PADT Company Pictures Through the Years

As we get ready to launch the new website and the new blog, I find myself looking back on PADT’s 18 year history.  While looking for some lab pictures I found a directory buried about 6 levels down on my C:\ drive called “CompanyPictures”  And inside are all of the pictures that we have kept […]

SBIR Awards at PADT

In 1999 PADT started looking for ways to leverage our various skills to further develop some intellectual property.  We had been doing projects for a variety of customers who were participating in the Small Business Innovative Research program through the federal government (SBIR), and we thought it might not be a bad idea to try […]

PADT’s very own Susanna Young Named as one of 2012’s Top Young Entrepreneurs by The Arizona Republic

Many PADT employees were looking through their newspaper (or browsing it online) and saw our very own Susanna Young made this years list of the Valley’s top Young Entrepreneurs. Susanna worked as an intern at PADT while she was going to ASU and still works part time when she is not trying to make the […]

PADT Golf Team Makes Huge Improvement in Standing at 2012 SME Golf Tournament

Our local Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Phoenix Chapter 067) held their 22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Fundraiser at the Arizona Grand Resort this weekend.  Fun was had by all and APDT was once again proud to be a sponsor. The weather was perfect and the event again raised money for the chapter’s scholarship fund. […]

3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, Additive Manufacturing? What is the Difference?

The technology called 3D Printing is getting a lot of press lately. Articles like “3D Printing is the New Personal Computer” and “The New MakerBot Replicator Might Just Change Your World” are all over this place in the fall of 2012.  For those of us who have been printing 3D parts since the early 1990’s, […]

PADT Medical Receives Support Award from AZBio, and Provides Awards to Others

On October 23rd, 2012 PADT was honored to receive an award at the AZBio Awards event in recognition for our support of Innovation in the Arizona Bio-Technology community.  It is a very cool little guy and is very happy on our awards shelf: In addition, we were very honored to be asked to manufacture many […]

Rapid Prototyping Technology Animations

Every once in a while we get asked to go out and do presentations on Rapid Prototyping. As part of that, we like to explain the four major technologies: SLA, SLS, FDM, and Polyjet. No matter how many hand gestures we use people just don’t seem to get it unless we show an animation. So […]

The RP Resource – Resources

Even a resource blog needs a resource page. Here are some links to places on the web that we think others may find useful: Wholers Associates This consulting company is a provider of technical and strategic information and advice on rapid prototyping.  On their site you can find such things as: The annual Wohlers Report, the […]

PADT’s YouTube Videos for Rapid Prototyping

As we get this new blog, The RP Resource, off the ground, we thought we would start with some posting about some videos we have done in the past that people in the RP community might find useful. We will start off with a simple slide show that shows some of the cool models we […]

First Look: Pumpkin Launch 2012

For a couple of years now, PADT has had a tradition of shooting off pumpkin mortars on Halloween.  Originally we took dry ice, sealed it with some water in a 2 Liter bottle, put it in a tube with a pumpkin on top and “bang-whooosh” a pumpkin goes a flying. Being engineers, we have to […]

Webinar Info: Getting Started with ANSYS Engineering Knowledge Manager (EKM)

Last Thursday (10/25/2012) Clinton Smith gave a well attended webinar sharing his experience getting the Engineering Knowledge Manager (EKM) up and running for him and how he used it on a project. As promised, the slides from that presentation and a link to the recording can be found here: PDF of Presentation: ekm_presentation_padt_csmith2012_WEBINAR.pdf The Recording: […]

Overcoming Convergence Difficulties in ANSYS Workbench Mechanical, Part II: Quick Usage of Mechanical APDL to Plot Distorted Elements

In part I if this series, we saw how to use Newton-Raphson residual plots as an aid to vanquishing convergence difficulties in ANSYS Workbench Mechanical.  In part II, we will see how to quickly launch the ANSYS Mechanical APDL user interface to plot elements that have undergone too much distortion, thereby resulting in a convergence […]

Additive Manufacturing

The Additive Manufacturing section of this blog is for PADT customers in particular, and users of 3D Printing in general.  We hope you find it useful and entertaining. Over time we will post information below. Feel free to use the search to find specific information.  We also have some non-changing information on our resource page.