ANSYS Mechanical is great at applying tabular loads that vary with an independent variable. Say time or Z. What if you want a tabular load that varies in multiple directions and time. You can use the External Data tool to do just that. You can also create a table with a single variable and modify […]
It started with kids and texting, but now emoticons can be a possitive part of business communciation :-O In “Emoticons as a way to communicate in business” I look at soem examples and why I think its a good thing ;-).
At some point it’s time to get real. “It’s time for Arizona startups to grow up” looks at how we need to stop focusing on getting ready for success and start achieving it. We were pleased to be the first article in AZBigMedia.com‘s new “Silicon Desert Insider” blog shares my thoughts on how its time […]
With each release of ANSYS the customization toolkit continues to evolve and grow. Recently I developed what I would categorize as a decent sized ACT extension. My purpose in this post is to highlight a few of the techniques and best practices that I learned along the way. Why I chose C#? Most ACT extensions […]
We talk about technology all the time and how it impacts our daily lives, good and bad. “How technology can bring people together and bring down barriers” takes a look at the social impact of technology when it comes to creating understanding and community.
While installing our new metal 3D Printer we learned a couple of important lessons on working with local inspectors. In “Installing a metal 3-D printer was a lesson on working with regulators” we share what we captured.
The Greater Phoenix inBusiness magazine just did a profile on PADT and co-founder Eric Miller. “Eric Miller: Riding the Wave of 3-D Printing” gives some history and insite into what makes PADT unique. It even includes some fun facts about the company.
There is something about a kid running down a hallway screaming “mom, you HAVE to see this!” #openhousegoals. Last night was our annual event where we open up the doors of PADT with a family oriented event sharing what we engineers do. We also invited some students from high school and University to share their […]
You kids don’t know how good you have it with automatic contact creation in Mechanical. Back in my day, I’d have to use the contact wizard in MAPDL or show off my mastery of the ESURF command to define contacts between parts. Sure, there were some macros somewhere on the interwebs that would go through […]
I recently had the opportunity to present an interesting experimental research paper at DesignCon 2017, titled Replacing High-Speed Bottlenecks with PCB Superhighways. The motivation behind the research was to develop a new high-speed signaling system using rectangular waveguides, but the most exciting aspect for me personally was salvaging a (perhaps contentious) 70 year old first-principles […]
Thursday, March 2 is PADT’s annual SciTech Festival Open House, from 5-8pm (click HERE to register). This year, three student groups working on a range of projects will be present to showcase their work, all of which involved some level of 3D printing. Please bring friends and families to meet and discuss ideas with these students from […]
Finally! One of the most common questions we get from our customers who use Solidworks is “Why can’t I transfer my materials from Solidworks? I have to type in the values all over again every time.” Unfortunately, until now, ANSYS has not been able to access the Solidworks material library to access that information. There […]
PADT’s webinar covering Mechanical APDL & HPC available in ANSYS 18 will be going live tomorrow at 12:00 PM MST. Don’t miss this opportunity, sign up today! With the release of ANSYS 18 comes a plethora of new HPC product packages, each uniquely positioned at a competitive price to ensure that you receive the option […]
It should be no surprise to anyone that I love Star Trek. So when we had a lunch discussion (as we often do) about Star Trek technology it was the perfect topic for a blog post. In “What’s the next tech from ‘Star Trek’ to become reality?” I present my case for two technologies that […]
March starts out with a bang, with a ton of events in that very first week. So we are updating everyone on the month’s events a week early. They cover a wide range of customers and states, so we hope to see many of you there. The most important is our Open House for families, […]