The folks at the Sandia Science and Technology Park welcomed PADT to the Neighborhood with a nice writeup in their monthly newsletter. We are very excited about growing our New Mexico business from this location.
The folks at the Sandia Science and Technology Park welcomed PADT to the Neighborhood with a nice writeup in their monthly newsletter. We are very excited about growing our New Mexico business from this location.
We are very pleased to announce that PADT is opening new local office in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the Sandia Science and Technology Park. The office will focus on providing sales, technical support, 3D Printer maintenance, and a meeting space to better serve customers in New Mexico.
Some of PADT’s earliest customers came from the state of New Mexico, and the company provides products, support, and services to many organizations in the area, including all of the major universities, the National Labs, and dozens of commercial companies. The new office will allow the local team, and employees visiting from PADT’s Colorado or Arizona locations, the opportunity to work in a familiar location, have direct access to PADT’s infrastructure, and provide customers a location to view the 3D Printing, simulation, and product development technologies that PADT offers. The location at the Eubank entrance to Kirtland AFB and Sandia National Labs give direct access to the highest concentration of PADT customers in the state.
The sales team in the PADT New Mexico office will focus on distributing three products lines: The first is the complete suite of simulation software from ANSYS, Inc. (ANSS) (www.ANSYS.com). These tools are used by companies around the world to simulate products before testing, resulting in better performance for less cost and in less time. The second line of products are the 3D Printer and Direct Digital Manufacturing systems from Stratasys (SSYS) (www.STRATASYS.com). Both ANSYS, Inc. and Stratasys are the world leaders in their respective markets, and PADT is proud to be one of their reselling partners for Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. The third product line is PADT’s CUBE Systems, (www.padtinc.com/cube-hvpc) their own brand of High Value Performance Computers specifically designed and configured for the advanced simulation user.
Additionally, the office will serve as a place for PADT’s technical staff to work together at a single location, providing simulation consulting, training and technical support. As the company grows, the area has sufficient expansion opportunities to allow for more employees and equipment.
You can read the official announcement on the press release:
Here are some images of the new office:
The office is literally on the corner of Research and Innovation at:
PADT New Mexico
1451 Innovation Parkway
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Still working on signage, but we used a large monitor to add a little touch to the entrance
The office is located at the Sandia Science and Technology Park on the east side of Albuquerque, just south of I-40 near the Eubank gate to Kirtland AFB and Sandia National Labs:
PADT and 3D printing got a great write up in the Las Cruces Bulletin last month. Renee Palacios and John Wright were speaking at the High Tech Council of Southern New Mexico on May 17th and a local reporter attended and did a great interview.
With all the media attention focused on 3D Printing we have been bombarded with requests from the media to talk about the technology. This was one of the better articles that does a very good job explaining the technology and its applications. Yes, it does lead off with the whole “printing a plastic gun” story, but that is the price of getting people’s attention these days.
We love sharing our experience and knowledge on this technology. And Renee even got her picture in the paper:
Learn more about the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing systems from Stratasys that PADT sells here. Learn about how PADT can make a 3D prototype for you here. And find useful information about 3D printing in general here.
When we decided to redo our website we were told by all of the experts that you need case studies and you need testimonials. Being engineers, we immediately pushed back saying that none of our customers will give us the input we need. We are happy to report that we were wrong. So wrong that we are humbled by the fantastic response.
Our initial effort is focused on documenting some of the projects we have done in our Product Development and Medical Device Development groups. You can see the eleven case studies we currently have on our Successes page. There is some good information there on how PADT helps companies develop their products.
But what we are most proud of are the awesome testimonials we have received directly from our customers. We are usually not ones to brag and toot our own horn… but we were proud enough of these testimonials to where we felt it was OK to let them toot our horn for us.
