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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. 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.
Posted on January 29, 2019, by: Trevor Rubinoff
PADT is excited to announce the release of ANSYS 2019 R1, the first group of updates for the suite of ANSYS simulation software this year. The release features updates for a wide variety of applications, including simulation for fluids, structures, electronics, 3D design, and much more.
We will be hosting a series of live webinars over the course of 2019 that will allow you to learn about what's new in this release, from PADT's team of expert support engineers.
Take a look at the following upcoming product update webinars for 2019 R1 and register by clicking the links below.
There is more to come, so stay tuned
Fluent Updates in ANSYS 2019 R1
Wednesday, February 13th - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST AZ
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a tool with amazing flexibility, accuracy and breadth of application. Serious CFD, the kind that provides insights to help you optimize your designs, could be out of reach unless you choose your software carefully. Experienced engineers need to go further and faster with well-validated CFD results across a wide range of applications, and with ANSYS Fluent users are able to do just that; delivering reliable and accurate results.
Join Padt's CFD Team Lead Engineer, Clinton Smith for a look at what new capabilities are available for the latest version of Fluent, in ANSYS 2019 R1.
Mechanical Updates in ANSYS 2019 R1
Wednesday, March 13th - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST AZ
From designers and occasional users looking for quick, easy, and accurate results, to experts looking to model complex materials, large assemblies, and nonlinear behavior, ANSYS Mechanical enables engineers of all levels to get answers fast and with confidence. With applications for everything form strength analysis to topology optimization, it's no wonder this comprehensive suite of tools continues to serve as the flagship mechanical engineering software solution.
Join PADT's Simulation Support Manager, Ted Harris for a look at what new capabilities are available for ANSYS Mechanical, in the latest version; 2019 R1.
High Frequency Electromagnetics Updates in ANSYS 2019 R1
Wednesday, April 10th - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST AZ
In today’s world of high performance electronics and advanced electrification systems, the effects of electromagnetic fields on circuits and systems cannot be ignored. ANSYS software can uniquely simulate electromagnetic performance across component, circuit and system design, evaluating temperature, vibration and other critical mechanical effects.
Join PADT's Electrical Engineer, Michael Griesi for a look at what new capabilities are available with regards to High Frequency Electromagnetics, in the latest version of ANSYS; 2019 R1
Discovery Updates in ANSYS 2019 R1
Wednesday, May 8th - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST AZ
The ANSYS 3D Design family of products enables CAD modeling and simulation for all design engineers. Since the demands on today’s design engineer to build optimized, lighter and smarter products are greater than ever, using the appropriate design tools is more important than ever.
Join PADT's Simulation Support Manager, Ted Harris for a look at what exciting new features are available for design engineers in both Discovery Live and AIM, in ANSYS 2019 R1.
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You will only have to do this once! For all future webinars, you can simply click the link, add the reminder to your calendar and you're good to go!
