It’s been a busy couple of weeks for PADT, jetting around the four-corner region for technical conferences. Three in fact.
The first was the 2013 Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Annual Meeting & Exhibit in Denver, Colorado. We were focusing on simulation for this event, with Flownex and ANSYS. We were not however, focusing our camera phone, this is the best picture we got:
Next was an event near and dear to our heart, the 2nd Annual Aerospace & Defense Requirements Conference put on by the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority. Since so many of our employees grew up in the Arizona Aerospace community, it was great to see old co-workers and a large number of our customers at the event, held at the Scottsdale Hilton. At this event we were able to highlight how all of PADT’s services and products can benefit our Aerospace and Defense customers.
And just this week, our team in Utah was at the Wasatch Front Materials Expo (WFME) for the local Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) conference at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. This was a great opportunity to show of the use of FDM and PolyJet 3D Printing technology from Stratasys for prototyping and tooling.
After working with the mining industry in Arizona for years, we have finally gotten around to joining the two professional groups that work with the industry: Arizona Mining & Industry Get our Support, better known as AMIGOS, and the Arizona Mining Association. We are excited about being able to contribute more to the Arizona mining community through these two groups.
Mining is still a dominant industry in the state, especially copper mining with the state providing 68% of the copper produced in the US in 2011. PADT has supplied software and hardware to both large multinational mining companies, equipment suppliers, and small consultants. We have also provide simulation of mining processes and airflow in mines to several companies. With the addition of Flownex to our product and services offering, our involvement with the industry has grown even more.
But, to be honest, by far and away the coolest part of being involved with mining in all of the states we work in is when we get to go visit a mine, or get to look up close at the huge equipment our customers make. This is some cool engineering. We plan on doing visiting new mines and exploring more equipment as we get more involved with these groups.
If you are interested in joining either group, click here.
PADT is proud to announce that we are officially certified to resell the full line of Stratasys products, including the newly added Polyjet 3D Printers from Objet. We were very pleased when Objet and Stratasys decided to merge to become the new Stratasys, and we have been waiting patiently for the legal merger to take place, and then for the two organizations to merge their businesses. Now that wait is over and PADT just completed our sales and support training for the Polyjet product line and we can offer it to customers in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada.
Here is a family photo of the line:
As you can see, they start with small desktop systems and work their way up to the monster Objet1000, a true beast of a machine capable of printing parts up to 39 inches long!
There are two key characteristics that really sets these systems apart: The variety of materials available and the precision of the parts they make.Because the Polyjet systems use ink-jet printer heads, they lay down small droplets of photocurable material. So the resolution of each layer can be up to 600 dpi, and the layers themselves can be very thin, as thin as 16 microns.The same ink-jet technology also allows for the use of such a wide variety of material. Over 100 different materials can be made by mixing two different materials during the build. This allows materials the have the properties of ABS, Polypropylene, rubber, or transparent plastic. And materials can vary on a given layer or from layer to layer.Another set of ink-jet heads allow for the deposition of a water soluble support material, that is easily washed away to make the post processing of parts made on a Polyjet machine simple and fast.
We cold go on and on about this technology, or you can see it for yourself. As we mentioned, this technology is not new to PADT, so we know a lot about it and are eager to share what we have learned over the years. If you want to learn more, simply contact us and we will be ready to answer your questions, show you some machines, and help determine if Polyjet technology is the right fit for you.
You can also check out our new Polyjet product pages, where you can find brochures and videos that give a lot more information.
And look for more information on this blog as we share stories, tips, and hints on the use of these systems.
We just finished the last group and we can say that tonight’s open house at PADT was a big success. We had over 100 visitors that came to see our facility and learn about simulation, product development, and rapid prototyping. Our favorite was all the little kids that made it out to learn about 3D Printing. They had the best questions and their enthusiasm was infectious.
There were so many visitors that we didn’t have time to take too many pictures, but hopefully the folks from the Scitech Festival will have lots to share. Here is one:
If you missed the event, have no fear, most of what we talked about is available on our website: www.padtinc.com.
Or if you have a group that would like a tour, just contact us and we will set it up.
To see other events that are part of the Arizona Scitech Festival visit: azscitechfest.org.
We received great news last night that the team PADT has been working with, HDR, has been chosen to do the feasibility study on developing the Front Range Airport into Spaceport Colorado. The Denver Post has a good summary of the effort.
Norman Stucker, our General Manager for Colorado Operations, has been a contributor to this effort to grow commercial space in Colorado. PADT has been very pleased with the support of the local business community, the governor’s office, and the legislature on this effort.
This is another important and successful step in a long but very exciting journey. Stay tuned for more!
Every day we get a little update from Constant Contact on how many people subscribed or unsubscribed from our mailing list. The number this morning was 11411:
I don’t really remember when it got above 10,000, but 11,000 is an impressive number of people who want to be kept informed about various things going on at PADT. But what struck me for some reason was the symmetry of the number: 11-4-11
Does symmetry in numbers fascinate you? Or am I just weird Does posting stuff like this risk a reduction in our subscriber count?
If you want to help us get to 11511, or 12012, subscribe to PADT’s emails on our subscription page.
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 over the years. After looking at them I thought it might be fun to put them out there on the Blog.
Unfortunately we did not think to take a picture till 2000. So we were already 6 years old. Since then we only missed 2004. Take a look. Maybe you recognize someone you used to work with here, maybe you used to work here. Let us know what you think in the comments.