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 you are not up for reading right now, you can also view our video content on YouTube here.


 

Additive Manufacturing: 3D Printing a Metal Shift Knob for Faster Cooling

Posted on May 25, 2017, by: Eric Miller

When Nathan Huber moved to Arizona from Colorado to join PADT he learned a lot, and one of the things he learned fast was that the inside of cars get very hot in the summer here.  In fact, the shift knob on his car was untouchable in July.  This coincided with his learning more about metal 3D Printing and an idea occurred, what about 3D Printing a metal shift knob designed to cool off faster, and that looked cool.  Oh, and use ANSYS to drive the design. He blogged about it before (here and here), and Additive Manufacturing online picked up the story and added to it on their blog post "3D Printing a Metal Shift Knob for Faster Cooling"  Check it out, they did a nice job of explaining what we did and how Nathan used several of our tools like ANSYS Mechanical and our Concept Laser metal system to realize the design.  

Phoenix Business Journal: ​Remembering Kelley Johnson, aircraft design icon and project management superstar

Posted on May 23, 2017, by: Eric Miller

One of my engineering idols is Clarence "Kelley" Johnson. He led the design of many of the coolest aircraft ever made, and he was a pioneer in managing large engineering projects.  In "​Remembering Kelley Johnson, aircraft design icon and project management superstar" I talk about why he was such an important figure in technology, and some rules he developed for effective project management. Even if you are not an airplane person, it is worth getting to know his work and his methods.  

Phoenix Business Journal: Why medical startups should not focus on patients

Posted on May 22, 2017, by: Eric Miller

It sounds counterintuitive, but it is one of those positions where you sometimes have take a different path to end up where you should. I  "Why medical startups should not focus on patients" in order to in the end, deliver better products and better outcome to their patients. I've observed too many good ideas fail because the creators are not paying attention to the people who will pay for and deploy the solution.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​Automation is here and we need to pay attention

Posted on May 16, 2017, by: Eric Miller

People talk about automation, mostly with respecte to manufacturing, like it is something that is comming.  But "Automation is here and we need to pay attention." If you don't understand how computer software, robotics, and sensors are changing every aspect of our lives, odds are you will miss how it will change your business.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​Technical training for employees is changing, is that a good thing?

Posted on May 10, 2017, by: Eric Miller

Like so much else these days, the way that we deliver training to employees has changed over time to take advantage of new technologies. This is especially true for technical training on how to use hardware and software. The traditional classroom approach has been replaced with online and on-demand training. In "Technical training for employees is changing, is that a good thing?" I put on my curmudgeon hat and talk about why the traditional way has advantages that outway the negatives.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​5 things to think about when implementing a database product at your business

Posted on May 5, 2017, by: Eric Miller

If you have ever implemented a Database appcliation at your business you know it can be a pain.  In "​5 things to think about when implementing a database product at your business" I go over some lessons that we have learned over time to make the whole process and outcome better.

3D Metal Printing: A Role in Military Fleet Readiness

Posted on May 5, 2017, by: Eric Miller

The project to keep a 1944 P-51 Mustang flying was covered again, this time in 3D Metal Printing Magazine (Pg 23-33).   Concept Laser worked with PADT to reverse engineer and print the exhaust manifold from a P-51 to keep it flying.  Unlike the other article and video on the project, this reporter used this example as a great way to look at the readiness of military aircraft, and not just antique planes. As PADT's Rey Chu says "“This was a great exercise that’s suitable for numerous military applications and very relevant to the future use of 3D metal printing to maintain fleets in the field,” Chu says. “Maintaining spare-parts inventory has become a significant challenge, for example, to the Air Force. Additive manufacturing could be the solution.”

Silicon Desert Insider: Self-driving cars are driving big changes in tech

Posted on April 25, 2017, by: Eric Miller

Everywhere you drive in Phoenix you see autonomous cars being tested.  These are cool and all, but they also are a sign of a whole new boom in technological change. In "Self-driving cars are driving big changes in tech" I go over some of the key disruptive innovations that will be driven by these new vehicles.

Phoenix Business Journal: 3 keys to success for smart home devices

Posted on April 25, 2017, by: Eric Miller

When Cox Communications asked us to be part of its local Smart Home Tour I said yes for one simple reason: I wanted to see a truly connected home. in "3 keys to success for smart home devices" I discuss some of the lessons I learned about IoT devices that actually work in the home.

Phoenix Business Journal: 6 ways to adapt your business model to disruptive technology

Posted on April 12, 2017, by: Eric Miller

Technology is always changing, and it is changing faster and in more ways. Even if your business is not a “technology” business, new ways of doing things, new business models, and new ways of communicating will impact your business. In "6 ways to adapt your business model to disruptive technology" I explore six simple things that you can do to not just avoid harm by, but to take advantage of disruptive technologies.

Engineering.com: Metal Additive Manufacturing Keeps Legend Flying

Posted on April 6, 2017, by: Eric Miller

What do you do when you want to replace the exhaust on a 1944 P-51D Mustang warbird and you also happen to be a pioneer in additive manufacturing?  You work with Concept Laser and PADT to can and print a replacement stainless steel part.  In "Metal Additive Manufacturing Keeps Legend Flying" Engineering.com details the project that involved blue light scanning and 3D Printing of new metal part in modern Stainless Steel, replacing the three-piece weldment with a single part. They also did a fantastic video about the effort: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDsAXsiJVy4 If you would like to learn how PADT can help you reverse engineering your legacy geometry and recreate it using Additive Manufacturing, contact us.

Phoenix Business Journal: How universities can be a needed catalyst and safe place for cooperation

Posted on April 5, 2017, by: Eric Miller

How do competitors work together in a mutually beneficial way?  In "How universities can be a needed catalyst and safe place for cooperation" I take a look at the important role Universities can play in enabling this type of cooperation.  Based on our own experience in such partnerships, I talk about what Universities can do to take a leadership role in this area.

Phoenix Business Journal: The future of artificial intelligence – The machines are taking over

Posted on April 5, 2017, by: Eric Miller

Artificial Intelligence is one of those technologies that you hear about a lot, but may not notice. In "The future of artificial intelligence: The machines are taking over" I look at what AI is an how it is impacting businesses today and what to look for in the near future for this important technolgy.

Phoenix Business Journal: Instant messaging and business communication

Posted on March 24, 2017, by: Eric Miller

hey  you didn't read my email you comming to the meeting?

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Instant messaging has moved from a personal communication tool to an important part of business communication. But if we use it like email, it will loose its impact. "Intant messaging and business communication" looks at the topic.

Phoenix Business Journal: How can technology further art?

Posted on March 24, 2017, by: Eric Miller

Technology is an awesomely creative endeavor - innovation and inspiration is combined with science to create new products and tools for people and businesses. It is creative, but it’s not art. In "How can technology further art" I look at what technology can do to open new ways for people to express themselves and to make art more accesable.