Technology has changed so much in our world that sometimes it is hard to get your head around it. The fact that Google is driving and walking around the world taking a picture of streets everywhere is something easy to say, but had to comprehend. Everyone now has the chance of having their blurred face saved for posterity – if you are in the right place at the right time.
On my current visit to PADT’s Colorado office someone mentioned that Manoj and Stephen were caught on Google Street View outside our office. I figured they were snapped while running out the front door to leap into a car and speed off to do an impromptu demo or provide face-to-face technical support to a struggling customer. something heroic and super hero like in a technical-guy sort of way.
So I went to Google maps and put in “PADT Colorado” and clicked on street view: Looks like a nice summer day on main street in historic downtown Littleton. You can see the US, Colorado, and PADT flags on the balcony of our office. I bet if I move down the street I’ll see them racing out the door.
Nope, I don’t see their cars either, maybe they are in the parking lot. Wait, that kind of looks like Manoj on the left side of the street in the blue shirt. Let’s go one more pic down the road.
There they are, Manoj and Steve! Being the engineers that they are, they of course recognized the Google StreetView car and Manoj is waiving at it. Hey, what is that… a football? They weren’t rushing to solve a technical emergency, they were playing catch in the grass on a sunny bright day! No computers, laptop bags, or pocket protectors.
Much cooler thing to get caught doing on street view. Bravo.
The next pictures shows Stephen saying hello to the world as well. Awesome.
They both made PADT proud in their 1500 pixels of fame.
Every year in November the Arizona technology community gathers to celebrate innovation in the state. The 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) was a great event for the state and for PADT. This years winners ranged from high school students to legislators to internationally recognized leaders in the software industry. And, unlike most tech events in the state, everyone was dressed up all fancy. The gala is put on by our friends at the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority.
This is a special event for PADT for a variety of reasons. We have been a sponsor of the GCOI for several years, hauling out our equipment and samples for a booth to show off Mechanical Engineering in the state. This year we were also honored to provided a judge to help choose the winners and we also made the trophies for those who won. In addition, PADT was the winner of the 2011 Pioneering Award. Every year we add more good memories to this event which puts an exclamation point on the year.
Congratulations to the Winners
This years nominees was a great indication of the strength of technology companies and educators in the state. As always, the students who received recognition were the most inspiring. It is truly amazing what they have achieved while still in High School.
It was especially nice to see PADT customers Syncardia and Securaplane receive awards. Both companies are based in Tucson and are leading the way in their industries. Syncardia produces the only FDA approved total artificial heart, truly saving lives on a daily basis. Securaplane provides the aviation industry with a variety of security and power sub-systems.
We were also pleased to see Pat Sullivan take home a “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Pat started ACT! in the early days of personal computing, and many of us at PADT have been users of his software, and we still use it today at PADT. In addition, we are an investor in Pat’s new company, Contatta, through the Arizona Tech Investors.
This year the judges decided to add a special award, the Judges Award, for outstanding contributions to the technology community. The first ever winner was the Society of Women Engineers. This group is a big favorite of PADT because of their hard work to diversify the field and support many in school and in their careers.
Check out the article in the Phoenix Business Journal to see a full list of winners.
3D Printed Awards
Once again, PADT provided the awards for the winners. It is one thing to see people you know and admire win an award, it is even more meaningful when you see them holding an award that you designed and made. Seeing Governor Brewer pose with her special award was kind of cool.
In the past, we have used a combination of 3D Printing and traditional methods to make the awards, but this year we were able to produce everything using additive manufacturing technologies.
The top portion of the awards was created on our Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 polyjet machine. This device uses inkjet heads to deposit layers of photo-curable polymers. It has four heads, allowing us to lay down support material, a base material, and two colors. We used a transparent material for the base, and mixed yellow and magenta to get the different colors that “float” inside the transparent oval.
The base was created on our FORTUS 400 fused deposition modeling machine using ABS plastic. Both of the parts were generated in CAD and printed directly. This application shows the power of 3D Printing. We were able to create 11 unique trophies without the need for tooling, special equipment, or expertise in any given process. We simply visualized what we wanted on the computer, then sent the resulting custom designs to the printers. Specifically, the unique text for each award was extruded as a solid inside the main body, floating above the state of Arizona.
Ever been on a flight, hear someone sneeze, and then sit in fear as you imagine millions of tiny infectiousness germs laughing historically as they spread through the cabin of the plane? In my imagination they are green and drip mucus. In reality they are small liquid particles and instead of going everywhere, it appears they fall on just a few unlucky people.
ANSYS, Inc. put out a very cool video showing the results of an in-cabin CFD run done by Purdue University that tracks the pathogens as they leave the sick persons mouth, get caught in the climate control system’s air stream, and waft right on the people next to and behind them. The study was done for the FAA Center for Excellence for Airliner Cabin Environment Research.
Here is the video, check it out and share with your friends. Especially if you have a friend that doesn’t sneezes out into the open air:
Last Thursday (10/30/2014) PADT was honored to host the closing event for this years “Arizona Manufacturing Month” The event was well attended with almost 300 people stopping for networking, food, beer, and some examples of the future of Manufacturing in the state.
