Reading ANSYS Mechanical Result Files (.RST) from C/C++ (Part 3)

In the last post of this series I illustrated how I handled the nested call structure of the procedural interface to ANSYS’ BinLib routines.  If you recall, any time you need to extract some information from an ANSYS result file, you have to bracket the function call that extracts the information with a *Begin and […]

Phoenix Business Journal: When did starting a new company become about funding?

Raising money is critical, but at some point it became what startups were about. In “When did starting a new company become about funding?” I take a look at this phenomenon and offer some reasons why we should focus more on the product or service.

Reading ANSYS Mechanical Result Files (.RST) from C/C++ (Part 2)

In the last post in this series I illustrated how you can interface C code with FORTRAN code so that it is possible to use the ANSYS, Inc. BinLib routines to read data off of an ANSYS result file within a C or C++ program.  If you recall, the routines in BinLib are written in […]

How To Install And Configure xRDP and Same Session xRDP on CentOS 6.7 / RHEL 6.7

Introduction What s xRDP? Taking directly from the xRDP website. “Xrdp is the main server accepting connections from RDP clients. Xrdp contains the RDP, security, MCS, ISO, and TCP layers, a simple window manager and a few controls. Its a multi threaded single process server. It is in this process were the central management of […]

Reading ANSYS Mechanical Result Files (.RST) from C/C++ (Part 1)

Recently, I’ve encountered the need to read the contents of ANSYS Mechanical result files (e.g. file.rst, file.rth) into a C++ application that I am writing for a client. Obviously, these files are stored in a proprietary binary format owned by ANSYS, Inc.  Even if the format were published, it would be daunting to write a […]

Can I parameterize ANSYS Mechanical material assignments?

So we have known for a long time that we can parameterize material properties in the Engineering Data screen. That works great if we want to adjust the modulus of a material to account for material irregularities. But what if you want to change the entire material of a part from steel to aluminum? Or […]

Phoenix Business Journal: When was the last time you thanked an engineer?

Have you ever thanked an engineer?  In this week’s TechFlash post I explore how we live in a world that has been transformed for the better (mostly) by engineers.  We are simple creatures who avoid the spotlight… but a thanks you would be nice. When was the last time you thanked an engineer?

The 3D Printing Value Proposition

At a recent Lunch-n-Learn organized by the Arizona Technology Council, I had the opportunity to speak for 10 minutes on 3D printing. I decided to focus my talk on trying to answer one question: how can I determine if 3D printing can benefit my business? In this blog post, I attempt to expand on the ideas I presented there. While a […]

The very latest install guide for PuTTY and Xming is here!

This how to describes how to install PuTTY and Xming and then hook the two together to provide you the end-user with an X Window System display server, a set of traditional sample X applications and tools, and a set of fonts. These two products will help to eliminate many of your frustrations! Xming features support of […]

Webinar Content: Answers to your Questions on Metal 3D Printing

Download a recording and the slides from this this informative webinar. Metal Additive Manufacturing, or Metal 3D Printing, is a topic that generates a lot of interest, and even more questions.  So we held a webinar on February 9th, 2016 to try and answer the most common questions we encounter. It was a huge success […]

Keyless SSH in two easy steps. Wait, What?!

Within the ANSYS community and even more specifically, in regards to the various numerical simulation techniques the ANSYS users use to solve their problems. One of the most powerful approaches to overcome the limitations of new complex problems is take multiple CPU’s and link them together over a distributed network of computers. Further unpacking this for […]

Bring the kids for an evening of STEM fun at PADT’s AZ SciTech Festival Open House

PADT is excited to open our doors to the community and show you and your families what engineering is all about.  Bring the family down for a tour of PADT’s Tempe office and we will show them why engineering rocks. This family friendly event is a great way for kids to see what engineers really […]

Phoenix Business Journal: ​Flint’s water problem and the dangers of ignoring science

The first “opinion” piece for the TechFlash blog of the Phoenix Business Journal. My thoughts on how the trend of ignoring science is harmful: “Flint’s water problem and the dangers of ignoring science“