In this episode, we are joined by Eric Miller, principal and co-owner of PADT. where he is involved in providing tools and services to companies who design and manufacture physical products. Eric is often called upon to write and speak on simulation, design, and 3D Printing as well as on startups and the high-tech sector.
How PADT is Changing the Face of 3D Printing in AZ
Eric discusses some of the exciting announcements PADT has made in 2018, including Lockheed Martin using product printed on one of his organization’s printers for NASA. The parts will be used on the Orion spacecraft, a manned mission to mars that will be tested in space soon!
Eric does a great job of describing the 3D printing process, as well as why the developments of PADT and the local industry are so important and revolutionary.
“Imagine taking something on the computer and converting it to a 3D object that can be printed on a machine. We can use plastic, or metal, or paper; the material doesn’t matter that much.”
Speeding Up the Process
Traditional manufacturing methods can take 2-3 weeks or even months for a part to get made. Having a 3D printing factory allows PADT to expedite the manufacturing turnaround time of a prototype or product, sometimes printing 20 parts or more at a time.
3D Printing is Not a New Concept
While additive manufacturing has charged into the limelight in recent years, there have been local innovators in the space for a long time.
“The industry started here right at the beginning, in the aerospace world. We’ve all been using it behind the scenes for a while. Mechanical engineers knew it was there, we always used it, but it wasn’t really a big deal outside of our world. About 10 years ago, we had a major breakthrough.”
Eric also discusses ASU’s impact on the industry, future trends, societal impacts of additive manufacturing, and more. Listen to the full TechConnect podcast episode here.