Press Release: Grant to ASU, PADT, and Others for Advancement of 3D Printing Post-Processing Techniques
Posted on January 24, 2019, by: Eric MillerWe are very pleased to announce that PADT is part of another successful Federal grant with ASU in the area of Additive Manufacturing. This is the second funded research effort we have been part of in the past twelve months and also our second America Makes funded project. It is another great example of PADT's cooperation with ASU and other local businesses and also shows how Arizona is becoming a hub for innovation around this important and growing technology. Please find the official press release on this new partnership below and here in PDF and HTML. You can find links to our other recent research grants here:
- NASA STTR with ASU on Biomimicry
- America Makes grant with ASU for Lattice Structure Characterization
Posted on December 21, 2018, by: Eric MillerJust a few more days before PADT’s Holiday break between Christmas and New Year’s Day. As much as we try to finish things up, 2018 is not going to bed without a fight. Everyone is busy. And that is what the entire year was like. Some years you remember more than most, and I think 2018 will be one of the more memorable years. We had a lot of new activities and made a lot of noise in the community. If you scroll through the list of milestones below you will see that we opened offices, won research grants, received awards, and added partners. And much more. We could have never achieved so much without our outstanding employees, supportive partners, and fantastic customers. Three of those events stand out to me and are worth mentioning here in this final blog entry of the year. The first happened at the start of the year when we launched ANSYS sales in Austin, Texas. We have been selling and supporting customers in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico for decades. We have also been doing business in California for some time. The addition of Texas was special because it was our first major growth east of the Rocky Mountains. Texas is culturally very much a part of the Southwestern US, and it felt right to add branch out there. And it has gone great. We are reconnecting with people we knew through consulting, meeting new customers, and adding long-term ANSYS customers to our user family. It has been great. And the Bar-B-Que is as good as everyone promised. Texas was all about moving east. The next important milestone was about moving up. Up into space. We have been in the Additive Manufacturing business since we started PADT, and many of our customers have been Aerospace companies. They have worked with us to make prototypes and tooling that helped them get better solutions into orbit faster. But never have they tried to fly structural 3D Printed parts. Until this year. NASA, Lockheed Martin, Stratasys, and PADT worked together to put the right processes, materials, and Additive Manufacturing systems in place to allow Lockheed Martin to deliver next-generation 3D printed parts for NASA’s Orion deep-space spacecraft. They manufactured a docking hatch door using Stratasys Antero 800NA material that is approved for flight. In fact, the plan is to take the spacecraft beyond the orbit of the moon as a test. We are very proud to have played a role in making this happen. The last achievement worth emphasizing is one of the awards we received. The ANSYS Technical Support Team from PADT was a Silver Winner of the 2018 Customer Service Department of the Year Award. A Silver Stevie. Not only is this remarkable because it is national recognition for what our team does, it comes during the busiest technical support year we have ever faced. As ANSYS adds products and customers, the team’s job gets harder. And they step up to the plate (well, phone or email client) every day and satisfy customers. The reviewers at the American Business Awards stated: “PADT defines what premium customer service looks like.” Great recognition for all of their hard work. Some further highlights from the year are listed below. As we rush to get things done and eat more holiday treats off the table in the hallway, we want to thank everyone who helped make this a memorable year. All of us at PADT look forward to creating even more memories and establishing greater milestones in 2019.
PADT 2018 Highlights (with links for more details!):
- PADT launches its Austin, TX office
- Eric Miller speaks at PHX Startup Week – “If you’re not scared, you’re doing it wrong”
- Zeiss signs PADT as an authorized distributor of its Comet series
- Intermountain Healthcare – 3D printed organs
- MSU Denver Additive Manufacturing lab launched
- PADT intern wins NASA and ASME competition
- NASA Orion Mission – covered by Wired, CNET and more
- PADT in the News:
- PADT’s ANSYS Support Team Wins a Stevie® Customer Service Department of the Year Award
- Rey Chu wins the AMUG Dino Award
- PADT opens a 3D printing factory with Carbon
- PADT in the News
- PADT Opens On-Demand Factory Using Carbon 3D Printers – ALL3DP
- Carbon Partners PADT Opening 3D Printing Factory – 3DPrinting.com
- Recognizing a 3D Printing Master, Rey Chu – Industry Today
- InBusiness Magazine Podcast
- Figuring it Out Podcast
- NASA awards a $127,000 STTR research grant to PADT and ASU
- PADT celebrates 2018 Colorado Additive Manufacturing Day
- PADT in the News
- PADT 3D printing company – FOX 10
- PADT and Arizona State University Awarded $127,000 3D Printing Research Grant from NASA – Additive Manufacturing Today
- The SCA is awarded a U.S. Patent for SCA Product Line
- PADT ‘s QMS receives AS9100D + ISO 9001 certification
- PADT in the News
- PADT Granted U.S Patent for Support Cleaning Apparatus – 3D Printing Industry
- 3D Printing with Metals for Design Engineers, Explained – Design News
- PADT in the news
- Getting Metal 3D Printing Right the First Time with ANSYS Additive Print – ANSYS Advantage