Phoenix Business Journal: ​What is numerical simulation? And why should I care?

Numerical simulation has been the bulk of my career for 30 years now. I love simulation. It has had a huge positive impact on product development as well as many other industries.  In “What is numerical simulation? And why should I care?” I evangelize a bit about my professional passion.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​Let’s focus on microelectronics for a bit

When you think about high-tech in Arizona, what comes to mind? We have it all here. However, the one tech industry that supports and enables many of the others is microelectronics. In “Let’s focus on microelectronics for a bit” we go over a few of the reasons why Microelectronics are so important to Arizona.

Technology Trends in Laser-based Metal Additive Manufacturing

One of the more difficult things about being at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) is dealing with the fact that there is more to do than you can hope to accomplish in four and a half days. So I decided to focus on two themes: laser-based metal additive manufacturing (AM); and design & simulation for […]

Phoenix Business Journal: Why you should learn to shut up and listen

Shut up and listen. Easy to say, hard to do. every day in a ton of different ways, we are asked to listen to what other people are saying, and the reality is that not a lot of us do.  In this post, “Why you should learn to shut up and listen” I go over […]

Helpful New Meshing Feature in ANSYS Mechanical 17.0 – Nonlinear Mechanical Shape Checking

Meshing for Nonlinear Structural Problems Overcoming convergence difficulties in nonlinear structural problems can be a challenge. I’ve written a couple of times previously about tools that can help us overcome those difficulties: Overcoming Convergence Difficulties in ANSYS Workbench Mechanical, Part I: Using Newton-Raphson Residual Information Overcoming Convergence Difficulties in ANSYS Workbench Mechanical, Part II: Quick […]

Press Release: 3D Printing Expertise from PADT Advances Aerospace Industry

Many of you may have seen the recent launch of an Atlas V rocket from United Launch Alliance (ULA).  We are honored to have lent our expertise to ULA’s 3D Printing efforts that resulted in the use of parts on that rocket made with additive manufacturing.   We will be talking about that and other […]

Phoenix Business Journal: ​So, you have an idea for a product, what next?

Getting a product from idea to the market is a lot of work. Much effort and attention is focused on figuring out the idea, but the part after that is usually portrayed as some romantic quest involving coffee, colocation spaces, and long hours.  In this article,​ “So, you have an idea for a product, what […]

Driving the Design of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors with Flownex

The development of small modular nuclear reactors, or SMR’s, is a complex task that involves balancing the thermodynamic performance of the entire system. Flownex is the ideal tool for modeling  pressure drop [flow] and heat transfer [temperature] for the connected components of a complete system in steady state and transient, sizing and optimizing pumps or compressors, pipes, valves, tanks, and […]

PADT Events – April 2016

This is the first of what we hope to be a monthly posting here on our blog, reviewing PADT events happening in the next 5 or 6 weeks and reviewing activities over the previous month. Upcoming Events, Seminars, and Gatherings April 5-7: AMUG Annual Meeting St. Luis, MO This annual meeting of the Additive Manufacturing […]

New Tricks for an Old Dog: Eric Learns ANSYS SpaceClaim – Post 3

Adding Complexity and Moving This post is the third in a series on learning ANSYS SpaceClaim. After over 31 years of CAD use, it has become difficult for me to learn new tools. In this series I will share my experience as I explore and learn how to use this fantastic tool. If you have not […]

New Tricks for an Old Dog: Eric Learns ANSYS SpaceClaim – Post 2

Learning More About Pulling This post is the second in a series on learning ANSYS SpaceClaim. After over 31 years of CAD use, it has become difficult for me to learn new tools. In this series I will share my experience as I explore and learn how to use this fantastic tool. If you have […]

New Tricks for an Old Dog: Eric Learns ANSYS SpaceClaim – Table of Contents

This post is a table of contents to a series about ANSYS SpaceClaim. After over 31 years of CAD use, it has become difficult for me to learn new tools. In this series I will share my experience as I explore and learn how to use this fantastic tool. Introduction, Getting Started, The Interface, A […]

Reactive and Non-Reactive Metal Alloys in Laser-based Powder Bed Fusion

One of the first concepts you come across in metal 3D printing is the notion of reactivity of the powder metal alloys – in this post, I investigate why some of these powder alloys are classified as reactive and others as non-reactive, and briefly touch upon the implications of this to the user of metal 3D printing […]

Phoenix Business Journal: Best way to stay science educated – Podcasts

If you are like me, you are in a tech business because you love science.  But who has time to learn about all the new an exciting discoveries out there. Even reading is something we often don’t have time for.  So I’ve started listening to science podcasts and it has been a fantastic way to […]

Phoenix Business Journal: ​How I learned to love inbound marketing

Marketing is one of those things that we engineers struggle with, and when “inbound marketing” became a thing, we thought it was a just another buzzword. But, after giving it a try, we are fans “​How I learned to love inbound marketing” goes over why we think it is a great tool for generating business.