New Second Edition in Paperback and Kindle: Introduction to the ANSYS Parametric Design Language (APDL)

APDL-Guide-Square-Advert-1After three years on the market and signs that sales were increasing year over year, we decided it was time to go through our popular training book “Introduction to the ANSYS Parametric

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I’ll be honest, it was cool to see the book in print the first time, but seeing it on my iPad was just as cool.

Design Language (APDL)” and make some updates and reformat it so that it can be published as a Kindle e-book.   The new Second Edition includes two additonal chapters: APDL Math and Using APDL with ANSYS Mechanical.  The fact that we continue to sell more of these useful books is a sign that APDL is still a vibrant and well used language, and that others out there find power in its simplicity and depth.

This book started life as a class that PADT taught for many years. Then over time people asked if they could buy the notes. And then they asked for a real book. The bulk of the content came from Jeff Strain with input from most of our technical staff. Much of the editing and new content was done by Susanna Young and Eric Miller.

Here is the Description from Amazon.com:

The definitive guide to the ANSYS Parametric Design Language (APDL), the command language for the ANSYS Mechanical APDL product from ANSYS, Inc. PADT has converted their popular “Introduction to APDL” class into a guide so that users can teach themselves the APDL language at their own pace. Its 14 chapters include reference information, examples, tips and hints, and eight workshops. Topics covered include:

– Parameters
– User Interfacing
– Program Flow
– Retrieving Database Information
– Arrays, Tables, and Strings
– Importing Data
– Writing Output to Files
– Menu Customization
– APDL Math
– Using APDL in ANSYS Mechanical

At only $75.00 it is an investment that will pay for itself quickly. Even if you are an ANSYS Mechanical user, you can still benefit from knowing APDL, allowing you to add code snippets to your models. We have put some images below and you can also learn more here or go straight to Amazon.com to purchase the paperback or Kindle versions.

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Phoenix Business Journal: Small tech businesses R&D to the rescue

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoThis week’s TechFlash focuses on the role that small technical companies play in providing key Research & Development contributions to significant projects.  Inspired by a visit to just such a company in Utah, “Small tech businesses R&D to the rescue” shares our experience in this area.

Phoenix Business Journal: PADT wins grant to test viability of 3-D printed materials

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoA nice writeup in the Phoenix Business Journal by Hayley Ringle on PADT’s recent win of a America Makes grant to study how unique structures, called Lattice Structures, behave in 3D Printed parts.

“PADT wins grant to test viability of 3-D printed materials

There is Plenty of Space in Arizona: PADT Joins Discussion on Channel 8’s Arizona Horizon to Talk about the Space Industry in Arizona

arizona_horizonPADT’s Eric Miller was asked to return to take part in a discussion about the somewhat hidden Space industry in Arizona.  Eric was joined by Kjell Stakkestad, CEO of KinetX Aerospace to answer questions and provide insight into this critical part of Arizona’s high tech industry landscape.

The show features some serious but not-so-fun topics… and the title for the video reflects those.  So ignore the title and see what Eric and Kjell have to say starting at 17:55.

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Phoenix Business Journal: 5 simple goals for social network marketing

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoI feel a little awkward as an engineer giving advice on marketing, but this stuff works for us and there is no reason it can’t work for others.  In “5 simple goals for social network marketing” I go over the goals we have found that helped us build a Social Networking strategy that has proven to help our business. Heck, you are reading this post so we must be doing something right.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​Nudging behavior by making things easy

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoBusiness is often a process of trying to influence people to do something you want. Study after study shows something simple, the approach that seemed to work over and over again was the simplest: make things easy. In “Nudging behavior by making things easy” I look at this phenomenon and relate it to the business of high technology.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​I’m lucky, I get to work with smart people

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoIn “I’m lucky, I get to work with smart people” I take a look at why it is a good thing to be able to work every day with the intelligent employees, partners, vendors, and customers I interact with every day.  Not only is it personally rewarding, it helps make me and PADT better.

Albuquerque Business First: What you need to consider when designing for the Internet of Things

ABF-Albuquerque_Business_FirstAlmost everyone in the technology industry agrees: the Internet of Things, or IoT, is “the next big thing.” Taking products and connecting them to the internet will change how people live their lives and how companies do their work. In “What you need to consider when designing for the Internet of Things” I explain three suggestions for designing an IoT device.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​Flaming hoverboards – Why engineering matters

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoEngineering is all around us, but most people don’t think about how important engineering is to our modern lives. In “Flaming hoverboards: Why engineering matters” I take a look at a specific example of where a lack of engineering can cause problems.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​The five C’s of effective social network marketing

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoAs engineers, we struggle with using social networks to market our company. Engineers are not as in to social networking and they are adverse to anything that looks like a sale.  “The five C’s of effective social network marketing” goes over some of the things that have worked for PADT and should help similar tech companies get greater value – Clear Messaging, Consistency, Content, Conciseness, and Cross Platform.

Phoenix Business Journal: How to assemble the right product development team

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoHaving the right product development team is critical to the successful development of a new product.  In “How to assemble the right product development team” I take a look at what PADT has learned through the years about what makes a great team.

Phoenix Business Journal: Why it’s time to stop using regulations as an excuse

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoWe have all experienced times where someone uses regulations and rules as an excuse to stop or slow some initiative in a company.  The blog post  “Why it’s time to stop using regulations as an excuse” is a bit of a rant on why this is a bad idea and what we can do to avoid it.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​For every Woz, you need a Jobs

pbj-phoenix-business-journal-logoA successful startup is often the result of how the leadership performs.  In most cases the ideal CEO doesn’t exist, and if you dig down you usually find that the company is being led by two people who compliment each other.  In “For every Woz, you need a Jobs” I look at one of the most famous, and successful such partnering and share some other examples and how to recognize and promote the ideal pairing.

IoT Innovator: How to turn your IoT idea into a product – Part Two

iotlogoPart 2 is out!  Making a product a smart and connected device requires a lot of planning and an understanding of how Internet of Things devices differ.  In “How to turn your IoT idea into a product” I review the key steps and offer suggestions to make for a more successful design process.  It is published in two parts:

Part 1 and Part 2

Composites Weekly: 3D Printing Advancements in Aerospace, Medical and Automotive – Interview

composites-weekly-logo-1PADT was recently asked to do an interview with Composites Weekly  to talk about what is new in the world of Additive Manufacturing.  Host Jonathan Taylor asked some great questions and we covered a lot of important advances and what to look for in the near future.   Listen here.