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Press Release: PADT Awarded U.S. Army Phase I SBIR Grant for Combustor Geometry Research Using 3D Printing, Simulation, and Product Development
Posted on August 15, 2019, by: Eric Miller
We are pleased to announce that the US Army has awarded PADT a Phase I SBIR Grant to explore novel geometries for combustor cooling holes. This is our 15th SBIR/STTR win.
We are excited about this win because it is a project that combines Additive Manufacturing, CFD and Thermal Simulation, and Design in one project. And to make it even better, the work is being done in conjunction with our largest customer, Honeywell Aerospace.
We look forward to getting started on this first phase where we will explore options and then applying for a larger Phase II grant to conduct more thorough simulation then build and test the options we uncover in this phase.
If you have any needs to explore new solutions or new geometries using Additive Manufacturing or applying advanced simulation to drive new and unique designs, please contact us at 480.813.4884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PADT Awarded U.S. Army Phase I SBIR Grant for Combustor Geometry Research Using 3D Printing, Simulation, and Product Development
The Project Involves the Development of Sand-Plugging Resistant Metallic Combustor Liners
TEMPE, Ariz., August 15, 2019 ─ In recognition of its continued excellence and expertise in 3D printing, simulation, and product development, PADT announced today it has been awarded a $107,750 U.S. Army Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. With the support of Honeywell Aerospace, PADT’s research will focus on the development of gas turbine engine combustor liners that are resistant to being clogged with sand. The purpose of this research is to reduce downtime and improve the readiness of the U.S. Army’s critical helicopters operating in remote locations where dirt and sand can enter their engines.
“PADT has supported advanced research in a wide variety of fields which have centered around various applications of our services,” said Eric Miller, co-founder and principal, PADT. “We’re especially proud of this award because it requires the use of our three main areas of expertise, 3D printing, simulation and product development. Our team is uniquely capable of combining these three disciplines to develop a novel solution to a problem that impacts the readiness of our armed forces.”
The challenge PADT will be solving is when helicopters are exposed to environments with high concentrations of dust, they can accumulate micro-particles in the engine that clog the metal liner of the engine’s combustor. Combustors are where fuel is burned to produce heat that powers the gas turbine engine. To cool the combustor, thousands of small holes are drilled in the wall, or liner, and cooling air is forced through them. If these holes become blocked, the combustor overheats and can be damaged. Blockage can only be remedied by taking the engine apart to replace the combustor. These repairs cause long-term downtime and significantly reduce readiness of the Army’s fleets.
PADT will design various cooling hole geometries and simulate how susceptible they are to clogging using advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation tools. Once the most-promising designs have been identified through simulation, sample coupons will be metal 3D printed and sent to a test facility to verify their effectiveness. Additionally, PADT will experiment with ceramic coating processes on the test coupons to determine the best way to thermally protect the 3D printed geometries.
“When we developed new shapes for holes in the past, we had no way to make them using traditional manufacturing,” said Sina Ghods, principal investigator, PADT. “The application of metal additive manufacturing gives PADT an opportunity to create shapes we could never consider to solve a complex challenge for the U.S. Army. It also gives us a chance to demonstrate the innovation and growth of the 3D printing industry and its applications for harsh, real-world environments.”
Honeywell joined PADT to support this research because it is well aligned with the company’s Gas Turbine Engine products. The outcome of this research has the potential to significantly improve the performance of the company’s engines operating in regions with high dust concentrations.
This will be PADT’s 15th SBIR/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award since the company was founded in 1994. In August 2018, the company, in partnership with Arizona State University, was awarded a $127,000 STTR Phase I Grant from NASA to accelerate biomimicry research, the study of 3D printing objects that resemble strong and light structures found in nature such as honeycombs or bamboo.
To learn more about PADT and its advanced capabilities, please visit www.padtinc.com.
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 3D Printing 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, Austin, Texas, and Murray, Utah, as well as through staff members located around the country. More information on PADT can be found at www.PADTINC.com.
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Posted on July 11, 2019, by: Eric Miller
As we shared in our recent press release, PADT was invited to be one of nine companies presenting at the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Cleantech Challenge. We happily spent the day at the Colorado Governor's mansion talking and learning about how to make the road transportation of goods with large and small vehicles cleaner and more efficient. As one of nine companies presenting, PADT talked about our custom blower technology for hydrogen fuel cells.
