Press Release: New Digital Manufacturing Facility for On-Demand Delivery of Production Quality Parts Opened at PADT

PADT is very proud to announce that our new manufacturing facility that uses 3D Printing technology to make production parts in volume, is open for business.  When we bought our first Additive Manufacturing machine in 1994 we dreamed of the day when we could have several machines quickly making complete plastic parts in one step. Carbon’s Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS) was the technology we were waiting for. It is here now, and we are now making real parts with injection molded quality.

We chose to leverage Carbon’s technology because of the three key differentiators in their system:

  1. Digital light projection is much faster than a laser or print head.
  2. Oxygen permeable optics enables accurate project while keeping the part from sticking to the optics.
  3. Programmable liquid resins produce parts with excellent mechanical properties, resolution and surface finish.

What every engineer wants: fast, strong, and accurate.  And because it is Additive Manufacturing, no tooling is required and shapes that can be created that are impossible to manufacture with traditional methods.  This is the promise of 3D Printing for production, and we can’t wait to see what our customers do with it.

Please read the press release below for more details on the opening of our facility.

You can also find more information here:

Please find the official press release on this new partnership below and here in PDF and HTML

Now is the time to explore production using Additive Manufacturing.  If you have plastic parts that you want to manufacture using 3D Printing, contact Renee Palacios at renee@padtinc.com or 480.813.4884.

Press Release:

New Digital Manufacturing Facility for On-Demand Delivery
of Production Quality Parts Opened at PADT

A Carbon Certified Production Partner, PADT Enables Customers to Make Cost-Effective Parts Quickly with Near-Injection Molded Material Properties

TEMPE, Ariz., June 21, 2018 ─ Realizing the long-term promise of 3D Printing to replace traditional manufacturing as a way to make production parts, Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT) today announced the launch of On-Demand Manufacturing with Carbon. As a certified Production Partner of Silicon Valley-based Carbon, PADT can now deliver to its customers cost-effective, quality parts in volumes of between 2,000–5,000 in about one week, using Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesisä (DLS) technology and the Carbon production system.

“Since we started in 3D Printing almost 25 years ago, we have dreamed of the day that we could use additive manufacturing to move beyond prototyping and deliver production parts to our customers when they need them, the way they need them,” said Rey Chu, co-founder and principal, PADT. “Carbon’s DLS technology has made this possible by giving us a faster process that creates parts with the same properties as injection molding.”

Core to On-Demand Manufacturing with Carbon is Carbon’s proprietary DLS technology, which changes the way companies design, engineer, make and deliver products. Carbon’s novel approach uses digital light projection, oxygen permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to produce parts with excellent mechanical properties, resolution and surface finish. A significant advantage of using the approach is that no tooling is required. High-quality parts are produced without the time or expense of creating molds, and shapes that cannot be made with injection molding can be created using Carbon’s DLS technology.

“Our goal is to deliver true, scalable digital fabrication across the globe, enabling creators to design and produce previously unmakeable products, both economically and at scale,” said Dana McCallum, head of Production Partnerships at Carbon. “PADT has a long history in the industry and a strong reputation for engineering excellence. We’re thrilled to have them as a certified Carbon production partner.”

PADT’s on-demand manufacturing is backed up by in-house product development, inspection, simulation and injecting molding expertise. All parts are produced under its quality system, and its in-house Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machining lets the company complete any critical feature creation on-site with no delays.

PADT’s Digital Manufacturing Facility, the Southwest’s first true “3D Printing factory,” is now open to customers. For more information about On-Demand Manufacturing with Carbon, please visit PADT’s site here or call 1-800-293-PADT. For more information about Carbon, visit www.carbon3d.com.

About Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies

Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies, Inc. (PADT) is an engineering product and services company that focuses on helping customers who develop physical products by providing Numerical Simulation, Product Development, and 3D Printing solutions. PADT’s worldwide reputation for technical excellence and experienced staff is based on its proven record of building long-term win-win partnerships with vendors and customers. Since its establishment in 1994, companies have relied on PADT because “We Make Innovation Work.” With over 80 employees, PADT services customers from its headquarters at the Arizona State University Research Park in Tempe, Arizona, and from offices in Torrance, California, Littleton, Colorado, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Austin, Texas, and Murray, Utah, as well as through staff members located around the country. More information on PADT can be found at www.PADTINC.com.

