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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
Western Technology is a manufacturer of specialty lighting solutions that cater to a variety of highly specialized industries such as aviation, oil and gas, and maritime. Their products are used in a variety of environments making it important that the design is both versatile and functional. In their Utah office, they have been successfully utilizing […]
New Mexico is a unique place in culture, beauty and art. It’s also very unique when it comes to the high-tech industry — both in good ways, and in bad. In “Viewpoint: 5 things that make high-tech business in NM unique (for better and worse)” I share some of my thoughts on what makes New […]
Joining Two of PADT’s Favorite Things: Simulation and 3D Printing Recent advances in Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) have removed barriers to manufacturing certain geometry because of constraints in traditional manufacturing methods. Although you can make almost any shape, how do you figure out what shape to make. Using ANSYS products you can apply topological optimization […]