|Published on:||December 20th, 2019|
|With:||Eric Miller, Tom Chadwick, Ted Harris, Sina Ghods & Ahmed Fayad|
In this episode your host and Co-Founder of PADT, Eric Miller is joined by PADT’s Simulation Support Team, including Tom Chadwick, Ted Harris, Sina Ghods, and Ahmed Fayad for a round-table discussion of their favorite ANSYS features released in 2019, along with predictions on what has yet to come.
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Globally Recognized Company Selected as an ACE Recipient for its Impressive Growth and for Numerous Contributions to the Arizona Technology Sector
For the third time this year, PADT was officially recognized for our contribution to the local tech ecosystem: An Arizona Corporate Excellence award. Last night we joined companies of every type at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing arts to be listed with fifty other privately held companies headquartered here in Arizona. As with many of these awards, it is hard to grasp what an honor it is to be recognized until you hear the names of the other honorees.
This was the first time we were nominated for an ACE award, and we ranked 46th amongst private companies in the state. Next year… let’s see how high up that list we can move.
Recognition of this type, and by the broader business community instead of our insular tech world, was a great way to wind down our celebrations for PADT’s 25th year in business.
Globally Recognized Company Selected as an ACE Recipient for its Impressive Growth and for Numerous Contributions to the Arizona Technology Sector
TEMPE, Ariz., November 19, 2019 ─ PADT, a globally recognized provider of numerical simulation, product development, and 3D printing products and services, today announced it has been named to the Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Awards list of the Top Private and Fastest Growing Companies.
PADT joined a prestigious group of companies at the awards ceremony hosted by the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts on November 14, 2019. Fellow winners included Arizona Coyotes, JDA Software, OnTrac, SiteLock, StandardAero, and WebPT.
“Since we started PADT in the Valley in 1994, our goal has been to become the premier innovation partner to technology companies who create physical products,” said Ward Rand, co-founder and principal, PADT. “We’re honored to be named an ACE recipient alongside this impressive list of winners, many of which have been, or are, our clients. It’s a testament to how far we have come since we were four engineers in a tiny executive suite.”
PADT has experienced tremendous growth over the past five years. Included below is a list of key accomplishments the company has achieved since 2015:
The ACE awards are the premier business awards event in the Valley, and the only program highlighting the market’s biggest and best privately held companies. In its 24th year, the goal of the ACE Awards is to develop an increasing sense of knowledge sharing and community among private companies.
For more information on PADT’s services, leadership and the company’s history, please visit www.padtinc.com/about.
PADT is an engineering product and services company that focuses on helping customers who develop physical products by providing Numerical Simulation, Product Development, and 3D Printing solutions. PADT’s worldwide reputation for technical excellence and experienced staff is based on its proven record of building long-term win-win partnerships with vendors and customers. Since its establishment in 1994, companies have relied on PADT because “We Make Innovation Work.” With over 90 employees, PADT services customers from its headquarters at the Arizona State University Research Park in Tempe, Arizona, and from offices in Torrance, California, Littleton, Colorado, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Austin, Texas, and Murray, Utah, as well as through staff members located around the country. More information on PADT can be found at www.PADTINC.com.
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Engineers, educators, and enthusiasts gathered on the green lawn of beside the Platte River at the Blind Faith Brewing to talk about Additive Manufacturing. Over 170 attendees (and two dogs) met each other, caught up with old colleagues, and shared their AM journey during the breaks and listened to 13 presenters and panelists. 12 antipasto platters and 30 pizzas were consumed, and 298 beers or sodas were imbibed. By the numbers and by type of interaction we saw, a successful event all around.
This was the fourth annual gathering, hosted by PADT and sponsored by our partners at this brewery. We could not have put this event on without the support of Stratasys, ANSYS, ZEISS, and Desktop Metal. We also want to thank our promotional partners, Women in 3D Printing and Space for Humanity who both brought new people to our community. Carbon, Visser and a student project with Ball Aerospace did their part as exhibitors.
Check out the Slideshow at the end of this post to get a visual snapshot of the day.
We want to thank the true stars of our event, the speakers and panelists who shared their knowledge and experience that turned a great gathering into a learning experience.
We started the morning off with an inspirational keynote from Dr. Robert Zubrin. A visionary in the space community and long term champion of going to Mars, Dr. Zubrin shared with us his observations about the new space race with his talk: “The Case for Space: How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens Up a Future of Limitless Possibilities.” He left the packed audience energized and ready to do our part in this next step in humanities exploration of the universe. He stayed after to talk with people and sign copies of his book, which you can find here.
