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 […]

3D Printed Molds Save Time and Money for Specialty Lighting Company

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 […]

Albuquerque Business First: Viewpoint – 5 things that make high-tech business in NM unique (for better and worse)

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 […]

Simulation Driven Product Development with Free Form Fabrication

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 […]

Phoenix Business Journal: The next revolution in manufacturing is full automation

Manufacturing is about to go through a major revolution, one that will have impact around the world. A new generation of automation will be changing the way things are made. In “The next revolution in manufacturing is full automation” I take a look at what it all means.

ANSYS R17 Brings Added Tools to Mechanical Licenses

Some of you have probably already noticed, but ANSYS Mechanical licenses have some changes at version 17. First, the license that for years has been known as ANSYS Mechanical is now known as ANSYS Mechanical Enterprise. Further, ANSYS, Inc. has enabled significantly more functionality with this license at version 17 than was available in prior […]

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Additive Manufacturing Service is Back on Line at PADT

Everyone needs a vacation. After over 15 years of service our Sinterstation 2500Plus needed some facility upgrades  and machine updates. That work is now done and our SLS system is back up and running and better than ever, producing parts for customers who have come to count on its unique capabilities. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is […]

PADT Events – June 2016

The year is almost halfway over and the pace of events that PADT is attending and holding is slackening a bit as we account for summer vacation and, in Phoenix, the blistering heat.   Take a look below to see what we have planned, mostly webinars, and review what happened in a fun filled May below. […]

Fund a Great Idea: ReadyXO Crayon Box on KickStarter

As a parent I know that crayon management has always been a problem in our family, especially when we travel. We could have used the ReadyXO – a simple container that cleverly uses the lid to provide stability so it doesn’t tip over.  Now is your chance to control your crayons and help fund a […]

Phoenix Business Journal: ​A call for revolution: time to push back on long payment terms

I don’t rant so publicly often, but this new trend to push very long payment terms on to small businesses is just bad for everyone involved. Join the fight! Read the blog posting, “A call for revolution: time to push back on long payment terms”  and rise up!