“PADT did a great job translating our prototype ideas into a fully-designed, manufacturable product. From multi-disciplinary engineering to project management to fabrication, PADT did it all. PADT worked collaboratively with our team to understand requirements and to solve technical hurdles in order to deliver a product that best fit our expectations.”
– Garrett Beauregard, Senior VP of Engineering, ECOtality Inc.
“I found there to be great benefit in going through PADT’s disciplined steps for the development of an updated prototype of our device. Restarting with a more systematic approach, and analyzing each component fresh, made me feel confident about every aspect of the new design.”
– Neil R. Crawford, PhD Associate Professor, Spinal Biomechanics Barrow Neurological Institute
“PADT’s Design Team was instrumental in working with Orthosensor throughout the design and development activities of the Orthosensor Knee Balance. Their commitment and flexibility to our business needs allowed us to bring our product to market in a significantly shortened period of time.”
– Juan C Fernandez, COO, Orthosensor Inc
“SynCardia has chosen to work with PADT based on their ability to develop close personal relationships, to create and implement engineering solutions rapidly, and to support SynCardia’s innovative drive for our life-saving technology.”
— Douglas A Nutter, COO, SynCardia Systems, Inc.
“PADT has provided a number of valuable services for Ulthera ranging from design work and ergonomic improvements, to manufacturability and V&V testing. Over the past 18 months, PADT worked closely with our engineering staff to ensure the successful launch of our redesigned Deep See Handpiece. Our successful collaboration allowed us to focus our internal resources on our core competencies while leveraging PADT’s skill sets. Ulthera also benefited from PADT’s adaptable, customer-specific, Design Control process to minimize the QC documentation requirements on the Ulthera staff”
— Michael Peterson, Vice President, R&D, Ultherea, Inc
“For the last 2 years we have worked with PADT to develop our ClearView technology. Their team has helped us with many aspects of product development and commercialization. They have been a very valuable asset and I would highly recommend them to any startup that needs to navigate the pathway to market.”
— Tom Blondi, President, EPIC Research & Diagnostics
“PADT has demonstrated strong concept creation and development testing abilities – and have done so with very short time schedules. PADT was in charge of a key component development for our Fuel Cell System, and accomplished it as planned. Owing to PADT’s challenging spirit, Nissan was able to lease the 2005 model FCV’s to some customers in the early period of 2006. In addition, Nissan has been able to continue the FCV leasing program for five years with PADT’s reliable support.”
— Arai Takayuki, Senior Manager, EV Systems Laboratory, Nissan Motor Company
“The PADT experience was a positive one from my first phone conversation with them to the delivery of the end product. The engineers delivered a prototype that was exactly what I envisioned in a short 8 weeks. PADT will be my choice in the future.”
— Bob Rife, R.R.T.
“For the last 3 years I have worked with PADT Medical as a physician-inventor of medical devices. Their engineering team is professional, punctual, and responsible. Their management is exemplary. I recommend PADT Medical to any potential Client.”
— Charles J. Filipi M.D., Medical Director, SafeStitch Medical, Inc.
At PADT “We Make Innovation Work” and these fantastic testimonials give specific examples of how we have done that for others. If you would like to learn how PADT’s products and services can help you, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The PADT and Flownex teams have our booth set up and ready to go for the next three days at Turbo Expo 2013.
This is always one of our favorite events because most of us came from this industry, and in fact all four of the founders were turbine-engine-engineers before we started PADT. A special part of this years event is that we are introducing Flownex to the North American Turbo community as well as our CUBE HVPC computer systems. So lots of new things to talk about along with our established offerings of ANSYS, Inc software consulting, customization, and training.
If you are there, please make sure you stop by our booth. We would love to see you and chat.
Here is our press release on the event:
Trusted Partners for Turbomachinery Simulation
The ASME Turbo Expo is the industry show where PADT feels at home the most. Founded by experienced turbine engine simulation, design, and manufacturing engineers, the company has a true understanding of the real world needs of those who are focused on simulation for Turbomachinery.
