Since 2008, Applied CAx has partnered with innovative companies to maximize the value of their digital tools. As a boutique services provider, our expert engineers improve methods—from PLM architecture and design optimization, to CAM tool paths and CAE meshing.
Since 2008, Applied CAx has partnered with innovative companies to maximize the value of their digital tools. As a boutique services provider, our expert engineers improve methods—from PLM architecture and design optimization, to CAM tool paths and CAE meshing.

Get to know
Applied CAx

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    Our solutions and services are specifically designed to meet the unique needs and challenges of complex industries and sectors.
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    Proven experts

    Our experts are the best in the industry. With decades of experience, solving your challenges is where we thrive.
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    Data management-centric

    Data is at the core of any operation. Effective management requires more innovation and faster time to market.
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    Committed to success

    We are here every step of the way and create an actionable plan based on your company’s specific needs and goals.
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    Proven business alignment strategy

    We ensure operations, resources and initiatives are coordinated and directed towards achieving overall objectives and strategic goals.
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    Cross-functional team

    Our team works in-tandem to bring their unique skill sets, perspectives and experiences forward to solve your challenges.
MISSION & Values

We facilitate innovation wherever we go

At Applied CAx, we believe that your company’s success depends on its ability to innovate—and do it quickly. Our goal is to help your business do just that.
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    Refine our skill set daily

    Our expert service providers are not just advocates for Siemens Digital Industries Software—they use the tools every day.
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    Provide a boutique experience

    Our services are completely tailored to your needs as a company. Support is customized and your project will always feel like a priority—because it is.
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    Be forward-thinking

    We are constantly looking for creative and optimized ways to operate. We aim to push the boundaries of what software can do.
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    Commit to excellence

    We only hire the best. Our team’s exceptionality is unlike any other company in the industry.

Get to know the Applied CAx team

When you hire us, we become an extension of your team. From strategy through deployment, we are there to guide your project and ensure its success.
  • We recruit the best in the industry
    Our talented team of experts comes to us with substantial experience in their respective disciplines. When you work with us, they become an extension of your team.
  • We’re your one partner across every tool
    We offer licensing and support for the entire Siemens Digital Engineering portfolio. No matter what you are interested in investing in, we can support you.
  • We are aerospace, defense and energy experts
    Applied is the preferred provider for aerospace, defense and energy companies. We collaborate with these industries to find solutions for pressing challenges. When we add to our team, we focus on adding talent from these industries.
  • We provide end-to-end PLM services
    We support the full spectrum of PLM services, from initial strategy and planning through implementation, training and support. We ensure a seamless product lifecycle management process.

Our leadership team

George Laird, PhD, PE
George Laird, PhD, PE
Founder and Partner

George Laird, Phd, PE, is Founder and Partner at Applied CAx. Dr. Laird is the author of 40+ publications on wear, fracture mechanics and finite element analysis, and the “Abrasion-Resistant Cast Iron Handbook.”

Dr. Laird has 16+ years of industrial LS-DYNA/Femap/CFD experience, with his doctorate in engineering mechanics (fracture and fatigue). His scientific research focused on structure property relationships for composite materials, ceramics and ferrous/non-ferrous materials.

Other FEA specializations include seismic analysis of large vessels per ASCE 4-98 and ASME Section VIII, Div. 2 requirements, turbine burst containment, drop-test analysis, composite analysis (stress and thermal) and transient-dynamic stress analysis, elastic-plastic analysis of plastics, elastomers and foam materials and general analysis of a wide range of consumer, automotive, aviation and medical products. His expertise in LS-DYNA has led to several publications and his short annual course “LS-DYNA Analysis for Structural Mechanics.” Case studies on LS-DYNA, FEA and CFD service can be found at www. PredictiveEngineering.com.

Since the acquisition of CD-adapco by Siemens PLM Software in early 2016, Dr. Laird has added STAR-CCM to his arsenal of CFD tools.

His team of engineers at Predictive Engineering bring together expertise on materials and mechanics, and a deep understanding of structures whether under fluid or thermal loading (CFD consulting services) or due to impact or crash (LS-DYNA consulting services) or general FEA for vibration, seismic or stress (FEA consulting services) to help clients build better structures.

Taylor Saul
Taylor Saul
Managing Partner

Taylor Saul is Managing Partner at Applied CAx. His primary focus is on PLM development and implementation with our Teamcenter customers. Taylor has worked with multiple aerospace and defense companies to align Teamcenter with their program needs. He has also worked with Tier-1 international automotive suppliers and international engineer-to-order manufacturers.

In addition to Teamcenter, Taylor has participated in and led multiple onsite audits of manufacturing processes to improve workflows, best practices, standardization and modern use of NX.

A native Portlander, in his free time he enjoys surfing, skiing and mountain biking.

Chris Cripp
Chris Cripp
Senior Sales Executive and Partner

Chris Cripps is a Senior Account Executive and Partner at Applied CAx. His primary focus is on design, manufacturing and simulation solutions. Chris has a background in mechanical and electrical design as well as manufacturing, simulation, aerospace, automotive, quality assurance and virtual reality solutions.

Prior to joining the Applied team as a partner, Chris worked as a Partner Sales Executive for Siemens DISW, a Simulation Sales Executive at Autodesk and a Business Development Manager for ESI Group. With his broad breadth of experience in the industry and various software tools and solutions, Chris is an innovative problem-solver. Our customers rely on Chris to bring a unique perspective, knowledgeable support and value to the conversation.

Jamie Griffis
Jamie Griffis
Executive Director, Partner | Digital Innovation Services at Applied CAx

Jamie Griffis is Executive Director, Partner, Digital Innovation Services at Applied CAx. A seasoned Teamcenter Architect with a history of working in the mechanical and industrial engineering and aerospace industry, her speciality is Teamcenter implementations and upgrades, data migrations and CAD Integrations (mainly SolidEdge but also SolidWorks). She is deeply familiar with infrastructure architecture for new Teamcenter implementations and CAD integrations. She was CAD manager for 8+ years, implementing and managing 2D/3D CAD and Teamcenter in multiple international sites and migrating all legacy engineering data to a Teamcenter database.

Additionally, she implemented upgrades and updates of Teamcenter, Solid Edge and AutoCAD Mechanical while providing user support and troubleshooting, writing procedures and establishing workflows. She also led processes and conventions for design, drafting and data management. She oversaw the training of engineering, document control, project management and production control departments on Teamcenter and Solid Edge, control of standard part creation and documentation and control of CAD operation manuals and documentation.

Dale Goulding
Dale Goulding
Executive Director, Aerospace & Defense​

Dale Goulding is our Executive Director for Aerospace & Defense. His primary focus is on serving our A&D customers with the tools and services they need to compress product development schedules and optimize their design.​

With more than 25 years in the industry and an additional 8 years in automotive, Dale knows what it takes to execute highly-complex, heavily-integrated design programs and leverage the full power of the digital toolbox.


Customer success stories


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Come make an impact in innovation through engineering. We are always looking to recruit top-notch talent.

It’s time to unleash your potential

Reach out to the team at Applied CAx to learn how our solutions can make your company’s goals achievable.