We want to thank both the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) for hosting such an informative event. We were able to meet people from across the energy and learn about their needs, and give them an opportunity to learn more about PADT.
You can find their blog post here.
Here are some pictures describing how our day went.
The building and grounds at the Colorado Governor's Mansion are truly beautiful. We spent most of the day in the carriage house in the garden... which I failed to get a picture of.
It was a packed day as can be seen from the agenda. And the list of sponsors was fantastic. We were able to talk with key industry visionaries for more efficient and cleaner commercial vehicle fleets.
One of my favorite things about the site were these very cool napkins they gave us. Nice seal. And, "Executive Residence" sounds so much classier than "the Gov's House"
We spent most of our day in the green room where they gave us wifi, coffee, power, and a flat surface. So Rob and I set up a portable office. The three blowers we brought with us helped decorate the place.
We can's share the full presentation, but we can discuss some key slides. They gave us 10 minutes to talk about our solution, then 10 for questions.
The problem is fairly simple. People designing stacks need custom blower solutions because of the hydrogen and the pressure/flow requirements on the air side of a hydrogen fuel cell.
PADT's proven solution is to design custom blowers to meet very specific needs.
In the end, we just wanted to know that we are excited to see that Hydrogen fuel cells are seeing a resurgence, our blowers are perfect for most applications, and that we would love connections to people who need our solution.
When we were done we went inside the house. Room after room was stunning.
We gave a 2-minute short presentation with this great view behind us.
A great day where we met a lot of great people from around the country. Sadly, PADT didn't win the competition. The truth is that the challenge was for new and disruptive technology and we talked about proven and enabling solutions. Useful to the sponsors, but not what they were looking for when handing out prizes.
Visiting Colorado in the summer is always a nice break for those of us from Phoenix. We hope to participate in this and related events in the future.
If you have any needs for air our hydrogen blowers for your fuel cell, or any complex engineering for your product, please contact us and we would love to learn how we can help.
Posted on July 9, 2019, by: Eric Miller
The past is a tricky thing to remember. When we started preparing for PADT's 25th anniversary celebration we spent a lot of time thinking about the past, about our journey from an idea to the thriving business we are today. And one though kept coming back to us, "we really should have captured and stored more."
We can't change that past but we can preserve our history for the future with a Time Capsule. On July 1st of 2019, we took 49 items and crammed them into a sealed box that we embedded into the wall of PADT's Tempe headquarters.
You can see a list of all the items at the bottom of this post. Some of the highlights are a copy of our different business card designs over the past 25 years, a collection of PADT logo'd shirts, bits and pieces from our SCA product, parts from various fuel cell blowers, samples of 3D Printed parts, and some old manuals. We also included a collection of tech from the past 25 years including four cell phones of various types.
The most interesting object we stored from our perspective was a binder with documents and images from the past 25 years. Here are some of the items in that binder that are interesting today:
|A timeline of PADT Business Cards over the past 25 years. We did think they looked cool back then.|
|We didn't take any early photos, but we do have pictures of most of our employee for almost every year since 2000.|
|Our first report to a customer was a stress analysis for a sprinkler valve housing.|
|Our staff took a look at the way things were in 1994 and in 2019. Technology, politics, entertainment, and news. A great look back at then and now.|
It was a lot of fun gathering the items and thinking about the impact they all had on PADT over the years.
On Monday we crammed it all in and sealed it up. In 25 years, July 1, 2044, PADT employees, customers, and partners of the future will open it up to see what is inside. That is not too far into the future and with luck, many of us will be around to witness it.
We wonder what they will make of our past, some of which will be fifty years old by then. Will they laugh? Or scratch their head wondering what the heck a cell phone was? We can't wait to find out.
