LinkedIn: Why is 3D Printing Such a Big Deal

The recent explosion of interest in 3D printing has been fascinating to engineers like myself that have been using what we call Additive Manufacturing as a standard tool for over two decades. It is easy to dismiss the interest of the general public and the media as hype and trendiness. But doing so would be […]

LinkedIn: Successful Social Selling: What I learned at LinkedIn Sales Connect 2015

This popular LinkedIn Post is a review of the things I learned at SalesConnect 2015 and how to use LinkedIn to sell more efficiently. “Successful Social Selling: What I learned at LinkedIn Sales Connect 2015”  covers the overall theme of “Connect + Inspire + Transform, implementation lessons that people have learned, and the idea of […]

Phoenix Business Journal: 3-D Printing Hits Major Milestones in 2015

As our final contribution to the AZ Tech Council and PBJ’s TechFlash Column for year, we shared how “3-D Printing Hits Major Milestones in 2015.” The article give our picks for what was significant with Additive Manufacturing for the Materials, Medical, Manufacturing, Military, and Mainstream aspects of the business. The 3-D industry had a typical […]

Phoenix Business Journal: Why Now is the Time for Arizona to Take the Next Step with Tech Startups

PADT’s December contribution to the TechFlash column in the Phoenix Business Journal is a call to action for Arizona to step up their startup game. “Why Now is the Time for Arizona to Take the Next Step with Tech Startups” suggests the following actions: Work Together Make University IP Licensing Work Give Back by Taking […]

Phoenix Business Journal: How the International Business Climate in the Medical Device Industry is Changing

After attending the Medica/Compamed 2015 shows in Dusseldorf, Germany, we summarized the experience in this article for the Phoenix Business Journal.  As the title says, it covers “How the International Business Climate in the Medical Device Industry is Changing.” and what companies need to do to keep up with the changes.

Phoenix Business Journal: 5 Ways to Improve your Next Product

In this, our first contribution to the AZ Tech Council and PBJ’s TechFlash column, we provide some basic advice on getting products to market faster: “5 Ways to Improve your Next Product.” The five suggestions are: Define requirements based on customer value Frontload the process with exploration and iterations Involve suppliers in the process Build […]

Desktop Engineering: Your Optimization Software Respectfully Suggests a Revision

When Desktop Engineering needed a subject matter expert on Topological Optimization and its use to drive product development, they called on PADT’s Manoj Mahendran.  The article “Your Optimization Software Respectfully Suggests a Revision” gives a great overview of how designs can be driven by the use of Topological Optimization. They also mention a few of the […]

Publications

Although most of what PADT publishes is here on this blog, we do get asked to submit articles to periodicals, journals, blogs, and other external publications.  We also get interviewed every once in a while. This part of the blog will give brief summaries of what was published and a link to where they are published. If […]

Constitutive Modeling of 3D Printed FDM Parts: Part 1 (Challenges)

As I showed in a prior blog post, Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is increasingly being used to make functional plastic parts in the aerospace industry. All functional parts have an expected performance that they must sustain during their lifetime. Ensuring this performance is attained is crucial for aerospace components, but important in all applications. Finite […]

Christmas Left-Right Gift Exchange Story: Star Wars Adventure

For our Christmas parties at PADT we generally have over 40 employees so a traditional secret Santa gift exchange takes to long. So a couple of years ago we downloaded a right-left gift exchange story from the internet and it was a big hit. We ran out of stories on the internet, so we started […]

3D Printed Plastics in Functional Aerospace Parts

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is the most widely used 3D printing technology today, ranging from desktop printers to industrial scale manufacturing tools. While the use of FDM for prototyping and rapid tooling is well established, its use for manufacturing end-use parts in aerospace is a more recent phenomenon. This has been brought about primarily due […]

Arizona Chief Science Officers Design Their Own 3D Printed Name Badges

The Chief Science Officer program is a program for 6th-12th grade students to represent their school in STEM. And what better way is there for them to identify themselves then with 3D Printed name badges?  The program’s sponsors, the AZ SciTech Festival offer a training retreat for the kids who get elected as their school’s CSO […]

Star Wars – The Force Awakens with PADT

For an engineer, there are certain TV and Movie experiences that border on the religious – Star Wars is of course one of those.  That is why PADT’s main office in Tempe closed down today to head down the freeway to the Chandler to see Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. Around 370 employees, family […]

Activating Hyperdrive in ANSYS Simulations

With PADT and the rest of the world getting ready to pile into dark rooms to watch a saga that we’ve been waiting for 10 years to see, I figured I’d take this opportunity to address a common, yet simple, question that we get: “How do I turn on HPC to use multiple cores when […]

New Enhancements to Flownex 2015: Even Better Fluid-Thermal Simulation

The developers of Flownex have been hard at work again and have put out a fantastic update to Flownex 2015.  These additions go far beyond what most simulation programs include in an update, so we thought it was worth a bit of a blog article to share it with everyone.  You can also download the full […]