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PADT, Inc.
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Getting to Know PADT: Manufacturing Consulting

This post is the tenth installment in our review of all the different products and services PADT offers our customers. As we add more, they will be available here.  As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to info@padtinc.com or give us a call at 1-800-293-PADT.

When you think about manufacturing and PADT, you will most often think of Additive Manufacturing, or more generally 3D Printing. Although this new and exciting area of technology is the foundation of our Advanced Manufacturing department, it is only one part of what we offer. As discussed in the opening piece in this series, our manufacturing team also offers part scanning and reverse engineering services.  What many people do not know is that our experts, often working with our product development team, also offer consulting services for all kinds of manufacturing.

When it comes to getting parts made, a company needs to find the right manufacturing methods, the proper processes, the right vendor, and the right manufacturing plan to get their parts made correctly and cost-effectively.  This is true if they manufacture and assemble in-house, if they outsource the entire process, or if they do a combination of building, buying, and assembling.  PADT is a valuable resource that can help investigate options, provide advice on next steps, and even serve as a liaison between our customers and their suppliers and vendors. Whatever the product, whatever the manufacturing technology, and wherever the facility, PADT can help.

Here are some typical examples of what we have done for customers.  If you do not see what you need, no worries, contact us anyway and we can figure it out.  Simply put, if you need help getting stuff made, we are here to help.

Finding Manufacturing Solutions

Getting products made can be hard. And pressures in most segments for greater performance in less volume for less cost are making manufacturing challenges more difficult every year. Many times traditional methods and processes that have worked in the past just can not get the job done.  That is where PADT comes in to look at your needs with fresh eyes backed with a wealth of knowledge about different manufacturing solutions.  Sometimes we help change the design and sometimes we change the process, and often we work with our customer to do both so that they can get their parts made.

Vendor Identification and Management

Many customers come to us with a simple request: Find someone that can make this and help us get it made. They may not have the staff with the proper experience needed to find, qualify, and manage vendors.  Or those people may simply be too busy.  PADT’s network of proven vendors combined with our project management expertise makes for a simple and single point solution for customers large and small.  From supply chain, through inspection, to shipment, our team can take on the tasks you need to be done to make sure your products show up ready and to specification where and when they need to be there.

Injection Molding Consulting

The most common type of consulting that we conduct for customers is helping them with injection molding.  If they need a straightforward part with no technical challenges, then there are literally thousands of vendors that can do that job. But if the plastic parts they need have challenges, if normal injection molding suppliers have look at the parts and scratched their heads, that is when PADT can step in and solve problems.  We can use our knowledge of plastic part design, our large network of expert injection molders, and proven problem-solving skills to find a way to get those difficult parts made in a timely and affordable manner.

Developing New Technologies

Sometimes, there just is not an existing way to get something made.  There may be technologies that get close, but nothing that already exists in the right combination.  That is when PADT’s advanced manufacturing, simulation, and design skills can all come together to develop new technologies and processes to enable true innovation.  From new material combinations to novel post-processing approaches, our team can bring in other experts and suppliers to find ways to push out beyond the leading edge of advanced manufacturing.

We Make Innovation Work

No part of bringing products to market stresses the importance of making innovation work more than manufacturing. This is where all of the ideas and solutions come together to create a physical product. Every product is unique, and every product has unique manufacturing problems. That is why PADT’s Manufacturing Consulting is called on by customers across industries to solve problems and find solutions.  And that is why if you are facing manufacturing challenges, you should call on PADT to help you.

Stuff I Learned about Injection Molding with 3D Printed Tooling

3DPrinting-Injection-Molding-Pic-StauberMaking injection molding tools using 3D Printing has been a long term goal for the industry.  I knew the technology had advanced recently, but was really not aware how far it had come until I attended two seminars in Utah on the subject. In this post I’ll share what I learned, and share some content that goes into greater detail.

