Several recently commercialized technologies have made the dream of being able to print large, we are talking feet instead of inches, parts a reality. In fact “The age of large format 3D printing is here, and it is going to be huge.”
Last week I had the distinct privilege to head down to the University of Arizona and help judge projects for the 2018 Engineering Design Day. It is always fun to see all the different, multidisciplinary projects that combine teams from the mechanical, electrical, biomedical, optical, chemical, mining, and environmental departments. Projects range from a new Secure Wireless Protocol, to autonomous UAVs, to medical devices of all types, to automated manufacturing process equipment used to cover electronics with epoxy. That last team had the forethought to demonstrate the equipment by programming it to put ketchup on hot dogs to give to the hungry judges. Good job, team!
In the morning, groups of judges visit 5 design teams and score their presentations and projects on a number of criteria. They also decide if any of those teams should be nominated for any of the 27 cash awards given out this year. In the afternoon, the same groups of judges go around to each of the nominated groups for a specific award and judge the project based on the criteria for that award. PADT sponsors the Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies Award for Best Use of Prototyping, which this year, went to the Noncontact Detection of Bioelectric Fields project team. This innovative product is able to detect and monitora human heartbeat from a distance without the usual EKG wires and probes.
This was my sixth year judging, and I am always impressed with the amount of work and skill that the students put into their projects. I am also surprised each year by seemingly on-going confusion over what constitutes a physical prototype, not only from students but from the industry judges. Among ten other nominations was the Laser-Guided Ankle Positioning for Total Ankle Arthroplasty team, which won the Raytheon Award for Best Overall Design. These two teams, the winner and the runner up, stood out from the rest because in their presentations they used one small phrase for which I am always listening; “We made this to see if…”, or “to try out …”, or “to find out…” They made a prototype specifically to learn from it.
Since PADT is the southwest leader in 3D printing and rapid prototyping technologies, many of the nominations are made because the team had a large amount, or good use of, 3D printing in their final design. The teams may even have jumped directly to 3D printing as a first pass, but many times much less expensive material could have been used. (i.e. don’t 3D print a $35 tubular housing when a $2 piece of PVC will fit the bill.) Most of the other teams get nominated for the Best Use of Prototyping Award because they had many iterations of their design. “Our first one broke, so we added a support here on the next one,” is a very common phrase heard in the presentations. In my opinion, that constitutes a lack of foresight, planning, and analysis, but not a good use of a prototype.
The best prototype is one that is not only inexpensive but made to gather specific information or to be configured quickly to try out different scenarios. The winning team this year used a breadboard circuit first to layout all their electronics. They then converted to a pin-board to quickly make sure that they could isolate their components from the sensor signals when everything was packed in tighter, before following through with the final PCB design. (See guys, I was listening.) The ankle positioning team printed several individual pieces of the system to then have an orthopedic surgeon try out the different configurations to see what worked best and get his input on any missing features needed for the final design. Last year’s winners of this award made an esophageal guidance system so doctors would know if they were in the esophagus or the trachea. Their final product was an incredibly small sensor, but the first thing they did was use two beakers and a salt-bridge to see if they could tell the acidity level accurately enough to distinguish the two environments. They then made a full prototype of the proposed sensor array that was about 50 times larger than the final product. It was much easier to build and test, and modify, the larger prototype than the miniaturized final sensor array. These are all good examples of using physical prototypes.
I was glad to see that we had only eleven nominees this year, down from 21 last year. I look forward to seeing if the trend continues next year as the judges listen for the phrases above. Of course, I meant to write this article last year when I came back from Design Day, and the year before that, but I’ll talk about procrastination in my next article. …when I get around to get it.
We are honored, pleased, and humbled to announce that PADT won a very special national award, a 2018 Silver Stevie for our ANSYS Technical Support Team. This is a very special award for us because what it recognized goes to the heart and soul of who PADT is. Technical support across the company is where we put our blood, sweat, and sometimes tears. For ANSYS, Stratasys 3D Printers, SCA’s, scanners, or consulting; whatever product or service it is that we support for customers, how we interact with those customers so that they can be successful with those products and services is really what makes PADT different.
