Customers, friends, partners, and students braved 100 degree temperatures and some unusual traffic to gather at PADT’s Tempe office to celebrate engineering and manufacturing in Arizona at Nerdtoberfest. Machinists, startup experts, engineers, and professors mingled under the stars and took a tour of the facilities while enjoying pizza and beer.
The day started with a seminar on Metal 3D Printing given by Dr. Dhruv Bhate. If you missed it, you can watch his talk here:
We followed that with the first ever PADT Perfect Pitch competition, where four teams pitched the same fictitious company as an exercise in seeing if those who teach, can do. That was such a big part of the day that it has it’s own blog post including a link to a video of all of the pitches.
And after the the laughing and congratulations to the winner of the Unicorn Cup, we started the open house. A chance to tour PADT and network with other members of the Arizona Tech Community.
If you have ever read a post before about one of our open houses you know we have a consistent problem. Once the party starts we stop taking pictures. The only one I got was of Dhruv showing off our new Laser Concepts Metal 3D Printer.
That room was definitely the star of the show and we calculated that Dhruv was talking from 3:00 to 8:30 – five and a half hours non-stop. He earned his pizza and beer.
The table from Basis Chandler was also popular, where they talked about their 3D Printed prosthetic hand project. We also had representatives from the SciTech Festival and RevAZ talking to visitors. The 3D Printing demo room was great and many people stopped to hear about how we are combining 3D Printing and ANSYS Simulation.
We always enjoy these events, they give us a chance to socialize with people we see all the time in work situations. It is also a great opportunity for us to introduce people that would probably otherwise not meet, and grow the strength of the Arizona engineering and manufacturing ecosystem.
For those of us that are part of the Arizona Technology community, the official kickoff of holiday and end of year celebrations is the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation, or GCOI. A who’s who of key people from startups to large aerospace firms gather at the convention center to recognize students, academicians, companies, and individuals who have had a significant impact on the State’s high tech industries. This is always a special evening for PADT because many of the attendees, and usually a few of the award winners, are our customers.
In fact, for 2015 we are proud to congratulate the following long time PADT customers who were recognized last night:
Medtronic Tempe Campus for Innovator of the Year, Large Company
Raytheon Missile Systems for winning the Pioneering Award
ASU’s Michael Crow, the OneNeck IT Services People’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Award winner (ASU is a large PADT customer… so we feel Dr. Crow is our customer as well.)
As in past years, PADT was honored to be able to fabricate the awards that were handed out. This year we used the overall design for the event, created by Atom, as our starting point. We used our Stratasys FDM printers to make the stair steps and “tech guy silhouette” The graphics are then printed on large stickers that are adhered to the back of an Arizona’ish shaped piece of plexiglass.
The PADT Booth
This year we decided to not bring a 3D Printer and instead focus on parts made on a wider variety of printers. The hit for visitors were the metal parts that were made on ConceptLaser Direct Laser Melting systems. In addition we got to talk about the great work that our product development team did for GlobalStar on the Spot devices and Orthosensor for their intelligent orthopedic sensors. We even had a few simulation people come by to talk ANSYS.
Hopefully you had a chance to talk with Andrew Miller, Kathryn Pesta, or Mario Vargas. If you missed us and want to know more about PADT, what we do, or the Arizona Technology Community, reach out and we will be happy to chat.
PADT held our 20th anniversary party at our primary offices in Tempe Arizona on April 10th. Despite the record high temperatures, around 400 people stop by to help us celebrate. There was good food, good entertainment, and most importantly, good people.
A highlight of the event is that April 10th was proclaimed PADT day in Tempe! That was an unexpected honor.
The only problem was not enough time to talk with everyone. If you could not make it, no worries. We have several events planned throughout the year.
Here are some images that we captured:
Most of these pictures were taken by Aaron Moncur from PipelineDesign.
Everyone here at PADT is working hard on their day-to-day tasks and getting ready for the 20th Anniversary Party tomorrow night from 5:30-9:00. The refreshments have been procured, ice is on order, and an appointment has been set to go get the cake. In light of tomorrows high temps, we even ordered two coolers to keep everyone comfortable, so “it’s too hot” is no longer a valid excuse.
Tomorrow around noon, all of PADT’s employees will gather together for a special anniversary pictures, attend a company meeting, then set everything up.
All we need now is you!
Even though we have been suffering from construction delays, the new demo & server room is finished enough to show everyone around. In the new room, will be highlighting our CUBE HPC hardware and the new Objet 3D Color Printer in this new facility, along with the scanners and other Additive Manufacturing machines you have all come to know and count on:
Here are some reminders for those that can make it:
Everyone is invited, no need to RSVP. Just come and bring a friend.
If you are social network kind of person, please tag any posts: #padt20
We will have plenty of food and drink
Entertainment will be provided for the young (and young at heart) with a bouncy-house and a magician
We will be featuring music from 1994… but it is an engineering event so don’t expect a lot of dancing.
Come at any time you want. Speeches and door price drawings will be from 6:30-7:00
We will be handing out some swag, first come first serve for t-shirts and slap bracelets.