actually existed they would have raised a lot of seed money yesterday. Members of the Phoenix area startup community gathered at PADT to try out a new idea: what if the experts who mentor and coach startups tried their hands at pitching a company? The result was fun, funny, and educational. Local incubators/accelerators CEI, Seed Spot, and Tallwave joined PADT in pitching a totally made up company, barqk! to a group of judges who are startup experts. We talked about poop, doggy depression, bessel functions, big data, valuations, and the cat revolt. In the end we ended up with four fantastic examples of how to pitch a company and how to answer questions from investors. One of the best parts was that every single team finished their pitch in the 10 minutes they were given, and they covered everything that needed to be covered. Yes, it can be done! And the winner is... The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI). Tom Schumann and Patti DuBois told a story, explained the product, and got across the value to the investors of the product . You can watch the recording of the presentations in the video below. Take some time to watch the pitches and get a feel for barqk!, and how different organizations approach telling the story and more importantly, attracting investors. The audience noticed that each team had a unique take that represented their strengths. https://youtu.be/dtNUkraKhqo Our judges were Jim Goulka from Arizona Technology Investors, Christie Kerner from ASU, Carine Dieude of Altima Business Solutions, and Linda Capcara with TechTHiNQ, and they did a fantastic job, especially with keeping a straight face when the contestants responded with some very inventive responses. Their contribution was important. If you are interested in doing a similar event, here is some background information: Rules:
- Each team gets a copy of the angel group funding application and a logo.
- Each team gets 10 minutes to pitch
- The judges have up to 5 minutes to ask questions
- The other presenters can listen in
- PowerPoint slides are allowed
- Some variation from the company application is allowed for humor or to fill gaps, but everyone should stick to the same basic material
Press Release: PADT Co-founder and Principal, Eric Miller, Elected to Arizona Technology Council Board of Directors
Posted on October 26, 2016, by: Eric MillerWe are pleased to announce that PADT's contribution to the technology community was recognized with the election of one of the owners to the Arizona Technology Council Board of Directors. Please read the press release below to learn more. This honor will allow us to increase our involvement with the Arizona Technology Council and help where we can to add even more value to this great orginization. If you have any questions about the AZTC or how you can get more involved in the state's dynamic technology community, contact us or come to our open house this Thursday (10/27/2016), Nerdtoberfest. Official copies of the press release can be found in HTML and PDF.
Posted on October 24, 2016, by: Trevor Rubinoff
As it progresses, we here at PADT would like to share some examples of companies working within the five topics that this campaign focuses on (Advanced Electrification, Machine & Fuel Efficiency, Effective Lightweighting, Thermal Optimization, and Aerodynamic Design) in order to give you a better idea as to how they can be applied within the industry.
Machine & Fuel Efficiency - Volvo States Up to 50% Fuel Efficiency Gain Possible with Prototype Electric Hybrid Loader
During its Xploration Forum in Eskilstuna, Sweden last week, Volvo Construction Equipment gave customers, the international press, government representatives and academics an exclusive look at the prototype LX1 electric hybrid machine, which can deliver up to a 50% improvement in fuel efficiency.Want to learn more? Click Here for more information on how ANSYS simulation software can benefit companies working in the field of Machine & Fuel Efficiency. Join PADT in exploring the impact of breakthrough energy innovation as well as how ANSYS simulation solutions can be used to help combat the challenges that this area presents. Fill out the registration form to receive additional information on each topic, along with updates regarding the release of various webinars as the campaign progresses.
Posted on October 19, 2016, by: Eric MillerThe teams are set, the judges have confirmed. Details on the fake company has been shared. It is time to see how the professionals pitch a tech startup. The area's best startup incubators and accelerators are facing off in this head to head competition to take home the awesome Unicorn Cup and bragging rights. The teams are:
Thomas Schumann and Patti DuBois from CEI Nate Mortenson from Tallwave Wiley Larson from ASU Lauren McDannel and John Johnson from Seed SpotOur distinguished panel of judges consists of
Rebel Brown of Cognoscenti Carine Dieudé of Altima Business Solutions Jim Goulka of ATI Christie Kerner of ASU David McCaleb of ATIPerfect 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. The event is part of PADT's Nerdtoberfest celebration of engineering and manufacturing in Arizona, and takes place from 4:30-6:00 on Thursday, October 27th at our Tempe offices. Everyone is invited! We will have an overflow area set up if we get more than can fit in our seminar room where you can watch live. We will also be streaming the event live to the world (watch this blog and social media for the link). If seeing the best of the best pitch is not enough, here is some info about our fictitious Company: barqk! At barqk!, we deploy the latest cloud based machine learning and big data algorithms to convert your dog’s barking into words on your mobile device so that you can understand your pet’s needs, if they are sick, and be made aware of danger. Dog owners face significant problems communicating with their pets. Although you can train a dog to obey commands, the dog cannot tell it’s owners what it needs or wants. This leads to significant stress for the owner and may lead to death when the animal cannot communicate an obvious and present danger. Barqk! has created a cloud connected wearable device for dogs that records their barking and uses machine learning and big data algorithms to convert dog-speak into human-speak. The translated words are sent via text or through our app to the owner’s phone. Initially the owners provide feedback to the network, and the responses of all owners to every dog’s bark are collected as big data then fed through our proprietary algorithms that use Bessel functions and advanced machine learning approximations to develop a consensus on what a given bark means. Over time a translation for each dog will be developed and we expect 87% accuracy.