The Seminars

The reason for my update on this subject was a visit to PADT’s Utah office.  Our two people there, Anthony Wagoner (sales) and James Barker (engineering), told me they were doing a seminar on injection molding and I should go. I figured why not, I’m in town. Maybe I’ll meet a couple of customers.  Almost 30 people showed up to the Salt Lake Community College Injection Molding lab for the event.  Gil Robinson from Stratasys presented a fantastic overview (included in the download package) on where the technology is, how to apply it, and gave some great real world examples.  There were some fantastic questions as well which allowed us to really explore the technology

 

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Then the best part happened when we walked into the shop and saw parts being made right there on the machine. They had recently printed a tool and were shooting polypropylene parts while we were in the classroom next door. During the hour long presentation, Richard Savage from ICU Medical was able to fine-tune the injection molding machine and good parts were popping out. As you can imagine, what followed next was they type of discussion would expect with  a room full of injection molding people. “What material? How hot? What pressure? What is the cooling time? Do you use compressed air to cool it? Not a lot of flash, how hard are you clamping it? These features here, what draft did you need?”  Good stuff.  I got caught up in everything and forgot to grab some pictures.

I learned so much at that event that I decided to head north along the Wasatch Range to Clearfield and the Davis Applied Technology College.  About the same number of people were able to make it from medical, aerospace, and consumer products companies in Northern Utah.  Gil presented the same material, but this time we got some different questions so I learned a bit more about material options and some other lessons learned.

Then we visited their lab where I did remember to take some pictures:

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Here is a shot of different shots that Jonathan George from DATC did to dial in the parameters.  It took him about an hour, not bad for the first time using a 3D Printed tool.

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The part is actually a clam shell assembly for Christmas lights, in the shape of a snow flake. Here is what they look like on the tree itself. IMG_8235

And here is a video they made showing the process. He was able to get 950 shots out of the tool.

In talking to attendees at both events I learned of several great applications that they were going to try, varying from medical devices for clinical trials to making rubber masking tools for surface treatments. The injection molding community in Utah is very sophisticated and forward thinking.

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What I Learned

I’ll spare you the details on what we had for dinner Monday night for the Utah office holiday celebration and jump right in to what I learned.

  1. For  the right applications, you can get some very nice parts from 3D Printed tools
  2. You do need to take the process in to account and oriented the tools facing upward in the machine, add a bit more draft than usual, and keep your pressures and temperature down when compared to metal tools.
  3. For some parts, you can get over 1,000 shots from a tool, but most poeple are getting a couple of hundred parts.
  4. As with any injection molding, the magic is in the tool design and setting up the right parameters on the injection molding press.
  5. Tricky parts can be made by using metal inserts
  6. Some machining may be required on your 3D printed tool to get it just right, but that is mostly reaming holes for ejector pins and metal inserts
  7. Plastic is an insulator (duh) so plastic tools have to be cooled more slowly and with air.
  8. Conformal cooling is a great idea, but some work still needs to be done to get it to work.
  9. The mold usually fails during part ejection, so using mold release, good draft, and proper design can reduce the loading during ejection and get more parts from the tool.
  10. The material of choice for this is DigitalABS on Stratasys Connex Machines.

There was a ton more, and you can find most of it in the download package.

The big take-away from both events was that this technology works and it really does allow you to create an injection molding tool in a couple of hours on a 3D Printer. In the time it normally takes to just get the order figured out for a machined tool (RFQ, Quote, Iterate, PO, etc…) you can have your parts.

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Next Steps

Interested in trying this out yourself or learning more?  We have put together an injection molding package with the following content:

  • Polyjet Injection Molding Application Brief
  • 18 Page Polyjet Injection Molding Technical Guide
  • 12 Page White Paper: Precision Prototyping – The Role of 3D Printed Molds in the Injection Molding Industry
  • 3D Printed Injection Molding Application Guide from PADT and Stratasys
  • Presentation from Seminars
  • List of Relevant Videos
  • Four Real World Case Studies
  • Link List for Other Resources  on the Web

We have spent some time putting all this information in one place and put it into one convenient ZIP file.  Please click here to download this very useful content.

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