And now a bunch of independent and outside judges looked at what we do and how we do it, and they said: Outstanding Job! In fact, they said, “PADT defines what premium customer service looks like.” As an ANSYS Elite Channel Partner, our technical support is key to keeping and growing customers. These tools are incredibly capable and diverse. Also, they are not cheap. When a customer purchases ANSYS software they expect a higher level of service, and this award confirms that we deliver.
The official award was: Silver Stevie (R) Winner: Customer Service Department of the Year – Computer Software – Up to 2,500 Employees
Our customers also agree, based on the response to surveys that we send them when support tickets are closed, 92% of respondents said we solved their problem and 96% were satisfied or very satisfied. Having great customers with real and challenging issues is also key to our success. And we would not have received this award without backup from our backup, the ANSYS Customer Excellence team around the world. Without their help, we literally would not have had answers for our customers.
Everyone who does support earned this award. But, their families also deserve a big thank you. thanks. Doing tech support is hard and can be frustrating. You are basically taking on other peoples problems and trying to fix them. All day. Every day. And sometimes we take that home. Sometimes our engineers will check a test run at 2:00 am. Or they will get an idea at the dinner table and send an email.
And although we applied for and won an award that focused on our ANSYS team, the same outstanding support is supplied to all of our customers. It is one of the key ways that “We Make Innovation Work.”
Here is a link to the Stevie Awards page itself: Check out the other companies. We are very happy to be listed with them. You can also find links there to the process, and especially the judging. We had to submit a lot of data.
Do you want award-winning support for your ANSYS products? If you are in the Southwestern US and you are not currently our customers, contact us and we would be honored to have you join our group of happy customers. Not an ANSYS user? Let’s talk about how to get these fantastic tools into your organization. And don’t worry, as stated above, this level of service is available for everything PADT does, so reach out and let’s see how we can work together.
Contact us at 480.813.4884 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometimes we get to help on some very cool projects and helping Lockheed Martin and NASA leverage Additive Manufacturing Technology from Stratasys on their Orion Mission is one of those special opportunities that we will never forget. The right combination of material and 3D Printer allowed the team to create functional parts for the Orion vehicle as it prepares to journey to the moon and beyond.
Working with Stratasys, Lockheed Martin, and NASA has been rewarding and we are honored to have been part of this historic project. I could go on and on, or you could read the details in the press release below.
A link to a PDF version is here.
PADT is unique in the world of 3D Printing because of our in-depth technical knowledge and experience. We don’t just print parts or sell machines, we provide world-class design, simulation, and testing services as well. That how we are able to contribute to projects like this. If you are facing engineering challenges of any kind, and especially if you working to adopt 3D Printing technology to your engineering projects, just give us a call at 480.813.4884 or send an email to email@example.com.
We are very proud of our Additive Manufacturing intern Austin Suder who just won Future Engineers “Two for the Crew” Challenge, presented by the ASME Foundation and NASA. The challenge asked to invent a multifunctional object that combined two items into one for 3-D printing by crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS). As a winner he will receive a trip to Washington DC, a MakerBot 3D printer donated to the orginization of his choice, and best of all, his design will be printed on the ISS and used by the astronauts.
Austin’s design was a Carabiner Tool Clip that combined a way to easo;u secure a tool and hold the sockets and drivers that the tool needs. After designing the part he then used simulation to iterate on the design with virtual testing, and then he 3D Printed a prototype on his home 3D Printer. Austin started this project by researching what problems the astronauts faced. He found that a big problem was that tools would drift off in the micro-gravity environment of the station. This was annoying when they are working inside the station, and a critical problem when they are on a space walk. He also realized that they used a separate “holder” to keep the sockets and screw driver heads that the tool needed. Using this knowledge he developed a simple to operate carabiner to secure the tether on the hand tool to the astronaut and then use that same part to hole the sockets and drivers.