Food was provided by Teakwoods Tavern and Grill (the barbecue beef went fast!) and samples of beer were provided by Arizona Manufacturer, Four Peaks Brewing.
In addition to all of the companies and customers who attended, we were pleased to have a great group of High School Robotics teams that showed up to share their robots with us and take part in a brief awards ceremony for PADT’s “2014 FIRST Robotics Grant” competition. Read more about that here.
All and all a great event and our staff wants to thank everyone for making it an enjoyable and value added gathering. We hope to see more of you here next year as momentum grows and more and more people learn about the Revolution in Manufacturing that is taking place in Arizona.
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Without hoopla or sponsorship from a major beverage company, Alan Eustace assembled a team of experts to shatter the record from jumping from the stratosphere. Paragon Space Development, someone we can proudly call a PADT customer, formed the backbone of the team that made the StratEx project so successful. Using their experience with creating self-contained and safe human environments, and their general awesome engineering know-how, they developed a system that used just a space suite instead of a full capsule. This allowed the parachutist to leap from 135,908 ft!
This project was about science and setting records, as well as proving out the technology for other uses. See where Paragon is going with this technology on the WorldView page- their answer to commercial space tourism that is practical and inspiring. worldviewexperience.com/
We love art at PADT. We especially love it when the tools we use, sell, and support for high-end engineering are used to create art. Last week we were able to participate in an event at the Shemer Art Center that did just that. “MATERIALIZE: 3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping” is an exhibition that strives to educate artists and the public about new digital tools used to create art. The museum challenged artists to create original works using the capabilities of 3D printers. PADT attended the opening on October 16th and showed off some of our own parts.
Here is a picture of PADT’s Mario Vargas explaining the technology behind 3D Printing to attendees:
The artwork created varied greatly, but all showed the power of 3D Printing to take ideas visualized on a computer, and convert them directly to physical parts. We highly recommend that anyone interested in art or 3D Printing, attend the exhibit which closes on November 27th, 2014.
Here is a very nice cow piece:
And this is a collection of images from the website:
If you make visit, please share your thoughts in the comments below.
The month of October in Arizona is Manufacturer’s Month. Part of the Arizona Commerce Authoritie’s RevAZ program, this month of celebrations is an opportunity for those of us who make stuff, or support people to make stuff, to spread the word that the manufacturing community is robust, diverse, and has a major impact on the local economy.
PADT is attending three events, and hosting the closing event for the month. We hope to run in to you at the first three, and consider this the first of many invitations to join us for an open house and celebration on October 30th.
The three events open to the public are:
October 3rd, 2014 – 10:00 to 2:00 National Manufacturing Day Open House at AzAMI
The Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AzAMI) at Mesa Community College (MCC) is celebrating National Manufacturing Day by opening its doors to the community. Guided Tours of its enhanced machining, processing and additive manufacturing labs will be offered between 10am and 2pm.
October 15th, 2014 – 12:30 to 6:30
AZTC Southern Arizona Tech + Business Expo: Where Technology and Manufacturing Connect
The Southern Arizona Tech + Business Expo is the regions premier showcase event for Manufacturing Month. Working in collaboration with the Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners (SAMP), The Arizona Manufacturing Council (AMC), the RevAZ Program of the Arizona Commerce Authority, and the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona; the Expo will host informative panel discussions on strategies to grow your business faster.
The Westin La Paloma Resort
3800 E. Sunrise Drive
Tucson, AZ 85718
October 30th, 2014 – 4:00 to 7:00pm
Celebrating Arizona Manufacturing
PADT is proud to host the closing celebration for Arizona Manufacturer’s Month. A variety of companies and organizations will be exhibiting their activities in the future of manufacturing. Visitors will get a chance to see some of the more advanced applications of manufacturing in the state as well as tours of the PADT facility.
Food and drinks will be provided along with great opportunities to network and get to know the community a little better.
7755 S. Research Drive
Tempe, AZ 85284
Last week, on September 17th, the Arizona Bio Technology community gathered for the 20144 AZBioAwards. This year PADT was once again privileged to not only attend, but to again 3D Print the awards themselves. PADT also had a both, which gave us an opportunity to talk with many of our customers who were attending.
This event honors some of the leaders in industry and is a chance for everyone involved to get together and celebrate all the progress that is made each year in this area.
PADT was also pleased to receive recognition for our 20th Anniversary from AZBIO.
You can view a press release about the whole AZBio Week, including the awards, here.
You can see pictures from the event on Facebook, here.
Here is a picture of the awards we made:
And here is our both with Ward Rand, Josh Heaps, and Andrew Miller interacting with a customer:
PADT just released a line of computer workstations specifically designed for use with a variety of optical scanners: geoCUBE Scanning Workstations.
