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.
Scottsdale-based IT service provider AccountabilIT is named one of the world’s top managed security service providers, Honeywell Aerospace acquires Nevada power and thermal management company, TGen appoints new physician-in-chief, Tempe-based PADT, Inc. expands its operations into New Mexico, University of Arizona Center for Innovation earns soft landing designation to serve international companies, Digital Air Strike wins three awards from a leading automotive magazine, Axon Enterprise Inc. partners with the U.S. Border Patrol for its law enforcement technology, Intel celebrates 40 years of manufacturing in Arizona, and more.
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.
The future of health care is transforming in front of our very eyes with advances in digital health-care technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, machine learning, 3D printing, robotics and nanotechnology. The Arizona Technology Council’s 2020 MedTech Conference covered these topics and more, as well as delivered a great lineup of speakers, panels and forward-thinking content.
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.