But he did not stop there. He also learned what he could about the MadeInSpace 3D Printer that is on the station, and adapted the design to make sure the printer could make easily. Austin then used simulation to make sure the design was strong and robust. Then he printed his samples on his own home printer.
Local Phoenix station ABC15 stopped by PADT yesterday to interview Austin and here is their story:
Much of Austin’s knowledge and skill comes from his involvement in his school robotics team, and he will be donating the MakerBot he won to that team.
We hare very proud of Austin’s accomplishments. He works at PADT as an intern in the Advanced Manufacturing department focused on 3D Printing, doing CAD, running the machines, cleaning parts, and being our in-house expert on desktop 3D Printing. He will be graduating from High School this year and attending ASU as a Mechanical Engineer. We can not wait to see what he does next!
Scanning is one of the fastest growing parts of PADT’s business, and with the announcement of a new agreement to distribute for ZEISS Industrial Metrology, we are growing even faster. Blue Light 3D Optical Scanners are amazing devices that allow users to create accurate surface maps of almost any geometry. We have been using this technology in-house for our scanner services for some time, now we wanted to also make them available to our customers.
You may remember when PADT announced that we had partnered with Steinbichler to provide 3D optical scanners. Well, we are not dumping Steinbichler. Their technology was acquired by ZEISS Industrial Metrology. We have been waiting for the acquisition to finish up and for the Steinbichler team to be fully integrated before we signed up to represent these fantastic devices again. That happened and we are back selling them in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.
What we like about these optical devices are the incredibly accurate lenses, from ZEISS, and the large and accurate CCD chips. This combination gives fantastic quality. In addition, we can swap out different lenses for specific applications and the software that comes with the system is outstanding. After beating our device to death last year on services work, we feel very comfortable recommending it to all of our customers.
Here is a video on the primary product we are selling, the ZEISS L3D 2:
And that is also the advantage of buying your optical scanning solution from PADT. We use this stuff every day on a variety of applications. So we understand our needs, and we know how to get the most out of the hardware and software. So when you are making your decision on what to buy, and when you need support once you have made your investment, you know PADT is the best option to help you out.
Visit our web pages for ZEISS equipment and software here.
Here are links to the latest brochures as well:
As always, just give us a call at 480.813.4884 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more
When people look at PADT and where we are located, they almost always say “You should open an office in Austin, the tech community there is a perfect fit for your skills and culture.” We finally listened and are proud to announce that our newest location is in Austin Texas. This new office will be initially focused on ANSYS Sales and Support across the great state of Texas. We have had customers for other products and services in the state for decades and are pleased to have a permanent local presence now.
As an Elite ANSYS Channel partner, we provide sales of the complete ANSYS product suite to any and all entities that can benefit from the application of numerical simulation. Across industries, we bring a unique technical approach to both sales and support that is focused on identifying need and then selecting the right toolset, training, and support to deliver a return on the customer’s investment as soon as possible. And the initial product purchase is just the start. Our ANSYS customers are our partners that we grow with, always ready to help them be better at whatever it is what they do. Customers in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado already know this, and it is time for the engineering community in Texas to benefit from the experience.
Because we will be there for the long term, we are taking our time to look around the area. Our new salesperson, Ian Scott, is an Austin native and who has worked in the engineering software space for some time. He will be working with existing customers and partners in the area to find the right location for us long-term. But we are already putting plans in place to deliver outstanding training, hold meetings, and maybe even a celebration or two while we settle in.
Over time we will add local engineers and additional sales staff to meet the needs of the state, which as you know is big. And we have big plans for PADT and Texas starting with this ANSYS Sales and Support role, it is just the beginning.
Make sure you watch this blog, social media, or our newsletter for announcements on a celebration for our new office as well as technical events we will start holding very soon.
We look forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. If you are in Texas, please reach out to us and send us any suggestions or recommendations you may have. We are really looking forward to growing in Austin and across the Lone Star State.
Working and living in your own bubble it’s hard to recognize how others perceive your company from the outside. That is why we were honored and humbled to learn that PADT had been chosen by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 360 companies in the country. Today we found out we are number 249 on their list. We have never been on a list before, let alone a national list with so many other companies in the competition.