List of Items in PADT's Time Capsule
|1||First official printed PADT Brochure|
|2||Business Card designs - 1994 to present|
|3||Service Partnership Guide - 2000 ver. 1|
|4||Employee Handbook 2019|
|5||Business Journal - Issue: March 1, 2019|
|6||Eric's Honeywell Contractor Badge (2000) - Transition period from Allied Signal to Honeywell|
|7||One of the early company polo shirts - Late 1990's|
|8||PADT Baseball Jersey - 2011 Company Photo|
|9||2014 PADT 20th Anniversary t-shirt|
|10||25th Anniversary paper "Swag Bag" - Pen (bamboo), Mousepad (retreaded tire), Sticky Pad, Anniversary t-shirt|
|11||PADT Cap - our most popular swag item. Given to customers and employees started placing in photos of their world travels.|
|12||Ruler giveaways - Clear acrylic from Gilbert office days (1990's) / White magnetic 6" from the mid-2010's|
|13||YoYo - PADT's first swag item - distributed at the Ansys Worldwide User Conference|
|14||Brass PADT logo used for Service Awards (mid-2000's)|
|15||15th PADT Anniversary Cup|
|16||PADT flash drive - 8 GB. Given to customers pre-loaded with files and also blank ones included in our New Hire Kit|
|17||SCA 1200 Users Manual - 2012 rev 3|
|18||SCA Pump Assembly|
|20||APDL Guide - written by the Tech Support Team (2nd Edition) 1st Edition was 2010|
|21||Ansys 5.2 Complete Software Package - 1996|
|22||Cathode air blower housing for fuel cell in municipal buses|
|23||Mixed flow impeller for fuel cell in municipal buses|
|24||Radial Impeller - cathode air blower for fuel cell powered aircraft application|
|25||Roots Blower Rotor - cathode air delivery for a fuel cell|
|26||Regenerative flow impeller - Hydrogen Recycle Blower for fuel cell car|
|27||Fuel Cell Test Block circa 2003 while Rob Rowan was at ASM. History Unknown.|
|28||OrthoSensor - knee replacement alignment sensor designed and developed by PADT|
|29||The Spot - personal location and communication device designed by PADT, which talks directly to a satellite. Case Study Included.|
|30||SLS model of Ward Rand's heel. Broken from ladder fall. (2001)|
|31||3D Printed Business Card|
|32||FDM part - Roots Blower Housing - designed by Eric Miller. (1999)|
|33||SLA part - Ryobi Weed Wacker spool (1997)|
|34||Protoype Diffuser in a compressor - designed for the Air Force Research Lab|
|35||PolyJet demo part - the introduction of water PolyJet using various materials printed simultaneously|
|36||PolyJet employee name tag printed for 25th Anniversary event|
|37||First 3D Metal printed part. We were the beta test. (2001)|
|38||Pro-Engineer Manual (1997) - PADT's first CAD package|
|39||Event photo posters made to commemorate PADT25 - originals are 24"x36", gallery framed and hung in office|
|40||3" Floppy Disk with Honeywell Ansys Thermal Model files (1996)|
|41||CD Rom - Honeywell Impeller Stress & Vibration Analysis (2002)|
|42||Materialise - Early version of software used to send parts to SLA Machine (1999'ish)|
|43||Motorola i530 Nextel Flip Phone - iDEN's original Push-To-Talk walkie, speakerphone, voice dialing (2004)|
|44||PADT's first Smart Phone - Blackberry 71001 / International with internet access (2005)|
|45||Rey's Blackberry Curve 8310 (2007)|
|46||An employee's old iPhone 6 (2014)|
|47||Macintosh IIVX (Photo) - PADT’s original computer. It was used to create early brochures, design the PADT logo, write letters and reports, and ran our first accounting system for many years.|
|48||Binder of documents|
|49||Team Building Event t-shirts - 2014 & 2015|
Press Release: 2019 Commercial Vehicle Cleantech Challenge Selects PADT to Showcase Fuel Cell Blower Technology
Posted on June 26, 2019, by: Eric Miller
Last week we were pleased to learn that we were selected to present our fuel cell blower technology at the Commercial Vehicle Cleantech Challenge in Denver, Colorado on July 10th. This is a great opportunity for us to share the solutions we developed for the military, automotive applications, and buses to the trucking industry. Many manufacturers of long-haul commercial trucks are looking at hybrid solutions that combine electrical drives, batteries, and hydrogen fuel cells to create zero-emission vehicles that do not require charging.
To learn more, take a look at the press release below and watch PADT's news feed to see if we won against some pretty prestigious competition.
If you are interested in how PADT can help you solve your customer pump, blower, turbine, and fan needs, please contact us today.
2019 Commercial Vehicle Cleantech Challenge Selects PADT to Showcase Fuel Cell Blower Technology
Major Automotive OEM’s, UTC Power and Several Government Organizations Have All Used Fuel Cell Blower Technology Developed by PADT
TEMPE, Ariz., June 27, 2019 ─ PADT, a globally recognized provider of numerical simulation, product development, and 3D printing products and services, today announced it has been selected as a finalist and to present its innovative fuel cell blower technology at the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Cleantech Challenge (CVCC) presented by the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) and North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE). The showcase event will be held on July 10, 2019, at the Governor's Residence in Denver, Colorado.
