Posted on March 25, 2016, by: Eric MillerPADT and CEI are teaming up to answer any startup's questions about engineering and manufacturing for their physical product. Over the years we have found lots of early stage companies who benefited from spending a little bit of time with an experienced product development engineer. Finding time for them to stop by PADT was always difficult to schedule and never seemed worked out. Or we would meet people at events and try and talk in a corner, still not good. So last month during Phoenix StartupWeek CEI and PADT tried having some time where people could stop by and talk. It went really well for everyone involved, so Design Days was born. Our first one will be held on April 14, 2016 at CEI's offices in Phoenix. The idea is simple, you get one hour with an experienced mechanical engineer to talk about whatever you want. We can spend the time talking about:
- Suggestions for how to properly design your product
- Get contacts at local resources that can help you
- Brainstorm solutions to technical problems
- Discuss the weather (it's your hour)
- Get an idea of what it would take to design and prototype your product
- Answer questions about software and hardware tools you may need
- Bounce ideas off someone new
- Review manufacturing options
- Get advice on the next steps you should be taking
- Or whatever else you want to discuss
- Do not ask for Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). PADT engineers operate under a strict company code of ethics; therefore no additional NDA is required.
- This is meant for companies developing physical products, not software.
- It is open to companies at ANY stage of development, not just startups. Entrepreneurs of any age, including students, are also welcome.
- This is not a discussion about funding nor is it a sales pitch (from either side)
- Do not expect a functioning prototype or design nor will PADT engineers solve your technical problems. To fully engage in PADT's design, prototyping and simulation services, there will be a cost involved to be agreed upon by both parties.
Posted on March 15, 2016, by: Eric Miller3-D Printing is having a significant impact on healthcare technology. In "3-D Printing Applications Changing Healthcare" PADT's Dhruv Bhate gives real world examples of how this technology is enabling never-before-seen breakthroughs.
Posted on March 14, 2016, by: Eric MillerHave you heard? It’s Pi Day! This post, "5 reasons why nerds celebrate Pi Day" shares the reasons why those of us in the know like Pi day so much.
Posted on November 6, 2015, by: Eric MillerHow do you figure out when and why a product is failing? When the failure is due to repetitive operation the only practical way is to build a machine that operates the product over and over again. Designing, building, and running this type of device is one of the many services that PADT offers its customers. The video below is an example of how PADT's Medical Device team developed an automated text fixture for a customer that needed to understand the failure mechanisms of a biopsy device. The fixture was designed to operate the device, repeating field operations, and capture behavior over time with the goal of capture which components failed, the nature of each failure, and the nature of each failure. The apparatus repeats four operations that constitute one operation of the device. Video is used with a counter to determine when a failure occurred and how. The project brought together test, controls, and mechanical design engineers. It also utilized PADT's in-house 3D Printing and machining capability. This is also a perfect example of how a customer can hand over an entire project that they need done, but don't have the resources to do in-house. PADT's team created the test specification, designed the hardware, conducted the tests, and delivered actionable information to the customer. If you have a project you do not have the resources to complete in-house, consider having our engineers take a look at it to see how we can help.
Posted on October 16, 2015, by: Eric MillerThe local SEMI chapter here in Arizona held a breakfast meeting on Monetizing Internet of Things (IoT) and PADT was pleased to be one of the presenters. Always a smart group, this was a chance to sit with people making the sensors, chips, and software that enable the IoT and dig deep in to where things are and where they need to be. The event was hosted by one of our favorite customers, and neighbor right across the street, Freescale Semiconductor. Speakers included IoT experts from Freescale, Intel, Medtronics, ASU, and SEMICO Research. Not surprisingly I talked about how Simulation can play a successful role in product development of IoT devices. You can download a copy of the presentation here: PADT-SEMI-IOT-Simulation-1.pdf UPDATE (11/9/2015): Great write-up by Don Dingee on this event in the SemiWiki. Click here to read it. It includes a great summary of the other speakers. You can also see more details on how people use Simulation for this application on the ANSYS, Inc. website here. We also like this video from ANSYS that shows some great applications and how ANSYS is used with them: A couple of common themes resonated across the speakers:
- Price and size need to come down on the chips used in IoT (this was a semiconductor group, so this is a big part of their focus)
- Lowering power usage and increasing power density in batteries is a key driver
- The biggest issue in IoT is privacy and security. Keeping your data private and keeping people from hacking in to IoT devices.
- Another big problem is dealing with all the data collected by IoT devices. How to make it useful and how to store it all. One answer is reducing the data on the device, another is only keeping track of what changes.
- It is early, standards are needed but they are still forming.
