PADT’s New Neighbors Break Ground

If you have visited PADT’s headquarters in Tempe, Arizona you know that we have been next to an empty lot since we moved in.  Today our new neighbors, Arizona Oncology, broke ground on their new East Valley facility.  Although we will miss watching the bunny rabbits and the unobstructed view of Elliot Road, we are […]

Video Blog: Copying Time Steps from a Thermal Transient to a Static Structural Model in ANSYS Mechanical

In this The Focus Video Blog, Joe Woodward shares a nice little trick he found when answering a tech support question. When you want to take timesteps from a transient thermal analysis in ANSYS Mechanical and use the results as loads in a series of static simulations, in just a few mouse clicks.

Thermo-Mechanical Reliability of PCBs

PCB designers know that it is critical to design a board for temperature rise, thermal expansion and external structural loads. The difficulty has always been to capture a board’s structural makeup accurately without having an impractical effect on solve time. CLICK HERE for a PDF that shows how ANSYS solves this challenge in a unique straightforward […]

Phoenix Business Journal: Why it’s time to stop using regulations as an excuse

We have all experienced times where someone uses regulations and rules as an excuse to stop or slow some initiative in a company.  The blog post  “Why it’s time to stop using regulations as an excuse” is a bit of a rant on why this is a bad idea and what we can do to avoid […]

Phoenix Business Journal: ​For every Woz, you need a Jobs

A successful startup is often the result of how the leadership performs.  In most cases the ideal CEO doesn’t exist, and if you dig down you usually find that the company is being led by two people who compliment each other.  In “For every Woz, you need a Jobs” I look at one of the […]

Be One of the First to Witness 3D Printing Reinvented

  According to some, the novelty of 3D printing has been wearing off — its mentioned in daily conversations, used on Grey’s Anatomy episodes, incorporated in high school and college classes. Most iPhone-wielding millennials know what it is and how it works. It’s not a “new thing” anymore, right? Wrong. Coming to Denver, Salt Lake […]

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.