“As a company who’s a proud supporter and supplier to organizations involved in the green- and cleantech space, it’s an honor to be selected to present at this event,” said Eric Miller, co-founder and principal, PADT. “We look forward to showcasing PADT’s solutions and demonstrating our history of excellence in the hydrogen fuel cell sector.”
PADT will be joined by event partners Toyota, Kenworth, Schneider, UPS, Xcel Energy, and Great Dane as well as trucking industry strategic investors, technology experts and industry environmental directors interested in technologies that can be deployed into their operations. According to a press release from CCIA, program partners reviewed submissions, vetted applicants and ultimately selected eight finalists, including PADT, to present.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology has resurged in use in recent years and PADT remains one of the few companies with deep experience developing custom fuel cell accessory solutions for the transportation industry.
“The unique requirements of providing pressurized hydrogen and air to high-efficiency fuel-cells require custom solutions which operate at the proper pressure and flow, can deal with the safety issues presented by working with hydrogen, and operate with extremely high efficiency,” said Rob Rowan, director of engineering, PADT. “PADT is one of the few companies in the world with the experience and technical know-how to meet these needs."
PADT has developed fuel cell blower technology solutions for a number of major automotive OEMs, UTC Power, and several government research organizations. The company’s fuel cell blower technology is still in use today by buses in Oakland, Calif., ten years after being installed.
For more information on PADT’s expertise in cleantech, please visit its alternative energy page here or contact us at 480.813.4884 or email@example.com
PADT is an engineering product and services company that focuses on helping customers who develop physical products by providing Numerical Simulation, Product Development, and 3D Printing 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, Austin, Texas, and Murray, Utah, as well as through staff members located around the country. More information on PADT can be found at www.PADTINC.com.
Posted on June 5, 2019, by: Eric Miller
When they walk into PADT's main office in Tempe, Arizona, the first thing most people notice is our "wall-o-patents." Over the years, PADT employees have been named on 43 patents. They range from fuel cell membranes to silicon wafer coating to a slew of medical devices. When we received notification that staff members were listed as co-inventor on two patients with numbers over 10,000,000 we thought it was a good excuse to celebrate the years of contributions our engineers have made.
The rich collection highlights the diversity of industries we work on and the ingenuity of our staff. When the companies who own the Intellectual Property (IP) represented on that wall came to PADT looking for assistance with research, development, troubleshooting, and testing of their products they found a partner that did more than carry out tasks. PADT collaborated with them to create novel solutions and approaches that resulted in IP.
You can view all of our patents on our wall... or on our patent page here.
We want to say thank you to our staff and our customers for letting us be part of their innovation.
Posted on May 21, 2019, by: Eric Miller
Legacy Presentation Series:
The experts at PADT are often asked to speak at conferences around the country, even around the world. This is a great opportunity for us to present what we do and share what we know. The downside is that we only reach the people in the room. The solve this, we are going back and presenting past live seminars at our desks and recording them on BrightTalk. This is the second of those recordings. To find others go to our BrightTalk Channel
Fear can be an incredible motivator, especially in a small and growing business. This talk, originally presented at Phoenix Startup Week in 2018, goes over how being scared can be a good thing.
View the presentation here:
Posted on May 20, 2019, by: Trevor Rubinoff
Posted on May 8, 2019, by: Trevor Rubinoff
The result of over four years of testing, the Stratasys V650 Flex delivers high quality outputs unfailingly, time after time. More than 75,000 hours of collective run time have gone into the V650 Flex; producing more than 150,000 parts in its refinement.
Upgrade to the Stratasys V650 Flex 3D Stereolithography printer and you can add game-changing advances in speed, accuracy and reliability to the established capabilities of Stereolithography. Create smooth-surfaced prototypes, master patterns, large concept models and investment casting patterns more quickly and more precisely than ever.
In partnership with DSM, Stratasys have configured, pre-qualified and fine-tuned a four-strong range of resins specifically to maximize the productivity, reliability and efficiency of the V650 Flex 3D printer. Create success with thermoplastic elastomers, polyethylene, polypropylene and ABS:
Next-generation stereolithography resins, ideal for investment casting patterns.