Here we are, right there on their (entrepreneur.com/360):
What is cool about this list is that the companies who won are all over the spectrum. Service providers, retail, manufacturers, and pretty much anything else you can think of. With so many applicants of every shape and size, being recognized was a huge surprise for us.
And we owe it all to our employees, customers, and partners. We owe everything we have become to them and we look forward to growing and achieving new and exciting things in the future.
Read the press release below to get our reaction and a summary of all that went on recently that got us on this list.
As we jump into December everyone is starting to realize that 2017 is almost over. And what would the end of a year be without a look back at what happened? 2017 was a big year for PADT, with new offerings, fantastic events, and humbling recognition taking place throughout the year. If anything, this was a year where PADT further established itself as the leader in simulation, product development, and 3D printing in the southwest.
Take a look, maybe you were part of some of the critical happenings during the year:
PADT Named ANSYS North American Channel Partner of the Year and Becomes an ANSYS Certified Elite Channel Partner
The year started with a bang when, because of our fantastic customers and the hard work of our sales and support team, ANSYS, Inc. recognized PADT as Channel Partner of the Year for North America. At the same time, the team hit their goals and the company became an ANSYS Certified Elite Channel Partner
Concept Laser, Honeywell, and PADT Build Largest Additive Manufacturing Center in Southwest at Arizona State University
ASU launched their Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub, the largest additive manufacturing research and teaching center in the Southwestern US. PADT is proud to have partnered with ASU, as well as Concept Laser and Honeywell, to get this important piece of the local manufacturing ecosystem started and to keep it growing.
Every year PADT opens its doors to let the community come in and see how “We Make Innovation Work.” We enjoyed kids running excitedly down the hall and customers using the visit as a way to explain what they do to their friends and family. With over 250 attendees, this was one of our biggest open houses ever.
Everyone loved getting five emails a week from PADT…not. So, we decided in April to consolidate some of the information into a monthly newsletter. It covers upcoming events, anything special that happened, key news that PADT needs to share, and the occasional tidbit of useful but only slightly related information.
PADT was asked to take part in a demonstration put on by one of our local communication companies, Cox Communications, showing off what a “smart home” looks like. It was a great chance to show how 3D Printing and other technologies integrate into the smart home and how do-it-yourself is turning in to print-it-yourself.
When PADT wanted to take our engineering services business to the next level and expand our offerings, we knew we needed someone with sales and business development experience at the national and international level. That is why we asked John Williams to join our team. Williams is an experienced professional with the ideal skillset to handle our diverse client portfolio and position us as a major player in this area
PADT was recently able to use 3D printing to help doctors and their patients receive better treatment. The first involved converting a CT scan of a kidney into a printed model so the doctors could plan a difficult stone removal procedure. The second was a 10-year-old boy who needed complex heart surgery. PADT provided a 3D model fast to try and help doctors find a way to carry out the surgery.
On June 22nd, PADT had three events scheduled for the same day: An Aerospace Summit in Phoenix, we launched an industry-academia partnership in Denver, and held a 3D Printing user group meeting in Albuquerque. The logistics of doing all three on the same day in three different states is tough, but we made it happen.
As part of the company’s effort to grow our 3D Printing and manufacturing services offering, Steve Gaxiola joined PADT’s advanced manufacturing team. He will initially focus on growing our capabilities in scanning and reverse engineering. He will later be charged with introducing a certified quality system for our services in this important and growing part of the company.
PADT has partnered with Desktop Metal to resell its office-friendly and affordable metal 3D Printing solution. The partnership will allow PADT to integrate this exciting new technology into our 3D Printer maintenance and part printing services and it gives our customers yet another option for their additive manufacturing needs.
After installing our own metal 3D printer, PADT’s Dhruv Bhate published a five-part series on our experience. The articles are very popular and have been reprinted in several different areas. Anyone considering a metal additive manufacturing system should take a look.