Scanning technology has come a long way. It is relatively easy to scan a real physical part with a variety of different scanning technologies and capture the geometry for use in inspection, design, reverse engineering, or to directly replicate a part with 3D Printing. The problem is that a good scanner produces a huge number of data points and a standard office computer, laptop, or even most CAD workstations bog down and perhaps even crash when you try to view or manipulate that much data.
When we ran into that exact problem here at PADT when we were doing scanning services for customers. On a nice CAD workstation it was taking almost a whole day to clean up and process a full scan or a large part. Our manufacturing team asked if they could power one of the CUBE Simulation Computers we use for CFD. If you know CFD people you know they said “No, but can I also run on your box if you are not using it?” So they went to our IT staff, the people who design CUBE systems and asked for a custom built machine for scanning.
The result was a breakthrough. That 20 hour job was finishing in about two hours and we were able to spin the points and the resulting triangle file around on the screen in real time. We liked it so much we decided to come up with four systems spanning the needs of scanning users, and offer them along with the scanner we sell, or to anyone that might need one.
Below is a screen shot of the table showing the four systems, from a basic small box that you can use to drive your scanner, to the power system that we use. You can download the brochure here, or visit the web page here.
As always, feel free to contact us to get more information and see how we can help you find the right scanner and the perfect computer to go with it.
It is now official: PADT has an office in the Salt Lake City area, second after the class A office space in Austin, TX. Last week we signed a lease for a space at 5282 S Commerce Dr in Murray, Utah. We have been looking for a while and when this location opened up we felt it was located in a great spot and was the size we needed. It is 17 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, less than 30 minutes to most of our SLC customers, and not a bad drive to those who are north and south, right up or down I-15.
This office will focus on providing sales and technical support to our Utah Stratasys and ANSYS customers. It will provide enough space for a few demo 3D Printers and also has a great meeting room for training and mentoring sessions.
You can read more in the official press release here.
To get a feel for where it is located, here is a screen grab.
Proximity to some of the best skiing in the country was not much of a factor in the decision process… but it helped.
Here is a shot of Anthony, Doug, Patrick, and Mario modeling in the hallway.
It will take us a month or so to get everything up and running, but once done we will set up a time for an open house. Watch this space for more about our continued growth and success in Utah.
PADT has been asked to share our expertise in 3D Printing at three different events in the month of September. We look forward to the opportunity to talk about how additive manufacturing is being used today, and how it can be used in the future.
September 11, 2014 – Salt Lake City, Utah Utah Manufacturers Association Summit We will have a booth and will be participating in the summit, representing the application of additive manufacturing. This informative all-day seminar will teach you about the revolutionary UtahCAN Database and how it can benefit your company, how to utilize social media to your advantage, better handle impacts on your business and leadership strategies to change your workplace.
September 12, 2014 – Albuquerque, New Mexico TechFiestaABQ2014 TechRev: State of the art and Digital Fabrication PADT’s very own Jeff Strain will be on the “State of the art and digital fabrication” panel from 9:00 to 10:00. TechRev is a full day conference featuring tracks for technologists, entrepreneurs and the business community produced by the NM Technology Council.
We hope to see you at one of these events. If you would would like PADT to participate as a speaker, panel member, or an exhibitor, please contact us and we will check our schedule. We truly do love talking about this stuff. Look for even more chances to interact with PADT on 3D Printing in October, during the Arizona Manufacturing Month.
The balance of Linux vs. Windows for simulation users is always in flux. For some time it was predicted that Windows would win the battle but in recent years Linux has made a resurgence, especially on clusters and in the cloud. We strongly recommend that ANSYS users who want to be power users gain a good understanding of Linux from a user and sysadmin perspective. Especially CFD users since they are most likely to be solving on a Linux devices. Too many of the people we interface with are left at the mercy of an IT support team that doesn’t know, or even fears Linux.
The best way to solve this problem is to learn Linux yourself. To help people get there, recommended a few books and “learn by doing.” Now we have a better option.
edX offers an Introduction to Linux class that looks outstanding, and you can audit it for free or take the course for real for a $250 minimum contribution. The quality of these courses is fantastic. The material is thorough and practical.
If you do take the class, give us some feedback when you finish in the comments below.
The Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Technology Council named the winners and finalists today for the 11th annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) awards. You can read about it at the Phoenix Business Journal.
As always, a great list of finalists and winners. We were once again pleased to see a tow PADT customers in the list:
SynCardia Systems in Tucson is a finalist for the Innovator of the Year Award – Small Company
Securaplane Technologies, in Oro Valley, is a finalist for the Innovator of the Year Award – Large Business
These two outstanding companies, along with the other finalists, show the breadth and depth of technology companies in Arizona. From industry leading small business software providers to a start-up built around a better shovel, tech companies across the state are growing and making people around the world stand up and take notice.
The educational Award winners and finalists were also great to see, showing the future of technology is also strong. The Future Innovators of the Year are always our favorite, their projects making me feel like I really slacked in High School.
As usual, PADT will be at this years Celebration where the awards, 3D Printed by PADT, will be handed out. We hope to see many of you there.