Posted on October 19, 2016, by: Eric MillerWhat do you get when you combine a motivated student leader, enthusiastic classmates, a worldwide online community, and the latest 3D Printing technology from Stratasys? You give children around the world a cool way to hold things again. That is what happened when high school student Rahul Jayaraman of Basis Chandler decided to take part in a project called Enabling The Future. They describe themselves as "A global network of passionate volunteers using 3D Printing to give the world a 'helping hand'" by designing a wide variety of prosthetic hands for kids that can be printed and assembled by volunteers. Local news station, KSAZ FOX 10 Phoenix stopped by PADT while we were printing three hands in our Stratasys FORTUS 450 to interview Rahul and talk to us about the project. It gives a great summary: And Channel 3, KTVK, came to the assembly event at Basis Chandler:> azfamily.com 3TV | Phoenix Breaking News, Weather, Sport As did Channel 12, KPNX: 3D Printing is a fantastic technology for one simple reason, it enables almost anyone to manufacture parts. All you need is a good design. And that is where the people at Enabling the Future come in. Check out their website to see some great examples of how their volunteer work changes so many lives. Have a box of tissue handy if you watch the videos... This is how the project works. A leader like Rahul takes the initiative to sign up for the project. He then chooses which of the many designs he wants to make. For this first go around, he picked a general design from Thingiverse called the Raptor Reloaded. Next they needed the hardware you could not 3D Print - screws springs, velcro, and bits and pieces that hold the design together. For this they needed to raise $25 per hand so Rahul was given the opportunity to learn how to raise money, a very useful skill. PADT's Dhruv Bhate and the rest of our 3D Printing team worked with Rahul to get the design just right and then 3D Print the hands. That will be done this week and this weekend the next phase will take place. Rahul and a large number of his classmates from Basis Chandler will get together at the school this weekend to put thirty or so hands together. They will then box them up and another volunteer group, www.HandChallenge.com, will ship them to kids in the developing world that need them. Here is a video from Tom Fergus from Fox10 showing a closeup of the hand in action: Nerdtoberfest as well as an update when we get feedback from the distribution of the hands.
Posted on October 14, 2016, by: Eric MillerWhat if a group of tech startup experts all pitched the same company, the goal being to show the best way to do a pitch? That is what PADT's Pitch Perfect is about. We are asking some of Arizona's most talented investors, entrepreneurs, and mentors to volunteert where they can show the right way to pitch a technology startup. And the best presenters will receive the incredible "Unicorn Cup" award - a fine work of craftsmanship handcrafted in a foreign land. This event is part of our Nerdtoberfest celebration on October 27th, 2016 and will be from 4:30-6:00, right before our open house. So far CEI has stepped up as a competitor, and we are looking for 3 more experienced people to take the challenge. We will have four teams have 10 minutes each to present the company, followed by 5 minutes of questions from the judges. Each company gets the same Angel Funding application for the company: Barqk! - Let your dog speak. Anyone can attend and we will be streaming the presentations live. Just register for our Nerdtoberfest, www.padtinc.com/nerdtoberfest, if you would like to attend. We are still looking for Judges and presenters, so email Eric Miller (email@example.com) if you are interested in volunteering for either.
Posted on October 13, 2016, by: Eric MillerIf you work in tech you probably hear the phrase “The Cloud” almost every day. It is a useful buzzword because it shortly and concisely creates an image that represents a critical enabler for much of the breakthrough and disruptive technology that is headed our way. In "The Cloud, the other enabler for what is next" I take a look at what is going on and how it is impacting technology across the board.
Posted on October 11, 2016, by: Trevor RubinoffAs it progresses, we here at PADT would like to share some examples of companies working within the five topics that this campaign focuses on (Advanced Electrification, Machine & Fuel Efficiency, Effective Lightweighting, Thermal Optimization, and Aerodynamic Design) in order to give you a better idea as to how they can be applied within the industry.
Want to learn more? Click Here for more information on how ANSYS simulation software can benefit companies working in the field of Advanced Electrification.
Join PADT in exploring the impact of breakthrough energy innovation as well as how ANSYS simulation solutions can be used to help combat the challenges that this area presents. Fill out the registration form to receive additional information on each topic, along with updates regarding the release of various webinars as the campaign progresses.
Posted on October 11, 2016, by: Eric MillerThe best party in town for engineering and manufacturing is PADT's annual open house, and this year we are making it better with Nerdtoberfest. We are inviting more partners and customers to join us to celebrate all that the state has to offer for those of us who make our living making things. Take a tour, meet new people, learn about what is new. Just join us! We expect between 200 and 300 people. Read on to learn more or register here.
The Basic Details
- October 27th, 2016
- Metal 3D Printing Seminar: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
- Perfect Pitch Competition - Watch some of the best tech startup mentors in town show how to pitch a company, and win the "Unicorn Cup": 4:30 - 6:00 pm
- Open House: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
- 7755 S Research Dr, Suite 110, Tempe, AZ 85284
- 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
- Engineers, manufacturers, makers, teachers, innovators, inventors, suppliers
- Those who are interested in and of the above or just like being around smart people
- Our Sponsors include: the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), Arizona Technology Council, RevAZ, Arizona Commerce Authority, Mesa Community College and AzAMI, and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)