After publishing content on our blog for over 10 years, PADT decided it was time to share our ANSYS Knowledge and expertise on a newer platform, and the All Things ANSYS Podcast was born. Every two weeks two or more, PADT simulation engineers get together to talk about what they have learned and explore the world of ANSYS products.
The WESTEC show in LA is one of the year’s biggest gatherings for manufacturing and mechanical engineers. This year, PADT was asked to come out and share our experience helping startups develop medical devices. The talk was well attended, and we were also able to stop by and talk with customers and partners who were also attending the show.
PADT and Stratasys Announce Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Laboratory at Metropolitan State University in Denver
PADT helped build another industry-academia partnership to educate students and provide research to the industry around 3D Printing. This effort brings Lockheed Martin, Stratasys, and PADT together with the Metropolitan State University in Denver with a focus on tooling made with additive manufacturing.
ANSYS, Inc. and PADT partnered once again to hold a fantastic user conference for all local users of the ANSYS product suite. This annual event focuses on user presentations, how they use simulation, and a technical overview from ANSYS, Inc. and PADT on new and exciting features in the toolset.
3D Printing of productions parts is here, and PADT is one of the first to offer on-demand manufacturing that leverages Carbon’s revolutionary 3D Printing technology.
The addition of a new UnionTech RSPro 450 further establishes PADT as the leader in Additive Manufacturing technology in the Southwestern US. With a build volume of 17.7 x 17.7 x 15.75 inches, this state of the art Stereolithography(SLA) machine will triple our capacity to 3D Print with SLA technology.
Our annual customer appreciation event, Nerdtoberfest, was another fun and informative evening at PADT’s Tempe offices. Over 200 customers and partners came to see what we had that was new and to socialize with PADT’s employees as well as other attendees. Fun was had by all and a LOT of pizza was consumed.
Finishing the Year with Awards and a Booth at Arizona Technology Council Governor’s Celebration of Innovation
A year packed full of events, milestones, and new capabilities were capped off with our annual attendance at the premier tech event in the state: The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation. As is tradition, we 3D Printed the awards. Our booth was full of fun examples of products that our customers produce. And it never sucks when the Governor and the state’s most successful tech entrepreneur hold a trophy you designed and 3D Printed.
Looking Forward to 2018
After looking back on 2017, all indicators point to 2018 being even better. We look forward to meeting new customers, growing our old clients, and bridging new partnerships. We will see you in 2018!
The addition of a new UnionTech RSPro 450 further establishes PADT as the leader in Additive Manufacturing technology in the Southwestern US. With a build volume of 17.7 x 17.7 x 15.75 inches, this state of the art Stereolithography(SLA) machine will triple the company’s capacity to 3D Print with SLA technology. It not only allows the printing of larger parts, it can also create multiple smaller parts in less time. It will join PADT’s two existing SLA machines along with the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), PolyJet, and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) solutions currently producing parts daily for their customers across the country.
“When we started the company in 1994, one of our first purchases was an SLA machine. It started our 3D Printing services business, and the technology is still heavily used today.” Said Rey Chu, a co-owner of PADT and the leader for PADT’s Advanced Manufacturing efforts. “This new system gives us added capacity in size, speed, and material choices. We looked at a wide range of SLA systems and felt that UnionTech provided the quality and robustness we need to keep our customers happy.”
The new system was delivered the second week of October and will be calibrated and producing customer parts by the end of the month. One of the advantages of the machine is the easy setup and strong calibration capabilities. The team will be able to produce parts that are about 75% larger than they can currently. The additional volume and speed will allow for three times as many parts to be printed in a given week than is possible with the current two smaller and older machines. Initially, a new rigid ABS-like material will be used that produces very strong and precise parts with white plastic. PADT’s existing pre- and post-processing tools will be applied to this process with little change.
The UnionTech RSPRO 450 SLA System
UnionTech systems are the most popular machines for SLA Additive Manufacturing outside of the United States. They have proven to be reliable, easy-to-use, accurate, and fast. They are also an open system, allowing users to use any SLA compatible resin that can usually be acquired at a more affordable price than proprietary material solutions.
