Tech companies are known as disruptors, but Eric Miller saw an unexpected disruption for his own business when Covid-19 slammed into the economy in March. The co-owner and principal of Tempe engineering and design-build company PADT Inc. learned from experience that downturns can lead to new opportunities. The Phoenix Business Journal caught up with Miller recently to see what changes he’s made to adapt in the past few months. Here’s what he had to say.
The Arizona Technology Council, Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and the Arizona MEP recently hosted the eighth annual Conference for Arizona’s Aerospace, Aviation, Defense + Manufacturing community. Attendees heard the latest trends, challenges and forecasts in the aerospace manufacturing industry, and hear insider knowledge from industry leaders. From amazing exhibitors to keynote speakers and expert panels, this is one event worth listening to.
As additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have advanced, 3D printed products and parts have moved decidedly outside the research and development arena and onto the production line. Without a doubt, this industry sector has great potential to dramatically alter the manufacturing landscape as we know it. And while these pivotal processes of developing and producing concepts previously unattainable in the manufacturing world have been revolutionary, the task of raising capital for AM startups and growing businesses prove to be quite challenging.
PADT’s growing customer base in New Mexico has expanded the application of proven Stratasys 3D printing technologies to include more tooling and end-part production. The National Labs in New Mexico were pioneers in the application of 3D printing and PADT has been proud to work with them over the years as they increase their efforts and find new applications for the technology.
PADT, Inc. expands into Texas, Honeywell to supply flight deck technology for Vertical Aerospace’s urban air mobility vehicle, Digital Air Strike win 2 national awards for credit prequalification technology for vehicle financing, Delta Technology announces it partnership with Fuji Robotics, University of Arizona is awarded $26 million to architect the quantum internet, CenturyLink wins contract to provide advanced technology to state agencies, Blue Yonder has acquired Yantriks, a SaaS provider of commerce and fulfillment microservices, Indecomm Digital Services launches new identity as Encora, Avnet appoints interim CEO, and more.
This expansion is reflective of PADT’s consistent growth and the increased demand for additive manufacturing systems across many of Texas’ largest technology industries. Today, the aerospace industry is using thousands of 3D printed parts on aircraft and even spacecraft.
The world of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is constantly evolving. To help its customers and the larger technology community stay abreast of the changing world of additive manufacturing, PADT has launched a glossary of the most important terms in the industry that you can bookmark for easy access.
The Arizona Technology Council held a virtual panel discussion on Arizona’s innovative advanced manufacturing sector featuring Allison Gilbreath, Executive Director, Arizona Manufacturers Council at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Mark Gaspers, Manager Southwest Region at The Boeing Company. Moderated by Arizona Technology Council CEO Steve Zylstra, it was a fantastic discussion and well worth a listen.
Sometimes it’s good to get in a room and talk it out. Even if that room is a virtual one. And that is what 30-plus business leaders did for a recent roundtable discussion hosted by the Arizona Technology Council. Steve Zylstra, the council’s CEO and president, and I were fortunate enough to host a forum where the attendees each shared a challenge their business is facing because of the pandemic.