Posted on June 26, 2015, by: Eric MillerThis Thursday PADT was asked to help participate in a lunch and learn entitled "The Startup Lifecycle." The event was a joint presentation of the Arizona Technology Council and the Maricopa Corporate College and it was held at CEI's fantastic facilities. Given our background, we were asked to talk about Product Development, and specifically on Minimum Viable Products and Lean Manufacturing Principles. You can download my presentation here, or read on to learn more about the event. There were four presenters. Hart Schafer the Founder & CEO of TheraSpace and an experienced Adobe guy, among other things, kicked things off with a great discussion on customer validation and discovery. He pointed out the common mistakes in thinking you know your customers and finding out you were wrong to late. Some great examples were given and he shared some practical ways to really find the Problem-Solution fit. Next was yours truly, talking about those uncomfortable bits in the middle, where you need to actually design your product, then make it. I covered the concept of a Minimum Viable Product and how to use product development to come up with one. We also touched on how lean product development can be applied in a startup environment. Then I dived into lean manufacturing, which is a topic worthy of several Lunch and Learns on its own. The bottom line was that Startups can effectively apply lean manufacturing to get a better product to market faster, and on budget. I included some examples and advice on how to implement it. As mentioned above, you can download my presentation here. This is a picture of me gesturing widely as I explained how a simple cake doughnut is a Minimum Viable Product and one with frosting and sprinkles was not. All the time hearing Homer Simpson saying "doooonuts" in my head. NExt up was Nate Curran, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at CEI. He went in to how to commercialize a product. Another huge topic, but he boiled it down to some basics on commercialization, marketing, and sales. The last speaker was Russ Yelton, the CEO of Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, a successful startup that was a client at CEI. After we talked about what you should do, he shared the real world and how to scale and grow. The big takeaway from his talk for me was the importance of people and culture when you scale and grow. After a great Q&A session, we posed for a picture: As always with events at CEI, the venue was great. And, also as always with AZ Tech Council events, the audience was smart, engaged, and full of their own ideas worth sharing. Yet another indication of the growing and improving startup ecosystem in Arizona.
Two Fantastic Events for Start-Ups: Synapse Med Device Workshop and Star-Up Lifecycle Lunch and Learn
Posted on June 9, 2015, by: Eric MillerAs a further sign of the growth in the Phoenix Start-Up community, there are two high value events for Start-ups that everyone should be aware of, and it doesn't hurt that PADT is a key participant in both.
Start-Up StrategiesThe first is a lunch and Learn: "The Start-Up Lifecycle - Key Strategies for Success at All Stages of Development." This event is being presented by the Maricopa Corporate College and AZTC's Startup + Entrepreneurship Committee and will be held at CEI's fantastic facilities. Most technology-based start-up companies go through a similar growth lifecycle: validation; product development; commercialization; scale. In this presentation, CEI will discuss the basic principles of business development for companies at all stages. Topics that will be covered include:
- Lean Startup / Customer Discovery
- Prototyping and Minimum Viable Product
- Go-to-Market Strategies
- Growth Management
- and more!
- Jeff Saville, Executive Director, CEI
- Nate Curran, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, CEI
- Hart Shafer, CEO/Founder, Theraspecs & Lean Startup/Innovation coach
- Eric Miller, Principal, Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT)
|Location CEI Gateway 275 N. Gateway Dr Phoenix, AZ 85034||Date & Time Thursday June 25, 2015 11:30AM - 1:00PM||Cost AZTC Members, Free Non-Members, $15|
Medical Device WorkshopPADT is also honored to be a participant in SYNAPSE 2015. This unique event is a 3-day workshop aimed at medical professionals with a product idea. The event will be an opportunity for them to work with industry professionals, like PADT, to turn those ideas into something real and tangible. This is being lead by Medicoventures and will also be held at CEI. At the end of the three days attendees will have a prototype, secure intellectual property, and a vetted business model. They will also have a new network of resources and an invaluable education in the realities of Medical Device Start-Ups. Other Resource sponsors besides PADT currently include: PipelineDesign; Global Patent Solutions; Knobbe-Martens IP Law; Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts IP Law; VA Angels; DLA Piper, and MedicoLabs. This event is September 17, 18, and 19th. This post only summarizes what will happen at the workshop, so please visit the website here to get the full details.
Posted on June 3, 2015, by: Eric MillerWe just finished up our third and final AmCon show of the year at what turned out to be the best show of the three. The PADT booth was packed during the exhibition time with a wide variety of people asking questions and checking out examples of what PADT and Stratasys can do. We were able to meet with a lot of our local customers, and even better, were able to get to know a ton of new potential clients. Some shows are kind of boring and people just don't get what we do. AmCon shows are the exact opposite. The attendees are smart, informed, and eager to learn more. As is usual, we had a collection of parts on display. We also had a Geomagic Capture scanner showing off our growing offering of optical scanning solutions. Here is a picture of Mario at the show. He definitely photographs the best: In addition to the booth, we were asked to speak on 3D Printing at the event. Yours truly gave a presentation entitled: "The Practical Application of 3D Printing for Prototyping, Tooling, and Production" that lasted a bit over an hour. As promised the notes from that presentation can be downloaded here. We hope to see more of you at future events. If you have questions about 3D Printing and its application please don't hesitate to contact us.