Stereolithography accuracy with the look, feel and performance of thermoplastic.
For applications needing strong, stiff, high-heat-resistant composites. Great detail resolution
A clear solution delivering ABS and PBT-like properties for stereolithography.
Thanks to reduced downtime and increased workflow, the Stratasys V650 Flex prints through short power outages, and if you ever need to re-start, you can pick up exactly where you left off. Years of testing have helped deliver not only the stamina to run and run, but also low maintenance needs and high efficiency. To make life even easier, the V650 Flex runs on 110V power, with no need to switch to a 220V power source.
For ease of use, every V650 Flex comes with a user-friendly, touch-enabled interface developed in parallel with SolidView build preparation software. This software contains smart power controls and an Adaptive Power Mode for automated adjustment of laser power, beam size and scan speeds for optimum build performance.
The V650 Flex also comes equipped with adjustable beam spot sizes from 0.005” to 0.015” that enhance control, detail, smoothness and accuracy. With more precise printing comes better informed decision-making and better chances of success. You have twice the capacity and, to ease workflow further, this production-based machine provides a large VAT for maximum output (build volume 20”W x 20”D x 23”H) and interchangeable VATs.
Through partnering with Stratasys and Stereolithography now comes with an invaluable component: peace of mind. The V650 Flex is backed by the end-to-end and on-demand service and world-class support that is guaranteed with Stratasys. Any field issues get fixed fast, and their 30 years’ experience in 3D printing enable us to help you do more than ever, more efficiently.
Discover how you can work with advanced efficiency thanks to the all new Stratasys V650 Flex.
Contact the industry experts at PADT via the link below for more information:
All Things ANSYS 035 – The History of ANSYS: An Interview with Dr. John Swanson, author of the original program & founder of ANSYS Inc.
Posted on April 22, 2019, by: Trevor Rubinoff
Posted on April 10, 2019, by: Pam WatermanIf you’ve been thinking of trying out Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber (12CF) to replace aluminum tooling or create strong end-use parts, do it! All the parts we’ve built here at PADT have shown themselves to be extremely strong and durable and we think you should consider evaluating this material. Nylon 12CF filament consists of black Nylon 12 filled with chopped carbon fibers; it currently runs on the Stratasys Fortus 380cf, Fortus 450 and Fortus 900 FDM systems when set up with the corresponding head/tip configuration. (The chopped fiber behavior requires a hardened extruder and the chamber runs at a higher temperature.) We’ve run it on our Fortus 450 and found with a little preparation you get excellent first-part-right results. With Nylon 12CF, fiber alignment is in the direction of extrusion, producing ultimate tensile strength of 10,960 psi (XZ orientation) and 4,990 psi (ZX orientation), with tensile modulus of 1,100 ksi (XZ) and 330 ksi (ZX). By optimizing your pre-processing and build approach, you can create parts that take advantage of these anisotropic properties and display behavior similar to that of composite laminates.
Best Practices for Successful Part ProductionFollow these steps to produce best-practice Nylon 12CF parts:
- Part set-up in Insight or GrabCAD Print software:
- If the part has curves that need a smooth surface, such as for use as a bending tool, orient it so the surface in question builds vertically. Also, set up the orientation to avoid excess stresses in the z-direction.
- The Normal default build-mode selection works for most parts unless there are walls thinner than 0.2 inches/0.508 mm; for these, choose Thin Wall Mode, which reduces the build-chamber temperature, avoiding any localized overheating/melting issues. Keep the default raster and contour widths at 0.2 inches/0.508 mm.
- For thin, flat parts (fewer than 10 layers), zoom in and count the number of layers in the toolpath. If there is an even number of layers, create a Custom Group that lets you define the raster orientation of the middle two layers to be the same – then let the rest of the layers alternate by 90 degrees as usual. This helps prevent curl in thin parts.
- Set Seam Control to Align or Align to nearest, and avoid setting seams on edges of thin parts; this yields better surface quality.
2. In the Support Parameters box, the default is “Use Model Material where Possible” – keep it. Building both the part and most of the surrounding supports from the same material reduces the impact of mismatched thermal coefficient of expansion between the model and support materials. It also shortens the time that the model extruder is inactive, avoiding the chance for depositing unwanted, excess model material. Be sure that “Insert Perforation Layers” is checked and set that number to 2, unless you are using Box-style supports – then select 3. This improves support removal in nearly enclosed cavities.