Our primary focus for this year’s conference will be the full introduction of the Flownex Simulation Environment to North America. This thermal-fluid system simulation tool started life as a solver for combustor analysis, and has grown up to be a full featured toolset that can model any fluid-thermal network in your engine or pump. Flownex is ideal simulation software for the quick thermo-fluid analysis of gas turbine performance.
It provides aircraft engine design and system engineers with the ability to simulate complicated air and gas flow patterns through fans, compressors and turbines; match compressor and turbine power and compile maps; calculate thrust, shaft power, combustion calculations with convection, conduction and radiation heat transfer; and determine fuel consumption. If you are using an in-house tool or software written for other applications to model your flow networks, please come by to see how Flownex can reduce the amount of time you spend modeling your systems while increasing the fidelity of your models.s grown up to be a full featured toolset that can model any fluid-thermal network in your engine or pump. Flownex is ideal simulation software for the quick thermo-fluid analysis of gas turbine performance.
PADT’s reputation in the Turbomachinery industry is built on our expertise selling, using, supporting, and customizing the complete suite of ANSYS FEA and CFD. Turbo companies come to us for training on ANSYS software, customization of analysis tools, FEA and CFD outsourcing, and HPC hardware because they know we know their business and how to maximize the return on their investment in simulation. We can help anyone doing simulation on Turbomachinery in a variety of ways, stop on by to find out how.
Another new area the PADT provides this type of help to turbo companies is by offering a complete line of High Value Performance Computer systems specifically designed for the simulation user. From workstations to large clusters, PADT can custom design a system that hits the sweet spot between cost and performance, delivering faster turnaround of CFD and FEA runs for considerably less than systems offered by general purpose computer suppliers.
Stop by our booth to look at the hardware, software, training, and consulting that we offer to companies around the world to help them make their studies more efficient and effective.
Customers, friends, and families joined PADT’s employees for a private screening of “Star Trek: Into Darkness” last Friday afternoon. We had such a great turnout that the only seats open were in the front row.
Watching a movie like this with a group of technical people is a lot more fun than a general crowd. Many of us are long time fans so we truly enjoyed sharing some of the inside jokes and tie-ins to Star Trek: TOS as well as the older movies. You can visit Lorraine Music to know some of the movies which you can watch and entertain through.
We want to thank everyone who was able to make it and we are already looking at upcoming films to find the right one to do this again with. And yes, we will get a bigger theater next time.
Our recent visit to see the Solar Impulse aircraft while it visited Phoenix was a great opportunity for us to see some great engineering, share some thoughts on cleantech technology, and be reminded of the power of doing something big.
The Solar Impulse is a “movement challenging conventional thinking to inspire innovation, hope and action among citizens and policymakers.”
Innovation, hope and action about what?
How existing and future technologies can change the way we use energy around the world.
They are doing it by using existing technologies to build an airplane that operates entirely on power gathered from sunlight and that is capable of flying night and day over long distances. They are currently flying across the US, and are building a second generation aircraft that should be able to fly around the world.
You can learn the technical specifics about the plane here, and about the trip across the US here. It truly is an engineering marvel in how every inch of the aircraft is optimized to increase the glide ratio and decrease weight. The entire power train, from sunlight hitting the wings to the turning of the propellers has a total efficiency of 12%, which is pretty impressive if you consider the fact that the solar cells are only 22% efficient. The motors and the gearbox are, well, like a finely made Swiss machine.
Once we got over the technical aspects of the aircraft we started to listen to the pilot, Bertrand Piccard. You may recognize his name (no he is not Capt. Picard’s great-great-great grandfather… as far as we no). He was one of the Aeoronauts who made the first non-stop around the world balloon flight. He honestly and directly pointed out that there is no real practical application for this aircraft. It has the wingspan of a 747 and can only carry one person. What he did do is talk about using this project as a demonstration, and a catalyst, to get people around the world to understand that today we can all make small changes that will have a major impact on how much energy we consume, and where it comes from. From the solar cells to the motors to the high-efficiency LED landing lights, every inch of this plane underscores that message. Follow solarkraft for more information.