Stereolithography is the oldest commercial 3D Printing process. It uses photo-curable liquid resins to build parts one layer at a time. A vat in the machine is filled with liquid material, and a plate is placed just under the surface. Then an ultraviolet laser draws on the very top layer of the liquid, and all of wherever the laser traces, the liquid turns to a solid. The plate is lowered, a new layer of liquid is spread on top, and the laser creates a new layer. The process repeats until the part or parts are made.
The UnionTech machine is a refined and proven application of this technology that was a perfect match for PADT’s current needs. Also, the company itself was great to work with, and the local sales and support team have been outstanding. As the team learns the system, they are finding it to be easy to use as well as simple to maintain and calibrate. The initial quality of parts has been outstanding.
PADT’s 3D Printing Services
PADT has been the Southwest’s leading provider of 3D Printing services since the company was started over 23 years ago. The company has survived industry consolidation and a vastly changing landscape by focusing on providing high-quality 3D Printed parts to customers using Fused Deposition Modeling, Polyjet Printing, Selective Laser Sintering, and Stereolithography systems combined with one of the most experienced and knowledgeable teams in the Additive Manufacturing space.
Located in the ASU Research Park in Tempe, Arizona, PADT’s advanced manufacturing facility currently features ten machines dedicated to printing parts for customers. The lab includes a full machine shop, part finishing facilities, and an advanced scanning and inspection capability.
This added capability is yet another reason why so many companies large and small count on PADT for their 3D Printing needs.
Contact us today to learn more about our 3D Printing Services or:
The long-term promise of 3D Printing has always been using the technology to replace traditional manufacturing as a way to make production parts. The various technologies that are considered Additive Manufacturing have been fantastic for prototyping and making tools that are used to manufacturing end-use parts, but rarely work well for production. Carbon is literally turning the 3D printing world upside down by introducing real production capabilities with their systems. And now that PADT has joined Carbon’s Production Partner Program, on-demand manufacturing using 3D Printing is now a reality in the Southwestern US.
The Production Partner program establishes vetted service providers with 3D Printing and manufacturing experience as manufacturing centers. This allows customers who are early adopters of CARBON’s exciting technology, to find a trusted source for their production parts. PADT was chosen to participate because of our twenty-plus years of experience as a 3D Printing service provider and more than $5,000,000 in injection molding projects, along with in-house product development, scanning, simulation, and inspection.
PADT will be adding three Carbon M2 printers to our existing 3D Printing facility at our main office in the ASU Research Park in Tempe, Arizona. The first two machines will be available for production in early 2018, and the third machine will be online by early summer. Customers will then be able to order production quality parts in volume and receive them within a week. PADT’s investment and this partnership make the dream of On Demand manufacturing of complex plastic components a reality.
“We have been looking for a low volume plastic manufacturing solution that uses 3D Printing for some time.” Said Rey Chu, co-owner of PADT “Since we started the company we have been providing soft tooling and rapid injection molding. Once we saw the Carbon DLS technology in action, we knew we found our solution. The part quality and material properties are as close to injection molded as we have ever seen.”
About Carbon’s Disruptive Technology
Carbon has introduced a revolutionary way to 3D Print plastic components called Digital Light Synthesis, or DLS. It combines their proprietary continuous printing technology with programmable liquid resins to create parts with the same strength and surface finish of injection molded parts. The part creation is fast because it is a continuous process, whereas most 3D Printing machines build up one layer at a time with pauses in-between. This continuous process is not only fast, but it also avoids the stair-steps created with layered methods. This results in textured surfaces and a surface finish that no other process can approach.
Programmable materials are the other technology that enables production quality parts. This unique approach joins two liquid resins as the build material; one that hardens with light and the other with heat. The 3D Printer creates the desired geometry of the part by using light to shape the first material. Then a second step uses an oven to harden the heat activated resin, resulting in engineering-grade mechanical properties. Moreover, since the strength comes from a heat cured resin, the properties are the same in every direction. Most 3D Printed parts that use a layered approach are weaker in the build direction. The other significant advantage of including heat activated resins is that they offer a much broader material selection than light activated resins.