Posted on April 21, 2015, by: Eric Miller
The Phoenix area startup community gathered last night at the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation to celebrate the grand opening of PADT's StartUpLabs. It was a bit warm for April but around 120 people made it out to the Gateway Community College campus to tour the facility, enjoy some food and beverage, and to hear a few words from representatives from a collection of three and four letter acronyms: CEI, PADT, the ACA, ATI, and PCC*. PADT StartUpLabs is a facility at CEI focused on delivering 3D Printing and Design services to early stage startups, rounding out the already excellent offerings at CEI including business planning, leadership training, marketing, and legal services.
It was an opportunity for those who came to tour the facilities and network with others in the startup community including investors, inventors, entrepreneurs, professional service providers, and some students. You can read the press release below or download a PDF here. In addition we enjoyed entertainment from Rachel Lydia Ellis and Colten Reece Hood and demonstration from Falcon Robotics of their latest robot that featured an amazing vision system.
If you would like to learn more about PADT StartUpLabs, please visit the website: www.padtinc.com/startup or contact us at 480.813.4884.
Here are some images from the event:
The displays in the lab are ready to go and are a great example of the marketing help CEI offers their clients.
* The acronyms translate to:
CEI: Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation
PADT: Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies
ACA: Arizona commerce Authority
ATI: Arizona Technology Investors
PCC:Phoenix City Council... OK, that one is a stretch to make the joke work.
Press Release: Fast, Intuitive, and Precise 3D Scanning Solution from Steinbichler Added to PADT’s Portfolio
Posted on April 9, 2015, by: Eric Miller
Yes. Another press release from PADT announcing a new partner. The truth is we have the advantage of having worked with some great companies in 2014 and we are now fortunate enough to be able to add several of the great products we use in-house to our product offering. It all kind of happened at once. Don't worry, we are almost done... only one or two more surprises out there.
At the beginning of the year we mentioned that we were offering full professional optical scanning. That service was based on using a Steinbichler blue light scanner. And as is usually with a tool we really like, we quickly negotiated an agreement with that company to represent their products. They offer the COMET line of blue light scanners and the T-SCAN line of laser scanners. There is of course a nice software package, called colin3D, that serves as a way to interact with the devices and get the data into a useful form. Both technologies offer high-precision at a reasonable price, something that not only PADT, but many of our customers were looking for.
Please find the official press release below or as a PDF file. You can also learn more about the products on our website here. We hope to schedule some webinars on this tool, and publish some blog articles, in the coming months. But the best way to try out this technology is to have us scan a part for you.
As always, feel free to contact us for more information.
Posted on March 5, 2015, by: Eric Miller
PADT would like to invite you to a free seminar or webinar on how to use 3D Printing to manufacture parts for your products.
In February, PADT held a Lunch and Learn with the AZ Tech Council on "Designing and Simulating Products for 3D Printing." The event sold out and we received a lot of interest in being able to attend over the web. So we have scheduled a second version of this presentation to be given live at CEI in Phoenix on March 23rd, 2015 that will also be broadcast over the web.
Here is some info on the presentation:
This proven technology has moved from prototyping to tooling and now the creation of final parts. However, you can't just print your existing design. PADT will cover the techniques and processes needed to evaluate existing designs to find parts that can be switched to 3D printing as well as how to design new parts to take advantage of 3D printing.
Monday, March 23, 2015
11:30am - 1:00pm
275 N. GateWay Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Please Register, we will send you login information
|Lunch will be Served for those attending live|
We will begin with a review on the current state of 3D Printing technologies, including the creation of accurate and usable metal parts. That will be followed with design guidelines and processes and finishing up with a look at how you can use simulation to drive the design your 3D Printed components so that they work.
Lunch is included so we need a headcount for those joining us at CEI, and we need to send login information to those attending over the web. So Please Register
Posted on February 24, 2015, by: Eric Miller
Phoenix Startup Week has started! One of the key events on the first day centered on tours and talks at CEI, which kikced off with tours of PADT StartUpLabs, the advanced 3D Printing facility for startups located at CEI. This was followed with CEI tours and an afternoon of talks on Medical Device startups. Then the tours repeated for those who could not make the early ones.