We then heard from user David Waller of Ball Aerospace on his experience with their Desktop Metal system. He went over the testing, lessons learned, and usage of their Studio system. It was a great in-depth look at someone implementing a new technology. There is a lot of interest around this lower-cost approach to producing metal parts, and the audience was full of questions.
Sticking with the Desktop Metal technology, PADT’s very own Pamela Waterman talked about how PADT is using our in-house Zeiss Optical Scanning hardware and software to inspect the parts we are making with our Desktop Metal System. She shared what we have learned about following the design guidelines that are developing for this technology and how scanning is a fast and accurate way to determine the final geometry created in the three-step process of building a green part, debinding, and sintering.
Next up was Christopher Robinson form ANSYS, Inc. to talk about recent additions to the ANSYS Additive products. He shared how customers are using simulation to design parts for metal powder bed fusion AM and then model the build process to predict and avoid failures as well as compensate for the distortion inherent in the process. The key takeaway was that simulation is the solution for getting parts built right the first time.
After a short break, and some AM trivia that won some PADT25 T-Shirts for people who knew the history of 3D Printing, we heard all about the new V650 Flex Stereolithography system that Stratasys recently introduced. Yes, Stratasys now makes and sells an SL system and it is literally a dream machine designed by people with decades of AM and Stereolithography experience. Learn more about this open and powerful system here.
Another AM technology was up next when Nick Jacobson spoke about Voxel Printing with PolyJet technologies. He discussed how he varies materials and colors spacially to create unique and realistic replicas for medicine and engineering. He also showed how the voxel-based geometry he creates can be used to create Virtual Reality representations of objects. Much of their work revolves around the visualization of hearts for adults and children to improve surgery planning. While we had been focused on space at the start of the afternoon, he reminded us of the immediate and life saving medical applications of AM.
And then we moved back to space with a presentation from Lockheed Martin‘s Brian Kaplun on how they are using AM to create parts that will fly on the Orion Spacecraft. Making production parts with 3D Printing has been a long-term goal for the whole industry, and Lockheed Martin has done the long and hard work of design, test, and putting processes in place to make this dream a reality. One of the biggest takeaways of his talk was how once the Astronauts saw a few AM parts in the capsule, they started asking of its use to redesign other tools and components. The ultimate end-users, they saw the value of lightweight and strong parts that could be made without the limitations of traditional manufacturing.
We finished up the day, after another break and some more trivia, with a fascinating panel on AM at Colorado’s leading Universities. We were lucky to have Ray Huff from Wohlers Associates moderate a distinguished group of deans, directors, and professors from four outstanding but different institutions:
Their wide-ranging discussion covered their education and research around AM. A common theme was industry cooperation. Each school shared how they use AM to help students not just make things, but also understand how parts are made. The discussion was fantastic and ended far too soon, which is always an indicator of a great group of experts.
And that sums up our great day, leaving out several hundred side conversations that went on. Check out this slide show to get a feel for how energetic and interesting the afternoon was.
As everyone left, some reluctantly and after one more beer, the common comment was that they can’t wait to get together again with everyone. We hope that next year we will have more speakers and participants and continue to support the growth of Additive Manufacturing in Colorado.
A quick note about the location: You are not wrong if you remember a different name for the three previous events. St. Patricks’s is now Blind Faith and the new owners could have not been more welcoming. Plus, they have more Belgian’s, which I am a big fan of.
The past is a tricky thing to remember. When we started preparing for PADT’s 25th anniversary celebration we spent a lot of time thinking about the past, about our journey from an idea to the thriving business we are today. And one though kept coming back to us, “we really should have captured and stored more.”
We can’t change that past but we can preserve our history for the future with a Time Capsule. On July 1st of 2019, we took 49 items and crammed them into a sealed box that we embedded into the wall of PADT’s Tempe headquarters.
You can see a list of all the items at the bottom of this post. Some of the highlights are a copy of our different business card designs over the past 25 years, a collection of PADT logo’d shirts, bits and pieces from our SCA product, parts from various fuel cell blowers, samples of 3D Printed parts, and some old manuals. We also included a collection of tech from the past 25 years including four cell phones of various types.
