PADT’s Manager of Human Resources, Lara Maack contributed a fantastic post to Forbes’ “Grads of LifeVoice” blog with her observations on how young employees in tech can improve their careers. In “Ask Not What Your Career Can Do For You, Ask What You Can Do For Your Career” she outlines ten basic steps every young tech worker can take to make the most out of what they have. If you are millennial in the workforce or deal with millennials, it is a useful read.
Not only is it a great article, but PADT’s very own Clinton, Patrick, and Stephen made it in the pictures of PADT’s representative “young employees”
Sometimes you hold an event as a way to educate the community, and then it comes back and educates you. This posting “Finding hope at a technology open house” shares what we learned at our SciTech Festival open house this year.
As our inaugural contribution to the Phoenix Business Blog I wrote an article relating a huge lesson we learned when we started PADT. “One piece of advice every new company should know” is… well you have to read the article.
As 3D Printing matures it is impacting a larger area within manufacturing companies. Supply chain management is a key part of any organization that makes physical parts, and 3D Printing has a big, and sometimes ignored, impact there. The Institute for Supply Chain Management made the topic their cover article for the March issue of their magazine: Inside Supply Management. The article does a good job of pointing out the realities of 3D Printing in a real manufacturing environment.
The article featured input from PADT and other experts in the area. Even if you are not directly involved in the supply chain side of things, it is worth a read to understand how the technology impacts things. The section on building a business case for 3D Printing is especially useful.
There is a nice sidebar that covered some of the lessons we have learned here at PADT:
Don't Cheap Out – get a commercial quality 3D Printer that doesn't cut corners
It's not for everyone – make sure that 3D Printing has a real benefit for your company
Understand quality needs – quality is different with 3D Printed parts, know this and work with it
Set traceability standards – you need to know where your material came from and where the parts you make end up
If you have any questions about 3D Printing and supply chain, or any other impact of the technology, don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to talk about it.