3. Set up part placement in Control Center or GrabCAD Print software: you want to ensure good airflow in the build chamber. Place single parts near the center of the build-plate; for a mixed-size part group, place the tallest part in the center with the shorter ones concentrically around it.
4. Be sure to include a Sacrificial Tower. This is always the first part built, layer by layer, and should be located in the right-front corner. Keep the setting of Full Height so that it continues building to the height of the tallest part. You’ll see the Tower looks very stringy! That means it is doing its job – it takes the brunt of stray strings and material that may not be at perfect temperature at the beginning of each layer’s placement.
5. Run a tip-offset calibration, or two, or three, on your printer. This is really important, particularly for the support material, to ensure the deposited “bead” is flat, not rounded or asymmetric. Proper bead-profile ensures good adhesion between model and support layers.
6. After printing, allow the part to cool down in the build chamber. When the part(s) and sheet are left in the printer for at least 30 minutes, everything cools down slowly together, minimizing the possibility of curling. We have found that for large, flat parts, putting a 0.75-inch thick aluminum plate on top of the part while it is still in the chamber, and then keeping the part and plate “sandwiched” together after taking it out of the chamber to completely cool really keeps things flat.
7. If you have trouble getting the part off the build sheet: Removing the part while it is still slightly warm makes it easier to get off; if your part built overnight and then cooled before you got to it, you can put it in a low temp oven (about 170F) for ten (10) to 20 minutes – it will be easier to separate. Also, if the part appears to have warped that will go away after the soluble supports have been removed.Be sure to keep Nylon 12CF canisters in a sealed bag when not in use as the material, like any nylon, will absorb atmospheric moisture over time. Many of these tips are further detailed in a “Best Practices for FDM Nylon 12CF” document from Stratasys; ask PADT for a copy of it, as well as for a sample or benchmark part. Nylon 12 CF offers a fast approach to producing durable, custom components. Discover what Nylon 12CF can mean for your product development and production groups. Don't forget to check the Custom Printing San Diego services for more information on the best printing techniques. PADT Inc. is a globally recognized provider of Numerical Simulation, Product Development and 3D Printing products and services. For more information on Nylon 12CF and Stratasys products, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stratasys To Release First Pantone Validated 3D Printer & Much More! – New Product Announcement 2019
Posted on April 4, 2019, by: Trevor Rubinoff
In an exciting statement this week, Stratasys, world leader and pioneer of all things of 3D Printing technology announced the launch of three new products: F120 3D Printer, V650 Flex Large Scale Stereolithography Printer, and Pantone Color Validation on the J750 and J735 3D Printers.
As a certified platinum Stratasys channel partner, PADT is proud to offer these new releases to manufacturers, designers, and engineers of all disciplines in the four corners area of the United States (Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico).
Check out the brochures listed below, and contact PADT at email@example.com for additional information. More on these offerings will be coming soon.
Introducing the Stratasys F120
Affordable Industrial-grade 3D printing
The newest member of the F123 platform brings the value of industrial grade 3D printing capabilities to an accessible price point.
To get professional 3D printing results, you need professional tools. But most people think they can make do with low-priced desktop printers. They quickly find out, however, that these printers don’t meet their expectations.
It doesn’t have to be a choice between great performance and price. The Stratasys F120 delivers industrial-grade 3D printing at an attractive price with consistent results that desktop printers can’t match.
Introducing the Stratasys V650 Flex
A Configurable, Open VAT, Large Scale Stereolithography Printer by Stratasys
Introducing the Stratasys V650 Flex: a production ready, open material Vat Polymerization 3D Printer with the speed, reliability, quality, and accuracy you would expect from the world leader in 3D printing.
Upgrade to the Stratasys V650 Flex 3D Stereolithography printer and you can add game-changing advances in speed, accuracy and reliability to the established capabilities of Stereolithography.
Create smooth-surfaced prototypes, master patterns, large concept models and investment casting patterns more quickly and more precisely than ever.
Introducing Pantone Color Validation for the J750 and J735 3D printers
3D printing with true color-matching capabilities is here
Say goodbye to painting prototypes and say hello to the Stratasys J750 and J735 3D Printers. As the first-ever 3D printers validated by Pantone, they accurately print nearly 2,000 Pantone colors, so you can get the match you need for brand requests or design preferences.