It also got me to thinking. We are often too focused on only doing projects that produce a tangible benefit, that generate direct income or fix a problem directly. If you look at history and when we made giant leaps forward, those leaps were usually started by someone doing something that may not have had a direct and practical application. But it inspired, it pushed the technology forward, and in the end it almost always improved the lives of everyone in some way.
Everywhere this plane goes it attracts big crowds. It’s image on TV and the Internet is shared by millions. It is changing the way people think about cleantech and showing that we have technology here now that can make a difference. Will we ever travel in a solar powered commercial airplane? No, probably not. But will this effort inspire someone to develop a more efficient motor and better composite material for wing spars? I am sure of it.
As we left the improvised hanger at Sky Harbor airport I felt that excitement I used to feel as a child, that challenge that pushed me to become an engineer in the first place. Solving difficult problems, using technology to make the world around us a better place, that is what it is all about. That is what makes what we do here at PADT so damn cool.
So here is to doing something big that inspires. Thank you SolarImpulse. We all need to follow your lead and dream about making big changes, and make sure that inspiration is a part of what we do.
Those of us that have been doing rapid prototyping for over 20 years are a bit taken aback by the sudden interest by the mainstream public in 3D printing, but in good way. We have been amazed by this technology for decades and have been evangelizing about its uses even before we bought our first Stereolithography machine in 1994.
Two recent news stories have really brought the technology out into open where producers in news rooms are starting to take notice. The first is the video of some guy who built a single shot gun on FDM machine. The second is the fact that Staples will start selling “hobby” 3D Printers in their stores. So those same producers googled Phoenix and 3D Printing and they got PADT. We were more than happy to help set the record straight on additive manufacturing, where it is, and where it is going. Here are stills of all of our soon to be discovered stars:
The first interview was a nice one on Channel 12, but it never got put on the internet so you will just have to take our word for it, we were fabulous.
The next video was on the local ABC affiliate, channel 15 and we talked about 3D Printing and also made a copy of the reporters head:
Next came another story on the same channel, really focused on the whole printed gun thing. John here at PADT did a great job staying focusing on the technology and what it could do. They even got a shot of our building sign, which made us very happy:
Up to that point everything was recorded and edited. Then the local CBS station, Channel 5 asked us to do a live segment where we scanned the news anchors head then talked about the technology while we built it. It was a lot of fun and Mario was great. Here is the final segment from that show:
We look forward to doing more in the future. And maybe one day soon, the general public will get just as excited about numerical simulation, now there is some compelling TV.
“G3Box converts steel shipping containers into medical clinics. We passionately pursue healthcare concerns around the world with a commitment to integrity, humility, and collaboration. We Generate Global Good.”
They hit a major milestone this weekend when they raised enough money to ship their first clinic to Kenya Africa. But they are still raising more money to help them deliver an even better solution.
We at PADT really like this startup for a simple reason: they have developed an efficient, practical, and well engineered solution to a real world problem that has a positive impact on the world. We also like the fact that the company came out of ASU and that one of the key players is a part time PADT employee, Susanna Young.
Check it out for yourself: http://www.g3boxllc.com/
If you find their idea as compelling as we do, then maybe you can help fund them to get their real clinic into the hands of people who need it.
Twice a year, PADT employees gather from around the country in our main office in Tempe for a company meeting. We get together in one room for about two hours to review the past 6 months, talk about what we have accomplished, what we are working on now, and where we want to be.
The spring meeting always starts with our annual company picture. We all get a new shirt with a PADT logo proudly embroidered on the left breast, and we stand in the heat glaring into the sun, each of us wondering if it really has already been 12 months since we last did this. The result came out pretty good:
With just over 70 employees on the payroll, we were lucky to get 60 who could make it to the picture and the meeting. That may be a record.
