IoT Innovator: How to turn your IoT idea into a product – Part Two

Part 2 is out!  Making a product a smart and connected device requires a lot of planning and an understanding of how Internet of Things devices differ.  In “How to turn your IoT idea into a product” I review the key steps and offer suggestions to make for a more successful design process.  It is […]

Technology Trends in Fused Deposition Modeling

A few months ago, I did a post on the Technology Trends in Laser-based Metal Additive Manufacturing where I identified 5 key directions that technology was moving in. In this post, I want to do the same, but for a different technology that we also use on a regular basis at PADT: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). 1. New […]

Composites Weekly: 3D Printing Advancements in Aerospace, Medical and Automotive – Interview

PADT was recently asked to do an interview with Composites Weekly  to talk about what is new in the world of Additive Manufacturing.  Host Jonathan Taylor asked some great questions and we covered a lot of important advances and what to look for in the near future.   Listen here.

Phoenix Business Journal: Don’t forget the business objectives

In the day to day process of putting out fires and dealing with minor issues, it is easy for business owners to loose site of the why.  In “Don’t forget the business objectives” I relay some recent thoughts on how to get back to the basics and drive decisions based on clearly communicated objectives.

PADT Events – July 2016

July is usually a non-eventful month but this year we have a couple of special webinars and the debut of a 3D Printer that many of us have been waiting a long time to get our hands on.  So take a look at what we have planned and what we did in June. July 17: ACTE […]

inBusiness: Arizona Additive Manufacturing Committee

New Dimension Committee to advocate manufacturing advancement The inBusiness magazine published an article on the newly formed Arizona Additive Manufacturing Committee that we co-chair with our friends at Titan Industries under the aegis of the Arizona Technology Council. Link to the article is here: http://inbusinessmag.com/partner-section/new-dimension#.V36QrvkrKUk The Committee aims to meet once a month, our second meeting occurs Monday, July […]

Denver’s Money Talk 1690: Interview on State of Manufacturing in Colorado

PADT’s Norman Stucker joins Nathan Morimitsu from Manufacturer’s Edge to discuss the current and future state of manufacturing in Colorado.  Norman speaks to the impact of 3D Printing and how it is changing manufacturing. It is a great discussion that looks beyond the hype and shares where Additive Manufacturing is today and how it is being applied in the […]

Phoenix Business Journal: ​The assumption game: on wasting time second guessing

We all spend time trying to figure out what the other guy is really up to, second guessing requests for information and crafting responses to simple questions.  In “The assumption game: on wasting time second guessing” I expose some of my own failures in this area and how I try and stop wasting time second […]

IoT Innovator: How to Turn your IoT Idea into a product

Making a product a smart and connected device requires a lot of planning and an understanding of how Internet of Things devices differ.  In “HOW TO TURN YOUR IOT IDEA INTO A PRODUCT” I review the key steps and offer suggestions to make for a more successful design process. You can find Part 2 here.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​5 simple suggestions for startups on how to keep your early investors happy

Startups and their early investors always start on the best of terms, but more times than not the relationship goes south. In “5 simple suggestions for startups on how to keep your early investors happy” I offer up some basic steps you can take to keep these key supporters happy and ready to help again […]

Phoenix Business Journal: These 7 Arizona companies are quietly leading in space exploration and commercialization

The news is full of success after success in commercial space. What many people don’t know is that Arizona companies are playing a key role in many of the recent successes, and setting records of their own.  In “These 7 Arizona companies are quietly leading in space exploration and commercialization” I take a look at […]

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Properties: A Micromechanics Perspective

Have you ever looked at the mechanical properties in an FDM material datasheet (one example shown below for Stratasys ULTEM-9085) and wondered why properties were prescribed in the non-traditional manner of XZ and ZX orientation? You may also have wondered, as I did, whatever happened to the XY orientation and why its values were not reported? The short […]

Sometimes it is only about speed! Team building at the Kart track

Every once in the while you need to get out of the office and run your co-workers off a track. For whatever reason, when members of our Sales and Support department put on some helmets and strapped themselves in to electric racing karts, they got very competitive. The people who sell and support 3D Printers […]

Webinar on Demand: Make Functional Prototypes More Economically with 3D Printed Injection Molds

Make Functional Prototypes More Economically With 3D Printed Injection Molds One of the most dramatic impacts of 3D printing on design and manufacturing is with injection molding. Companies such as Seuffer, Unilever, Arad Group and Whale report significant savings in molding costs and production time by 3D printing injection molds to test designs before mass […]

The Additive Manufacturing Software Conundrum

“Why are there so many different software solutions in Additive Manufacturing and which ones do I really need?“ This was a question I was asked at lunch during the recently concluded RAPID 3D printing conference by a manager at an aerospace company. I gave her my thoughts as I was stuffing down my very average panini, but […]