PADT’s On-Demand Manufacturing Service
In the past, when PADT’s customers needed parts manufactured with production quality, surface finish, and strength we had to use soft tooling or low-volume injection molding. Both are expensive and take time to make tools. 3D printing is leveraged to make those tools faster, but it still takes time and labor. Production manufacturing could benefit from going directly from a computer model to a finished part, as we do with prototyping. When we first saw an early Carbon sample part we knew that this was a technology we needed to watch. As the technology matured further, it became obvious that this was the process PADT was looking for – this was the type of end-use part our customers were requesting. Then, when the Production Partner program was introduced, we knew we needed to take part.
Our On-Demand Manufacturing service will be built around the Carbon Digital Light Synthesis process. Initially, we will use three Carbon M2 systems, a cleaning station, and a curing oven. This will be placed in the middle of our existing advanced manufacturing facility, allowing us to add machining, hand finishing, painting, and other post-processing steps into each production process as needed.
What sets PADT’s offering apart from other providers of production manufacturing with 3D Printing is that we also provide full product development, simulation, and part scanning services to help customers make sure their designs are correct. Before parts are made, we can use our simulation and design knowledge to make sure everything is correct before production begins. And when the parts are completed, we can use our advanced scanning to inspect and our product development testing to verify performance. By adapting our proven quality to this new technology, we can ensure that every step is done correctly and traceability exists.
You do not have to wait till our production line is up and running. We can start working with customers now on getting their parts ready for manufacturing with Carbon’s breakthrough Digital Light Synthesis. Our experienced staff can evaluate your components and find the best fit, recommend design changes, and work with Carbon to produce samples. And when our line is up, you can hit the ground running and obtain your parts on-demand, when you need them.
- Download the On-Demand Manufacturing brochure
- View the official press release announcing the partnership
- Visit the Carbon website
Take part in the transition of manufacturing to faster, better, and on demand by contacting PADT today to learn more.
Simulation software enables product development engineers to gain insights that were previously possible only through making and breaking expensive prototypes. However, such software isn’t for every engineer. It can be difficult to learn and master, and often simulation results take time to set up and calculate. But what if simulation could be faster and easier?
With its Discovery Live technology, ANSYS revolutionizes product design.
This simulation software provides instantaneous simulation results while you design and edit and enables you to experiment with design ideas for on-the-spot feedback. These immediate insights make simulation useful and relevant to every engineer for upfront CAE. Discovery Live’s speed and simplicity represents a quantum leap forward in simulation technology, and it enables you to spend more time with answers instead of questions.
With Discovery Live, you can:
- Experiment with design ideas, easily make changes
and receive instantaneous engineering insights
- Perform 10 to 1,000 simulations in the same timeframe that was once needed to perform just one simple simulation
- Simulate on newly created models or any imported CAD file
- Investigate more options earlier in the design process and develop new products that get to market faster
- Explore all your “what if” design ideas at little to no cost in time and effort
- Facilitate breakthroughs and innovations and take your engineering efforts to the next level
PADT and Stratasys have worked with Lockheed Martin to establish a new Additive Manufacturing Laboratory at Metropolitan State University in downtown Denver. The Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Laboratory is the first-of-its-kind facility in Colorado. It is focused on giving students and industry access to the equipment and faculty needed to develop the next generation of manufacturing tooling, based on the use of 3D printing to make the tooling.
This is PADT’s third successful contribution to the creation of Academia + Industry + Equipment Manufacturer lab, the others being at ASU Polytechnic focused on characterization of 3D Printed parts and at Mesa Community College, focused on training the needed technicians and engineers for running and maintaining additive manufacturing systems. These types of efforts show the commitment from Stratasys, industrial partners, and PADT to making sure that the academic side of new manufacturing technology is being addressed and is working with industry.
We reported on the grand opening of the facility here,and are very pleased to be able to announce the official partnership for the Laboratory. Great partners make all the difference.