The most interesting object we stored from our perspective was a binder with documents and images from the past 25 years. Here are some of the items in that binder that are interesting today:
|A timeline of PADT Business Cards over the past 25 years. We did think they looked cool back then.|
|We didn’t take any early photos, but we do have pictures of most of our employee for almost every year since 2000.|
|Our first report to a customer was a stress analysis for a sprinkler valve housing.|
|Our staff took a look at the way things were in 1994 and in 2019. Technology, politics, entertainment, and news. A great look back at then and now.|
It was a lot of fun gathering the items and thinking about the impact they all had on PADT over the years.
On Monday we crammed it all in and sealed it up. In 25 years, July 1, 2044, PADT employees, customers, and partners of the future will open it up to see what is inside. That is not too far into the future and with luck, many of us will be around to witness it.
We wonder what they will make of our past, some of which will be fifty years old by then. Will they laugh? Or scratch their head wondering what the heck a cell phone was? We can’t wait to find out.
|1||First official printed PADT Brochure|
|2||Business Card designs - 1994 to present|
|3||Service Partnership Guide - 2000 ver. 1|
|4||Employee Handbook 2019|
|5||Business Journal - Issue: March 1, 2019|
|6||Eric's Honeywell Contractor Badge (2000) - Transition period from Allied Signal to Honeywell|
|7||One of the early company polo shirts - Late 1990's|
|8||PADT Baseball Jersey - 2011 Company Photo|
|9||2014 PADT 20th Anniversary t-shirt|
|10||25th Anniversary paper "Swag Bag" - Pen (bamboo), Mousepad (retreaded tire), Sticky Pad, Anniversary t-shirt|
|11||PADT Cap - our most popular swag item. Given to customers and employees started placing in photos of their world travels.|
|12||Ruler giveaways - Clear acrylic from Gilbert office days (1990's) / White magnetic 6" from the mid-2010's|
|13||YoYo - PADT's first swag item - distributed at the Ansys Worldwide User Conference|
|14||Brass PADT logo used for Service Awards (mid-2000's)|
|15||15th PADT Anniversary Cup|
|16||PADT flash drive - 8 GB. Given to customers pre-loaded with files and also blank ones included in our New Hire Kit|
|17||SCA 1200 Users Manual - 2012 rev 3|
|18||SCA Pump Assembly|
|20||APDL Guide - written by the Tech Support Team (2nd Edition) 1st Edition was 2010|
|21||Ansys 5.2 Complete Software Package - 1996|
|22||Cathode air blower housing for fuel cell in municipal buses|
|23||Mixed flow impeller for fuel cell in municipal buses|
|24||Radial Impeller - cathode air blower for fuel cell powered aircraft application|
|25||Roots Blower Rotor - cathode air delivery for a fuel cell|
|26||Regenerative flow impeller - Hydrogen Recycle Blower for fuel cell car|
|27||Fuel Cell Test Block circa 2003 while Rob Rowan was at ASM. History Unknown.|
|28||OrthoSensor - knee replacement alignment sensor designed and developed by PADT|
|29||The Spot - personal location and communication device designed by PADT, which talks directly to a satellite. Case Study Included.|
|30||SLS model of Ward Rand's heel. Broken from ladder fall. (2001)|
|31||3D Printed Business Card|
|32||FDM part - Roots Blower Housing - designed by Eric Miller. (1999)|
|33||SLA part - Ryobi Weed Wacker spool (1997)|
|34||Protoype Diffuser in a compressor - designed for the Air Force Research Lab|
|35||PolyJet demo part - the introduction of water PolyJet using various materials printed simultaneously|
|36||PolyJet employee name tag printed for 25th Anniversary event|
|37||First 3D Metal printed part. We were the beta test. (2001)|
|38||Pro-Engineer Manual (1997) - PADT's first CAD package|
|39||Event photo posters made to commemorate PADT25 - originals are 24"x36", gallery framed and hung in office|
|40||3" Floppy Disk with Honeywell Ansys Thermal Model files (1996)|
|41||CD Rom - Honeywell Impeller Stress & Vibration Analysis (2002)|
|42||Materialise - Early version of software used to send parts to SLA Machine (1999'ish)|
|43||Motorola i530 Nextel Flip Phone - iDEN's original Push-To-Talk walkie, speakerphone, voice dialing (2004)|
|44||PADT's first Smart Phone - Blackberry 71001 / International with internet access (2005)|
|45||Rey's Blackberry Curve 8310 (2007)|
|46||An employee's old iPhone 6 (2014)|
|47||Macintosh IIVX (Photo) - PADT’s original computer. It was used to create early brochures, design the PADT logo, write letters and reports, and ran our first accounting system for many years.|
|48||Binder of documents|
|49||Team Building Event t-shirts - 2014 & 2015|
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