We are always humbled when a great organization takes the time to recognize PADT or one of our employees. We are pleased to announce that our General Manager, and Salesguy, Norman Stucker was nominated for the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Brian R. Vogt Community Leader of the Year.
Besides a reminder that this particular group has an even longer full name than PADT, we are pleased that the business community in the South Denver area has recognized the contribution that Norm makes to the community. We will definitely post
Learn more here.
As we put the finishing touches on the latest 512 core CUBE HVPC cluster, PADT is happy to report that there are now 2,042 cores worth of High Value Performance Computing (HVPC) power out there in the form of PADT’s CUBE computer systems. That is 2,042 Intel or AMD cores crunching away in workstations, compute servers, and mini-clusters chugging on CFD, Explicit Dynamics, and good old fashioned structural models – producing more accurate results in less time for less cost.
When PADT started selling CUBE HVPC systems it was for a very simple reason: our customers wanted to buy more compute horsepower but they could not afford it within their existing budgets. They saw the systems we were using and asked if we could build one for them. We did. And now we have put together enough systems to get to 2,042 cores and over 9.5TB of RAM.
We just finished testing ANSYS, FLUENT, and HFSS on our latest build, a 512 core AMD based cluster. IT is a nice system:
All for well under $180,000.
It was so pretty that we took some time to take some nice images of it (click to see the full size):
And it sounded so awesome, that we took this video so everyone can here it spooling up on an FLUENT benchmark:
If that made you smile, you are a simulation geek!
Next we are building two 64 core compute servers, for another repeat customer, with an Infiniband switch to hook up to their two existing CUBE systems. This will get them to a 256 core cluster.
We will let you know when we get to 5000 cores out there!
Are you ready to step out of the box, and step into a CUBE? Contact us to get a quote for your next simulation workstation, compute server, or cluster.
Good news out there in ANSYS land. ANSYS, Inc. just made the relationship with EVEN as close as possible – by acquiring them. Here at PADT it was love at first sight when we first were introduced to the ANSYS Composite PrepPost (ACP) add-on. The solver capabilities in ANSYS Mechanical APDL have been very strong for composite modeling for some time. But the pain and suffering required to set up a complex composite geometry kept many users from accessing those fantastic elements. ACP solved that problem by providing a tool that takes care of the bookeeping and geometry issues involved in building an accurate model of composite layups.
Here is the official press release.
With this acquisition ANSYS, Inc. has secured the future development of this tool and given all of us in the ANSYS world even better access to the consulting team at EVEN. You can learn more about the ACP tool on our ACP page. We also have an older blog posting on ACP when it came out. We also did a seminar on the last release, here is the recording to that. [probably time to write an updated posting on newer capabilities…].
Learn more about EVEN on their web site.
This is great news, and we can not wait to see further improvements in the composite modeling capabilities for the ANSYS Product family.
It’s that time of year again. We just got the brochures for the 2013 Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) back from our printer.
This is one of PADT’s favorite STEM events in the state, it is amazing what the kids show off at this event.
This is a statewide science and engineering fair for grades 5 through 12.
Public viewing is on Wednesday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and it is held in the South Hall of the Phoenix Convention Center. We can’t wait to see what the students have done this year.
The general public’s interest in 3D Printing has taken us all a bit by surprise. We know it is a popular topic but we were shocked when a local TV station (ABC15 – KNXV) called us up and wanted to do some filming of 3D printers in action, answer some questions they had about the technology so they could make sure they got it right in the story, and talk to someone about 3D Printing. Tey ended up getting a copy of the reporters head as well. Here is the result:
It is not the first time that PADT has been on TV, but the first time we have made it on beyond background shots or public access. They edited out all of the brilliant and insightful comments, which is expected. What was nice is they really did not get anything wrong in the story and they spelled our name right!