Here in the Phoenix area, we weren’t treated to the full total eclipse that others in the USA got to see. Our maximum coverage of the sun was a bit over 60%. Still, there was an eclipse buzz in the PADT headquarters and although we had some rare clouds for a few minutes, the skies did part and we did get to view the partial eclipse from the parking lot.
So, how did ANSYS help us view the eclipse? It was in an indirect way – via a pinhole camera I made from an old ANSYS installation software box. The software box, a hobby knife to cut out a viewing port, a couple of post-it notes to allow for a small hole and a clear projection area, and a thumb tack were all that was needed, along with a couple of minutes to modify the box.
Here we can see the viewing port cut into the software box. On the opposite side is a pin hole to allow the sun’s light to enter the box.
After heading out to the eclipsing grounds (the parking lot), we quickly lined up the pin hole and the projection screen and got our views of the partially obscured sun:
Here is a close up of the sun’s image projected inside the box:
Others viewing the eclipse here at PADT HQ had a range of filters, eclipse glasses, etc. With the projection method as shown above, though, we don’t have to worry about eye damage. So, in a way, ANSYS did help us view the eclipse safely, by providing a box that was easy to convert to a pinhole camera.
While we enjoyed the partial eclipse here in Arizona, we did have a couple of PADT colleagues in the path of totality. Here is a picture from one of my coworkers who viewed the eclipse in South Carolina:
We hope you enjoyed the eclipse as well, either in person or via images on the web. We’re looking forward to the next one!
Finally, In case you missed an earlier astronomical rarity back in 2012, here is a photo of the planet Venus transiting in front of the sun’s disk (black dot on the left side). The next one of these won’t be until December, 2117.
PADT is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Desktop Metal to resell its office-friendly and affordable metal 3D Printing solution. The partnership will also allow PADT to integrate this exciting new technology into its 3D Printer maintenance and part printing services. Desktop Metal’s new system is unique to the industry because it is a complete solution with a patented anti-sintering material that enables easily removed supports and the creation of complete assemblies. With the proprietary sintering furnace the DM Studio System delivers accurate parts quickly. PADT will be representing this new solution in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.
“We are very excited to fill this gap in our product offering,” said Rey Chu, co-owner and director of manufacturing technology at PADT. “It enables us to serve customers who need stronger properties than plastic additive manufacturing systems can offer, but who don’t need a direct laser melting solution. We researched our options and watched the development of many different products. We knew Desktop Metal had the right solution when we learned that it had developed a complete package that is easy to use.”
The DM Studio System™ is based on the Metal Injection Molding (MIM) process and will start shipping this September. It is the first office-friendly platform for metal 3D printing and is considerably less expensive than existing technology. The Studio System will be sold as a package for $120,000. This includes the metal 3D printer, debinder, and microwave-enhanced sintering furnace.
As a leader in additive manufacturing for more than 20 years, PADT is a resource for customers who need 3D Printing as a service, or who need their own systems in-house. The DM Studio System™ will compliment the complete line of Stratasys FDM and Polyjet systems that the PADT resells as well as direct laser melting systems from our partner Concept Laser. Our company’s expertise with fused deposition modeling, sintering, and MIM also make us uniquely qualified to represent this solution.
“Our team is looking forward to getting this technology in front of customers,” said PADT’s Manager of Hardware Sales, Mario Vargas. “Metal 3D Printing is something our customers have wanted to add, but they could not find a turn-key solution for prototyping with various metal materials. Desktop Metal leveraged its expertise in metallurgy and software to deliver a complete system that can be run in an office environment. This is very compelling for many of our customers across industries.”
In the coming months, PADT will be setting up seminars and contacting customers across the Southwest to help educate the user community on the unique value proposition of the DM Studio System™. Anyone interested in learning more can reach out to email@example.com or call 480.813.4884, technical experts are available to explain and answer any questions.
To learn more right now you can:
- Visit www.padtinc.com/desktop_metal
- View the video
- Download the system brochure
- Download the 3D Printer brochure
- Download the furnace brochure