This partnership with Pantone sets the stage for a revolution in design and prototype processes. As the industry’s first PANTONE Validated™ 3D printers, they allow designers to build realistic prototypes faster than ever before – shrinking design-to-prototype and accelerating product time-to-market.
Posted on March 27, 2019, by: Eric Miller
It is not often that 350+ people get together in a parking lot to talk about Engineering, bouncy houses, economic development, and eat Bar-B-Que. On March 21st, all three of those things and more happened at PADT's party to celebrate our 25th anniversary. What a fantastic crowd. What a great roster of speakers. We could not have asked for better people to come to our event.
We want to offer special thanks to those twelve speakers:
- Andrew Lombard, Arizona Commerce Authority, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Venture Development
- Steve Zylstra, Arizona Technology Council, President & CEO
- Darryn Jones, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Vice President, Emerging Technologies
- Donna Kennedy, City of Tempe, Economic Development Director
- Kyle Squires, Arizona State University, Dean, Ira A Fulton School of Engineering
- Ravi Kumar, ANSYS, Inc, Global Channel Strategy & Programs
- Patrick Carey, Stratasys, Senior Vice President - Americas
- Philip DeSimone, Carbon, Co-Founder & VP of Business Development
- Joe Panovsky, Honeywell Aerospace, Director
- Ward Rand, PADT, Co-Owner
- Rey Chu, PADT, Co-Owner
- Eric Miller, PADT, Co-Owner
The highlight of the event were four student teams that PADT supports in one way or another. Lego robots, 3D Printed prosthetic hands, FIRST Robots, and a formula SAE car were on display and were very popular. Every time we have these teams come and show their stuff, we are reminded that the future does have hope. We also hope that at the 30th, 35th, and 40th anniversary celebrations some of those students will be wearing PADT shirts.
For fun there were two bouncy houses, face painting, temporary tattoos, and two cornhole sets. And as always, PADT's 3D Printing demo room was open for everyone to see the cool things our customers and we are printing every day.
The best part of the whole day was simply thanking our employees and customers for 25 Fantastic years. Please enjoy some images from the event below.
As always, if you have any questions or want to know more about PADT, simply contact us.
Posted on March 7, 2019, by: Eric MillerWow!. It has been 25 years since Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies, Inc. went downtown to file incorporation papers on March 7, 1994. Now we are ninety-some people with offices in six states. It has been an incredible journey with so many people playing key roles. Please read our thoughts on this momentous event in the press release below. You can help us celebrate by coming to our party! Learn more at www.padtinc.com/padt25. You can also share your thoughts about working with or at PADT by filling leaving a comment here. Please find the official press release here in PDF and HTML. If you have any questions, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480.813.4884.
PADT Spins-Off Successful 3D Printing Support Removal Equipment Line Into a Separate Company, Oryx Additive
Posted on March 5, 2019, by: Eric MillerOne of the most exciting, and terrifying, aspects of being a parent is when it is time for your children to head out on their own. Here at PADT we have been growing and nurturing our 3D Printing Post Processing business for 10 years. With 12,500 Support Cleaning Apparatus systems in the field globally, it was time to give our SCA business the freedom it needs to grow. We are very proud to announce the creation of a new company, Oryx Additive. Initially, not much will change, other than the name as we focus on building an outstanding team that is as excited as we are about this much-needed aspect of 3D Printing. Stay tuned as we all watch Oryx Additive grow and prosper. Please find the official press release on this new partnership below and here in PDF and HTML. If you have any questions about soluble support removal or other post-processing steps for additive manufacturing, reach out to email@example.com or call 480.813.4884.
Posted on February 7, 2019, by: Trevor Rubinoff
In the factory of the future automation is king.
Manufacturers can drastically reduce lead times, reduce labor costs, and increase overall efficiency through the use of robotics at several stages in their workflow, each performing a different function. While each function serves a unique purpose specific to the task it will execute, they all utilize an essential component known as End-of-Arm tooling (EOAT).
Traditionally, companies that produce EOAT have used extruded aluminum, or machined aluminum frames, often making them heavy and cumbersome. One manufacturer however, has found a solution to reduce weight without sacrificing strength or durability, using 3D printing.
Download the case study to learn more about additive manufacturing's place on the factory floor, and how you can use it to eliminate the need for heavy and overly complex parts.
Create parts that are 50% lighter, and designed based on your needs, not limited by your manufacturing process.