There is a great article in AZ Tech Beat today covering the event and what we are doing at PADT StartupLabs:
Attendance was great, with a cross section of startups, established companies, the press, and people active in supporting the startup community. The visits gave us a change to explain how PADT is working with CEI to provide 3D Printing and design expertise to new companies at a reduced price, focusing on getting them over the early stages of product development quickly and effectively.
Right now PADT StartUpLabs is focused on working with other tenants at CEI. Engineers from PADT hold regular office hours to answer questions about 3D Printing and product development. Clients can also set up a consultation with anyone on our staff to talk about simulation, product design or test, quality systems, or manufacturing. The goal is to eventually expand these services to a broader audience.
This week's events are being followed closely on the twittersphere: #PHXStartupWeek, #yesphx. Or if you are middle-aged like me and use Facebook, like Phoenix Startup Week.
We hope to run in to lots of you at upcoming events!
Not in Phoenix?
Many of you who read this blog are not from the Phoenix area. You may be wondering "What, a vibrant startup community? I thought Phoenix was old people and nutty gun-totting right-wing nut-jobs?" Well, we certainly have a few of those but since WWII when large aerospace and electronics companies moved to the valley, Phoenix has been a major high-technology hub. It is an easy place to start a business and has all the resources and talent to be successful. PADT has been helping startups in the area for over 20 years now, and we continue to see a steady increase in the number and diversity of new companies that we interact with. So don't believe what you see on the news, this is a vibrant, high-tech place with great people and a business friendly outlook, affordable housing, and weather that doesn't force us to spend the morning shoveling out our driveways.
Posted on February 3, 2015, by: Eric Miller
People are interested in how to better do design and simulation for products they manufacture using 3D Printing. When the AZ Tech council let us know they had a cancelation for their monthly manufacturing Lunch and Learn, we figured why not do something on this topic, a few people might show up. We had over 105 people register, so we had to close registration. In the end around 95 total people made it to the seminar, which is more than expected so we had to add chairs. Who would have thought that many people would come for such a nerdy topic?.
For an hour and fifteen minutes they sat and listned to us talk about the ins and outs of using this growing technology to make end use parts. Here is a copy of the PowerPoint as a PDF.
We did add one bullet item in the design suggestions area based on a question. Someone pointed out that the machine instructions, what the AM machine uses to make the parts, should be a controlled document. They are exactly right and that is a very important process that needs to be put in place to get traceability and repeatability.
Here are some useful links:
Join or at least follow America Makes: https://americamakes.us/
Follow the evolving standards, and use the standard terminology, on the ASTM page: – http://www.astm.org/Standards/additive-manufacturing-technology-standards.html
Subscribe to this Blog: http://www.padtinc.com/blog or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.
As always, do not hesitate to contact us for more information or with any questions.
If you missed this presentation, don't worry, we are looking to schedule a live/web version of this talk with some enhancements sometime in March. Watch the usual channels for time, place, and registration information. We will also be publishing detailed blog posts on many of the topics covered today, diving deeper into areas of interest.
Thank you to the AZ Tech Council, ASU SkySong, and everyone that attended for making this our best attended non-web seminar ever.
Posted on February 2, 2015, by: Eric Miller
We have been using SpaceClaim with ANSYS Workbench for about four years now, and we always liked it. Then it came as part of the Geomagic Spark tool and we got more excited. This was a powerful geometry creation, editing, and reapir tool that was saving us time all across PADT. The, when ANSYS, Inc. purchased the company SpaceClaim we got realy excited. So excited that we decided to become a reseller of the full product, and not just the ANSYS or Geomagic tools. The addition of a module for working with STL files sealed the deal and as of the begining of the year we are offering all flavors of SpaceClaim to our customers.
To get started learning about why we love this program so much, check out this video showing the new features in the latest version:
Then go visit their YouTube channel and watch videos that may be of special interest to you.
Or, contact us here at PADT and we would be happy to share with your our enthusiasm for this tool.
Posted on January 9, 2015, by: Eric Miller
PADT has been offering 3D Scanning solutions for some time. Over time the company has added the sale of 3D Scanning hardware and software, training for 3D Scaning, and limited 3D Scanning services. With the addition of a full time scanning engineer, PADT is now able to offer deciated scanning servcies to our customers.
Ademola Falada joins our team from Minnesota where he worked for a scanner manufacturer, CGI, for two years after graduating with an engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. He brings extensive knowledge of scanning equipment and the scanning process. Since joining PADT in the late summer, he has been providing limited services to our existing customers as he builds up our scanning capability and puts everything needed to provide a world class service in place. He will be assisted by engineers and technicians that have been providing scanning on a part time basis in the past.
By offering optical and cross sectional scanning, PADT can provide a more accurate solution to a broader range of customers.
Read the press release on this expanded service below
You can also review our scanning services on our website.
Or simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480.813.4884 and our team will be more than happy to explain what we can do and provide you with a quote.